Weekly News Roundup 25/4/2016

Of course there is something about Game of Thrones then a solar plane and the electric Volvo?

game of thrones inspired line art logos

With the sixth season of the HBO juggernaut “Game of Thrones” set to get underway today we take a look at “A Song of Ice and Data”.

Students have created a computer program that analyses up to 24 factors on each character including age, lineage, status of relatives etc. to calculate which character is most likely to be dropped from the script.

The system has made a prediction but I will leave that bit out in case I reveal a spoiler because people are sensitive about that.

If you want to see what the predictions are then head over to https://got.show/

Original story from The Guardian.

Game of Thrones artwork from http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/game-of-thrones-inspired-line-art-logos-in-illustrator

Bonus : This post from Cybershack shows you 4 ways to watch Game of Thrones legally.

Solar Impulse 2 touches down in California after completing 3 day Pacific leg of global circumnavigation with zero fuel!

solar-impulse-2-first-flight-4This project started in March 2015 and recently completed the second longest leg of the world tour when it landed in Mountain View, California leaving only 4 legs to complete the round trip landing in Abu Dhabi. The longest leg was the previous hop from Japan to Hawaii totalling almost 118 hours and 7,212km without stopping or burning a single drop of fuel.

The massive plane measuring in at just under 72 meters from wing-tip to wing-tip and 2300kg. The pilot operates in a 3.8 cubic meter unpressurised and unheated cabin for days on end with the assistance of advanced avionics and autopilot.
Most of the upper surfaces are covered with 17,248 solar cells that provide power to the 4 electric motors while charging the batteries used to keep the propellers spinning at night.

The plane cruises between 90km/h and 60km/h with a service ceiling of 8.5km and is capable of a maximum of 140km/h and an altitude of 12km.

The flight is not only a test of engineering but a test of pilot endurance as the two pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard share the task.

To find out more about the Solar Impulse 2, visit the official website here.

Image from Gizmag.

Volvo : We will sell one million electric cars by 2025.

volvo-s60-plug-in-hybrid-570x321With interest in electric vehicles growing as we look to alternatives to fossil fuel, the car makers are sitting up, taking notice and exploring options that include electric vehicles of all types.

Volvo has recently made a pledge to have one million of its electric vehicles on the road by 2025 and have plans to release its first battery-electric vehicle in 2019 to go alongside it’s existing Plug-in Hybrid XC90 and the soon to be released S90. Both are technically electric vehicles even though they have petrol engines to provide extended range by generating electricity to drive the electric motors and recharge the batteries.

Not content with doing their part to save the environment, Volvo also has stated its aims to have zero injuries or deaths in a new Volvo by 2020. No doubt, autonomy is on the cards because people cannot be trusted.

With a name synonymous with uncompromising safety I think the Swedish marque has a real shot at delivering on its promises but will they be the first? Time will tell.

Original story from CNet Roadshow.