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News: Since using the analytics software Wales has increased its win rate by 25%.Against all odds the Welsh football team has reached the semi finals of Euro 2016 by topping its group, beating a star studded Belgium team, and now only Portugal lies between it and a place in the final.The success of the team can be attributed to an unbeatable team spirit and the form of star players such as Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, and Ashley Williams.Some of the credit can also be attributed to the use of sophisticated coaching and analytics software called Globall Coach.Globall Coach, which analyses opponents' formations, and delivers tactical information through visual animation has been by the coaching staff and manager Chris Coleman throughout the tournament.Since using the system Wales has increased its win rate by 25%, Osian Roberts, Welsh FA technical director said: "Globall Coach has been essential for us in our preparation for matches at Euro 2016."
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Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed TalkTalk hack: Online data cannot be genuinely safe IBTimes UKA malware attack specifically targeting Facebook users has been uncovered by security researchers, which affected around 10,000 users in just two days.Between 24 and 27 June, thousands of Facebook users received messages from a "friend", claiming to have mentioned them on Facebook.The message was in reality, issued by hackers to launch a two-stage malware attack.According to security researchers at Kaspersky Lab, among the countries most affected by the malware were Brazil, Poland, Peru, Columbia, Mexico, Ecuador, Greece, Portugal, Tunisia, Venezuela, Germany and Israel.However, Android and iOS phone users were "immune" to the malware, since it used tools not compatible with these mobile operating systems.
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No industry in the world has produced as many celebrated CEOs and Entrepreneurs as the tech industry has in the last two decades.The leaders of billion-dollar tech companies are celebrities far beyond the business world.Richard Branson s empire grew from pure hustle, and the man had practically no knowledge of the products he was selling.Steve Jobs was obsessed with function and design and lost the support of many friends and family members for his undying need to attain perfection in his products.Mark Cuban, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and much more had both vision and determination.The list of tech geniuses could go on for pages.But the profile of CEO that achieved such enormous levels of success in the past two decades may not be the same profile that makes businesses succeed going forward.To be sure, the head of a company needs to be a visionary, an excellent manager, competent at allocating resources, and so much more.But many decisions being made today require very little vision or experience.In fact, data has so radically transformed business decision-making that in some corners of business, troubleshooting is a dying art altogether.Related Article: The Truth Shall Set You Free: Big Data Myths That Just Won't DieThe New CEOThere is a scene in "The Social Network" where Sean Parker played by Justin Timberlake turns to Mark Zuckerberg and says, Drop the the , just Facebook , it s clean.Needless to say, making a hiring decision can immensely depend on someone s personality and eye for detail.Today, however, such an interaction would seem about as theatrical as it came across in the film.
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Depending on where you may be looking to rent, a lot of factors can frame your decision.If public transportation is one of them, Trulia s new tool is perfect for you.Appropriately named Rent Near Transit, the filter lets you see only listings within a 15 minute walk from a transit stop.It also goes as far as the transit system, so the decision on how far to commute versus how much to pay in rent can be made with as much information as you need.Six cities will have Rent Near Transit at launchAt launch, Rent Near Transit will be available in the following six cities: Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C..
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I've started a course on Lynda.com on Digital Marketing using a free trial for 10 days, and was wondering if it is worth it to continue a subscription afterwards; my friend says that he found Lynda to be really beneficial for him in getting his job learning Excel and some basic data analysis but he isn't in a digital marketing position.Has anyone had any experience with taking Lynda or any other courses online which has helped them secure a job?
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MU-MIMO, more channels and more bandwidth will result in better speeds and capacity for businesses says Wi-Fi AllianceBusinesses will be able to take advantage of faster, more reliable wireless connectivity when new chipsets and routers that support Wi-Fi 802.11.ac wave 2 are available later this year.Wave 2 provides a significant boost in speed and capacity thanks to the addition of Multi-user Multiple Input Multiple Output MU-MIMO , four spatial streams and extended 5GHz channel support.MU-MIMO lets routers send data to multiple devices at once, improving network efficiency and increasing the number of active connections possible without sacrificing speed or performance.More 5GHz channels means spectrum is used more efficiently and reduces interference, while maximum channel bandwidth has been doubled from 80MHz to 160MHz, which could allow for double transmission speeds.The first iteration of Wi-Fi 802.11ac was completed in 2014, allowing devices to receive speeds of 1Gbps.
