Uber Fired Its Robocar Guru, But Its Legal Fight With Google Goes On

Wired News - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 1:18am
Dumping the engineer at the heart of a legal battle with Google's Waymo doesn't indemnify the ridehailing giant. The post Uber Fired Its Robocar Guru, But Its Legal Fight With Google Goes On appeared first on WIRED.
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Conch Shells Inspire Next Generation Helmets, Body Armor

Slashdot - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 12:45am
New submitter omaha393 writes: Researchers at MIT used a 3D printing approach to develop a biomimetic composite capable of withstanding 70-85% more resistance than typical helmet designs. The material was manufactured using a composite of hard and soft printable polymers called VeroMagenta and TangoBlackPlus. The polymers were printed to overlay in a specific pattern that mimics conch shell molecular hierarchy, thus preventing cracks from spreading and offering a substantially more crack-resistant material. The researchers propose the material can be custom tailored and readily printed for future helmets and body armor manufacturing. The study has been published in Advanced Materials.

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US Missile Defense Still Has a Long, Long Way to Go

Wired News - Wed, 31/05/2017 - 12:40am
The Pentagon successfully tested its interceptor missile defense against an ICBM, but that doesn't mean the US is ready for a strike. The post US Missile Defense Still Has a Long, Long Way to Go appeared first on WIRED.
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