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3D Printing in the Next 5 Years

Chris Labelle | Mosaic Manufacturing

Over the next 5 years, 3D printing will evolve from a manufacturing technology that is used in isolation to one that forms an essential component of new manufacturing processes.

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BMW Launches First of 100 EV Charging Stations in National Parks

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Calling on the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship of Thomas Edison, the first of up to 100 electric vehicle charging stations in national parks and nearby communities across the country was switched on Apr 19 at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, site of Edison’s West Orange, New Jersey, laboratory and home. (more…)


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Volvo will Start to Produce Electric-Only Vehicles in 2019

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast Events

Volvo has taken the initiative towards a greener future. The Swedish company announced that starting in 2019, they will solely produce hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Wireless Charging Could Change the Automotive Landscape

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Mercedes-Benz recently announced plans to launch a wireless charging system for its electric cars next year. This non-standard option for select vehicles would require hardware changes to the car, but provide considerable convenience for the driver.

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Energizing the Future with Blockchain

Blockchain is the technology underlying the sometimes infamous virtual currency, Bitcoin. However, applications of blockchain technology go well beyond virtual currencies and are poised to bring big changes to a variety of industries, including the energy industry.


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As Satellite Business Continues to Boom, So Does Space Junk Problem

Andrew Rosenblum | Freelance

With OneWeb announcing a mega-constellation of some 2,000 satellites and SpaceX  planning another 4,500 to provide Internet service to remote regions around the globe, the business of satellite-delivered data continues to boom.

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The Factories of the Future Could Float in Space

Andrew Rosenblum | Popular Science

Orbital manufacturing is already paving the way for better solar panels, faster internet, cleaner computer chips, and lab-grown human hearts.

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How To Win Big Investing In The Space 2.0 Boom

Brandon Farwell | CASIS

Space 2.0 is upon us! But how should we think about operating and investing in it?

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Scientists Propose First Astrophysics Mission to the Moon

Tomasz Nowakowski | Astro Watch Blog

A team of researchers led by Richard Miller of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has recently proposed a next-generation mission to the moon called the Lunar Occultation Explorer (LOX) which is now under review by NASA. If accepted by the agency, it will be the first dedicated astrophysics lunar mission.

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CNT-Modified CFRPs Offer the Possibility of Sensing Structures to the Aerospace Industry

Jerrold Wang |  Lux Research

Researchers at the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), the University of Bristol’s Advanced Composite Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), and aerospace company Bombardier teamed up to develop a carbon nanotube-based material that is to replace the polymer sizing in carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) for aerospace applications.

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President Trump Plans to Monetize Space

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast Events

The Trump Administration is considering a bold and ambitious vision for the U.S. space program.

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The Private Sector Gives Critical Endorsement to NASA’s Deep Space Rocket

Katherine DeMetre | Infocast Events

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) – an enormous rocket set to launch astronauts into deep space – got a crucial endorsement from the private sector.

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The Satellite Analytics Market

Nicholas Brown | SpaceKnow

There’s a new way for firms to analyse global economic developments and events, by viewing them from space. While satellite analytics have been available to governments for decades, high-resolution satellite imagery is fast becoming the last Cold War technology to be made widely available for commercial use.

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Reduce, Reuse… Recycling in Space?

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Going green is no longer just an Earth thing. The need for sustainability in space extends beyond the scope of picking up geospatial refuse. Soon, recycling will play a key role in stimulating and growing the extraterrestrial economy, by maximizing resource availability through converting mission waste into useful commodities. The staggering costs of re-supply missions require all resources on board be

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I Believe this New Digital Standard will Change the World

Perry R. Peterson | President & CEO | Digital Earth Thought Leader

Humanity’s ability to measure, monitor, and communicate over the vastness of the entire Earth is unprecedented. Trends point to ever growing volumes of rich data describing the planet. People, from scientist to citizens, expect this information in a form that can answer their pressing questions…instantly. (more…)


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Start-up NewSpace: What Entrepreneurs Should Know, Because (the Real) Mark Watney Needs You

Space Frontier Foundation

“The Martian” depicts a future most space-enthusiasts would drool over. But in reality, a future where humans make regular trips to other planets will require a lot of help from entrepreneurs, not just NASA. Fortunately, things are moving quickly. (more…)


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The Rapid Rise of the Space Investor and the Reinvention of NASA

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Up until a few years ago, space largely fell within the realm of a few major aero defense groups and government agencies. No one in their right mind, save for a few individuals that fit the “eccentric billionaire” archetype would even consider making investments in this “space.” However, the tides have turned.  (more…)


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New Survey Finds that 75% of U.S. Drivers Are Excited about Driverless Cars

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

We have to admit that we are developing a slight case of whiplash from watching recent surveys of opinions about autonomous cars. Some surveys report that very few drivers are attracted to self-driving cars, while others report just the opposite. Perhaps opinions are varied because drivers don’t yet understand what self-driving cars really are and what they can do. (more…)