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The groom, Matt Hargrave is described as a Red Hat "superfan" and it was his idea to hold his wedding at the conference.This week's Red Hat Summit, a tech conference, in San Francisco closed out its keynote session with a bang — an onstage wedding, officiated by Red Hat tech Executive vice president Paul Cormier, with CEO Jim Whitehurst acting as ring bearer.The groom, Matt Hargrave, an engineer with GM Financial, is a Red Hat superfan.It was his idea to hold the wedding at the conference, to which the company agreed.His now wife, Shannon Montague, works as an American Sign Language interpreter.The couple traveled to San Francisco from Texas to get married onstage.
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The British like to go their own way.We ve seen that with Brexit, and now with the formation of the British eSports Association.The nonprofit association announced its formation today in an effort to represent competitive gaming at all levels.With sanction from the UK government, the group will operate at Pinewood Studios and act as the national governing body for esports in the United Kingdom, working with the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport to help and represent players at all levels.The new group joins other oversight bodies such as the World Esports Association, which was announced back in May.Mike Sepso, head of Media Networks at Activision Blizzard, said that he expects many countries to establish their own esports entities over time to deal with regulation of the industry.But he noted that he hopes that the government-sanctioned bodies will give the industry a lot of room to grow in its formative stages.The British group s goal is to help develop a grassroots competitive video game scene that will nurture future talent.And it will support existing professionals and provide the infrastructure to create future British global champions.The group s web site will have news on events, teams and leagues, alongside impartial advice for both players and parents.The establishment of the British eSports Association is an important initiative in furthering the credibility of the eSports industry in the UK.
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Yesterday, a first-person shooter called Orion was delisted from the Steam storefront, thanks to a copyright complaint submitted by Activision.At first, this seemed like a classic case of a large developer using its size to strong-arm a small-fry — but it soon emerged that the situation wasn t quite as it seemed.Indeed, when a more direct comparison was produced, the results were very clear — particular parts of the guns from Call of Duty and Orion were absolutely identical.Back when the studio was known as Spiral Games, it was found to be using unlicenced photos for in-game achievement icons, and was separately accused of using assets from games like Tribes Ascend and Natural Selection 2.As of the time of writing, Orion is still not available for purchase via Steam.Given that the service is currently in the midst of its annual summer sale — one of its busiest periods — this is very bad news for Trek Industries.
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If any of you needed further proof that 2016 is the shittest year in modern history, we may have just found it.Serial phone leaker Evan Blass has come up with what might just be the most irritating iPhone 7 claim yet.According to an apparent anonymous tipster, Apple s saving the iPhone 7 for 2017, because it needs something special for the smartphone s 10th anniversary and ideas are extremely thin on the ground.If true, that means this year s releases will essentially be gently tweaked versions of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, making them slightly less gently tweaked version of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.The only change we can expect to see this year is the removal of the headphone jack, so for many people, Apple s decided to wait 12 months in order to make the iPhone worse.Furthermore, it appears that the three-year refresh cycle is here to stay, which would mean that the iPhone 8 would only arrive in 2020.
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Netflix is notoriously secretive about its data, especially when it comes to how many people are watching its shows.Earlier this year, NBC kicked off a firestorm when its head of research claimed a startup called SymphonyAM had uncovered the secret of how many people were actually watching Netflix.Netflix fired back, calling the data "remarkably inaccurate," and taking shots at NBC's own low ratings.But since then, SymphonyAM has continued to track Netflix shows for a full explanation of how, see our interview with its CEO .And it now has enough data to give a good comparison of a slate of Netflix releases for one "season."In data provided to Business Insider, SymphonyAM observed the period from September 21 to May 2, and estimated how many 18-year-and-over adults watched new Netflix originals within 35 days of their release "live 35" .There were a few surprises in the data, notably that "Fuller House" completely smashed the competition.Here are 13 Netflix originals released during that period, and how many millions watched them: View As: One PageSlides
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As the global climate passes troubling milestone after even-more-troubling milestone, some claim that humanity will have to re-engineer the environment in order to save billions of lives.The idea for cooling the planet by hacking the clouds has been around since 1974, when climatologist Mikhail Budyko first suggested trying to make clouds more reflective.Preventing the sun's rays from reaching Earth's surface, the reasoning goes, would keep it from absorbing heat, and could slow rapid warming.Would-be geoengineers are taking a cue from the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, which, cooled the planet by about 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit for the next two years.US Geological Survey Volcanic eruptions spew hundreds of megatons of gas, including sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, into the atmosphere.Sulfur is particularly good at deflecting light, so sulfates like these and sulfuric acid are usually seen as our best bet for the method, also known as solar radiation management.The experiment was seen as a first step in testing whether their proposed technology - which involved a gigantic balloon tethered to a ship by a half-mile-long garden hose - would actually work.Hughhunt/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 But before SPICE even got off the ground, it was canceled due to concerns about potential conflicts of interest in the research group.
