DARPA’s Atlas gets a huge upgrade, prepares to ‘cut the cord’

DARPA’s Atlas gets a huge upgrade, prepares to ‘cut the cord’

ATLAS, the standard-bearer for the next generation of robotics, is back and better than ever. In fact, it’s fully 75% better than ever, as the newest version of Google and Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot carries over only a quarter of its parts from earlier prototypes. Everything from the battery pack to the arm strength has […]

The beautiful, transparent Fx0: This is what happens if you put lipstick on Firefox OS

The beautiful, transparent Fx0: This is what happens if you put lipstick on Firefox OS

What has a beautiful transparent-gold chassis, a fairly big screen, decent innards, and almost no chance of getting you to switch from your Apple or Android smartphone? The new Fx0, made by LG, which runs Firefox OS. The phone itself, which was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka for the Japanese carrier KDDI, is rather beautiful. Most […]

Crude oil redux: Rare earth elements, and their strategic stranglehold on modern life

Crude oil redux: Rare earth elements, and their strategic stranglehold on modern life

Oil is on its way out. Like so many age-old, repeatedly incorrect narratives, this statement is finally starting to come true. Electric cars and the general lithium-ionification of the world are poised to cut out a huge portion of the gas market, while chemical and materials science are attacking the need for large amounts of […]

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