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Audi Urban Future explores connected self-driving cars

Audi Urban Future explores connected self-driving cars

Audi will put its self-driving cars to work in cities across the world, detailing how connected cars and the Internet of Things will shape the its vision of tomorrow's transportation. Dubbed the "Audi Urban Future", the project will see teams from Berlin, Boston, Mexico City, and Seoul compete over the next six months in ways that autonomous vehicles, car-to-car, and car-to-city communications will benefit the environment, making commuting easier, and even improve community relations.

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US Navy deploying railguns and lasers (with no sharks in sight)

US Navy deploying railguns and lasers (with no sharks in sight)

The US Navy will begin in-the-wild trials of a laser weapon that can bring down aircraft or small vessels this summer, controlled just like a video game and costing about $1 a shot. The technology will be deployed initially on the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport dock in the Persian Gulf, rather than mounted to a shark's head, the Navy confirmed, and is part of R&D weaponry trials that also include railguns.

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Researchers power scale model P-51 Mustang with fuel created from seawater

Researchers power scale model P-51 Mustang with fuel created from seawater

Being able to turn water into fuel for vehicles is something that has been a dream of researchers for decades. A team of researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Materials and Science division, have demonstrated a proof of concept for a fuel created from seawater. The team developed a process for the recovery of carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater that was then converted into a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.

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Duke researchers create self-healing lab grown muscle

Duke researchers create self-healing lab grown muscle

Researchers from Duke University have made a break through with artificial lab grown muscle tissue. The team has created an artificial muscle that is able to contract powerfully and rapidly while being able to be successfully integrated into mice in tests. One of the coolest aspects of this artificial muscle is that the fibers are able to heal themselves.

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus may have ocean the size of Lake Superior under frozen surface

Saturn’s moon Enceladus may have ocean the size of Lake Superior under frozen surface

Scientists are looking at a number of celestial bodies in our solar system as potential habitats for life. One of the spots that we are looking at is one of Saturn's moons called Enceladus. This moon is particularly interesting because it is known to spew water into space. Gravity measurements suggest that the moon has an ocean between its rocky core and the icy shell that is about the size of Lake Superior.

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Google Maps captures historic Cambodia with Street View

Google Maps captures historic Cambodia with Street View

Google Maps isn't just driving directions and traffic any more; Google has taken another tour to off-the-beaten-path locations with new Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, adding digital renderings of over 100 local temples. Featuring more than 90,000 panoramas of the external designs, the interior, and close-ups of individual carvings, the new content saw Google take its Street View photography equipment to historic sites most would never see.

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