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The 10,000 Year Clock that Jeff Bezos is funding is being installed

The 10,000 Year Clock that Jeff Bezos is funding is being installed

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has begun the installation of his 10,000 Year Clock, where each tick happens just once a year. The project had begun drilling at its mountain installation site in Texas back in 2009, though it's only now that the 500 foot high clock has begun to be fitted into place.

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Automakers look to 48V electrics to power future vehicles

Automakers look to 48V electrics to power future vehicles

Automakers need EVs to meet the ever-increasing fuel economy standards presented by governments around the world. Car buyers want to see EVs with a lower price, more range and faster charging before many will move to the cleaner and more efficient vehicles. To improve electric vehicles and hybrids, automakers are looking to a new 48V electrical standard to replace the current 12V standard.

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Chinese police use facial recognition glasses to find crooks

Chinese police use facial recognition glasses to find crooks

In central China police officers protecting the public have a new tool to catch criminals. Some officers are now wearing special facial recognition glasses with software that can search for criminals as people walk by. The glasses are being used at a railway station during the travel rush for the Lunar New Year holiday.

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Ehang passenger drone makes successful human test flights

Ehang passenger drone makes successful human test flights

There's a reason why governments are wary of the explosion of drones, a.k.a. unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. Regulation procedures, privacy concerns, and security issues are just the tip of the iceberg. Many drone companies, not just a few, envision drones as the future of transportation, combining flight with the self-driving cars that are already giving regulators a headache. Many might scoff at the out of this world idea that might seem only possible in science fiction. But Chinese drone maker Ehang has just proven that the future is almost here.

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This Mayan Megalopolis discovery changes the history of human society

This Mayan Megalopolis discovery changes the history of human society

A newly massive "megalopolis" was discovered and reported for the first time this week in a Guatemalan Jungle. You can see a few old structures popping up from the trees right now, but below the surface, oh my goodness. There's one whole heck of a lot more down there than anyone in modern times knew until now. NOTE: This project not only discovered thousands of new structures, they've done so with LiDAR, so it'll all be available in 3D map file format - think augmented reality!

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Universal Stylus Initiative: it’s about time for a pen comeback

Universal Stylus Initiative: it’s about time for a pen comeback

Steve Jobs was wrong. The stylus is far from a being a ridiculous and unnecessary accessory. OK, he wasn’t completely wrong. In the context of the tiny screen of the first iPhone and the Android phones that followed, the stylus may have indeed been more of a liability. We also owe that stylus witch hunt for pushing the user interface into more touch-friendly territory. But times have changed, screens are larger, and phones and especially tablets have become more than just content consumption devices. Even post-Jobs Apple has embraced the digital pen. It’s about time the industry rally behind the stylus, and the young Universal Stylus Initiative might just be the place to do it.

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Bitcoin stock price and why that’s not right

Bitcoin stock price and why that’s not right

This morning we're having a look at the price of Bitcoin today, why it is the price it's at, and why it's like a stock, only not. News this week has Bitcoin on the fritz, and not only because Bitcoin is not a stock. There's also news that Samsung is about to get in on the game - and when a big brand like Samsung joins, you know things are about to get wild.

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Optical Trap Display makes R2-D2’s holographic Leia a reality

Optical Trap Display makes R2-D2’s holographic Leia a reality

Researchers have invented a way to print objects with light into thin air at the Dan Smalley Lab at Brigham Young University. These objects are better than those that've come before them. They do not require that the holographic images they create be stuck to one dimension. Instead, they use nearly invisible particles in the air to create objects that can be viewed from any angle. This is Star Wars made real.

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US Customs phone, laptop border searches increased substantially in 2017

US Customs phone, laptop border searches increased substantially in 2017

Back in August 2009, the US Customs and Border Patrol released a Directive over its border searches of electronic devices. Today the CBP released a new Directive that supersedes the one it released in 2009, explaining that the new one "enhances transparency, accountability and oversight of electronic device border searches" it performs. The CBP also said that it performed 30,200 electronic device searches at the border in 2017.

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Kroger’s mobile scanning tech will cut checkout lines in 2018

Kroger’s mobile scanning tech will cut checkout lines in 2018

Kroger plans to expand use of technology that enables customers to scan products as they're put into the shopping cart, eliminating the need to stand in traditional checkout lines. Though the Scan, Bag, Go system isn't new, Kroger has revealed that it will be expanding it to 400 stores next year, a move perhaps spurred by Amazon Go and Walmart's own rumored alternative.

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Energous WattUp over the air charging gets FCC nod

Energous WattUp over the air charging gets FCC nod

Fumbling for charging cables and even charging pads could soon become a thing of the past. That is if Energous will be able to take advantage of the door that has just been opened for it. The company’s WattUp Mid Field Transmitter has just gotten the approval of the Federal Communications Commission, making it the first “power-at-a-distance” wireless charging tech to get the green light. Should actual commercial products get created from this tech, it could mean we’d be charging devices from as far as three feet away from the charger.

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Audi workers are testing exoskeletons to reduce strain on assembly line

Audi workers are testing exoskeletons to reduce strain on assembly line

Audi has rolled out a cool bit of tech for the people working some of its assembly lines. The tech is an exoskeleton that is designed to be a lifting aid worn on the body. The entire exoskeleton weighs about three kilograms. The device is a metal frame with elements on the upper and lower body as well as back and thighs that are connected with a support structure.

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