Prototype hyperloop pod reaches a speed of 324 kilometers per hour
The team WARR Hyperloop has won SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod competition with an entry that reached a speed of 324 km/h (201 mi/h). WARR’s carbon-fiber pod, is powered by a 50KW electric motor and features four pneumatic friction brakes that can stop the pod within five seconds.
Source: The Verge
The next Game of Thrones book has been written by a neural network
A software engineer is training a recurrent neural network (RNN) to predict the events of the unfinished sixth Game of Thrones novel, The Winds of Winter. In this version Sansa is a Baratheon, a new character called Greenbeard appears, Jaime kills Cersei and Jon rides a dragon.
The planet is warming at an unprecedented rate
A new study has revealed that our planet is currently warming at an even faster pace than during one of the most dramatic climate change events in Earth's history. The study concluded that the rate of carbon dioxide release was far slower during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum than today.
Source: Ars Technica
Security flaw leaves 745,000 pacemakers open to hackers
A security flaw in 745,000 pacemakers could allow them to be hacked. The flaws could theoretically be used to cause the devices to pace too quickly or run out of battery. The manufacturer, Abbott, said it wasn't aware of any cases of this happening, and said it would require a "highly complex set of circumstances".
China has its own plan for hyperloop
China has its own plan for a hyperloop system, which is being referred to as a "supersonic flying train". The bullet trains will travel at 4,000km/h (2,485mi/h) with the carriage floating on magnetic levitation tracks and running in tubes that have been pumped out to a near-vacuum. Similar to the hyperloop we know but faster.
Source: The Register
Scientists enhance spider's web to the point that it can hold a human
Scientists led by Nicola Pugno at Italy's University of Trento have succeeded in combining spider silk with graphene and carbon nanotubes to produce a composite material that is five times stronger. Remarkably, the composite is produced by the spider itself, after it drinks water containing the nanotubes.