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Make way for robot priest 

The world is going tech-friendly, then why should religion stay behind?  A 400-year-old temple in Japan is trying to rekindle interest in Buddhism with a robotic priest. The temple authorities believe the robot will change the face of the religion.  The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple […]

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Talk to your robofriend in your language 

Do you want a robot who can speak in your mother tongue? Worry not. Because Samsung is planning to launch humanoids who can speak in Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri, or any language you want.  STAR Labs ‘artificial human’ project, Neon, is unlike any other artificial intelligence work. Neon is just a human companion that not only […]

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Fly and drive car is here!

The world’s first ‘fly and drive car’ was launched in Miami last week. And no, it doesn’t have a fancy name but yes it has some fancy price tag. The Pioneer Personal Air Landing Vehicle (PAL-V) costs around It’s about $599,000 (approximately Rs4,300,00,000). To date, 70 bookings have been made for this car but you […]

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First e-plane takes flight

The world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft has taken its inaugural test flight, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and flying for 15 minutes. This aircraft which was designed in 1946 might become the first commercial electric plane. Vancouver-based Harbour Air took its “eBeaver” on a hop and showed the world a way […]

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Play football with robots now

These ‘mini cheetahs’ are not just for routine work. The robots designed and made by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) showcased their football skills recently in a video released by the university. These four-legged android can now dribble a soccer ball, run and jump, not to forget the backflip.  Cheetah’s lead developer, Benjamin Katz, […]

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ISS astronauts may soon eat fresh cookies!

Dried, deep-freezed food is routine meal for astronauts living on the International Space Station. But if a new experiment is successful, they may soon eat fresh,y baked cookies. The Zero-G oven built by NanoRacks — a space company that helps develop experiments for the ISS — was sent to ISS on November 2, 2019. The […]

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NASA unveils new spacesuit for Moon mission

No more to bunny hops for NASA astronauts. When US astronauts next touch down on the Moon, expect them to walk almost as they do on Earth. This is thanks to a new generation of spacesuits. Prototypes of the Orion Crew Survival Suit that will be worn on the journey and the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility […]

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Rafale reports for duty

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh officially received the first Rafale fighter jet made for India by the French company Dassault. He attended the handover ceremony along with his French counterpart Florence Parly at aircraft maker Dassault Aviation facility in Merignac, southwestern France. Singh performed a Shastra Puja on the new aircraft as he emblazoned it with […]

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In pics: First floating nuclear plant in Russia

Akademik Lomonosov is Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant, complete with two loaded nuclear reactors. It reached the port of Pevek, an Arctic town across from Alaska, on September 14. From there, it will start generating enough electricity for an estimated 100,000 homes. The plant could spur other nations to acquire floating nuclear power plants […]

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Dr Drone’s on the way, folks

We all have been fascinated by those small autonomous planes buzzing over heads. Drones are mostly used for spying and surveillance but they sure are of much more help. If all goes as planned, drones would deliver medicines in cases of emergency in Maharashtra soon. The Devendra Fadnavis government has partnered with the US firm […]

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