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VIDEO: Spot has an arm! Twitter reacts to new Boston Dynamics robot upgrade

Robot. Arm. Snowy forest.

PortandTerminal.com, February 2, 2021 “As amazing as the #technology is, somehow everything that comes out of #BostonDynamics just manages to creep me out a little too much” (Twitter user reaction) Now that Boston Dynamic’s Spot has an arm in addition to legs and cameras, it can do mobile manipulation. It finds and picks up objects (trash), tidies up the living …

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Shipping containers used to absorb WWII bomb detonation in Germany

Containers stacked around bomb site

PortandTerminal.com, January 31, 2021 BERLIN – Is there no end of novel usages for the humble sea container? Bomb disposal experts in Germany stacked shipping containers filled with special water balloons to absorb the impact of explosions by live WWII bombs discovered in the center of Göttingen, central Germany The 10-ton (10,000 kilogram) bombs with long-life fuses were dropped by the …

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Flying cars airport of the future to land in England

Urban airport. Grandstands

REUTERS, JANUARY 29, 2021 LONDON (Reuters) – An airport for flying cars will thrust the English city of Coventry into the future later this year, with a project aimed at demonstrating how air taxis will work in urban centres. Urban-Air Port, a British-based start-up, has partnered with car giant Hyundai Motor to develop the infrastructure required for when flying cars …

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Dornier Do-X: The world’s most luxurious flying yacht (Photos & Video)

Seaplane New York harbor

PortandTerminal.com, January 16, 2021 Called a Flugschiff  (“flying ship”) in German, the aircraft was more luxury flying yacht than a ship. HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Part luxury yacht, part 747 airplane, the Dornier Do-X was the most powerful flying boat in the world when it was produced by the Dornier company of Germany in 1929.  The largest and heaviest aircraft …

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LEAKED VIDEO: Now the Chinese have flamethrowing drones

Screenshot. Drone. Wasp nest. Flamethrower

PortandTerminal.com, December 10, 2020 HALIFAX – In 2019 Chinese military contractors began selling armed, killer drones to customers in the Middle East according to Mark Esper, US Secretary of Defense. Fast forward to 2020 and we are now learning that the Chinese have developed their own flamethrower drones. For now, they are being used for humanitarian, non-military purposes. Blue Sky …

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Cruise ship being converted into an innovation hub for entrepreneurs

Cruise Ship

PortandTerminal.com, December 2, 2020 Ocean Builders‘ plan to convert luxury cruise liners into ocean communities of digital nomads, crypto-enthusiasts and entrepreneurs is one step closer to fruition with the first wave of cabins up for auction aboard MS Satoshi. The 804ft ship (named after the elusive Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto) is being prepared to set sail from the Mediterranean and anchor in …

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World’s 1st zero-emission container ship, Yara Birkeland, delivered

Container ship Yara Birkland at sea

PortandTerminal.com, November 28, 2020 OSLO, NORWAY – Norwegian shipbuilding firm Vard said Friday it had delivered the Yara Birkeland – the vessel that will be the world’s first all-electric autonomous container ship – to its owners Yara International. In 2017, Yara, a Norwegian chemical company and one of the world’s largest fertilizer makers, partnered with the Norwegian technology company Kongsberg …

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VIDEO: ‘Disinfection tunnel’ introduced in French supermarket for 1st time

Grocery store shoppers pass through a disinfection tunnel

PortandTerminal.com, November 15, 2020 PARIS – “Reassuring”; “Protective”. These were the words of the first users of the new “disinfection tunnels” installed at a supermarket in France last week. The disinfection tunnels have been installed last week at the entrance of a supermarket in Ajaccio on the French island of Corsica. Footage from November 12 shows shoppers passing through a …

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