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World’s Largest Jet Engine

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Incredible footage has revealed the moment that the world’s biggest jet engine took to the skies for the first time, ahead of its planned maiden commercial flight in 2020.

The huge GE9X powerplant, which is as wide and tall as the fuselage of a Boeing 737, is being built for the latest version of the firm’s long-haul 777, the 777X ‘megaplane’.

General Electric has now begun flight trials of the prototype, after delays caused by technical problems stopped tests originally planned for late last year.

Ground Based Delivery Drones

Plans call for Eliport robots to travel on sidewalks, amongst pedestrians
Plans call for Eliport robots to travel on sidewalks, amongst pedestrians(Credit: Eliport)

When you think about all the logistical challenges involved, perhaps the use of aerial drones to deliver goods to peoples’ homes just isn’t feasible. That’s why several groups are now developing ground-based delivery drones. One of the latest, Barcelona-based Eliport, envisions a system in which people don’t even need to be involved. read more

New Full Face Snorkel Mask

To prevent the mask fogging up, the Seaview 180 SV2 has separate chambers for breathing and...
To prevent the mask fogging up, the Seaview 180 SV2 has separate chambers for breathing and the lens area(Credit: Wildhorn Outfitters)

If snorkeling is a window into a watery world, it’s not much good if that window is too small or fogs up all the time. read more

Maybach’s Projection Headlights

Mercedes-Maybach's Digital Light can paint all sorts of useful symbols on the road in bright, high-resolution...
Mercedes-Maybach’s Digital Light can paint all sorts of useful symbols on the road in bright, high-resolution light from the headlamps(Credit: Daimler)

New S-Class Maybachs will soon get an impressive intelligent headlight upgrade. Digital Light puts a million pixels of resolution into each headlight, and works with the car’s sensors and computers to display a bunch of driver-assist information right there on the road in front of you. read more

The Border Wall Works – Let’s Build It

from Constitution.com:

Trump Gets Amazing Proof of Just How Effective Border Walls Can Be

There is an old saying that good fences make for good neighbors and during his recent trip to California, President Donald trump learned how effective even a makeshift border wall can be.

Trump got some shocking news when he visited the southern border near San Diego, California, on Tuesday, March 13. Not only did he learn that a border wall can be highly effective, but he found out that there doesn’t even have to be some elaborate, high-dollar system to make it effective for stopping illegal border crossings.

Trump headed to the People’s Republic of California this week in part to view some border wall prototypes. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Infantry Sniper Rifle

HECKLER AND KOCH

The U.S. Army has chosen a new rifle designed to allow infantry squads to hit targets at greater ranges. The Heckler and Koch G28 designated marksman rifle will give infantrymen a weapon guaranteed to penetrate enemy body armor at longer ranges than existing M4 carbines. The move is an acknowledgement that the Army could someday fight enemies equipped with advanced body armor, which is part of the Army’s reorientation to the world of conflicts between large powers. read more

Samsung See Through TV

Samsung's new wall-mounted QLED TVs have an Ambient Mode that mimics the pattern behind them, allowing...
Samsung’s new wall-mounted QLED TVs have an Ambient Mode that mimics the pattern behind them, allowing them to blend into the background(Credit: Samsung)

Samsung has whipped the covers off its lineup of 2018 TVs, just a day after LG did the same. Along with some OLED devices, the flagships of the range are built with Quantum dot light-emitting diode (QLED) display technology, and the entire line varies in size from a modest 40 in up to a monstrous 88 in. Since they can take up so much living room real estate, Samsung has also packed in a few new features to let the TVs earn their keep even while not in use. read more

New Tesla Semi

Tesla Semis leave the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada
Tesla Semis leave the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada

Tesla made quite a statement when it finally unveiled its all-electric long hauler last year, listing some truly impressive numbers in terms of range and acceleration. The might of the Tesla Semi’s is now being put to the test, with a production model rolling out of the Gigafactory with a load onboard for the very first time. read more

Innovation Born of Necessity

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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I am firmly against excessive tariffs. I’ve made that crystal clear on a number of occasions. Reasonable tariffs on imported goods are well… perfectly reasonable. At our founding, it was the source of federal government funding. Reasonable import tariffs (imposts) and duties covered the cost of operating the small federal government budget. It paid for the labor and clerical work of the importation and inspection process. As the feds were responsible for little else constitutionally, tariffs were an adequate funding system.

But these days, tariffs could not hope to cover the cost of operating the federal leviathan. They are now more a measure of protectionism worldwide. And I agree that on the world stage, America has allowed itself to be taken advantage of. Other nations expect America to charge minimal import tariffs and duties for the goods they export to us, but few reciprocate.

Nations like China do in fact take advantage of us. They expect us to treat them fairly, but often charge exorbitant tariffs on products we ship to them. And that’s assuming they accept our exports at all. In many cases, they simply do not. They don’t wish to compete with American imports on their own soil. For a long time, it has been rather one-sided.

And for just as long, the American government has put up with inequity, afraid to make waves. Enter President Trump. read more

Creepy AI Can Mimic Your Voice Within One Minute

The Chinese answer to Google can now clone your voice using AI after hearing you talk for just one minute.

Baidu, who created this creepy technology, says it could also be used to create personalized digital assistants and automatic speech translation services.

Deep Voice learns which sounds go with a text as well as the quirks of how someone communicates, creating you a robot-self indistinguishable from how you really talk.

Although this voice-copying technology might be amusing it also has serious implications, as users can essentially poach part of someone else’s identity. 

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