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1st Hoverboard Ride Over English Channel
France's Flying Inventor Franky Zapata
Source: Zapata flying into Dover, England
French Inventor Goes 106 MPH
French inventor Franky Zapata successfully crossed the English Channel today on a jet powered hoverboard that he invented. It's a 22 mile trip that took him 22 minutes from Sangatte, France to Dover, England. At times he reached speeds of 106 mph.
Second Try Was the Charm
For Zapata, the second attempt brought success. In late July, he made his first attempt but fell into the water when trying to land on a refueling platform in the middle of the Channel. He missed it by inches. During today's successful flight, he stopped once to refuel because he started the journey with just 10 minutes worth of fuel. When he landed in Dover, he commented: "We made the machine 3 years ago and now we've crossed the Channel. It's crazy!"
Zapata the inventor has created Zapata Industries. He invented the Flyboard which uses a water jet to propel the rider into the air, behind and tethered to a boat. He's also invented the Flyboard Air that uses four jet engines to power the rider through the air untethered.
Interest and Competition
There's a lot of interest in this emerging personal travel technology including from the defense industry. And there's fascinating competition including from English inventor Richard Browning. He's the inventor of the Jet Suit that enables you to take off in flight powered by six jet engines strapped to your arms.
Continuous Supply of New Neurons Tied to Lifetime Learning & Memory Important Discovery by University of Pennsylvania Medical School Scientists
This is breakthrough research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The scientists have shown for the first time that brain neurons grow and develop over a lifetime from a single population of stem cells in the hippocampus region of the brain. That region is the brain's center of memory and learning. It's also a key area of reaction to stress and mood adjustments.
Why is This Important to You
The discovery underscores how a continuous supply of new neurons throughout life is the source of youthful like learning and memory throughout your life. The discovery was found in research on mice. And, it sets a new benchmark. It helps neuroscientists to determine how to enable youthful life brain conditions for memory and learning for all of us throughout our lives. It's also a path of discovery to repair and regen…
IBM has unveiled the world's first commercial and standalone quantum computer. The IBM Q System One is the first quantum computer to leave the research lab. It's on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The computer sits inside a 9 foot tall and 9 foot wide glass case. It is the same display case as the one that protects the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. The computer is so powerful it leaves supercomputers in the dust. For a news blog on the unveiling go to Important Innovations Collection: IBM Unveils Quantum Computing System: Big Blue's Big Computer Source: IBM Quantum Computer IBM Q System One IBM is unveiling an integrated system for Quantum comput...
Walker and Cruzr
UBTECH has unveiled a pair of new, advanced robots. They are new versions of the company's Walker bipedal humanoid robot and Cruzr. Cruzr is a cloud-based, intelligent service robot. The company says its performance and reliability have been greatly improved. Walker, as you can see in the photo, now has arms and hands and seems to enjoy piano music. UBTECH is a leading, global AI and humanoid robotics company based in China. The new robots are enabled by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic technology.
Retail Cruzr Customers' Service Bot
UBTECH says the robots are specifically designed to enhance the home and retail environments. Cruzr has servo motors, a powerful processor and a redesigned audio chamber for better sound quality. It's started working in retail stores in Europe to help customers. It's available for sale globally.
Walker the Home Bot
Walker is a big "agile companion robo…