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NASA Puts Its Money Where It’s Satellite Is: Burning Up ABillion-Dollar Probe To Protect Alien Life (Video)

Once again, Star Trek gives science the blueprint. Remember the Prime Directive (prohibiting Starfleet personnel from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations? Well, NASA is following that in purest form and intention!

NASA’s Juno probe successfully began orbiting Jupiter on July 4. The spacecraft has 37 orbits to go before it burns up on purpose — to protect potential aliens.

Holy self-destruct, NASA! We don’t even want to risk exposing any potential alien life to our Earth germs. And before you grumble about that being billion-dollar overkill, Google how ill the Native Americans got shortly after being ‘exposed’ to European explorers ALIENS waaaaay before Star Trek.

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Technology: The Skreemr Jet Is Designed To Cross The Atlantic In A Half-Hour (Video)

Yoooo! Okay, we posted on the Concorde from back in the day and how it was designed to make supersonic travel a reality. Three-and-a-half hours to hop the Atlantic. Impressive. But how about a new jet concept… one that blows that trip time out the water (so to speak)? We’re talking going from NYC to London in 30 Minutes! Maaaaannn, you could barely get started on that pizza you ordered to enjoy while peeping our posts on here.

Okay, pump your air brakes a bit though Canadian engineer Charles Bombardier’s concept will likely roll out for military purposes before commercial; but still…DOPE! Watch.

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What Ever Happened To The Concorde Plane? (Video)

This plane could cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. In the time you’d take a cross-state bus trip, you’d be across the ocean on ANOTHER continent!! The Concorde gave us supersonic transport. So, with all that going for it, why did this supersonic plane fail? The answer is complicated. Vox’s Phil Edwards investigated.

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Check This All-Black ‘Super Yacht’: The Black Swan (Video)

Duuuuude! This ought to make a “Most Expensivest Sh*t” episode, hosted by 2 Chainz, with theme music done by Rapsody (“All Black Everything”)!

This slick yacht looks like a supervillain’s hideout straight out of out of the next 007 film. The superyacht is called The Black Swan and is a design concept by designer Timur Bozca.
– Tech Insider

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Performance Enhancement: ‘Sex Shorts’ Help Men Train The Pelvic Floor (Video)

For real? Pelvic floor exercises. Well, the ladies have their Kegels to do. Now, the technology exists for men to (pause) keep it tight (double pause). Nah, not saying any more here. Watch and let the video tell you what the hell these VylyV smart pelvic training shorts are supposed to do.

(Want to keep a strong schlong? There’s an app for that. BWAAAHAHAAAAA!)

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The Cyclotron: Spokeless Smart Cycle (Video)

The Hubless Smart Bicycle bka The Cyclotron. Nice! Technological dopeness with the family in mind. Check out the video package above on the future of cycling, transportation, exercise, and more. Of course, there is a Kickstarter Campaign going on (linked below).

MORE: THE CYCLOTRON BIKE (KICKSTARTER)

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Technology/Product: Amazing Omni-Capable Liddiard Wheels (Video)

William Liddiard – just using his noodle (e.g. brain), available materials and time to work on them – has developed his own working omni-capable wheels (e.g. wheels that can move a vehicle in all directions, and turn on the spot). Liddiard Wheels are durable and can work in all weather and road conditions. They could be installed on anything that works using regular tires. Even these are proof-of-concept prototypes they are good enough to show that they work (like in the clip above). Remember this is what William did in his spare time, with spare materials. Imagine what a dedicated manufacturer could do.

Thing is, he actually wants to license or partner with someone or some such manufacturing entity to bring Liddiard Wheels to market.

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Technology: Boston Dynamics Introduces Its SpotMini ‘Dog Robot’ (Video)

Dog robot, dog bot, looking-like-a-giraffe-bot… whatever. Though we are into tech, gotta admit this is getting kinda creepy. Especially at the end of this clip (you can keep that cola can, um, ‘Spot’).

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but it often uses a human for high-level guidance.

Still, this is a solid step forward in robotics tech; a mobile pick-and-place robot with some serious intelligence designed into it by Boston Dynamics.

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Technology: Nissan’s FPV Drone Is Insanely Fast (Video)

We’ve done our share of posts on drones on here for certain. We’ve even written up drone racing for sport. That might bring to mind just how fast these things go; but how fast is that really?

Well, Nissan has this GT-R Drone – one of the fastest accelerating FPV (First Person View) racing drones in the world. Watch it above, keeping up with the new 2017 Nissan GT-R while filming on the track.

Zero to 100, real quick. Like in less than two seconds. Crazy!

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Sideways Elevators In London (Video)

Thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO Andreas Schierenbeck has declared this concept as one that could “undoubtedly change the face of London’s transport network, and reinforce the UK’s position at the head of global innovations.” No cables; magnetically driven; able to move up, down and sideways… to eliminate street glut by streamlining the ‘mid-commute’ (travelers exiting subway cars, walking out of stations via mazes of underground to top-bound pathways, onto the street, into tall buildings and packed elevators to get to their destinations…only to reverse that madness to get home). Here’s the idea.

Thyssenkrupp MULTI elevator technology, rope-less and moving sideways, increases passenger shaft capacity by 50%. Originally designed for tall buildings MULTI can also open up new possibilities for underground metro stations, set to make metro hubs true centers of human interaction.

Imagine a futuristic George Jetson meets Star Trek car-and-lift system that takes throngs of passengers from subway car to in-building destination; eliminating ‘people traffic’ in much the same way that an underground rail system reduces the amount of traffic on surface roadways. Dope! And they are testing in the UK in 2017.