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Wish you could skip work to go see Hamilton, or the Copa América?We can t score those seats, but we can offer you five amazing podcasts about soccer and theater—plus paranormal powers, espionage, and self-worth.The Bright Sessions, Patient 12-D-10 Step inside Dr.Bright s office and hear the confidential stories of her therapy patients: unrequited teenage love and parent-child relationships, plus uncontrollable time travel and Kilgrave-like mind control.Thanks to the Copa América, Champions Cup, and Olympics, this is the best summer yet to become an American soccer fan.In this episode of This American Life, comedian and author Lindy West, producer Elna Baker, and writer Roxane Gay tell harrowing first-person accounts of how living as a fat person means being treated as a second-class citizen.
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Since then it has managed to convert both RPG shooter Borderlands and building sim Minecraft into unlikely adventure hits, appeasing two highly invested fanbases.Batman Telltale Photograph: Telltale GamesThis makes sense when you consider Telltale s dialogue-focused approach to gameplay.Here, you switch between playing as Batman as he fights to stop a bank robbery at City Hall and watching Bruce Wayne get patched up by Alfred after a particularly hard night on the cowl.The Batman segments feature Telltale s signature mix of QTE and dialogue events, with the analogue stick used to fire a grappling hook and deal the heaviest hits while face buttons are for crashing through windows and pummelling enemies.This is ultimately a game set in its own fictional world; one not tied to anything we ve seen before in movies, TV series, comics or games.Players don t have to commit straightaway – there s the option to remain a little more reserved, watching how events play out before adopting a role that suits.
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Sick and tired of paying the astronomical costs for someone else to raise your children, while you re answering to someone else.Mothers have met their breaking points head on and are taking leaps of faith to become Entrepreneurs, becoming their own boss of something that is giving them some freedoms.The MLM set up is why they are working with such success.They are set up in such a way to help the small business owner have a huge potential for financial success.Now do those managers, bosses and CEO s depend upon their staff to do their jobs diligently in order for their business and companies to be successful?Something to keep in your back pocket: when you re buying from a chain store, you re helping contribute to the retirement of the millionaire or billionaire CEO.
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2 NitehawkMarvel s Batman-proxy, Kyle Richmond won the U.S. presidency but spent the bulk of his tenure under the mental control of the alien supervillain, Overmind.The concept was revisited in the great Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited animated series, currently streaming on Netflix.10 Captain AmericaCap ended up declining the nomination, but Beast offered to be his campaign manager.Ultimate Universe Cap accepted the gig, however, and managed to unite the United States while they were busy warring with each other.11 ThorSpeaking of the Ultimate universe, Ultimate Reed Richards manages to visit another Ultimate-esque Earth where somehow its Ultimate Thor had been elected president, and had given superpowers to everyone courtesy of Skrull Pills.14 Donald TrumpTrump is president of Earth in 2000AD s amazing series, Zombo.
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Consumers apparently thought that Amazon s press-to-buy Dash button was an April Fool s joke when the e-commerce giant unveiled the diminutive device last year.More than 100 different buttons are already available for everything from coffee to condoms, but Amazon is reportedly intent on getting its gadget into every corner of your home, with dozens of additional brands expected to launch this week.However, despite Amazon s efforts to get consumers to reorder a range of household items with the press of a button, it seems some Dash owners – half to be exact – have forgotten they even have them.Research published by Slice Intelligence at the end of March suggested that 50 percent of people who bought the buttons are yet to actually place an order with them, leaving the company with some work to do if it wants to make a success of the system.Yes, it really is that simple.Amazon, however, is no longer the only player in the game when it comes to button-based buying.
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Still propelling off the back of Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment s ads generated over 50 percent of the digital engagement gaming TV ads have received during this period.These ads generated over 11 million views online and nearly a half million social actions, with overwhelmingly positive sentiment.Running just three ads for three different franchises less than 200 times, the brand generated over one-fifth of the industry s digital engagement with less than 2 percent of the industry s spend.The brand s most responded to ad, Pre-Order Trailer, promoted the newest edition to the WWE 2K17.The focus of its spend went toward the latest edition to the Kirby franchise, Planet Robobot.Airing only one spot nearly 550 times, the brand pushed Consider the Facts during primetime programming such as the NBA Finals, American Grit and the 2016 Copa America Centenario, and in turn brought in over 2 million views online.