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Four Unexpected Ways Self-Driving Cars Will Change the World

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

“Here is What the Future Looks Like in a World of Self-Driving Cars,” an article that Venky Ganesan wrote for AlleyWatch.com on October 7, is a real eye-opener. Ganesan points out four major ways that the world will change if self-driving cars become commonplace. (more…)


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Nevada Issues America’s First Quadriplegic Driver’s License

Date: Oct. 11, 2016 –

Sam Schmidt, a professional driver, lost the ability to control his arms and legs following an accident in a race. But he will now be able to drive on public roads again, thanks to a special quadriplegic driver’s license that was issued to him by the state of Nevada.

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New Kelley Blue Book Survey Finds Most Americans Have Reservations about Self-Driving Cars

Date: Oct. 11, 2016 –

Kelley Blue Book and the market research firm Vital Findings recently asked more than 2,200 Americans between the ages of 12 and 64 what they thought about self-driving cars. (more…)


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Is George Hotz’s $1,000 Self-Driving Car Kit for Real?

Date: Oct. 4, 2016

If a 26-year-old entrepreneur named George Hotz has his way, it will soon be possible to buy a $1,000 kit on Amazon Prime that will convert your car into an autonomous self-driver. How soon? By the end of the year. (more…)


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Teaching Self-Driving Cars to be “Polite”

Date: Oct.4, 2016

Steering, accelerating, braking, parking and avoiding collisions are all abilities that self-driving cars are learning. But now something else has been added to the list of what autonomous cars are supposed to be. They are supposed to have good road etiquette and be “polite.” (more…)


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Self-Driving Cars Edge Out Brad and Angelina on the Nightly News

Date: Sept. 27, 2016

Two big news stories broke on September 20, 2016. The first was that the DOT had issued a new policy about self-driving cars. The second was that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were getting divorced. Which story got more coverage? The story about autonomous cars, at least on the news outlets that I monitor. Apparently they are even sexier than Brad and Angie. (more…)


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Quick View: Inside The Department of Transportation’s Automated Vehicles Policy

Date: Sept. 21, 2016

The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, released on September 21 by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is a 116-page document that has the potential to shape the cars we own, the roads we drive on, competition in the automotive industry, and lots more. (more…)


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Inside Arpa-E’s $30 Million NEXTCAR Program

Date: Sept. 19, 2016

What kind of automotive projects are being funded by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency for Energy (Arpa-E)? If you scroll through a list of the projects, you’ll see that most of them have to do with the development of new automotive fuels and batteries. (more…)


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There Once Was a Van that Swallowed a Drone….

Date: Sept. 19, 2016

Tapping the Power of Combined Technologies

Companies that combine two cutting-edge technologies are discovering some surprising benefits and possibilities. (more…)


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Astonishing Facts and Predictions about Self-Driving Cars

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

Most of us realize that self-driving cars will have an immense impact on the experience of driving. But many of us overlook the immense scope of the changes that advanced vehicles will have in other areas of our lives. (more…)


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Do Consumers Want Self-Driving Cars?

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

Over the years, lots of products have been successfully marketed to consumers who didn’t understand them, didn’t think they needed them, and just plain didn’t want them. Who needed cable TV, for example, when an antenna on the top of a TV set worked just fine? (more…)


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Three Non-Automotive Industries that Will Have a Big Impact on Self-Driving Cars

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

Computer scientists have joined forces with car makers to develop self-driving cars and the technology that will drive them. But not all technologies need to be developed specifically for automotive applications – they are actively adapting technologies that come from other sectors. (more…)


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Nine Embarrassing Problems to Avoid in Your Self-Driving Car

Date: Sept. 1, 2016

It’s one thing when you tell Siri to find you a pizzeria in Portland, Maine and have her direct you to Portland, Oregon. By the time you’ve driven 300 or 400 miles, you start to suspect that something is wrong . . .

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Infocast Blockchain Team Interviews Microsoft’s Yorke Rhodes

In this blog, we chat with Yorke Rhodes III, the Global Blockchain Business Strategist at Microsoft. He will be speaking at the Blockchain World Congress this September in NYC. (more…)


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Do Uber’s Self-Driving Cabs in Pittsburgh Offer a Glimpse of the Future?

