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Pipistrel has unveiled its eVTOL aircraft, which comes in two models that are capable of delivering cargo over certain distances, depending on the payload. (Image Credit: Pipistrel)   Pipistrel, a Slovenian aircraft manufacturer, has recently unveiled its unmanned eVTOL aircraft with hybrid propulsion for cargo delivery flights. Perhaps one of the best features of the Nuuva series is its ability to take off and land vertically. It also runs on electricity and uses an internal combustion en ...
The Mayflower, an autonomous ship, embarking on various missions over the next six months ahead of its transatlantic journey. This Mayflower looks nothing like the one in history books. (Image credit: University of Birmingham’s Human Interface Technologies Team)   COVID-19 upset everyone’s plans for 2020, including autonomous robots. A robot powered boat dubbed the Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship (MAS) was set to cross the Atlantic this month, but thanks to the virus, its vo ...
The datacenter was retrieved from the seafloor off Scotland's Orkney Islands. Algae, barnacles and sea anemones grew on the datacenter. (Image Credit: Jonathan Banks)   Microsoft completed its years-long experiment involving a 40-foot long, 12-rack, self-contained underwater data center, set on the seafloor offshore from the Orkney Islands. Earlier this summer, the company retrieved its "Project Natick" underwater datacenter from the water. For the past few months, Microsoft has studied th ...
Another robot was built to help scientists deepen their study of climate change, and this time they want to slow down the process. Team of researchers surrounding the Slothbot. (image credit: Georgia Tech) Most people believe that global warming is real and that something needs to be done to fight it. While some go the “zero waste” route to reduce their carbon footprint, others turn to science for solutions. But whether one believes in climate change or not, and no matter what one ch ...
Scientists created a robot that can hold basic conversations, and a study discovered that when the robot is put in care homes, it improved the mental health of the residents. This is the robot "Pepper," the new robot to be put in UK care homes. (Image credit: Barchester)   At the University of Bedfordshire, a team of researchers led by Dr. Chris Papadopoulos conducted a study during which they introduced a programmable robot to residents of a few care homes. The team explained that their ma ...
Waymo is ready to deploy its autonomous trucks on Texas interstates. Is this the future of trucking? (Image credit: Waymo)   Don't be surprised the next time you see a semi-truck on the road, and there's no driver inside. Self-driving trucks are preparing to hit the road, at least in Texas. Waymo, formerly Google's self-driving car division, said it's ready to deploy its autonomous trucks in Texas. This comes after months of testing its Chrysler Pacifica autonomous prototypes on the road t ...
SkyDrive’s flying eVTOL car stayed airborne for 10 minutes, lifted ten feet in the air. (Image credit: SkyDrive)   It’s 2020, and we still don’t have the flying cars and hoverboards as promised to us by The Jetsons and Back to the Future. While we still don’t have hoverboards (those motorized versions don’t count), one Japanese company may get us closer to flying cars. SkyDrive recently announced it had finished a test flight using “the world’s fir ...
The microscopic robots measure just 5 microns thick, 40 microns wide and 40 to 70 microns long, which are too small to be seen by the naked eye. (Image Credit: Criss Hohmann)   Researchers at Penn Engineering and Cornell University have developed an army of microscopic robots that are powered by lasers and could potentially walk inside a human body. The researchers hope these machines can be built into more complex systems, allowing them to be controlled by computer chips.  These robo ...