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Boeing patents force field for vehicles - Business Insider

Boeing has won a patent for a protective force field that could stop vehicles from being harmed by explosions, Popular Science reports.
It might sound futuristic - and it is. The patent isn't about stopping bullets or lasers or anything like that, though. Instead, it detects explosions near a vehicle, and then quickly heats up the air or water that's in between the vehicle and the blast. The heat creates a plasma shield that's more dense than normal air, adding to the vehicle's protection.


Anyone who's tried on a consumer virtual reality headset in the last two decades knows how far short that technology has fallen from its promise. A good VR device should track head motion and alter the images relayed to each eye in real time. Anything less than that breaks the illusion of virtual presence; your brain knows how the world is supposed to look when you move your head, and when the effect fails it's disturbing and even nauseating for some users. So far, that broken reality has been the norm for VR, and the technology has stalled.

Sorry, Auto Industry! The Google Car Is A Real Car | Business Insider India

On Monday, Google unveiled the prototype version of its purpose-built self-driving car.
This is an evolution of the mock-up car that the company showcased earlier this year. The first car lacked headlights and didn't have a steering wheel or pedals. The new version is fully equipped to be legally tested on California roads - and it has all the requisite driving controls.

Brain-inspired computer chip mimics 1 million neurons | Science News

Human brainpower has produced a computer chip reminiscent of the human brain.

The new chip, reported in the Aug. 8 Science, scraps the design that formed the basis of decades of computers in favor of an architecture that resembles a bundle of 1 million neurons. Such technology could pinch hit to perform tasks that conventional computers struggle with, such as identifying objects in photos and videos.

“It’s an impressive piece of silicon,” says Stephen Furber, a computer engineer at the University of Manchester in England. “A million neurons on a single...

Phys.Org : NASA tests revolutionary shape changing aircraft flap for the first time

For taxi testing on Oct. 31, 2014 at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, in California, the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) flap was extended to 20 degrees deflection. Flight results will validate whether the seamless design with its advanced lightweight materials can reduce wing structural weight, improve fuel economy and efficiency, and reduce environmental impacts. Credit: NASA/Ken Ulbrich

Simulation technology designed for Hollywood to predict understanding fundamental engineering problems -- ScienceDaily

Researchers have combined computer simulations designed for Hollywood with precision model experiments to examine the mechanics of coiling. Their study, which bridges engineering mechanics and computer graphics, impacts a variety of engineering applications, from the fabrication of nanotube serpentines to the laying of submarine cables and pipelines.

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