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Foldable wars? New patent filing suggests that Apple is readying a 'foldable' iPhone

It is extremely unlikely you'll see a "foldable" iPhone anytime soon, much less in September when Apple is likely to introduce the next generation of its popular handsets.

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Autonomous vehicles could revolutionise urban tourism

In the first study of its kind, academics from Surrey and the University of Oxford have examined how Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) may make a substantial impact on the future of urban tourism.

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Frankfurt airport working on flying taxis

The operator of Frankfurt's international airport says it is developing a concept for electric air taxi services.

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Cascade effects, not mechanical failures, more often responsible for poor performance in London commuter trains

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.K. has found that cascade effects are more to blame for poor performance by London's commuter train system than are mechanical failures. In their paper published ...

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Augmented wheelchair effort shows admirable regard for independence

Real life in the public space is not exactly an elegant straight line. Ramps. Boxes. "Floor is Wet" signs. Store aisles calling for multiple right and left turns to reach shelves in pursuit. No small challenge for a person ...

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Five reasons why autonomous cars aren't coming anytime soon

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every ...

Energy & Green Tech

Optimizing solar farms with smart drones

As the solar industry has grown, so have some of its inefficiencies. Smart entrepreneurs see those inefficiencies as business opportunities and try to create solutions around them. Such is the nature of a maturing industry.

Robotics

Adaptive locomotion of artificial microswimmers

Bacteria display remarkable plasticity by exploiting mechanics in response to locally changing physical and chemical conditions. Compliant structures usually assist their taxis behavior to navigate inside complex and structured ...

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Lines, bars tell pedestrians where the car wants to go

A self-driving car system has been developed by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to project the direction of travel onto the road, so that pedestrians can figure out what the car is going to do next.

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Tokyo airport tests driverless bus to shuttle visitors

Visitors pouring into Japan's Haneda airport for the Tokyo Olympics next year may find themselves ferried to and from planes on driverless buses, currently being tested at the major hub.