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Waiters need not apply: New Zealand cafe uses pneumatic tubes for straight-to-table delivery

Waiters need not apply: New Zealand cafe uses pneumatic tubes for straight-to-table delivery

The C One Espresso (sometimes called the C1 Cafe) in New Zealand has brought a bit of The Jetsons' world to its customers, ushering in an altogether futuristic dining-out experience while giving those afraid of the future reason cower under the efficient foreshadowing of our eventual robotic overlords. How did the company do this? With a direct-to-the-table pneumatic food delivery system.

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DARPA X-Plane phase 1 contract granted to Sikorsky

DARPA X-Plane phase 1 contract granted to Sikorsky

Sikorsky as announced that it has been granted a contract by DARPA to develop phase 1 of the X-Plane program. The X-Plane to be designed under the contract is a vertical take off and landing experimental aircraft. The contract is worth $15 million to Sikorsky and will see the company begin development of a high speed aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing and hovering like a helicopter.

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Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model

Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model

Pandemics -- the spread of disease through large populations rapidly -- is something that has affected our world at various points for as long as humans have been around, and something that remains an ever-present threat despite increases in medical sciences and research. One of the biggest issue with pandemics is how rapidly they can be transmitted over large populations, and to help envision this issue to, ultimately, serve as an aid in neutralizing transmission, researchers have made a model breakthrough demonstrated through a simulation.

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AllSeen Alliance formed by big-named companies for Internet of Things unification

AllSeen Alliance formed by big-named companies for Internet of Things unification

The so-called "Internet of Things," which includes such devices as connected thermostats and baby monitors with network-equipped cameras, are gaining traction quickly, and with that comes the need for companies and devices to play together nicely, mostly in terms of following unified standards. Many big-name companies, among them being the likes of LG, Sharp, and Cisco, have formed a coalition to do this called the AllSeen Alliance.

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Bitcoin mining has its darkside: schemers taking advantage of regulation void

Bitcoin mining has its darkside: schemers taking advantage of regulation void

Bitcoin's value continues to soar as the digital currency is embraced by some and banned by others, becoming a valid method of payment at more than a few locations and even inspiring a new field of study at one university. With all its upsides comes a downside, however, something that results from the current void of regulations as the modern world decides how to deal with the currency: schemers who taking advantage of the system to make their Bitcoin mining worthwhile.

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USB Type-C connector in development with slimmer design

USB Type-C connector in development with slimmer design

The next generation of the ubiquitous USB is in development, according to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group. The upcoming version will feature an all-new design that is intended to meet the wants and needs of the modern market, namely being slimmer and smaller than present standard USB connectors to allow for slimmer devices overall. If all goes as planned, the group says the "supplement to the USB 3.1 specification" will be ready by next summer.

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