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The Elektra One electric airplane

Considering the big move of getting all of our cars to be electric, I guess it was only a matter of time before our planes went electric too.
NASA has recently sponsored a CAFE Green Flight Challenge, and this Elektra One is the PC-Aero entry. The plane is a single-seater aircraft, and it completed its main flight of 500 meters high and then quickly landing, all on batteries. On its second flight, the Elektra One stayed in the air for about half and hour.
Yeah, that doesn’t seem long in today’s world of flying, and 3 hours of flight time for a speed of 160 kph doesn’t seem that long either. Aren’t we saying that about electric-powered vehicles a few years ago?
In other words, we probably have a long way to go before our jumbo-jets will be completely green-powered. I am seeing an image from the future of a plane that “plugs-in” while the passengers are unboarding and boarding.
The future also looks quieter for electric planes, which means that the days of hearing deafeningly loud planes pass over are going to be a thing of the past. Part of me wants to think that technology like this is decades ahead of us, but another part of me wants to believe that we aren’t too far away from it.


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Fresh Ideas For Internet Marketing Business

Among the great variety of opportunities people tend to choose internet marketing. It is a very specific and extremely unique business. There are many aspects of internet marketing. People create new niches and come up with great deal of fresh ideas. It is becoming more and more popular. People all over the world prefer internet to any other sources of information. It seems like there is no other such a convenient source of communication, study and entertainment as internet marketing. If you are interested in this business, get prepared to face the difficulties. Today it is a highly competitive and extremely challenging business. The standards have soared up to such extend that it is really a hard time to become successful internet marketing. If you are still interested and if you are ready to devote a great part of your life to it, you should get professionally prepared. There are many things you should take into consideration. Never let the other to be better than you. If it is difficult for you to come up with interesting ideas and to develop your professional skills, you should just pay attention to the key elements of internet marketing business and learn how to do your best when running internet marketing.

Idea 1

Open an online storeYou have probably seen a lot of online stores. People like buying online. It gives a lot of chances. People don’t like going to the other cities in order to buy anything. That is why, online stores are become extremely popular. All you have to do is just to browse internet, find an item you need an order it. The owner of the store will send it to you and make you extremely rich. It sounds really very great. It is very convenient. People like this ideas and you will benefit a lot for sure. That is why, if you have an opportunity to become an owner of your own online store, do it right now.

Idea 2

Produce a websiteThink carefully and figure out what you are good at. There are many field you can use your knowledge in. For example, if you are a good electrician, you can create a website where you would describe your job, your service, give valuable pieces of advice and promote your business. Website is a good platform for beginning of the business. This is probably the greatest chance to develop attract attention of clients, to make them trust you and work with you. Share with the others your knowledge. Give really working pieces of advice. This will make people come to you and work with you. And there is nothing better in business than trust of the clients.Any site deserves to receive free traffic. Learn how many site owners are receiving traffic from search engines today – this is part of IM strategy for successful Internet marketers shown on this site.

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Robots capable of ‘deceiving humans’

Worrying news from Georgia, America, where boffins report that they have developed robots which are able to “deceive a human”.

“We have been concerned from the very beginning with the ethical implications related to the creation of robots capable of deception and we understand that there are beneficial and deleterious aspects,” says Ronald Arkin, interactive-computing prof at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“Robots will probably rarely use deception, but it’s still an important tool in the robot’s interactive arsenal because robots that recognize the need for deception have advantages,” adds Arkin’s fellow liar-droid builder, GIT engineer Alan Wagner.

The method chosen by the two men to test their new and mendacious robot algorithms was that of setting one robot to try and hide from another. The fleeing droid would move through a region of prepositioned markers, knocking some of them down and so leaving a trail indicating where it was going.

But the cunning decepto-bots naturally laid false trails, swerving off towards alternative hides once clear of the markers.

“The hider’s set of false communications was defined by selecting a pattern of knocked over markers that indicated a false hiding position,” explains Wagner.

