Monthly Archives: December 2013

Uber: Cars, Christmas Trees, and Beyond

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As some of you may know, Uber is a service that allows you to request a ride anytime using a ridiculously simple mobile app. Recently, they have stepped up their game and expanded the range of things you can demand at your current location (though only for limited times and places).

Most recently, Uber offered the ability to request a Christmas tree be delivered right to your front door for one day only. Sure, at $135 it’s clear that they hadn’t quite made this the right solution for every family, but it feels like they are onto something.

Back in July Uber tested out a similar offer, except that they allowed people to request an ice cream truck at their location for one day only. Just like with the Christmas trees and their signature ride service, Uber offered a product that is widely desired on demand.

With the recent announcement that they want to expand to offer their users just about anything they could want on demand, it looks like Uber is poised to be the “bring me something awesome” service of the future.

Alien Life: A Lake on Mars That Could Have Sustained Life for Thousands of Years

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There once was a freshwater lake on Mars that had the ability to sustain life. A report from NASA states that the Curiosity Rover has discovered “Yellowknife Bay” on Mars once had conditions very similar to those on Earth and had the ability to sustain life.

They did not find any evidence of life itself, but this is a huge leap forward in terms of finding evidence that alien life was indeed possible and likely. A previous finding from NASA revealed that Mars was once possibly suited for life, but this new report goes further in stating that life could have been sustained as well.

We will keep you updated when (because it is only a matter of time at this point) they find the first evidence of alien life. Until then, stay tuned!

Amazon Drone Delivery

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Amazon has begun testing the use of drones for delivery of their products, adding to the growing list of commercial drone users.

Though this may just be a clever marketing ploy that never makes it out of the R&D phase, it is definitely a fascinating idea. Surely one of Amazon’s greatest costs must be shipping, and drones could be a good way to lessen that cost in addition to making it an internal operation as opposed to using external companies like UPS or the US Postal Service.

It is somewhat discomforting to imagine a fleet of delivery drones buzzing above our heads every day, and with the volume that Amazon deals with it’s hard to imagine that drones could handle so many deliveries.