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Boston Dynamics, better known for the hulking robot brute known as ATLAS, has just revealed a considerably smaller creation that looks like a cross between a golden retriever and a baby giraffe.But forget about it just replacing your family pet: SpotMini looks like it can replace your housecleaner too.Weighing just 25 kilos on its own, or 30 kilos with its long articulated arm attached, SpotMini skips the hydraulics that Boston Dynamics other robots rely on, exclusively using electric motors to move around.It s got a full suite of sensors on board for navigating almost any environment, and like a real dog, can be taught or guided by a human to perform countless tasks.But instead of just sitting, staying put, or shaking a paw, the SpotMini can perform simple household chores like delivering snacks and drinks — although clearly there are still some kinks to be worked out.Using a solid state gyro, it s able to perfectly hold its position in 3D space while the rest of SpotMini is frantically moving around.
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Sources speaking to Bloomberg and the Associated Press have said that Volkswagen Group will propose a $10.2 billion settlement in federal court next week.The settlement will reportedly include payouts of $1,000 to $7,000 for owners of certain diesel vehicles that included illegal software to help the company cheat on US emissions tests.The suits are being overseen by US District Judge Charles Breyer in Northern California District Court.According to the AP, Volkswagen and Audi owners will be able to choose between having VW Group buy their car back for whatever the car was worth before the scandal broke last summer or keeping their car and letting the manufacturer fix it.The sources spoke to these two news outlets on the condition of anonymity because Judge Breyer has issued a gag order on those involved in the litigation.VW Group is also facing a lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission, which alleges that the company engaged in false advertising with their clean diesel campaign.
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photographer: HP HP is now expanding its pen-park with a third dimension. We focus on an open platform so that more people will be able to contribute to the development, says the company's Swedish head of 3D printer. But 3d-skrivarmarknadens strong emergence received in May the company management to announce that the company no longer wants to be outside. One of the first customers to start using the new platform is the American Proto Labs. - This is an exciting partnership that we believe will lead to higher productivity and quality, while it will be cheaper, says Rob Connelly, manager of the company's additive manufacturing to engineering.com. comments Welcome to have your say on new technologies.
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A newly discovered ransomware variant does away with downloading a malicious file, carrying out the dirty work itselfA new form of ransomware has emerged that tries to evade security protections by carrying out all its operations using the JavaScript scripting language, according to computer security researchers.The development is the latest in the rapidly expanding ransomware category, which has grown into a significant threat in recent months as criminals are attracted by lucrative payouts.JavaScript ransomwareJavaScript email attachments have become more popular with attackers as users grow more wary of opening attached documents that may contain malicious macros, but most of these script attachments must still download executable code from a remote server, according to security firm Sophos.A newly discovered variant called RAA, however, simplifies things by carrying out all the malicious operations using JavaScript itself.The JavaScript doesn t download the ransomware, it is the ransomware, wrote Sophos researcher Paul Ducklin in an advisory.It then begins encrypting the user s documents, before displaying a message demanding a ransom of 0.39 Bitcoins, or about £187, in exchange for unlocking the files.
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Peter Vesterbacka, the brand ambassador and "Mighty Eagle" at "Angry Birds" developer Rovio has left the company after six years, Arctic Startup reports.Vesterbacka told Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat that "now is a good time to go and do bigger things.The gaming business is growing and the movie went well.Translation via Arctic Startup.Rovio is the games studio behind the "Angry Birds" series which became popular in 2010, around the time that Vesterbacka joined to promote the brand.But popularity didn't last for Rovio, and the company was forced to cut 213 jobs last year.The film brought in over $150 million £101 million at the box office and has given the company a lifeline.NOW WATCH: 40 years ago, NASA sent a message to aliens — here's what it says Loading video...
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Blockchain is already a huge phenomenon.Can blockchain fulfill its promise?Although that s about as accurate as calling the combustion engine the underlying technology of the car, only leaving out the gas tank — it won t work!Just having a database doesn t make everyone involved in a problem suddenly decide to digitize everything in the same format, make the same calls to the same API s and respond to everything appropriately.The problem is the community validation protocol that assures the integrity of the ledger.Little snippets of code, each of which would identify a certain pattern of fraud.