Date: Aug. 25, 2016

A century ago, the introduction of the electric starter – which was really nothing but an electric motor fitted with a gear wheel and a solenoid – looked like little more than a small engineering advance. (more…)


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What NMVCCS Tells Us about the Projected Safety of Self-Driving Cars

Date: Aug. 25, 2016

The first death caused by a self-driving car occurred on May 7, 2016, when Joshua Brown’s auto-piloting Tesla plowed into a truck at an intersection in Williston, FL. (more…)


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A Blockchain Q&A with Dell’s Shishir Vadhavkar

In this blog, we chat with Shishir Vadhavkar, Director Industry Solutions – Banking and Financial Services at Dell about IoT, the future of blockchain and more. Shishir will be speaking at the Blockchain World Congress this September in NYC. (more…)


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A New Generation of Big Names in Space – Here’s Who You Should be Watching

New players are entering the commercial space industry en masse, bringing much-needed fresh blood to an industry long dominated by incumbent aerospace primes and underfunded government agencies. Thanks largely in part to SpaceX, the industry is the midst of a major overhaul. New stakeholders with novel business ideas and trends toward commercialization are presenting incumbent aerospace companies with major challenges. As it stands, 2016 is poised to be the year that companies from the startups to big box retailers make major strides in space.

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New Study Unlocks Potential for Ultra-Lightweight and Flexible 3D-Printed Metallic Materials

Jeremy Thomas | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) engineers have achieved unprecedented scalability in 3D-printed architectures of arbitrary geometry, opening the door to super-strong, ultra-lightweight and flexible metallic materials for aerospace, the military and the automotive industry. (more…)


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Mentoring the Machines

Daniel O’Connor | TCT Magazine

As I was ushered into a private room in the Ritz Carlton in Berlin, resplendent with fruit platters, pastries, French press coffee, and premium bottled waters, the interview that I’d arranged with Autodesk’s Chief Technology Officer began to feel more like I was interviewing Jeff Bridges than Jeff Kowalski. (more…)


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Blockchain: Using Bitcoin’s Robust Architecture to Secure the Internet of Things

Isaac Brown | Lux Research

When we think of Bitcoin, we tend to think of clandestine marketplaces, along with the speculative frenzy and resulting disillusionment that took place a few years ago. What most people don’t think about is the fact that Bitcoin was built on an incredibly innovative set of technologies. (more…)


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A Closer Look at Blockchain for IoT

Isaac Brown | Lux Research

In our last article, we discussed the use of blockchain to improve the security and scalability of Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. Buzz around blockchain is picking up rapidly as innovators in every field apply the concept to different applications – while the value proposition for blockchain is strong for the IoT, there are unique challenges that will delay its implementation. (more…)


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Blockchain for Enterprise – Focus on KYC, AML, and Regulatory Compliance – Are We Calling it RegTech?

Nitin Gaur | Director at IBM Blockchain Labs

In this long overdue post, I would like to focus on KYC, AML, and regulatory compliance. When discussing the design of the transaction systems of the future, it is necessary to consider the existing systems as a reference point. (more…)


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Five Things Blockchain Must Get Right to Realize its Full and Transformative Potential (Full White Paper)

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Introduction: Heralding a New Era in Financial Services

In recent months, hardly a day has passed without news of further initiatives and investments in blockchain. With growing numbers of banks and other institutions now developing and trialing blockchain capabilities and applications in their innovation labs, venture capital funding is continuing to flow into blockchain start-ups around the world. (more…)


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Blockchain for Enterprise? Not so Fast!

Nitin Gaur | Director at IBM Blockchain Labs

This is a long overdue post, because I have been immersed in many workshops and client conversations around use case identification and identifying hurdles (both technical and political) for the adoption of blockchain in an enterprise. In this post I intend to outline the challenges around enterprise adoption of blockchain technologies. (more…)


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A Blockchain for the Enterprise – A Technical Perspective

Nitin Gaur | Director at IBM Blockchain Labs

This post is long overdue, but better late than never. In my last post I discussed facets of blockchain technology and their potential benefits to enterprises. In this post I would like to dig a bit deeper and discuss the technology fundamentals. (more…)


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Considering Blockchain for an Enterprise?

Nitin Gaur | Director at IBM Blockchain Labs

As I examine the facets of blockchain technology and their potential benefits to enterprise applications, I realize that the blockchain landscape is fragmented, with many innovative approaches in use to apply this (more…)


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How to Get Blockchain Tech on Data Regulators’ Radars

Steve Ehrlich | Spitzberg Partners

I do not envy data protection authorities (DPAs).

Although virtually everyone from the top leadership to the rank and file of these (more…)


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Crowd Funding for a Workshop, to Design “A City on Mars”

Nicholas McCay | Mars City Design

Los Angeles, CA – Imagine for a moment what it would take for not just one human to live on Mars, but an entire city of people. Now imagine how humanity even begins down the long journey of making that dream a reality. Designing Mars’ cities will be the first crucial step to creating a sustained human presence on the red planet. (more…)


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Blockchain – A Platform for Disintermediation

Nitin Gaur | Director at IBM Blockchain Labs

In this post, I would like to focus on an interesting emerging technology. Not only is this technology complex and difficult to understand, but it also is adding additional layers of complexity as it (more…)


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