Every Monday in the new issue of “News of high technologies” we summarize the results of the last week, talking about some of the most important events, the key discoveries and inventions. Today, the space probe “Voyager 2”, portals Facebook and more! Below the news you can find in a text format.
“Voyager-2” has gone beyond the Solar system
Space probe “Voyager-2”, moving towards interstellar space, recorded an increase of energy background cosmic rays, according to the NASA website. The machine, launched into space in 1977, is now about 17.7 billion kilometers from Earth, which is more than 118 times the distance from Earth to the Sun. In 2007, the probe has reached the outer limits of the heliosphere – the space around the Sun and planets within the system where there is high background solar wind particles and residual power of magnetic fields.
As soon as the probe will leave the heliosphere, it will become the second after “the Voyager 1 spacecraft” the spacecraft left the Solar system and entered interstellar space.
From the beginning to the end of August this year, the scientific instrument CRS (Cosmic Ray Subsystem) spacecraft recorded an approximate 5% increase in the energy of cosmic rays reaching “Voyager-2”. Cosmic rays are fast moving particles originating outside the Solar system.
A similar phenomenon was observed in may 2012, three months before, when the station “Voyager 1” crossed heliopause, being in interstellar space.
Smart cars — smart intersections
Specialists of the company, Honda has built on the site of one of the cities USA “smart intersection”.
Honda experts, in collaboration with several corporations (including, for example, Siemens) have been working on V2X technology, which recognizes objects in field of view, their migration routes, infrastructure, and sends this data to nearby cars. Most of V2X technologies existed only in the framework of the test polygons, but recently in Ohio, in the town of Marysville in the framework of the project 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is the first section of the real road were equipped to work with V2X.
The principle of operation is as follows: as already mentioned, V2X collects data on everything that is happening around by means of special sensors installed in such a way to view potentially dangerous places — intersections, pedestrian crossings and so on. In this case, the sensors were equipped with 4 traffic light post at the intersection, and 200 cars of employees of the company. Them in the car installed a special projection screens.
Sensors detect potential threats and transmit a signal to the nearest car. But a very clear display allows you to understand what is dangerous.
“Stars” will fly into space
The company Virgin Galactic aimed at the market of space tourism services, is getting closer to its cherished goal. In a recent interview with CNBC, the CEO, British billionaire Richard Branson said that Virgin Galactic is “very close to the first sub-orbital flight.”
According to Brunson, the first manned suborbital flight of SpaceShipTwo spaceplane, developed by his company, to be held in the coming weeks, and soon he will fly into space.
It was previously reported that the company sold more than 650 tickets. While they have bought a ticket for suborbital flight, there are names of celebrities. Among those who have expressed a desire to go into orbit on this ship was Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hanks and Angelina Jolie.
A ticket for a suborbital journey on Board of the spacecraft SpaceShipTwo company Virgin Galactic will cost dearly. Who wants to see the Earth from a height of 100 kilometers will have to pay and your pocket of about $ 250,000.
Portals from Facebook
Facebook has introduced a few devices for video calling Portal and Portal Plus is to expand its influence in the living rooms of people. Portal and Portal Plus with 12-megapixel cameras and artificial intelligence can be used for video chatting.
Camera that works with the help of AI algorithms, monitors the movements of the user, allowing him to communicate without any hesitation. The device also includes Alexa from Amazon, which can find out the weather or to pull up the tune.
Portal with 10-inch screen will sell for $ 199 and the other model with the 15-inch swivel screen — $ 349. Facebook plans to offer the device on a separate website and will deploy rapid marketing campaign.
These devices — the first serious attempt to break into a Facebook design, creation and sale of custom hardware from scratch. If “Portals” are successful, the company will be able to get more people to use its social network on a regular basis, so they can communicate with friends and family, as well as apps like Spotify and Pandora.
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