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SLU Putting an Echo in Each Dorm Room

Echo Dot

Alexa, what is the main theme in this book I’m supposed to have read? That might be a question for the 2,300-plus Amazon Echo devices that will be in each dorm room in a couple of weeks when students return to Saint Louis University. While help with homework may be …

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The Graphene Jacket is Here

Vollebak Graphene Jacket

At $595 a pop, Vollebak’s new graphene jacket isn’t for everyone. But if even half of what its creators promise is true, it could be worth every cent. According to the company, it shares many of the magical properties of graphene–absorbing heat and then warming you up over time, conducting electricity, repelling …

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Organic Solar Cells Make Step Forward in Efficiency

Wind and Solar Farm in the Desert

Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. But organic photovoltaics, made from carbon and plastic, promise a cheaper way of generating electricity. This new study shows that organics can now be just as efficient as silicon. BBC

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Virgin Hyperloop Plans Facility in Spain

Virgin Hyperloop One

Virgin Hyperloop One plans a $500 million testing center in the Andalusia region of Spain to try out components of its planned pod-through-tube transportation system.  There won’t be a test track at the facility, so the entire assembled hyperloop system won’t be tested, but the technology used to build it …

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GM is Hiring Hackers

Self Driving Car Stock Photo

Highly computerized cars could mean consumers’ data is vulnerable or  driver safety might be endangered if car companies aren’t prepared to cut off any data breach or threat to cybersecurity at the pass. General Motors is taking no chances. It’s bringing in those exact people who might do the infiltration to help thwart …

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