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Ten new testing grounds approved for self-driving vehicles

According to The Verge, the US Department of Transportation approved ten designated sites in nine states to serve as proving rounds for self-driving cars: City of Pittsburgh and the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership US Army Aberdeen Test ...
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Norway is starting to shut down FM radio now

The national flag of Norway As reported by this blog from a couple years ago, the Norwegian government has commenced the shutdown of its nationwide FM radio network in favor of a digital signal. The process began on Wednesday in the town of Bodø, in the Nordland province in north-central Norway. ...

Create Your Own Soundscape… Maybe Someday…

The podcast and associated blog, 99 Percent Invisible, recently reported on a new technology that is used to reduce unwanted urban noise pollution. Sono is a concept conceived of by Rudolf Stefanich that can be used similarly to noise-canceling headphones. The Sono would be able to filter out ...

Check out the Vicis Zero1, the new Oregon Ducks football helmet

For those in the Eugene area that live or commute near the University along Franklin Boulevard near the intersection with East 11th Avenue have seen a billboard with a football helmet without any insignia have seen the new helmet being used for the Oregon Ducks football team starting this fall. The ...
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Gravitational-wave detection earns LIGO the Breakthrough Prize

The LIGO detector site at Hanford, Washington. Each arm of the detector is 2.5 miles long (Photo credit: LIGO) GeekWire.com is reporting that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and associated researchers earned a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics of $3 ...

SpaceX is launching an inflatable space habitat for the ISS

The space station’s Canadarm attaching the BEAM inflatable module to Node 3 of the ISS. GIF courtesy of NASA. On its next trip to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX’s Dragon rocket will be carrying an inflatable module on its payload. The module–the Bigelow Expandable ...

Project AIX using Minecraft to develop more intelligent technology

(From Microsoft blog, written by Allison Linn, March 13, 2016): In the airy, loft-like Microsoft Research lab in New York City, five computer scientists are spending their days trying to get a Minecraft character to climb a hill. That may seem like a pretty simple job for some of the brightest minds ...

Microsoft is putting data centers into the ocean

Popular Science reported earlier this month on Microsoft’s plan to create and install submersible data centers due to the energy required to keep the servers cool. In the United States alone, half of the power to power the Internet is used to cool the servers so they don’t overheat and ...

FCC votes to unlock the cable box

The Federal Communications Commission today approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that seeks to give consumers more choices in the set-top boxes they use to watch cable TV. This will commence the months-long public comment period leading up to a final vote likely later this year. The FCC ...

This uncrushable robot just wants to rescue you

New cockroach inspired robot designed by UC Berkeley professors built to move while under compression. GIF Credit: MIT Technology Review. Two researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a robot that took its inspiration from a cockroach. In a paper published on February ...
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