NASA’s X-48C hybrid plane successfully completes first flight

 

Right now your looking at the future design for planes you’ll be riding a decade from now. This new look is supposed to be super efficient and cost-effective. It will be able to save somewhere between 20 to 30 percent of fuel, increase fuel capacity, and provides us with a quieter ride. NASA  and its partner Boeing,  successfully completed the X-48C hybrid plane’s first test flight proving that the design is at least flyable.

Source: Cnet

Google’s Self-Driving car reaches 300,000 miles with no accidents

Are you dreaming about that day where you can take a snooze while driving to work? Read a book, when you get stuck in traffic? With that in mind, Google has read your thoughts and is pushing its car program to new levels. With a car driving over 300,000 miles without an accident is a horrific task. Therefore, Google think it’s so safe, that their willing to give it to some employees for their commute to work. Usually this car would require two people or more in the car while driving, for safe keeping. In all things considered I still wouldn’t want to hop into one of those cars, yet. Would you?

Source: Google Blog

Flexible Battery has promised us a future for flexible things

A flexible sold state battery has been born, so you can cross it off your list with things that need to be flexible.  With this in mind, at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, they have decided to give the a world a gift, so we’ll be one step closer to those flexible gadgets. How will this effect you, you ask? Well, just for starters, imagine fitting a full ten inch tablet in your pocket, or folding your computer screen and taking it on the road. Even if those things sound really cool, we  are still at least a year away from finding these products at our local electronics store.

Source: TechCrunch

World’s First Quantum Router has been given life

All these advances in technology and we still don’t have the chance to own our own Quantum Computer. Well now we can add another item on the list for all Quantum things we don’t have. However, at Tsinghau University in China they can check off their list for inventing something Quantum. When will this awesome router arrive at our households you ask? Well i’d give it a couple of years before we can even answer that question. 

Source: Technology Review (MIT)

Autonomous Braking on New Cars will be required in the EU

Preventing car accidents has been a long time goal for many people. To achieve this goal you will be required to take baby steps until you’ve reached it, like any other goal. But today, another baby step has been checked off the list, as a new EU legislation came out. This legislation requires that all vehicles produced by 2014, will have an on-board autonomous emergency braking system (AEB). An AEB automatically hits the breaks of your car if you come to close to an object (car, pedestrian, etc…). By doing so, the EU will be saving 8,000 lives (27% of traffic accidents) and 6.05-9.7 billion dollars each year.  You can also read the full report here (PDF).

Source: Wired

Giant Hydrogen Drone gets a Laser Cannon straight from Pentagon

The “Phantom Eye” project is in its last steps. After completing its designing Boeing has been able to produce a prototype. This unmanned giant drone is able to fly to up to 60,000 feet and stay in the air for over four days. It’s also environmentally friendly as it runs on hydrogen. Better yet, the Ministry of Defense has provided Boeing with a multi-million dollar project in providing this aerial vehicle with  a laser cannon. In the near future, America will have its own missile defense system in the sky exhausting only water.

Source: Wired

Seeing through walls, not a problem if you have WIFI

Throughout time, the thought (still today) sounds pretty Sci-Fi. As a person living in the 21st century you should get used to it because researchers at University College London have found a way to see through walls.  A device which contains 2 antennas is capable of seeing through walls by using a WIFI frequency. This is ground breaking work as the signal is undetectable because it  does not use radio signals. Want to buy one? Well you have to wait a few years as the UK Ministry of Defense has still to determine if its usable for combat use.

Source: PopSci