Apple is expanding rapidly in Silicon Valley because it needs more space to house its fast-growing research and development workforce, possibly for the long-rumored Apple Car.One of its new secret facilities is a former FedEx distribution center in Santa Clara that Apple leased last year.Funding for the extension may come down to a vote later this year and environmental studies and other permits must be acquired before plans are finalized.An official for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority told the Business Journal that Apple's work at the facility is "a bump we're going to have to negotiate.Although Apple doesn't own the site, it's reportedly entered into a long-term lease and has started to spend millions to improve the location, including installing an "regenerative thermal oxidizer" and other industrial tools.Permits filed last summer show that Apple plans to run a "Cathode/Anode Operation" out of the site.Apple has said that it supports commuting alternatives to cars, and has a 34% participation goal for public transport participation at its new "spaceship" headquarters.The new Cupertino campus will have a "mass transit shuttle link" that transports employees to BART, Caltrain, and other light rail stops.
The Ivanpah Plant Image: ISEGS Misaligned mirrors are being blamed for a fire that broke out yesterday at the world s largest solar power plant, leaving the high-tech facility crippled for the time being.Workers at the plant actually managed to subdue the flames by the time firefighters reached the spot, and it was officially extinguished about 20 minutes after it started.Located on 4,000 acres of public land in the Mojave Desert, the sprawling concentrated solar thermal plant is equipped with 173,500 heliostats—each with two mirrors—that focus sunlight on boilers located on top of three 459-foot towers.The tremendous heat created by the concentrated solar power produces steam that drives turbines to produce electricity.Image: Aioannides A spokesperson for the plant said it s too early to comment on the cause, but it appears that misaligned mirrors are to blame.The Associated Press quoted Mike McClintock, the San Bernardino County fire captain, who said that some mirrors delivered sunlight to a different level on the third unit, causing electrical cables to catch fire.
They're stunning numbers, but the GTX 1080 comes with another big headline figure: its launch price of £619 around $898 or AUS$1,244 for the Founders Edition.The GTX 980 topped out at 4.61 TFLOPS and the GTX 980 Ti managed 5.6 TFLOPS.Both only require single eight-pin power connectors, which is remarkable.That doesn't just bode well for the electricity bill.That's a tough sell, to be honest: while you do get Nvidia's sturdy, stunning design and its excellent thermal performance, that's it.And let's not forget Nvidia's Titan X and Ti-edition cards – we wouldn't be surprised if even more powerful Pascal GPUs emerged, either.
Take for example, Impossible Project s new I–1 camera, a sleek instant camera controlled by an accompanying smartphone app.What if you want something a little less expensive and a little more DIY though?The answer might be this clever instant camera made from a Raspberry Pi computer and a thermal printer, stuffed inside a cardboard box.Reminiscent in quality of the iconic Game Boy Camera which once held a record for being the smallest digital camera and its accompanying printer, this little contraption is made up of a Raspberry Pi Model A , a Pi Camera Board, a thermal receipt printer, a few buttons, and a cardboard box.The guide is far from beginner material, but if you have experience with Raspberry Pi computers or Arduino builds, it should be a fairly straightforward creation, especially considering the code needed to get the build up and running is provided.Burgess chose to recycle the box the thermal printer cam in, but for more adventurous builders, there are plenty of other options, including 3D printing.
Misaligned mirrors are being blamed for a fire that broke out yesterday at the world s largest solar power plant, leaving the high-tech facility crippled for the time being.Workers at the plant actually managed to subdue the flames by the time firefighters reached the spot, and it was officially extinguished about 20 minutes after it started.Located on 4,000 acres of public land in the Mojave Desert, the sprawling concentrated solar thermal plant is equipped with 173,500 heliostats — each with two mirrors — that focus sunlight on boilers located on top of three 140-metre towers.The tremendous heat created by the concentrated solar power produces steam that drives turbines to produce electricity.A spokesperson for the plant said it s too early to comment on the cause, but it appears that misaligned mirrors are to blame.The Associated Press quoted Mike McClintock, the San Bernardino County fire captain, who said that some mirrors delivered sunlight to a different level on the third unit, causing electrical cables to catch fire.