This fiendish plan apparently fooled the hunter droids 75 per cent of the time.

“We have developed algorithms that allow a robot to determine whether it should deceive a human or other intelligent machine and we have designed techniques that help the robot select the best deceptive strategy to reduce its chance of being discovered,” says Arkin, proudly.

“We strongly encourage discussion about the appropriateness of deceptive robots to determine what, if any, regulations or guidelines should constrain the development of these systems,” adds the prof.

So there you have it – conclusive proof that robots are quite capable of lying to or otherwise deceiving their fleshy masters. Don’t trust the machines.

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Swarms of flying robots could act as a mobile wireless network

Sometimes the aftermath of a natural disaster is just as bad as the disaster itself, as the rescue teams on the ground can face a stiff challenge when it comes to communicating with the outside world and one another. Of course, our favorite problem solvers are here to help: tiny flying robots.

This is SMAVNET (Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network), a project  from Swiss-based lab EPFL, involves a swarm of micro air vehicles that will fly over a disaster site in a holding pattern. The flying ‘bots themselves will act as an ad hoc network, allowing rescue workers to use their phones and computers and the like.

The best part of it all could be how easy the SMAVNET — or Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network — is to set up. To take off, all they need is one person to chuck them into the air, and they’re light enough that several can be carried at once. When the project is done, the swarm lands, making it as mobile as rescue workers need to be.

Check it out in the video below:

EPFL, via Engadget

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Grass LED Lights

Grass solar garden lights

If  you’re looking for something a little different as far as solar lights go you could pick up these Wild Grass Solar Garden Lights.  You can jam the stakes into the ground and make it appear as if you have random tufts of grass glowing in the dark.  If you have any extra gullible friends you could always convince them that the grass is a special variety that glows every single night.

The set includes 3 sprigs of grass packed full of LED lights.  Then of course there’s a handy little solar panel that charges up the rechargeable battery all day long.  At night the lights kick on automatically and then shut off when the sun starts to come up.  In order to run it’ll need 8 hours of sun to run for 6 hours in the evening.  You can choose to keep the light steady or to flash.  You can purchase it for $19.95

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Tree Planting Robot

Tree Planting Robot

Imagine living in a world where all the trees are slowly dying, and all animals must be replaced with robotic couterparts. This would be the giraffe.

Actually, this particular robot is designed to prevent an environmental apocalypse. You see, this is a Tree Planting Robot designed for reforestation projects.

The Tree Planting Robot is good for carrying 320 seedlings, with each one in a biodegradable plastic protective barrier that protects it from plant-eating insects.

Not only can this thing plant, but it can also weed. Apparently, it has hot steam to destroy “competing vegetation, such as choking vines that can affect other plants”. It can also plant in patterns, just in case you want some sort of landscaping done.

Yeah, this is a concept project for now. I suppose it could be used for cases where a volcano like Mount St. Helens blows away the forest area.

However, why should we limit this guy on just Earth? Isn’t there a way to put this on Mars, and have it plant all sorts of vegetation. Then we could have some serious atmosphere by the time we land there, if ever. Of course, I could be wrong about the science here. Still, we are talking about a robot that plants here. We’re sort of in the science-fiction realm.

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Steelseries Shift Gaming Keyboard

Steelseries has come out with yet another keyboard for gamers to pick up.  Instead of being made for just one game, this one is able to handle interchangeable keysets.  This way if you decide to drop WoW and switch to a FPS game it doesn’t require you to pick up a new keyboard.  Plus, with the Shift Keyboard it offers several different ways to personalize it to the point that you’ll be able to use it the way you want.

The entire keyboard is fully customizable, all of the keys can be programmed to do something else.  The layers are easy to switch out, so it won’t consume too much of your time when you’re dying to just hop on the computer and start gaming.  Being a Steelseries keyboard you can count on that it’s a high quality keyboard and that it’s obviously ergonomic.  You can pick yourself one up for $90.

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