August’s new smart locks know when your door is left ajar

In 2013 a security startup called August caught our attention with a set of smart locks that opened doors as a user with a matched iPhone approached. The company has now returned with an new generation of connected door locks, which includes support for voice assistants like Alexa and Siri, along with a sensor that alerts you when you leave one unlocked… Continue Reading August’s new smart locks know when your door is left ajar Category: Around The Home Tags: Home Security Lock Related Articles: Locking up your bike with a zip-tie? Pentagon puts the call out to hackers to test its cyber defences Review: Canary security camera learns your habits as it keeps watch Amera visualizes wireless signals for home and cyber-security Logitech’s new security… Read More

Dubai green lights world’s tallest solar tower for world’s largest solar park

What is set to be the world’s largest single-site solar park is getting a little larger, with the government of Dubai approving a 700-MW extension to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The new addition will give the facility a capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030, with a 260-m (853-ft) solar tower to take center stage… Continue Reading Dubai green lights world’s tallest solar tower for world’s largest solar park Category: Energy Tags: Concentrated Solar Power Dubai Renewable Energy Solar Power Related Articles: One of world’s largest solar plants to be used to produce … oil Energy storage advance readies concentrated solar power for the smart grid World’s largest concentrated solar power plant opens in the UAE Nanoparticle-based material turns up the heat on concentrated… Read More

Street View comes to Google Earth VR

Last year Google introduced an update to Google Earth that allowed users to explore the mapping software in virtual reality. Now it is bringing Street View to Earth VR so that headset-wearing folks can have a gander at ground level. .. Continue Reading Street View comes to Google Earth VR Category: VR Tags: Google Google Maps Related Articles: Google Maps now flags parking problems in metro areas Google Street View goes underwater Pulling the pin: Google tackles fake business listings in Google Maps Now you can explore mountain tops, with Google Maps Street View Google Maps adds walking support for Africa, cycling directions for Europe and Australia Google Street View users now able to “go back in time” Read More

Tesla Superchargers coming to city centers

Over the five years since its launch, Tesla has expanded its Supercharger network to include more than 5,400 outlets across the globe, but city folks looking to charge up their rides still aren’t exactly flush with options outside their own home. The company has now announced plans to fit out downtown centers with Supercharger stations, to help ease the range anxiety for urban dwellers… Continue Reading Tesla Superchargers coming to city centers Category: Automotive Tags: EV Charging Tesla Related Articles: Charging for charging: UK EV drivers to lose free power privileges “World’s largest” EV charging station opens in Norway Messenger bag doubles as wireless charger HP backpack provides backup power Juice to go: The best portable chargers Logitech tempts gamers away from cables with charging mouse mat Read More

Artificial reef at Sydney Opera House to shelter local marine life

Sydney Harbour features more man-made seawall than natural shoreline, put in place to protect surrounding infrastructure. But it wasn’t always that way. Looking to replace some of the natural habitat lost to development in the area, scientists are set to install an artificial reef outside the iconic Sydney Opera House as a way of preserving local marine biodiversity… Continue Reading Artificial reef at Sydney Opera House to shelter local marine life Category: Environment Tags: Conservation Fish Sydney University of Technology Sydney Related Articles: Largest land donation in history to help connect “Route of Parks” through pristine Patagonia Drones aid ailing chimpanzee populations Scientists create first-ever lab-grown reptile skin The bigger the marine animal, the greater the risk of extinction, says study Clever chimps craft… Read More

Democratic dogs sneeze for their supper

An international team of researchers has uncovered an interesting technique packs of wild African dogs use to make collective decisions. Observing these creatures in the wild, the team found that they use their sneezes to vote on whether or not the pack should move off and start hunting its next target. .. Continue Reading Democratic dogs sneeze for their supper Category: Biology Tags: Africa University of New South Wales Related Articles: Fossil discovered by kid suggests turtle shells were for burrowing, not hiding MeerKAT First Light image exposes more than 1,300 new galaxies Drones and AI combine to combat poaching in southern Africa DartDrone puts US farmers in its crosshairs Water hazard – even big cars can be swept away in shallow floodwaters Connected Conservation: Using drones, sensors and… Read More

Study suggests wandering minds to be common among drivers

It can be easy to zone out when behind the wheel, particularly when rolling down a straight or otherwise uninteresting stretch of road. While the dangers of this behavior are obvious, a team of researchers has sought to understand just how commonplace it is, and by surveying and monitoring activity in the brains of road users, they believe they have some answers. .. Continue Reading Study suggests wandering minds to be common among drivers Category: Automotive Tags: Driving George Mason University Road Safety Related Articles: Autonomous rally car gets sideways to improve performance in hazardous conditions Study finds hands-free calls are just as distracting for drivers Singapore hails driverless taxis Texting while driving messes with your “sixth sense” New Audi A8 creates a brilliant harmony of style… Read More

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum cuts down on noise, adds extra minutes of flight time

