06 Sep 2018

EU should adopt common cryptocurrency rules, report for ministers says

A Brussels-based think tank has delivered a report to EU ministers calling for the adoption of common rules on cryptocurrencies, rules that would provide regulation on Initial Coin Offerings, as well as crypto mining and trading in general. EU authorities have already called for responses to money laundering and fraud

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04 Sep 2018

The US Army is making a laser-powered drone that can fly indefinitely

A US army research branch is developing a drone that is recharged remotely by lasers, potentially enabling endless flight time without the need to land and recharge or refuel.  Source: The US Army is making a laser-powered drone that can fly indefinitely | New Scientist

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04 Sep 2018

Russia, U.S. Are In a Military Exoskeleton Race

Current exoskeleton technology is lacking in many key areas that prevent its practicality, but some areas have enabled its effective use in limited areas. A report on the topic notes that “The current state of technology still does not have sufficient power to manage the intense load-carrying capacity that the SOCOM TALOS suit

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30 Aug 2018

UK cops used facial recognition at show, found someone with outstanding warrant

“According to new reporting by WalesOnline, police in South Wales scanned the faces of more than 44,000 people at the ‘Biggest Weekend’ event in Swansea earlier this year—and of those, there were only 10 false positives. That’s a significant improvement over a similar trial run at a 2017 soccer championship

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30 Aug 2018

Cryptocurrency Passwords Can Now Be Stored in DNA

“This encryption tool was designed with the notion that it will last longer than a more traditional hardware option. For those who have a lot of money tied up in a cryptocurrency, if that data is kept on a hard drive, it could easily have become corrupted and unable to access decades

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29 Aug 2018

In Chilean desert, global thirst for lithium is fueling a ‘water war’

“A global boom in demand for lithium has set off a scramble in Chile, which is home to nearly 50 percent of the world’s reserves of the metal. Local indigenous groups, SQM and Albemarle, regional copper miners and newcomers to the region are all competing for water. ‘What we have

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28 Aug 2018

Toyota Investing $500 Million in Uber in Driverless-Car Pact

Toyota is investing around $500 million in Uber’s driverless car research and development as part of a deal that will have the two companies working to improve sector safety and lower transportation costs. Uber’s driverless-car division has been plagued by continuing losses and difficulties in generating popular uptake of the

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27 Aug 2018

Russia is apparently putting assault rifles on underwater drones

“A Russian state-owned arms maker reportedly unveiled the world’s first underwater drone armed with an assault rifle that’s designed to defend naval bases from enemy divers and assault teams. ‘The drone is fitted with an underwater assault rifle. It has undergone sea trials,’ Rostec, the company behind the drone’s development,

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24 Aug 2018

DC Airport First In Nation to Catch Suspected Imposter Using Facial Biometrics

Three days into operation, the facial recognition program at Dulles Airport outside of Washington DC has led to the first arrest of an individual attempting to enter the country on another individual’s passport. According to a CBP field office director, “the new facial recognition technology virtually eliminates the ability for

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20 Aug 2018

Swiss startup “storing” renewable energy in concrete towers

Borrowing from pumped hydro energy storage principles, a Swiss startup is building energy storage systems using concrete blocks and cranes instead of water and dams. The low cost innovation uses allows the storage of excess energy by using it to power cranes to lift massive concrete blocks. When the energy

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