Tesla has a design for a submarine car just sitting around

Tesla  wants to show off a prototype of an electric pickup this year and it’s working on bringing the Model Y and Class 8 semi truck into production. But really, who cares about any of that, because Tesla apparently has a design for a submarine car just sitting around collecting dust. Tesla CEO Elon Musk  mentioned the electric submarine car in response to a question during the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting Tuesday in Mountain View, Calif. The shareholder asked whether Tesla had considered building an aquatic car, meaning a vehicle that could travel on roads, then transition into or under water. It turns out a design exists for a submarine car, inspired by the Lotus Esprit featured in the James Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me.” “I thought that was like the […]

Scientists create a four-winged robot insect that flies with grace

It’s difficult to make an insect-like flying robot — realistic four-winged bots are typically too heavy, while lighter two-winged models tend to fly erratically. USC researchers have edged one step closer to the dream machine, however. They’ve created Bee+, a four-winged bot (pictured at right) that flies with more of the agility and poise of real insects while weighing just over 0.003oz. The trick was to drop earlier bimorph actuators, cantilevers made of two layers of piezoelectric material with a passive layer in between, with unimorphs that only have one piezoelectric layer. The four actuators combined weigh half as much as bimorphs would at just under 0.002oz, reducing the wing loading and significantly improving control. The tiny flier can follow paths, dodge obstacles, perch and land. It’s even simpler to build than There’s still […]

Should Companies Use AI to Assess Job Candidates?

Few things seem creepier than algorithms mining our voices or photos to determine whether we should be considered for a job, and yet we’re not that far from this scenario at all. What’s more, it may not be as creepy as you think. For starters, all organizations struggle with talent identification, which is why many complain that they are unable to find the right person for key positions, and why most people end up in jobs that are far from inspiring. Consider that even in the biggest economy in the world, where talent management practices are far more science-driven and sophisticated than anywhere else, the labor market is quite inefficient. Today in the U.S., there are around six million job seekers for seven million job openings. Even if we look at the global knowledge economy, comprised of the most […]

Life 3.0 and Biohacking: Rewriting Human Life in the Digital Age

I. Setting the stage Healthcare is a rare bird. We can neither disregard it nor make it cheap, simple, and safe (Fernandez et al., 2012). In fact, we globally spend more than 10% of the GDP in healthcare and about $1,000 per capita every year (World Health Organization, 2018). But this is not the whole story: approved drugs halve every 9 years (i.e., Eroom’s Law); population aged over 60 years is expected to grow by 56% over the next ten years (TM Capital, 2017); the workforce to meet patients demand is declining; and the need of having a higher quality of care and more control and transparency over individual healthcare are affecting the sector. All this is creating the perfect storm for biohacking to emerge as a new healthcare paradigm that could […]

On May 20th, the kilogram will no longer be defined by a lump in France

On May 20th, World Metrology Day, the scientific community will officially change the definition of the kilogram. For 130 years, the kilo has been defined by a physical cylinder of platinum-iridium alloy, known as Le Grand K and stored in a vault outside of Paris. But every time scientists handled it, the cylinder lost atoms — an estimated 50 micrograms over its lifetime. So, beginning Monday, the kilogram will officially be measured by a physical constant known as the Planck constant. The change has been years in the making, and on May 20th, three other units of measurement — the ampere, kelvin and mole — will also get new definitions. Those proved to be easier to update, as they weren’t based on a Victorian-era lump in France. The kilo will now correspond […]

Virtual cities: Designing the metropolises of the future

Simulation software that can create accurate “digital twins” of entire cities is enabling planners, designers and engineers to improve their designs and measure the effect changes will have on the lives of citizens. Cities are hugely complex and dynamic creations. They live and breathe. Think about all the parts: millions of people, schools, offices, shops, parks, utilities, hospitals, homes and transport systems. Changing one aspect affects many others. Which is why planning is such a hard job. So imagine having a tool at your disposal that could answer questions such as “What will happen to pedestrian and traffic flow if we put the new metro station here?” or “How can we persuade more people to leave their cars at home when they go to work?” This is where 3D simulation […]