Chinese drone giant DJI has rolled into this year’s IFA in Berlin with a few quiet upgrades to its existing lineup, literally. The compact Mavic Pro Platinum is claimed to make 60 percent less noise than its predecessor, while a smaller sibling has also received some new shooting capabilities. .. Continue Reading DJI Mavic Pro Platinum cuts down on noise, adds extra minutes of flight time Category: Drones Tags: DJI Innovations IFA 2017 Related Articles: DJI goes compact with folding Mavic Pro drone for the road Get aboard your drone – DJI unveils its own FPV goggles DJI Spark drone gets a gesture control update Latest DJI update will limit range of unregistered drones DJI’s first drone arena gives novices space to spread their wings DJI Ronin 2 takes the camera… Read More

Possible key ingredient for life rains down on Saturn’s moon

Cell membranes are a crucial building block for life on Earth but for them to exist on Saturn’s moon Titan, with its methane lakes and -290° F temperatures (-170° C) and all, they would require a rather different makeup. NASA scientists have now detected a key ingredient they say could form membrane like-structures in Titan’s harsh conditions, providing a new clue in the search for life elsewhere in the solar system… Continue Reading Possible key ingredient for life rains down on Saturn’s moon Category: Space Tags: NASA Titan Related Articles: Canyons flooded with liquid methane crisscross Titan Saturn’s moon Titan may have fizzy lakes Solid state chemistry could be clouding up Titan’s bone-dry atmosphere Cassini spots massive ice cloud above Titan’s south pole Cassini… Read More

Look out London: Amazon drone delivery trials to kick off in the UK

Amazon has found itself a new ally in its plans to get the Prime Air delivery service off the ground, today announcing a partnership with the UK government to commence trials using its autonomous drones. The agreement will enable Amazon to test out the technologies behind its drone delivery service, an audacious plan that it first announced in December of 2013… Continue Reading Look out London: Amazon drone delivery trials to kick off in the UK Category: Drones Tags: Amazon Delivery drones Related Articles: Amazon patent proposes using lamp posts as drone docking stations Amazon goes Uber with Flex delivery service Amazon working on drones that will deliver items to wherever you are 7-Eleven deploys donut delivery drone Rwanda’s blood-delivering drones to service 20 hospitals this summer Connect… Read More

Amazon patent proposes using lamp posts as drone docking stations

Lamp posts are a popular resting place for tired birds, but our feathered friends may soon find themselves with a little competition for these convenient perches. Amazon has been awarded a patent for a drone docking system that would see its flying delivery robots come down to recharge on structures like street lamps and power poles before continuing onto their final destination… Continue Reading Amazon patent proposes using lamp posts as drone docking stations Category: Drones Tags: Amazon Delivery drones Related Articles: Amazon working on drones that will deliver items to wherever you are Amazon to begin testing new delivery drones in the US Project Wing drone delivery service to take flight in 2017 Rwanda’s blood-delivering drones to service 20 hospitals this summer Ehang 184 taxi drone to undergo… Read More

Shark Shield electrical forcefield fends off 90% of attacks

Some pretty out-there ideas have been put forward to protect swimmers from sharks lurking in busy coastal waters. These have included drones to keep watch from above, wetsuits that ruin their appetite and even controversial culling programs. Now a new study is throwing further weight behind the slightly older idea of using electrical pulses to scare off would-be predators by overstimulating their senses, with a comprehensive study finding a device called Shark Shield can deter attacks 90 percent of the time… Continue Reading Shark Shield electrical forcefield fends off 90% of attacks Category: Good Thinking Tags: Sharks University of Western Australia Related Articles: Australia deploys shark-spotting drones to keep watch over beachgoers Primitive quantum computers may already outperform standard machines for very specific tasks Western… Read More

Squishy motor powers robots that can take a beating

In recent years robots have gone soft – literally – bringing with them a number of advantages. They are safer for humans to work with, can grasp different types of objects and now, may soon be better equipped to handle rough terrain. Scientists have developed a squishy motor that powers a soft rover across rocky paths and through water. They say such a vehicle could find applications in search and rescue missions and even deep space exploration… Continue Reading Squishy motor powers robots that can take a beating Category: Robotics Tags: Motor Rutgers University Related Articles: Olive oil ingredient leads cancer cells to their death 3D-printed braille maps to show students the way Copper iodide phosphors could mean less-expensive LEDs Restricting field of view to… Read More

Sweden cuts the ribbon on electric highway for trucks

Integrating carbon-friendly power supplies into roadways is an idea loaded with merit, as the considerable global interest in this technology seems to indicate. Working to rid its independent transport sector of fossil fuels by 2030, Sweden has opened up its first electrified highway, which will serve as a testbed for a possible wider deployment in the coming years. .. Continue Reading Sweden cuts the ribbon on electric highway for trucks Category: Environment Tags: Sweden Electric Vehicles Related Articles: Carbon GT Review: Polished electric skateboard eats rough terrain for breakfast Porsche to take all-electric Mission E concept to production Tiny solar cells could soon charge electric vehicles while on the road Consumer-ready wireless charger for EVs inches closer First all-electric double-decker buses roll out in… Read More