The livestock on these far-flung farms are monitored infrequently – sometimes only once or twice a year – meaning they often fall ill or get into trouble without anyone knowing.A two-year trial, which starts next month, will train a farmbot to herd livestock, keep an eye on their health, and check they have enough pasture to graze on.Sick and injured animals will be identified using thermal and vision sensors that detect changes in body temperature and walking gait, says Salah Sukkarieh of the University of Sydney, who will carry out the trial on several farms in central New South Wales.The robot, which has not yet been named, is a more sophisticated version of an earlier model, Shrimp, which was designed to herd groups of 20 to 150 dairy cows.Australian Centre for Field RoboticsLadybird: war on weedsDuring the trial, Sukkarieh and his colleagues will fine-tune the robot s software to make it adept at spotting ailing livestock, and to ensure that it can safely navigate around trees and over mud, swamps and hills.Every advance in robot technology stirs up fears about human redundancy, says Sukkarieh, but farm labouring vacancies are increasingly difficult to fill and can be replaced by jobs in robot maintenance.
Brightsource EnergyThis week, some misaligned mirrors at the nation's biggest solar thermal energy plant caused an electrical fire that took out one of the plant's three boiler towers.The fire comes as the plant has been under pressure from the California Public Utilities Commission CPUC for failing to meet its productions targets in the two years since the plant opened.The solar thermal plant, called the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, is distinct from photovoltaic solar plants in that it doesn't use solar panels.Instead, it relies on an array of 78-square-foot mirrors, known as heliostats, to direct the hot desert sun to one of three 459-foot-high boiler towers.The Ivanpah plant has been controversial.Energy from the plant has yet to become cost effective, running about $200 per megawatt hour during the summer and $135 per megawatt hour during the rest of the year.
Our power demands are ever-increasing, but our ability to carry or store power is limited.To put that in perspective, a fridge uses around 1,600 Wh a day, and petrol stores about of 13,000 Wh/kg – or more than 50 times the energy of even the best lithium-ion batteries.Safety is key and thermal management is crucial.The battery market is forecast to be worth $120bn in 2019 according to industry research firm Freedonia Group, and vacuum cleaner firm Dyson recently joined electric carmaker Tesla, Korea s Samsung, Panasonic of Japan and IBM in investing heavily in battery research.Many consider a range of 500 miles crucial – the distance an average petrol or diesel car can travel on a single tank.Since 2009, IBM s Battery 500 Project has been working on lithium-air batteries, which have the potential to reach similar energy densities to petrol.
Video: Counter-Drone Technology"If you look at the drone use in America incidents of near-misses of aircraft are particularly concerning," he said."Therefore there is a degree to which inevitably there will be a collision unless some means is found to regulate, to stop and to prevent the unregulated use of these systems in same airspace as ours.That can bring down a large aircraft with devastating effects."Three companies, Enterprise, Chess Systems and Blighter, which have developed the Anti-UAV Defence System Auds have also now signed agreements with the United States' aviation authority FAA to test its capability for airports."We rapidly detect, track with the thermal camera, and then disrupt the communications to that drone and then by careful application of the jamming system we can either force the drone to land or force it to return back to the operator and then track it on the radar so the security forces can follow it and intercept that operator."French authorities have reportedly trained for the possibility of drones being used to disperse chemical or biological weapons over crowds.
The Australian Centre for Field Robotics ACFR is no stranger to developing innovative ways of modernizing agriculture.It has previously presented technologies for robots that can measure crop yields and collect data about the quality and variability of orchards, but its latest project is far more ambitious: it s building a machine that can autonomously run livestock farms.While the ACFR has been working on this technology since 2014, the robot – previously known as Shrimp – is set to start a two-year trial next month.Testing will take place at several farms nearby New South Wales province in Australia.During this trial, researchers will train the robot to shepherd animals, monitor their health and make sure that herds are well fed at all times.To track the health of the livestock, the four-wheeled farmbot mounts various thermal and vision sensors that can detect changes in the behavior and body temperature of the animals in real time.
Some vape every substance that can be vaped, while others are limited to specific materials.Mods look like a cross between an oboe and a taser and are where much of the vaping community focus their energy.They re known for their insane customization and their complete lack of new user friendliness.Vaping puts those batteries right next to a super hot heating coil, which makes them ripe for accidental thermal runaway if they re poorly constructed.Atomizers are all four components sold together.And keep your eye on the comments—where other vape fans will no doubt have their own suggestions.
