Police want to 3D print a dead man's fingers to access his phone

Law enforcement officers have asked a professor at Michigan State if he can help unlock a murder victim's phone. The police want the professor to reproduce the victim’s fingerprint from a prerecorded scan, which could be then used to unlock the phone.

Source: Fusion

Tesla's autopilot prevented a driver from hitting a pedestrian

A Tesla Model S owner has reported that his car's autopilot saved the life or prevented a pedestrian from being seriously injured in Washington DC last week. According to Elon Musk, Tesla were able to verify the event by looking through the vehicle's logs.

Source: Electrek

Alcohol is directly responsible for seven forms of cancer

In a study, published in the scientific journal Addiction, healthcare professionals have endorsed findings that say alcohol causes seven forms of cancer. The report goes on to say that people who consume low to moderate amounts are still at risk.

Source: The Guardian

According to NASA 2016 is set to be the hottest year on record

NASA analyses of ground-based observations and satellite data has confirmed that two key climate change indicators – global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent – have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016.

Source: NASA

Lampposts and churches will recharge Amazon's fleet of drones

Amazon has been awarded a patent for "docking stations" so its delivery drones can be built on tall structures such as lampposts or churches. The stations will allow the unmanned machines to recharge before they continue delivering up packages.

Source: CNBC

Are we 10 years away from finding life outside our Solar System?

Astronomers have said that discovery of life outside our solar system could be just 10 years away after they found further evidence of two “precious” exoplanets are similar to Earth. The astronomers say the planets are "rocky" just like Mars, Venus or Earth,

Source: Independent

VR wants to remind us that it’s the king of immersive technology

It seems that augmented and virtual reality are always having to compete with one another. Right now, thanks to Pokemon Go, AR is in the ascendancy, but a prototype architecture tool could be about to strike a blow for VR.

DesignSpace has been developed for the HTC Vive to enable architects and designers to draft concepts in virtual reality, as well as allowing colleagues to work together in a shared virtual space.

While DesignSpace is just a prototype at the minute it could be an amazing tool for architects, and shows that both AR and VR have an exciting future.

Elon Musk has already disrupted the automotive industry. Now he plans to do it again

Elon Musk has announced that he is at the end of the first stage of his Tesla Motors masterplan, and is anxious to get on with stage two.

Despite the technology mogul finding himself under pressure in recent weeks, following the death of a driver in a self-driving Tesla car, Musk has found time to publicly announce his ‘Master Plan, Part Deux’.

In response to the death of Joshua Brown in a Tesla Model S, Musk’s revamped masterplan includes an ambition to “develop a self-driving capability that is 10 times safer than manual via massive fleet learning”.

“As the technology matures, all Tesla vehicles will have the hardware necessary to be fully self-driving with fail-operational capability, meaning that any given system in the car could break and your car will still drive itself safely,” wrote Musk in a blog post.

Image courtesy of Maurizio Pesce. Featured image by Earth Day Network

Image courtesy of Maurizio Pesce. Featured image by Earth Day Network

Musk has also pointed out why Tesla is deploying partial autonomy now even though it has come in for criticism in recent weeks.

“The most important reason is that, when used correctly, it is already significantly safer than a person driving by themselves and it would therefore be morally reprehensible to delay release simply for fear of bad press or some mercantile calculation of legal liability,” said Musk.

The other three achievements Musk is looking to make in stage two of his plan to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy are: to create solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage, to expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments and to enable your car to make money for you when you aren’t using it.

Image courtesy of Jusdafaxderivative

Image courtesy of Jusdafaxderivative

To achieve the first point Musk plans to merge Tesla with his other sustainable energy company, SolarCity, as they are in “pursuit of the same overarching goal of sustainable energy”.

Musk imagines the second point, of expanding the electric vehicle product line, will be achieved by introducing a fleet of autonomous buses that can accommodate wheelchairs, strollers and bikes.

It’s in  the third point though where Musk has told of his plans to disrupt the automotive industry as we know it.

Musk wants to develop a Tesla shared fleet where cars can generate income for their owners while they work or are on vacation.

“Since most cars are only in use by their owner for 5% to 10% of the day, the fundamental economic utility of a true self-driving car is likely to be several times that of a car which is not,” said Musk.