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Dubai Will Offer the Public Self-Flying Taxi Drones by July This Year

And we thought that only the Jetsons can pull it off!

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Dubai is set to take transportation to an entirely different level sometime this year. Mr. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the city’s Road and Transportation Agency, revealed at the recently concluded World Government Summit that they are planning to introduce self-flying taxis to Dubai’s public transportation system in July.

The drones, which are made in China, will consist of four legs and eight propellers, with two propellers attached to each leg. Each drone can accommodate one passenger weighing at up to 100 kilograms or 220 pounds. On a single battery charge, these self-flying taxis can fly within 50 kilometers or 31 miles and reach maximum speeds of about 160 kilometers per hour.

The self-flying taxi is set to become part of Dubai’s public transportation system by July this year.

To show people how these drones work, a video was created showing a businessman riding the said craft. He places his briefcase in the small trunk, straps himself in, and types his drop-off point on the touchscreen.

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For Dubai, this is indeed another step toward a futuristic transport system, something that we previously thought only the Jetsons can give us. The city already has a driverless railway system but problems with increasing traffic congestion prompt its government to develop more solutions. And, for them, the way to solve the traffic problem is by creating more sophisticated transportation options. In fact, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler, revealed their goal that by 2030, 25% of Dubai’s vehicles would be operating without drivers.

The Dubai Metro, a fully automated railway system, has been in operation since September

A vacuum-sealed tube will also be constructed in Dubai later this year in cooperation with the company Hyperloop One. The tube, which is the brainchild of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, will connect Dubai to the equally developed city of Abu Dhabi. Passengers will travel at extremely fast speeds, cutting the almost two-hour long trip to only 12 minutes.

However, in spite of the convenience that these fairly advanced “driverless” transportation systems will give us, we cannot deny the fact that it will render people jobless. Elon Musk estimated that having such systems in place will result in about 12-15% job loss.

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“We need to find new roles for those people” as increased manufacturing of autonomous cars will be “very disruptive and very quick.”

Well, we don’t see anything wrong with self-driving automobiles. In fact, we believe that it is a great development. However, we also do hope that when these cool “driverless” vehicles become operational, there will already be a program in place to help the people who would’ve lost their jobs due to these advancements. After all, they have a family to feed, too.

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Newly Discovered Material Can Convert Heat, Light, and Movement to Electricity All at Once

This mineral may just be the next big thing in green energy!

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A new material capable of instantly converting various types of energy, including light and heat energy, into electricity all at once has just been found. Researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland have recently discovered a mineral with a structure akin to that of a perovskite crystal, a material that can turn multiple energy sources into electricity.

Perovskite come from a family of minerals known for possessing properties that allow conversion of at least two types of energy - not simultaneously, though, to usable power. Some types may be efficient in converting solar energy while others may harness energy from heat and motion. This means that to create a device that can efficiently transform multiple types of energy into electricity all at once, multiple materials must likewise be used.

Perovskite crystals are ferroelectric.

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Japan is Set to Build the World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant

With the move towards green energy on its way, Japan has made a bold move by creating this giant floating power plant!

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Tokyo Leasing Corporation, along with Kyocera Corporation, has announced plans to build the world's largest floating solar power plant. Kyocera is a Kyoto-based manufacturer of advanced ceramics, and has expanded to creating semiconductor packaging and electronic components, alongside solar power generation systems. Japan is the third country to create a floating solar power plant so far, with India and Australia as its predecessors.

The 13.7 megawatt power plant will be placed on the Yamakura Dam reservoir, and another 7.5 megawatt power plant will be build on Umenokifurukori reservoir. There has been no word on exactly how much this project will cost the government.

The Yamakura Dam floating solar power plant can generate enough electricity to sustain up to 4,700 households!

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Nokia 3310, The World’s Most Reliable Phone, to be Relaunched This Year

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Amidst all the news about exploding mobile phones, we bring you some good news. Nokia 3310, the sturdiest and most reliable mobile phone ever invented, is set to have its comeback sometime this year - 17 years after it was first launched. The ultra-resilient phone is known for its seemingly infinite battery life and almost indestructible body.

The unit reincarnation, which is rumored to be sold for around $62, will be unveiled later this month at the Mobile World Congress. It is still unknown, though, if we'll see the same, exact 3310 model that we knew almost two decades ago, or if the manufacturer will add new features. However, based on the phone's description on Amazon, it seems that original features, including a calculator, a clock, and games we have so loved: Snake II, Pairs II, Bantumi, and Space Impact, will be retained.

Nokia 3310 - the "most resilient" phone ever.

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