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Dandelion Energy, the Alphabet X spinout, raises another $16M led by GV and Comcast

By | Alphabet X, Comcast Ventures, Dandelion, energy, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, geothermal, GV, Hardware, Science, smart home, TC

As tech companies continue their race to control the smart home, a promising energy startup has raised a round of funding from traditionally-tech and strategic investors, for a geothermal solution to heat and cool houses. Dandelion Energy, a spinout from Alphabet X, has raised $16 million in a Series A round of funding, with strategic […]

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Schneider’s EVLink car charging stations were easily hackable, thanks to a hardcoded password

By | Automotive, broadband, charging stations, electric car, electric vehicles, energy, Gadgets, inductive charging, internet connectivity, New York, Security, transport

Schneider has fixed three vulnerabilities in one of its popular electric car charging stations, which security researchers said could have easily allowed an attacker to remotely take over the unit. At its worst, an attacker can force a plugged-in vehicle to stop charging, rendering it useless in a “denial-of-service state,” an attack favored by some […]

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This hole-digging drone parachutes in to get the job done

By | drone, electronics, Emerging-Technologies, energy, Gadgets, nebraska, Nimbus, Robotics, TC, Technology, university of nebraska, wireless

A new drone from the NIMBUS group at the University of Nebraska can fall out of a plane, parachute down, fly to a certain place, dig a hole, hide sensors inside it, and then fly away like some crazy wasp. Robots are weird. The goal of the project is to allow drones to place sensors […]

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How machine learning systems sometimes surprise us

By | cognitive science, energy, Gadgets, learning, machine learning, neuroscience, simulation, spreadsheet, TC

This simple spreadsheet of machine learning foibles may not look like much but it’s a fascinating exploration of how machines “think.” The list, compiled by researcher Victoria Krakovna, describes various situations in which robots followed the spirit and the letter of the law at the same time. For example, in the video below a machine […]

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New material design stores energy like an eagle

By | 3d printing, energy, Gadgets, Latch, materials, matter, TC, universe, university of cambridge

Auxetics are materials that store energy internally rather than bulging out. In this way they can store more energy when squeezed or struck and disperse it more regularly. Historically, however, these materials have had sharp corners that could break easily with enough pressure. Now researchers at Queen Mary University of London and University of Cambridge […]

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New technique brings secrets out of old daguerreotypes

By | energy, Gadgets, TC, X Ray

Daguerreotypes – photos made with a process that used mercury vapors on an iodine-sensitized silvered plate – break down quite easily. The result is a fogged plate that, more often that not, is completely ruined by time and mistreatment. However, researchers at Western University have created a system that uses synchrotrons and “rapid-scanning micro-X-ray fluorescence […]

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