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Google Maps will inform you about train delays

Google Maps will inform you about train delays

Google is well aware of the popularity of Google Maps and ensures that the product offers users as much functionality as possible. The company introduces entirely new functions to it, which will not only save the internet package, but will also facilitate the use of mass communications.

This week Google has introduced several innovations to its Google Maps service, which millions of users use as GPS navigation. A few days ago the company released an update that improves the transparency of maps and makes it easy to find stations and other points of interest.

Now the company is testing another update that will appeal to people with very small Internet packages. The new feature allows you to use maps exclusively via Wi-Fi, as well as notify delays of mass transport. So if the bus or train we are waiting for is delayed, the maps will tell us that.

The function is fully personalized, so we can choose the route or route we are interested in and then we will be informed when the shuttle bus arrives there, will not arrive at the station at scheduled time.

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The new standard will solve the “eternal problem”

The new standard will solve the “eternal problem”

Sooner or later, it will probably disappear many people are afflicted by inserting the wrong USB cable. The latest version of the USB 3.1 port is supposed to be symmetrical and in addition allow for a much faster transfer rate.

USB 3.1 has a data bandwidth of 10 Gb / s, which is twice as much as USB 3.0. This transfer will allow you to send 4K resolution video at 30 frames per second.

With the three versions of plugins presented, only the C version is supposed to be symmetric, and that is exactly what she is going to be promoting. The C-plug will have dimensions of 8.3mm x 2.5mm.

In addition to the additional transfer, the USB Power Delivery standard will also be introduced. With Micro-A / B connectors, it will allow 10 to 60 W to deliver and up to 100 W using A / B connectors. ”

The first devices using the new standard will be presented at the end of this year. However, the main problem remains retrospective compatibility, the information so far revealed that they may lack it.

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Fixed Solar Impulse 2 will go away

Fixed Solar Impulse 2 will go away

After nearly seven months of hiatus in Hawaii – caused by a malfunction – the electric plane Solar Impulse 2 will soon continue its great journey. The new equipment and the team responsible for this project are installed, hoping to prevent a repeat of last year’s situation.

Launched last year around the world’s first electric plane, whose main source of energy is solar panels, may soon be successful. The event started in March last year was discontinued several months later, during the trip from Japan to Hawaii. Although a five-day flight without any break allowed to break the record of flight length and distance traveled this amazing machine, but severely damaged it.

During the inspection in Hawaii, it turned out that the high temperature destroyed the storage batteries generated by the photovoltaic cells covering the wings, so the flight was impossible.

Over the past seven months, the machine was grounded as service work ended, replacing batteries, and installing a new battery stabilization and cooling system.

The 90-minute test flight showed no problems, so at the end of April Solar Impulse 2 will be able to continue the journey. Its first stage will be a four-day flight from Hawaii to the west coast of the United States, and then back to its starting point, Abu Dhabi.

Solar Impulse 2 is an airplane with a wingspan of up to 72 meters, so it is significantly larger than the Boeing 747, however, its weight is only 2300 kg. It was obtained through the use of carbon fiber, as well as the special technology used in racing yachts, which makes the plating three times lighter than paper. The machine is powered by four electric motors, which deliver 17,248 photovoltaic panels of just 135 microns thick, embedded in the wing surface and protected with fluorine copolymer. The energy produced by them is then stored in polymer batteries of a total weight of 633 kg.

Thanks to this drive the machine has almost unlimited range and moves at an average speed of 50-100 km / h.

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NASA technology will help firefighters

NASA technology will help firefighters

The work of firefighters is extremely dangerous as even asbestos overalls do not provide 100 percent protection against heavy burns. NASA engineers working with the Department of Forestry are working on a new thermal shield that will protect the lives of firefighters during forest fires.

Now firefighters fighting forest fires use cyanophyll weighing more than 2 kilograms to protect them from the heat. NASA engineers, however, believe that they can create a more effective solution by using space vehicle technology to prevent them from burning when entering the atmosphere.

The project began in 2013 after 19 firefighters lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill fire, with two NASA engineers, Mary Beth Wusk and Anthony Calomino, who used the new heat shield for future spacecraft and turned it into a cover, Which would protect firefighters from extreme temperatures.

After hundreds of tests at the Langley research center, they managed to create a prototype of such a shield. Now it will be handed over to the University of Alberta researchers who will be carrying out field trials to prove the effectiveness of the new technology.

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