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Elon Musk: Life Is A Videogame? (Video)

Consider that we, in what we call reality, actually exist as part of a simulation (like ‘The Matrix’). It sounds crazy, but billionaire tech futurist Elon Musk says it is crazy not to think of our existence in this way. He posits that 40 years ago, the height of video gaming tech was pong – two rectangles and a dot. In less than half a century we grew the tech into some realistic, 3D simulations, in a ‘world’ of millions of simultaneous players… and such tech is getting better and better, faster and faster. Soon the line between real and virtual could very well become irrevocably blurred. Heck, to have Musk tell it, it may have happened already.

Could that be accidental, incidental, or random evolution? Well, Musk says what he thinks. What do YOU think?

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Science: Stan Larkin Lived 555 Days With A Backpack Powered Artificial Heart (Video)

DUDE! It’s like he had a powered heart. A Tony Stark heart. Like Iron Man but without the ‘Arc Reactor’ part. But seriously, the bleak picture of a heart disease patient waiting for an organ – sickly, hospitalized 24-7 the whole duration of the wait – could be a thing of the past! Watch this medical miracle gone sensational viral video… and be amazed!

A 24-year-old man survived 555 days without a heart with the help from a portable artificial heart.

READ: MAN LIVES 555 DAYS WITHOUT A HEART (CNN)

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Technology: Machine 3D Prints Metal Structures In Midair (Video)

You’ve seen us post on 3D printers here before; the slow, layering from the base up type. And those were cool. But what about incorporating laser tech and raw materials with a printer capable of generating objects made of metal in mid-air?

In this video, see the laser-assisted method developed by Wyss Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis that allows metal to be 3D printed in midair. Credit: Lewis Lab / Wyss Institute at Harvard University.

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Line To Gain: How That Yellow First Down Line Came To Be Part Of Every Football Game Shown On TV (Video)

Wow. This is pretty dope. Check out the history and engineering behind sports on TV’s adoption of that yellow first down line you see during all the football games.

Since the late 1990s, the virtual yellow line has been quietly enhancing football broadcasts by giving viewers a live, intuitive guide to the state of play. The graphic is engineered to appear painted on the field, rather than simply plopped on top of the players, so it doesn’t distract from the game at all.

The line debuted during a September 27, 1998, game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. It was developed by a company called Sportvision Inc. and operated by six people in a 48-foot semi-truck parked outside the stadium.

ESPN was the only network that immediately agreed to pay the steep price of $25,000 per game. Before long, other companies began offering the yellow line to the other networks, and now you won’t see a football game without it.

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Magic Leap: The World’s Most Secretive Startup (Video)

Check out this great article I read on WIRED (embedded videos from the article above and after the jump; link to full article below). Virtual reality (VR) is poised to become a fundamental technology, and outfits like Magic Leap have an opportunity to become some of the largest companies ever.

The world’s hottest startup isn’t located in Silicon Valley — it’s in suburban Florida. Kevin Kelly explores what Magic Leap’s mind-bending technology tells us about the future of virtual reality.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE: MAGIC LEAP (WIRED)

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See What It Takes To Make Acura’s NSX Hybrid Supercar (Video)

Acura’s NSX hybrid supercar is capable of a blistering 191 mph but to make a car this fast, you have to build it slowly and precisely.

You understand (or you will): Precision. But before we see the process behind the phenomenon… can we slow down and see that speed run again? DAAAAMN! So that’s what 191 MPH on the straight, screeching into the turn looks/sounds like?! DOPE! Okay.

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Check Out The Military’s New Micro-Drone: The Black Hornet (Video)

Proxdynamics’ nano-UAV – a mini, mini, miniaturized Unmanned Air Vehicle – is on the way… at least for the U.S. military and law enforcement officials. Aptly named for its size and color scheme, the Black Hornet PD-100 PRS mini-drones should be in soldiers’ pockets in 2018. Far off reconnaissance, signaling and more; ready to fly and spy right out the box. Check out the clip above!

(Notice how it says, “Battle Tested,” in there? Already? In what battle?)

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Got An Apple Watch? Then You Can ‘Summon’ A Tesla Car Like Michael Knight Calls KITT (Video)

Once again, a nerdgasmic advance in real-world technology. Megabucks real-life Tony Starks aka Elon Musk, and his Tesla car brand, are showing us something really, really COOL! Remember how the car (KITT) on the Knight Rider TV show used to come when Michael Knight (played by David Hasselhoff) called him on his super-spy type watch? Yeah, that’s the Tesla Summon feature.

Dope, right? Oh, and the car in the clip above… it drives itself, too!

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Technology: Cosmo Meet Spot…The Robot ‘Dog’ (Video)

Man made the tech sort of mimicking dog movement, obviously; but how would a dog react? Well… let’s just say it’ll take more work to fool a real dog. Spot, Boston Dynamics’ 160-pound quadruped robot, was built for navigating uneven terrain. The doggieness was a side-benefit. In the video above, see venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson’s video of actual dog Cosmo playing with Spot. Cosmo belongs to Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android.

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This ‘Atlas’ Robot Stands On Its Own Two Feet…And Walks And Lifts (Video)

This is damn near the robot from the Will Smith “I Robot” movie. Boston Dynamics introduces the next generation of Atlas, an amazing bipedal robot. As you can see in the video, Atlas can balance and walk on its own two (er) feet, indoors or outdoors, lift stuff (even remembering to bend at the knees). So human-like, and so humane. Watch how the Atlas resume work right away every time someone pushes it of messes with boxes; no attitude at all. Robots don’t have feelings. Sure. But you gotta feel something wonderful about this amazing technology when you watch.

MORE: ATLAS, THE NEW ROBOT FROM BOSTON DYNAMICS

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