Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

#Aliens abound as Americans report record #UFO sightings 70 years after Roswell – an annotated infographic

March 14, 2017

The 1947 Roswell UFO incident took place 70 years ago this year.

Initially reported as a crashed weather balloon, it was later confirmed as a military surveillance balloon, but conspiracy theories of alien spacecraft persist and reports of UFO sightings have soared in recent years – peaking in 2014 with 8,621 reports.

The truth is still out there.

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India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

March 14, 2017

Preliminary design of India’s proposed Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will begin in March, with a target of flying the aircraft in 2024 and making it ready for service as early as 2030. The twin-engine stealth warplane will likely feature an upgraded version of the General Electric F414 powerplant.

The AMCA is aimed at replacing much smaller ground attack jets such as the Mirage-2000, Jaguar and Mig-27. Russian technology includes Sukhoi stealth, active electronically scanned array or AESA radar and three-dimensional thrust vectoring for the AMCA’s engines.

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#Formula1 #F1 2017 new rules – bigger, faster, more – an annotated infographic

March 10, 2017

New rules introduced for the 2017 Formula One season will bring the biggest changes to the cars in almost two decades, with revised aerodynamics and improved grip leading to faster racing.

The Formula One World Championship commences with the Australian GP in March and concludes in Abu Dhabi in November.

The new rules focus on bodywork changes which increase aerodynamic grip, the downforce, and new tyres which provide greater mechanical grip.

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Seven-planet extrasolar system discovered – an annotated infographic

February 24, 2017

We are not alone. Possibly.

Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star just 40 light-years away. At least three of them could harbour oceans of water, increasing the possibility they could host life.

This system has the largest number of Earth-sized planets yet found, making it a key object for future study.

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Solar eclipse in Southern Hemisphere – an annotated infographic

February 24, 2017

An annular eclipse of the sun takes place in the Southern Hemisphere on February 26, along a narrow path running through South America and Africa. In surrounding areas, people will see a partial eclipse.

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#Exploding #Samsung #GalaxyNote7 battery issue – new lithium-ion non-exploding solution – an annotated infographic

January 25, 2017

Scientists have developed a lithium-ion battery that contains a fire-extinguishing element which is released if the battery overheats.

This could be crucial for all manner of applications: not just exploding smartphones, but also electric vehicles.

E&T news recently covered Samsung’s official explanation of why the Galaxy Note 7 batteries had a tendency to explode.

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How #smartphones are transforming personal #healthcare – an annotated infographic

January 18, 2017

 

More than 1.2 million people living in London are to be offered medical diagnosis using Babylon – an “artificial intelligence” (AI) app which gives patients access to a virtual health service in their pocket.

Babylon’s AI doctor is just one of the powerful tools that have transformed smartphones into mobile medical clinics.

In 2016 the US Food and Drug Administration approved 36 smartphone apps and devices. Now, smartphones are being used to perform ultrasound scans, measure heart rhythm, blood pressure and glucose levels, and execute an array of lab tests from liver and kidney function to identifying communicable diseases and even analysing DNA sequences.

E&T magazine was at CES 2017 at the start of the year – read our report on the latest healthcare technology.

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#Nintendo #Switch console details revealed – an annotated infographic

January 16, 2017

Nintendo’s Switch console, the successor to the beleaguered Wii U, and its big bet on the future of video games, has been revealed in full.

It is set to go on sale in the UK on 3 March for £279 and features an adaptable design allowing for greater portability than its rivals.

E&T covered the Nintendo Switch news announcement in full last week.

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Kablammo!! #Trump will have his finger on the #nuclear button – an annotated infographic

December 13, 2016

All of this would be funny if it weren’t actually true…

When Donald Trump becomes the next US President (yes, this is really happening, it’s not all a surrealist nightmare), he will immediately have access to, and sole launch authority for, all of America’s nuclear weapons.

Trump will be accompanied at all times by a military aide carrying what is known as the nuclear ‘football’, the US loving nothing more than an inappropriately trivial sporting reference to refer to a catastrophically devastating act of destruction. This is, after all, the same country that based its judicial system for incarceration on a baseball analogy: three strikes and you’re out (actually meaning in, jail, for life). What next? Referring to the death penalty by lethal injection as ‘a hole in one’?

Anyway, this nuclear ‘football’ contains all the necessary documents and codes for vaporising enemies of the States.

We now can’t help thinking of Kenny Everett’s General Cheeseburger character and catchphrase, all of which now seems eerily prescient and ominously prophetic.

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#Trump calls for new $4 billion Air Force One contract to be cancelled – an annotated infographic

December 13, 2016

In the wacky world of Donald Trump’s America, the approach to policy appears to lurch wildly from the reasonably sensible to the fundamentally insane. That, it appears, is the contrary nature of both The Donald’s broad, straight-talking appeal and the very real threat he poses in creating a Disunited States of America.

One of his latest wheezes/random brain dumps blurted out to share with the world concerns Air Force One – which will be Trump’s very own tricked-out personal plane, come January 2017 – and the prohibitively high cost of renewing said fleet.

On the face of it, this seems like a rational decision. Why spend $4 billion on a new fleet of planes, just for the President’s use? Trump isn’t wrong in suggesting there are better, more important things that money could be spent on. The caveat is what Trump considers to be a more important use of $4 billion.

Like watching an awful accident in slow motion, we fear to look and yet we cannot turn away.

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