Just as high-end, thin-and-light PCs from the last five or six years have mostly been cast in the mold of Apple s MacBook Air, convertible PCs from the last year or two have been redefined by Microsoft s Surface.After a few less-than-satisfying versions of the idea, Microsoft found an acceptable balance between tablet and laptop with the Surface Pro 3, and it carried that design forward into the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 4 with few fundamental changes.It makes other tradeoffs, of course, but if you ve been waiting for a Surface that you can actually upgrade and fix, this might be the tablet for you.HP s tablet isn t going to match the Surface s performance, either, at least not in the high end.It s time to start making them standard, especially in machines that start at just under $1,000.On the other hand, a combo Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port gives you more bandwidth and more flexibility and opens the door to more versatile accessories later on as Thunderbolt adoption grows.
India s unmanned shuttle was launched on a HS9 booster rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Sriharikota, an island off India s Bay of Bengal coast.Related: Cheap Mars mission could prove lucrative for India, experts sayAfter reaching its peak altitude, RLV-TD began its descent, which was followed by atmospheric re-entry at around Mach 5.After re-entering Earth s atmosphere with the help of its Thermal Protection System, the spacecraft glided down to land in the Bay of Bengal, about 280 miles from Sriharikota.The Times of India reports that the final version of the spacecraft is expected in the next 10 to 15 years.Related: India's Mars orbiter captures beautiful 3D images of the red planetThe successful test earned praise from India s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Despite the space shuttle s retirement, reusable space planes are set to feature in NASA s future.
This year may very well be seen as the dawn of the modular smartphone, with LG and Motorola both offering an array of functionality-enhancing hardware accessories that attach to their flagship handsets and Google s Project Ara poised to ship its first development kit.But phones are not the only members of the mobile ecosystem to adopt this trend, now that protective case maker OtterBox has introduced its ambitious modular case system, known as Universe.Compatible with the current and previous generation of iPhones 6 / 6s / 6 Plus / 6s Plus , the system is built around a version of the manufacturer s $50 Symmetry series case, though it features one key design difference: a slotted rail expansion bay around back, at the bottom.But the real story here is the wide array of modules available at launch or soon after.OtterBox has teamed up with a number of other well-known companies that have contributed custom-built add-ons, which give the phone additional storage, payment processing, advanced camera, mounting, and larger battery solutions.Specifically, the partners and their modules include:– SanDisk, with its iXpand Flash Drive, in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities– Square, whose retail packaging for its credit card reader and NFC contactless payment device now ships with a compatible adapter.– Olloclip, with its swappable zoom, wide-angle, and fish eye lens kit– Nite Ize, with a vehicle vent mount kit– Manatee Works, which has contributed a version of its StingRay barcode scanner– Seek, with perhaps the most ambitious and priciest module, a $250 thermal camera– Influx, with a Wi-Fi booster– PolarPro, with a range of modules, including tripods, an external battery, clip-on Bluetooth speaker, wide-angle lens, armband attachment, and mobile wallet for storing cash– Goal Zero, with an external batteryAvailable immediately from OtterBox online, the case and modules will hit a pair of national retail channels on May 29: Best Buy online and in-store and Amazon.
Pic: NASANASA's improbably acronmyed* "Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security – Regolith Explorer" OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has arrived at Florida's Kennedy Space Center ahead of a September launch on an asteroid-sampling mission.OSIRIS-REx will travel to near-Earth asteroid Bennu, arriving in 2018, and spend two years mapping the approximately 500-510 metre diameter object before collecting a surface sample for return to Earth.The OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer OTES will collect "mineral and temperature information by collecting infrared from 5 to 50 microns spectral data"OVIRS "OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer" will, meanwhile, measure visible and infrared light from Bennu.Finally, the Regolith X-ray Imaging Spectrometer REXIS - developed in collaboration with MIT and Harvard University - will sniff "which elements are present, and how abundant they are, on the surface of Bennu".The space agency believes it can hoover up 2kg of Bennu - or at least 60g at worst - for return to Earth aboard the Sample Return Capsule SRC - "an aeroshell design container with a heatshield and parachutes".Bootnote*Here's the background: "OSIRIS-REx is an acronym that incorporates the mission s major concepts and goals.