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There are many reasons Microsoft would like you to stop using Chrome – mainly, so you could use Edge instead.If you own a laptop and use Chrome, then you probably already know it s a power-hungry beast.But it s gratifying to see it proven in this video, where Microsoft pits Edge against Firefox, Opera and Chrome by streaming the same HD video for hours:If you re too lazy to watch here are the results, from worst to best:Chrome: 4:19:50Firefox: 5:09:30Opera: 6:18:33Edge: 7:22:07In other words, Edge lasted 70 percent longer than Chrome.Even for non-video tasks, Microsoft claims Edge lasts 36 to 53 percent longer than the competition.To Microsoft, it actually matters whether it s browser is power efficient, because bad performance would reflect poorly on Windows 10 and Surface hardware.And lately I ve been more fond of Vivaldi anyway.
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It definitely didn't crash into a lake or something, oh noJames Bond's submarine LotusIt seems Elon Musk's transformation into James Bond – albeit Alan Partridge's favourite* 007, Roger Moore – is now complete.Musk tweeted this week that the $70,000 £48,000 Tesla Model S "floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time."He added: "Am still planning to do a sports sub car that can drive on roads.The 'Wet Nellie' is in fact a custom-built submarine in the shape of a Lotus Esprit S1 sports car.— Elon Musk @elonmusk June 19, 2016If curious abt TSWLM car, am still planning to do a sports sub car that can drive on roads.Limited market potential : — Elon Musk @elonmusk June 19, 2016Bondnote* No doubt Musk could wear a safari suit with the same degree of casual sophistication as Roger Moore.
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Fossilfriutredningens forecast for electric cars is today - after only 2.5 years - completely outdated, writes the civil engineers Jonas Andersson and Per ribbing. The report leans back on the Environmental Protection Agency's reference scenario in the investigation Roadmap 2050 from 2011, which says that we will have reached virtually zero percent electric cars by 2030 and 10 percent by 2050 without policy measures. With this development will mean fossils car be more expensive than an electric car with 320 km range in 2020, and already in 2022, the cheapest gasoline cars look overtaken. But this was understood fossilfriutredningen 2013 completely unknown numbers. This is without taking into account the penalty taxes and environmental car premiums. In 2016 turned the temperature record on a conveyor belt and we are already very close to the much-discussed goal of a maximum 1.5 degrees warming.
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Credit: Melissa RiofrioComputer maker Acer recently revealed to California s Attorney General AG that hackers broke into the company s online store and grabbed sensitive customer data.The leaked data includes information such as customer names, addresses, and credit card numbers including expiry dates and three-digit CVC security codes.It s unknown if the hackers were in the system for that length of time or if that s the amount of saved data Acer had on its servers at the time of the hack.It s also unknown if the credit card data was encrypted when it was stolen.The impact on you at home: Acer s breach is particularly problematic because it affects key information that allows hackers to do actual damage.But it goes to show that no matter how careful you are with data on your own PC some hacks are simply beyond your control.
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There is a point where luxury vehicles go from practical to extreme.To some, a reasonably-priced Lexus or BMW provides the perfect balance between luxury and price.For those people, the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 concept car takes things to a new level.This car will pick you up with its automatically-opening cocoon and fender design that resembles two metallic boxes surrounding tires that only peek through the sides to remind you that yes, this is actually a car.It comes out of a science fiction novel where speed bumps and steep driveways don t exist and their owners would laugh at the extremely high costs of replacing one of its gigantic fenders that sit inches above the ground if and when it inevitably becomes damaged because the car drove over a rock or hit a pothole.Especially as we enter an age where things like steering wheels and pedals are all but obsolete.
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NASA is leading much of the research and development effort in this area and today they ve announced an official name for their next X-plane concept: the X-57 Maxwell.The experimental plane will be put through a number of tests over the next four years in an effort to demonstrate that electrical propulsion can make planes quieter, more efficient, and environmentally friendly.Illustration of NASA s X-57 Maxwell airplane / Image courtesy of NASA Langley/Advanced Concepts Lab, AMA, Inc.NASA engineers believe that this unique design will result in a five-time reduction of the energy required for a small, private planes to cruise at 175 mph.NASA s Contribution to Aviation InnovationWhile we often think of robots on Mars or astronauts on board the International Space Station when we think of NASA, we shouldn t forget about that first A in the agency s acronym National Aeronautics and Space Administration .Over 56 X-plane concepts have been created and they represent some of the greatest strides in aviation research that NASA has made over the years.For these reasons, electrically powered planes could solve emission problems and, just like electrically powered cars, would be quieter than current commercial alternatives.
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