Future Tech Round-up

Flying taxi successfully completes first crewed trial over Singapore

This week in future tech, Volocopter is aiming to be one of the first to launch a flying taxi service after completing its first crewed test run in Singapore. The German start-up Volocopter has followed up the launch of its Singapore office at the beginning of this year with its first crewed test flight over …

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Breakthrough cheap catalyst can make hydrogen fuel for hours on end

This week in future tech, attempts to make large-scale hydrogen gas production affordable have resulted in a new, cheap catalyst. Before hydrogen vehicles can take to the road en masse, a readily available and affordable source of locally produced hydrogen gas is needed. Now, researchers from the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory …

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Breakthrough device takes first large bite out of Great Pacific Garbage Patch

This week in future tech, a company hoping to take on the scourge of microplastic has successfully caught tonnes of ocean plastic. After a year’s worth of testing, a large device developed by The Ocean Cleanup has caught its first haul of plastic from the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Launched from the Canadian city …

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42pc of Americans think electric cars still require petrol or diesel

This week in future tech, a Ford survey claims that almost half of those asked in the US thought electric cars still need a fossil fuel to operate. As part of a blog post highlighting some of the electric vehicles (EVs) it is working on and plans to release soon, the US car giant Ford …

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China hydrogen fuel-cell capacity leaps almost 650pc in a year

This week in future tech, Chinese media has reported that the country’s expansion of hydrogen fuel cells has accelerated to unprecedented levels. China’s bid to ditch its image as one of the world’s major polluters appears to be in full swing, particularly when it comes to hydrogen fuel cells. Hydrogen is one source of cleaner …

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Radical space elevator idea wants to see cable from moon to the Earth

Unlike other space elevator concepts, researchers have plans for a connection between the moon and Earth’s orbit, which would be free from gravity’s clutches. The concept of a space elevator that could take a crew from the Earth’s surface to space without needing rockets is not new. However, a combination of the immense cost and …

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Battery-free IoT sensor that lasts for years could be sent to distant planets

This week in future tech, vast networks of underwater IoT sensors that don’t need batteries could be sent to distant planets. A team of MIT researchers has unveiled a battery-free underwater sensor that can transmit data for extremely long periods of time. According to MIT News, rolling out a network of these sensors could be …

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