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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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Tyndall teams up with US medtech firm to advance treatment of heart failure

Tyndall National Institute is partnering with medtech company Endotronix to help develop ‘next-generation’ implantable sensors for the management of chronic diseases. US medtech firm Endotronix will be collaborating with Cork’s Tyndall National Institute in a project to advance the development of its digital health platform and devices. The 12-month Enterprise Ireland industry partnership project will …

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UK spider-like moon rover will aim to make history in 2021

The UK is attempting to be the fourth nation to successfully land on the moon with a rover due to set off in 2021. The UK’s first moon rover will be sent into space in 2021. The world’s smallest robotic moon rover, with legs not wheels, will be part of the first set of payloads …

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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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Ireland’s Brexit-proof electric lifeline gets €530m in EU backing

An EU grant of €530m will be put into the €1bn Celtic Interconnector project to link Ireland to Europe’s electric grids via an undersea network. Fears over a potential electricity crisis in a post-Brexit world have seen Ireland turn to its EU neighbours for assistance through the Celtic Interconnector project. The Government confirmed today (2 …

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Latest viral selfie app exposes the racism humans can embed in AI

In showing the data behind the machine, ImageNet Roulette has revealed how human racism and bias can be become embedded in robotic systems. You may have seen screenshots from ImageNet Roulette circulating on social platforms as the latest viral selfie-analyser took off. ImageNet Roulette works a bit differently to the FaceApps, arty doppelgangers, age guessers …

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Drone delivers crucial diabetic meds to Aran Islands

Those living with diabetes on the Aran Islands could now see their prescriptions delivered from the mainland in a matter of minutes. Efforts to reduce the levels of isolation experienced by those at the furthest reaches of Ireland have seen researchers and other stakeholders test a service that could improve the quality of life of …

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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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Flexible solar cells that cover a car within reach after breakthrough

Electric cars of the future could be covered almost entirely in solar cells following a substantial flexible solar cells breakthrough. Researchers at the University of Warwick believe their latest creation could be revolutionary for the auto industry. In a paper published to Advanced Functional Materials, they described the forging of solar cells that use mixtures …

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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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Converting CO2 into pure liquid fuel just got a lot greener using new reactor

Questions are often raised about how green CO2 conversion tech really is, but a new reactor design claims to do it using renewable electricity. The demand for sustainable fuels is only increasing as nations strive for the goal of becoming carbon neutral, and now a team of researchers at Rice University has unveiled a production …

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