In China, a link between happiness and air quality

For many years, China has been struggling to tackle high pollution levels that are crippling its major cities. Indeed, a recent study by researchers at Chinese Hong Kong University has found that air pollution in the country causes an average of 1.1 million premature deaths each year and costs its economy $38 billion. Now researchers at MIT have discovered that air pollution in China’s cities may be contributing to low levels of happiness amongst the country’s urban population. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, a research team led by Siqi Zheng, the Samuel Tak Lee Associate Professor in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Center for Real Estate, and the Faculty Director of MIT China Future City Lab, reveals that higher levels of pollution […]

Microrobotics: Ingesting tiny robots to treat diseases

Microrobotics research at EPFL and ETH Zurich means that in the future, we may be able to ingest tiny robots which deliver drugs directly to diseased tissue. The team of scientists is led by Selman Sakar at EPFL and Bradley Nelson at ETH Zurich. The microrobotics research into highly flexible, biocompatible microrobots was inspired by bacteria. Nelson added: “Nature has evolved a multitude of microorganisms that change shape as their environmental conditions change. This basic principle inspired our microrobot design. The key challenge for us was to develop the physics that describe the types of changes we were interested in, and then to integrate this with new fabrication technologies.” The challenge of creating a microrobot Microrobots are able to swim through fluids, modify their shape when necessary, and pass through narrow blood vessels […]

Mechanical engineers develop process to 3-D print piezoelectric materials

The piezoelectric materials that inhabit everything from our cell phones to musical greeting cards may be getting an upgrade thanks to work discussed in the journal Nature Materials released online Jan 21. Xiaoyu ‘Rayne’ Zheng, assistant professor of mechanical #engineering in the College of Engineering, and a member of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute, and his team have developed methods to 3D print piezoelectric materials that can be custom-designed to convert movement, impact and stress from any directions to electrical energy. “Piezoelectric materials convert strain and stress into electric charges,” Zheng explained. The piezoelectric materials come in only a few defined shapes and are made of brittle crystal and ceramic — the kind that require a clean room to manufacture. Zheng’s team has developed a technique to 3D print these materials so they […]

6 Innovative Ways to Use AI in 2019

It is quite right to say that AI has now become an integral part of the human resource. All credit goes to technology when it comes to complete transformation in the recruitment process. And it is obvious from the fact that recruiters are seeing a massive reduction in their workload. We saw many discussions on the role of AI in recruitment in 2018. And as per the current scenario, this trend will continue to remain the hot topic even in 2019. According to the Harvey Nash Human Resources 2017 Survey, 40% of HR leaders believe that AI will take over their workplace operations in the next 2-5 years. The reason recruiters are using AI is: It eliminates bias. It speeds up the recruitment process. It enhances the candidate experience. With 2018 coming […]

3 Personality Types That Can Lead to Success or Unemployment

We all know that a business is only as successful as the people running it. Employees are every company’s most valuable asset, and every employer has their own unique list of must-haves and nice-to-haves when hiring. Some are universal (detail orientation, good communication skills, ability to take direction), while others are specific to the role or industry. However, there are a few qualities that straddle two lines, existing between boundary pushing and boundary-breaking. The success of companies like Apple, Google and Amazon have introduced the public to a new breed of maverick leaders whose unique qualities have made their companies more successful than any in history. Yet these same qualities would most likely get the average employee fired within their first few weeks if they were even hired at all. […]

5 Millennial CV Trends to Look Out For

In a candidate-led market, the way recruiters are attracting talent is changing. If you want to be ahead of the game you need to expand the methods you use to recruit, especially when recruiting millennial talent. Millennials are an increasingly influential generation, meaning as a recruiter you can’t ignore their impact on the job market. Just as sites like CV Library disrupted the job search market when they spotted the improvements to made in job search by switching from paper CVs to Word documents sent via email; millennials are bringing about candidate led changes which are causing employers to change the way they think about selecting talent. 1. Video CVs Video CVs are fast are growing in popularity, with recruitment firms like Inspiring Interns using them as their sole marketing […]