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Microsoft and Facebook to lay a huge subsea cable across the Atlantic

Microsoft and Facebook have announced plans to build "MAREA", a huge subsea cable connecting North America and Europe to improve the companies online services infrastructure. Utilizing eight fiber pairs, the cable's initial capacity is estimated to be 160 terabits per second, which will make it the highest capacity cable crossing the Atlantic.Read More

Robotics

No pain no gain: Hurting robots so they can save themselves

It's probably not something you'd say to a person writhing in agony on the floor, but physical pain can have its benefits. It is after all how kids learn to be wary of hot surfaces and carpenters to hit nails on the head. Researchers are now adapting this exercise in self-learning to an artificial nervous system for robots, a tool they believe will better equip these machines to avoid damage and preserve their – and our – well-being. Read More

Games

Pong Project brings classic Atari game back into the real world

The classic Atari arcade game Pong took the sport of tennis and transplanted it into the virtual world, becoming the world's first sports arcade video game in the process. Now a small team in Uruguay has done the reverse, taking Pong and bringing it back into the real world with a physical version that actually more closely resembles air hockey than tennis.Read More

Outdoors Feature

Shreddin' teardrops and other off-road camping trailers of Overland Expo 2016

We're just back from a long, windy extended weekend at Overland Expo 2016. In the past when we've made the trip to Northern Arizona, monstrous expedition vehicles like the EarthCruiser FX and EarthRoamer XV-LTS have always made the biggest impression. This year, the big story was really small ... teardrop size, in fact. There was a veritable explosion of interesting off-road trailers, everything from single-person teardrops, to bruising boxes, to simple steel cargo beds with roof tents.Read More

Space

Planetary Resources turns asteroid prospecting satellites toward Earth

If it could work with asteroids, why not the Earth? That's the thinking behind space mining company Planetary Resources' plan to adapt its asteroid prospecting satellite design to Earth observation. The Washington-based firm says that this Earth observation system, dubbed Ceres, will see a new version of its Arkyd spacecraft equipped with infrared and hyperspectral sensors developed for monitoring Earth resources and industries.Read More

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