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Wireless Gravestone Tech Will Broadcast Your Awesomeness to Posterity

For those people seeking some long-term postmortem respect, you could always go the route of theRoyal Tenenbaum epitaph and have your hyperbolic greatness engraved upon a headstone. But we all know weather eventually gets the better of those words, and besides: Why settle for one measly sentence when you could speak directly to your descendants from beyond the grave? The Objecs company has the answer: RosettaStone “technology enhanced memorial products,” which, preloaded with your autobiographical information, will attach to your grave. From Discovery News: When your great-great-great granddaughter stops by sometime in the…

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Transport Tech 

Ford rolls autonomous and smart tech into new city/road/mountain e-bike

Earlier this year, Ford previewed its Mode:Me and Mode:Pro electric bike concepts. The bikes were envisioned as key components of a multimodal transportation ecosystem that would also incorporate cars and public transit. Recently, it added the Mode:Flex e-bike prototype, which uses the latest wireless and connectivity technologies to integrate further into a coordinated transportation system. The Mode:Me folding commuter bike and Mode:Pro delivery bike concepts were born out of an internal e-bike design competition. Ford revealed them at Mobile World Congress back in March and has continued its research in the area…

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Error fix for long-lived qubits brings quantum computers nearer

By Jacob Aron Useful quantum computers are one step closer, thanks to the latest demonstration of a technique designed to stop them making mistakes. Quantum computers store information as quantum bits, or qubits. Unlike binary bits, which store a 0 or a 1, qubits can hold a mixture of both states at the same time, boosting their computing potential for certain types of problems. But qubits are fragile – their quantum nature means they can’t hold data for long before errors creep in. So researchers wanting to build large-scale computers invented quantum…

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The positive impact of online payment on the Chinese economy

The positive impact of online payment on the Chinese economy Recent years have witnessed the development of digital economics, which has aroused a heated debate on online payment exert impact on the advantageous impact to the economy in China. Under this circumstance, I prefer to analyze this situation. To begin with, payment through the virtual internet has been and is going to promote the specialized division of labor and technological progress and therefore to improve the productivity of the Chinese economy. Digital currency in time and space can connect business…

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Medical Tech 

ARIES M1, a New Compact Clinical Real-Time PCR System

Luminex won clearance from the FDA and European CE-IVD mark of approval to introduce its ARIES M1 real-time PCR system. Designed for smaller clinical labs, the M1 is a lower throughput version of the company’s ARIES system, offering essentially the same features in a smaller package. It can run six samples and up to six different assays simultaneously, extracting, amplifying, and detecting genetic material all on its own once the cartridges are loaded. “In developing the ARIES family of systems, we listened closely to the needs of our customers and crafted…

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Quantum processor for single photons

Scientists have realized a photon-photon logic gate via a deterministic interaction with a strongly coupled atom-resonator system. “Nothing is impossible!” In line with this motto, physicists from the Quantum Dynamics Division of Professor Gerhard Rempe (director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics) managed to realise a quantum logic gate in which two light quanta are the main actors. The difficulty of such an endeavour is that photons usually do not interact at all but pass each other undisturbed. This makes them ideal for the transmission of quantum information,…

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Other Tech 

Packable device keeps mosquitoes away in the boonies

Beyond heated insoles, Thermacell makes a variety of battery-powered gadgets for outdoor lovers, among them a line of mosquito repellers. The company is preparing to launch a lighter, more compact repeller designed to go deeper into the wilderness. The packable Backpacker Repeller drops Thermacell’s mosquito-fighting technology into your pack so you can easily carry it to even the most faraway backcountry destinations. We’ve used one of Thermacell’s larger repeller lanterns and can say that it’s an absolute pleasure. Thermacell claims 96 percent effectiveness against mosquitoes, black flies and other pesky flying…

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10 Ways Virtual Reality Is Revolutionizing Medicine and Healthcare

When people experience virtual reality for the first time, a common reaction is to start imagining all the different uses the technology might hold. Even within one industry, healthcare, the potential is open-ended. The good thing is that scientists and medical professionals have been at the drawing board for years now, developing and implementing virtual reality in ways that can help them train, diagnose, and treat in myriad situations. Here are just ten of the use cases that are currently in practice and continually developing as the technology itself develops…

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Transport Tech 

You Don’t Like Sharing Your Car. But Can Elon Musk Change Your Mind?

Last week, tech wonderboy Elon Musk released his much-awaited Master Plan, Part Deux, a wildly ambitious blueprint to change American mobility as we know it: autonomous buses that might appear on-demand, and new electric big-rigs, pick-ups and SUVs. Oh, and sharing. Lots of sharing. Anyone will be able to use the Tesla app to add their self-driving Tesla to the wider Tesla fleet, Musk says. It will allow cash-poor wannabe Tesla owners the chance to take one for a spin while its real owner is, say, disrupting the Silicon Valley…

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Transport Tech 

Too Bad You’ll Never Drive Nissan’s Razor-Like Electric Concept

Over the past few years, the world has gotten to know some pretty cool electric vehicles: ludicrously quick Teslas, solar-powered planes, sport bikes with Italian styling. To add to the pile, Nissan now introduces the BladeGlider, a Zeus juice-powered razor blade on four wheels. Released in Rio de Janeiro this week, the prototype version of a concept Nissan first showed in 2013 is a 268-horsepower sports car with a heart of green, powered by a 220kW lithium-ion battery. The BladeGlider comes with rear-hinged dihedral doors (because conventional openings have no…

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