Emerging Tech
Emerging Tech

Research unearths clues about Tunguska event for International Asteroid Day

Today is International Asteroid Day, marking the 111th anniversary of the most destructive asteroid event in recorded history: The Tunguska event. Recent research has shed light on what might have happened in 1908.
Emerging Tech

Beresheet 2.0 won’t go to moon, will have another significant objective instead

SpaceIL hoped to be the company to put the first Israeli craft on the moon, but that hope was scuppered when the Beresheet craft crash landed. Now, the company has announced it will be not sending a second mission to the moon after all.
Emerging Tech

Images of the Whirlpool galaxy show the value of infrared light observations

Have you ever wondered why sometimes telescopes capture light in the visible spectrum, and other times in infrared? NASA has released images of the Whirlpool galaxy which demonstrate the value of collecting data at different wavelengths.
Emerging Tech

SpaceX hopes to blast off its Starship and Super Heavy Rocket project in 2021

SpaceX's inaugural missions for its Starship and Super Heavy Rocket project could take place as early as 2021. Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX’s vice president of commercial sales, discussed the company's plans at a conference in Jakarta.
Emerging Tech

Armed and ready: Mars 2020 rover is fitted with its robotic arm

The Mars 2020 rover is getting ready for its upcoming mission. Recently the rover had its six wheels fitted so it can traverse the Martian surface, and now it has had its 2.1 meter-long robotic arm installed as well.
Emerging Tech

Methane mystery: Curiosity detects highest-ever levels of methane on Mars

The strange puzzle of methane on Mars continues. Curiosity has detected the highest yet levels of methane at 21 part per billion units by volume using its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) tunable laser spectrometer.
Emerging Tech

The Pentagon can now identify you by your heartbeat — from 200 yards away

As if facial recognition and digital fingerprinting weren't scary enough, the Pentagon has developed a method for identifying people through their heartbeat. Heartbeats are as unique as fingerprints and can be read from a distance.
Emerging Tech

SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are in position and ready to begin testing

SpaceX's ambitious project to create a global satellite broadband internet network continues, with 57 out of the first batch of 60 satellites now mostly in place and ready to start testing.
Emerging Tech

Grub’s up? Lab-grown insect meat could be the future of food production

Would you switch to a lab-grown insect flesh diet for the good of our planet? Researchers from Tufts University believe this may be one way to solve some of our food production problems.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Jony Ive leaves Apple, Galaxy Note 10+ images, and more

On this episode of DT Live, we discuss the biggest trending stories of the day, including Jony Ive's departure from Apple, Amazon Prime Day prep, new Galaxy Note 10+ images, and more.
Emerging Tech

Harvard’s tiny, insect-inspired RoboBee X-Wing can fly using solar power

Harvard's new RoboBee X-Wing is a solar-powered winged flying robot that stands just 6.5 centimeters high, weighs only 259 milligrams, and can fly completely untethered. Check out it.
Emerging Tech

NASA’s eight-rotor Dragonfly drone is heading to Saturn’s largest moon

NASA is sending a drone to Titan, Saturn's largest moon, in an ambitious undertaking that may unlock the mystery of how life began on Earth. The Dragonfly mission is slated to launch in 2026, though won't reach Titan until 2034.
Emerging Tech

This artificial muscle is powered just like the real thing, no battery required

Researchers developed an artificial muscle that is powered by glucose and oxygen, just like real biological muscles. That means no batteries are needed. Here's how it could be used.
Emerging Tech

Crawler robots and imaging drones will monitor wind turbine blades for damage

By spotting signs of damage early, wind turbine blades can be kept in service for longer. Here's how special blade-crawling robots and flying inspection drones could be used to help.
Mobile

Wireless power over distance inches closer with FCC certification for Ossia

The slow development of wireless power over distance technology got a boost today as Ossia revealed that the FCC has certified its Cota wireless power system. It's early days and there are major limitations, but this is an important step.
Mobile

New A.I. and voice synthesis makes Gatebox your cutest, cleverest digital pal

The concept of living at home with a friendly, intelligent digital character is almost a reality, due to a partnership between Line, the popular messaging app, and Gatebox, a cult Japanese artificial intelligence company.
Cars

Flying taxis: Kitty Hawk and Boeing team up on urban mobility

The day when we can hop into a compact, electric, autonomous flying machine to zip across town edged a little closer this week when Boeing announced a new partnership with Kitty Hawk, a startup that's working on such an aircraft.
Emerging Tech

A Netflix data scientist taught an A.I. to recognize smooching scenes in movies

A senior data scientist at Netflix has taught an A.I. algorithm to recognize kissing scenes in movies. Here's why it could turn out to be a very useful tool for the future of moviemaking.