Cryorig's Taku pictured and Mac Pro-inspired Ola represent the cooling company's first foray into PC case designs.Cryorig is refreshingly honest about the inspiration for its Ola case, describing it in its official press release as 'a Mac Pro inspired cylindrical home theatre lifestyle ITX PC case' and claiming to have focused on performance and cooling.Coolers of up to 82mm in height are also supported, providing the top is no larger than 92mm by 92mm, along with SFX power supplies up to 130mm in lengthWhile the cylindrical design of Apple's Mac Pro hides a triangular layout of components nestled against a central heatsink, Cryorig's Ola is more traditional: accepting mini-ITX motherboards, the design includes individual components for the CPU, PSU, and GPU, side air intake ducts across the full height of the case, and a 140mm exhaust fan at the top - a layout claimed to be up to the job of housing high-power graphics cards and CPUs with up to a 100W thermal design profile TDP .The case will also include modular front and back panels, available in a range of finishes including brushed aluminium and wood veneer.The Ola is joined as a launch product by the Taku, which hearkens back to the early days of computing where desktop systems generally did sit on your desk and provide support for a monitor.As this would prevent access to components if the case opened in a traditional manner, the Taku is designed with a sliding drawer which can be pulled from the front to provide easy access to all internal components, including graphics cards up to 250mm in length, up to two 2.5" or one 3.5" hard drives, and the SFX power supply.
Aqua Computers' new KryoM.2 family is claimed to solve thermal throttling issues with high-performance M.2 SSDs, using either the bare PCB, a heatsink, or a water-block.Designed, Aqua Computers claims, to address thermal throttling issues with high-performance M.2 solid-state drives SSDs , the KryoM.2 family is split into three parts: a PCI Express riser card, a passive heatsink, and a water block for connection to a liquid-cooling loop.In all cases - including, the company claims, using the riser card alone - the operating temperature of the M.2 SSD is reduced.The riser card slots into a PCI Express 3.0 x4 slot, with the M.2 SSD being installed vertically and adhered to the PCB using a bundled thermal pad - the source of the company's claim that using the riser card alone improves the heat dissipation of an SSD.For those looking for improved cooling, a passive aluminium heatsink anodised in black can be added with a second thermal pad, sandwiching the SSD between the riser card and heatsink.If that's not good enough a copper water-block, fitted with G1/4 threads and compatible with the company's Kryoconnect adapter kits, can be fitted instead.
I spotted an Otterbox case on the train ride in this morning that more or less confirmed my feelings about the company s products: big, bulky and protective.But while there will always be a place for hyper-protective cases I know what I want my phone in the next time I go crab fishing , the company has clearly been looking for a way to offer up protection without effectively encasing the thing in Lucite.Otterbox took steps toward shedding that image with the launch of its commuter series and the 2013 acquisition of LifeProof, a San Diego-based company that has largely done a good job designing protective cases that do a fine job offering protection without adding too much bulk.The sky s the limit, really, and Otterbox is coming out of the gate with an impressive set of accessories for the iPhone/iPhone Plus case helped along by some high-profile partnerships.Polar has created the lion s share of the plug-ins here, but other partners include a card reader from Square, Olloclip s four in one lens Influx s WiFi booster and Seek Thermal s thermal imaging camera.Of course, as with any phone case, there s still a little mental arithmetic to be done with regards to whether the system is worth your while.
Image Source: Otterbox/SanDiskModular phones are in vogue this year: Google s pushing ahead with plans for its own handset with interchangeable cameras and speakers, while LG has already made a stab at things with its G5.You d be right in thinking that Apple isn t going to make its own modular iPhone any time soon.But luckily, case maker Otterbox is on hand with the Universe case, which offers attachments for everything from tripods to lenses to flash storage.Once you ve bought the case, you ll need modules to actually do something with it.Other offerings include a battery pack, thermal imaging camera, or selfie stick ugh .The dream of swapping out components as needed is a great one.
With its new patent-pending design, QuickStix are intended to give you insane grip, according to the company.The final design is based on their findings and looks to make the utensils easier to handle from top to bottom.The upper part of the sticks is round so they fit comfortably in your hand, and then the part you hold with your fingers is hexagonal to improve your grip.Furthermore, they feature innovative concave hexogonal tips, which increase the amount of contact points so that food stays put.Additionally, it is non-thermal conductive, non-electrical conductive, and non-magnetic.The company welcomes any support, but you have to contribute at least $15 in order to get a pair of their limited early bird QuickStix.