Electric Pickups Are Here… Almost

Rivian's R1T pickup is due for release in June, 2021

It was only a couple of years back that that the common perception was that electic pickups (utes in Australian) would never carry the required loads over any distance. Then Ford made a slick video showing a prototype EV F-150 towing a double-decker, 10-car freight train filled with 42 other F-150s. Since then we’ve seen […]

What if Iron Could Power the World?

Oxidizing and reducing powdered iron has the potential to provide clean power on an industrial scale… We’re not short of ways to generate power. But, as any conservative politician will tell you, we’re short on ways to generate reliable, ‘base load’ power, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They argue that wind and […]

Juice Jacking! Why you should never use public USB ports…

Our dependence on our phone makes us vulnerable to juice jacking

We’ve all done it. We’re stuck in the middle of nowhere – otherwise known as an airport terminal – and our phone is about to run out of juice. You can’t find a power outlet that someone else isn’t already hoarding. Your only option is that public charging station ‘over there in the corner’. But […]

Emotionally-intelligent AI may be key to future space exploration

Emotionally-Intelligent AI to Assist Astronauts of the Future

The US space agency, NASA, is working with the Australian company, Akin, to develop artificial intelligence (AI) that could provide emotional support for astronauts in deep space. The space agency already works with a wide variety of digital assistants. Recently, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) began work with a new version of IBM’s […]