Solar windows could generate more than 80% of US electricity
A prototype solar powered smart window has been developed that breaks 11% efficiency, which is enough to generate over 80% of US electricity. The window lowers building temperatures by shifting from clear to opaque under strong sunlight, and when this happens the solar window begins electricity production.
Elon Musk proposes 125 to 150mph “Loop” for Chicago
Elon Musk tweeted that his Boring Company “will compete to fund, build & operate a high-speed Loop connecting Chicago O’Hare Airport to downtown.” If successful, Musk's proposal would see passengers transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125 to 150 mph.
Source: Ars Technica
Apple fixes flaw that made it possible to access a Mac without a password
Apple has acted swiftly to push out an update that fixes a major security hole in its Mac operating system. The flaw had made it possible to access a Mac without a password, and also have access to powerful administrator rights. The latest version of MacOS will automatically download the update.
NASA is updating its rover for before its mission to Mars
NASA is updating its Curiosity Mars rover in preparation for a mission to find evidence of life on Mars. New hardware for the Mars 2020 mission includes seven new instruments, new wheels, a new drill to capture rock cores and a caching system with a miniature robotic arm to store the samples.
Source: Tech Crunch
UK government plans to legislate for drones misuse
Under legislation planned by the government, drone users in the UK may have to take safety awareness tests and drones weighing more than 250g could be banned from flying near airports. Police would also be given new powers to seize and ground drones which may have been used in criminal activity.
GM says it will launch a robot taxi service in 2019
GM says it will have a ride-sharing service featuring its line of self-driving Chevy Bolts ready to go by 2019. If that were to happen, it would place the No. 1 US automaker ahead of its main rival Ford, which has said it plans to unveil its own self-driving car without pedals or a steering wheel by 2021.