L.A. Traffic Is the Worst in the World, And We Need to Do Something

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Global Traffic Scorecard

The results are in for the Global Traffic Scorecard—a report that ranks cities based on the hours commuters spend in traffic. And, according to statistics, Los Angeles drivers and passenger spent 104 hours in traffic

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in 2016 during peak commuting hours. That translates to four full days plus eight additional hours of just sitting in gridlocked traffic.

These hours add up to an approximated financial loss of $2,408 per driver, or roughly $9.7 billion collectively, due to wasted fuel and productivity.

Everybody drives in LA, but that doesn’t Lees verder

Via:: Artikelen van Futurism.com

      

China is Using Drones Equipped With Flamethrowers for an Unexpected Purpose

Electric company maintenance workers utilizing the drone flamethrower to clean electrical wires that have garbage attached to them. Photo by Wang Hu/VCG

Year after year, we witness drones becoming more multifaceted in functionality. From artificial pollination to performing at halftime during the Super Bowl – drones have become just as diverse as the society that created them. This is now truer than ever, as China has recently equipped drones with flamethrowers for the benefit of the public.

A power company in Xiangyang, China has established a hot, new way to clean power lines. Rather than having people try to reach the far corners of the city scraping off caked-on debris that’s been lodged in hard-to-reach-spots, the power company will now have drones perform this task.

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Via:: Artikelen van Futurism.com

      

Mark Cuban: We Need to Prepare for When Robots Replace Human Workers

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A Warning and a Question

Dallas Mavericks owner and business mogul Mark Cuban has joined other technology leaders in warning about the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and robots on jobs. In an interview with CNBC, Cuban warned about the loss of jobs due to increased automation in the very near future. The interview was followed by a tweet and a link to an article.

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Color-Changing Hair Dye Reacts to Its Surroundings Like a Mood Ring

Color-Changing Hair Dye is a Giant Mood Ring on Your Head

Color-changing hair might seem like something out of a fantasy novel, but Lauren Bowker of The Unseen has made it a reality. Bowker, a chemist and fashion designer, is known for her “high-fashion alchemy.” She’s previously created hue-shifting purses as well as other air sculptures that use science to produce a stunning visual effect. Now, she’s turning her attention towards color-changing hair dye that’s controlled by temperature—when there’s a dramatic spike or drop, the dye seemingly has a mind of its own. Your hair might change from black to crimson at a moment’s notice.

Bowker’s inspiration for this unique Lees verder

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Watch This Amazing Drone Footage of Falcon 9 Landing

Evidently, SpaceX is getting a lot better at landing its reusable rockets. The Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket that was used to safely transport satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit, and we are now able to see the Falcon 9’s third successful landing from a drone’s unique vantage point.

Image Credit: Elon Musk/ Instagram

This was SpaceX’s first commercial rocket launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The rocket was sent to deliver a payload into space. To capture the moment, a camera-equipped drone was sent to film the Falcon 9’s downward journey through the clouds Lees verder

Via:: Artikelen van Futurism.com

      

Public Opinion on Man-Made Climate Change Has Shifted

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A Discernible Shift

It’s no secret that the world has a divided opinion on climate change. Despite overwhelming evidence, there are still people who believe man-made climate change is not real. However, a new UK-based study reveals that public opinion is changing, and the majority of people are beginning to accept that man-made climate change is real.

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Research consultancy specialist ComRes conducted a poll of 2,045 people for the Energy and Climate Information Unit for the study. “Over just three years there has been a discernible shift in public Lees verder

Via:: Artikelen van Futurism.com

      

Your Hair Can Now Change Color Depending on the Environment

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It’s now possible for you to change your hair color as quickly as it takes for you to step out of your door.

The Unseen has developed a color-changing hair dye that responds to shifts in temperatures—so it could turn fiery red while you’re out under the sun and then back into a more muted, brown shade once you go indoors.

Image Credit: The Unseen via Wired/ YouTube

The creator, Lauren Bowker of The Unseen, has called the dye FIRE. The technology in the dye uses the process of thermoregulation in human skin, where stimuli prompt chemical reactions. Lees verder

Via:: Artikelen van Futurism.com

      

NASA Scientists Have a New Way to Define Planets

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NASA Manifesto

Most people are just getting used to not counting Pluto among the solar system’s nine — oops, eight — main planets. Now though, we may have to change our understanding of what planets are (again), as NASA scientists suggest a new definition.

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Back in 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefined what constitutes a planet in our solar system as follows: “a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes Lees verder

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