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.

Source: Motherboard

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".

Source: BBC

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.

Facebook files patent for AR glasses

Facebook has filed a patent for an AR device that "augment[s] views of a physical, real-world environment with computer-generated elements". The device will be comprised of "a frame and a display assembly that presents media to a user’s eyes".

Elon Musk reveals SpaceX spacesuits

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has revealed photos of the spacesuit that will be used by astronauts flying aboard the company's Dragon spacecraft. "[It] was incredibly hard to balance aesthetics and function. Easy to do either separately," said Musk.

Source: Ars Technica

UK government to test 'self-driving' lorries on "major" roads

The UK government has announced convoys of partially driverless lorries will be tested on "major" roads by the end of next year. During the trial up to three lorries will travel in formation, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle.

Source: BBC

Scientists divided over snow leopard status

Scientists are deeply divided on whether to change the snow leopard's conservation status from 'endangered' to 'vulnerable'. There are currently estimated to be between 7,400 and 8,000 of the animals in the wild, up from 1990s estimates of between 3,500 and 7,500.

Source: BBC

Boring Company wins approval to dig two-mile test tunnel

Hawthorne, California's city council has voted in favour of a plan from Elon Musk’s Boring Company to dig a two-mile-long underground test tunnel. The tunnel will stretch 44 feet below the public roads and utilities that surround SpaceX headquarters.

Source: The Verge

China has already exceeded its 2020 solar energy target

2017 been big year for solar installations in China. The nation installed 10.52 GW worth of new solar capacity in July, and has already surpassed its 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) target of 105 GW worth of solar capacity,

Source: Clean Technica