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By finely tuning the space between a single layer of nanoparticles, researchers developed a filter that changes from a mirror to a window. (Image credit Imperial College London)   Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a unique filter that can change from a reflective state to a clear state and back again in real-time- essentially a mirror that transforms into a window and back again on demand. Similar in the way Innovative Glass’ eGlass works by applying a low current ...
John Deere will tap into AI for more efficient crop sprayers. (Image credit John Deere)   AI isn’t limited to robots, computer science or education as it’s being implemented in nearly all facets of industry, including farming. Of course, its application in this area is hardly new either as it’s being tasked to help grow better tomatoes, helping to identify crop diseases and used to analyze satellite data to help farmers become prosperous (among a few others). Legendary fa ...
(Image credit Pexels)   It’s not unheard of for Li-ion batteries to catch fire or explode when damaged or poorly designed, just look at Samsung’s recent debacle with the Galaxy Note 7, and you can see why. The problem with most catastrophic failures in these types of batteries is heat, or rather a buildup of heat resulting from damage or short circuit, which causes a chain reaction that can’t be cooled sufficiently to stop it.   As the battery’s electrodes cha ...
MIT’s RFly system uses autonomous drones to relay signals emitted by a standard RFID reader to track inventory. (Image credit MIT)   Implementing RFID in supply chain management was supposed to make tracking inventory a whole lot easier; however, in 2013 Walmart reported a $3-billion loss due to product mismanagement. Even the US Army suffered warehouse inventory losses to the tune of $5.8-billion between 2003 and 2011. A 2016 DoD Audit also found the Army lost $1-billion worth of w ...