Foxconn unit Hon Teng shares jump after new venture targets booming autonomous car market

Shares of FIT Hon Teng broke a three-day losing streak in Hong Kong on Thursday after the company, a unit of Foxconn Technology, the world’s biggest contract electronics maker, said it had formed a joint venture with Japan’s Sharp to make components for self-driving cars. Hon Teng’s shares rose as much as 4.8 per cent […]

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This Chinese battery maker will soon surpass Tesla in capacity

The next global powerhouse in the auto industry comes from a small city in a tea-growing province of southeast China, where an unheralded maker of electric-vehicle batteries is planning a US$1.3 billion factory with enough capacity to surpass the output of Tesla and dwarf the suppliers for battery-powered cars GM, Nissan and Audi. Contemporary Amperex […]

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Praying mantises wear miniature 3D glasses to improve robot vision

If you thought praying mantises already look pretty cool, wait till you see them in these stunning shades. Scientists who put tiny 3D glasses on these petite hunters have found that their stereoscopic vision system is unlike that of any other known animal. The findings, described this week in the journal Current Biology, reveal how […]

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The first animals in space: Russian dogs, French cats and US monkeys

China had a secret mission more than 50 years ago to send two dogs into space, and their journeys helped blaze a trail for the country’s human space exploration programme, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has revealed. Afterwards, space authorities decided not to continue using large animals for space experiments because it wasn’t worth it […]

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Elon Musk expects SpaceX to launch Mars spaceship in 2019

Entrepreneur Elon Musk said a rocket ship that his company is building for trips to Mars could make short flights by as early as next year. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is “making good progress on the ship and the booster,” Musk said at the South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas, where […]

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China trails US in every area of AI development except big data, Oxford University report finds

China may struggle to realise its ambitions of leading the world in artificial intelligence (AI), according to an Oxford University study that shows it is still a long way behind the United States. China is given a score of 17 for its overall capacity for developing technologies in the field, compared with 33 for the […]

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