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August 25th, 2016 at 8:41 am

Virtual Reality ‘Sunglasses’ Launching This Year

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Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for virtual reality headsets the size of “normal-looking glasses” may well be realized 10 years ahead of schedule after a Chinese firm announced plans to release lightweight goggles later this year.

VR startup Dlodlo said its V1 headset would “redefine” virtual reality glasses when it is released in October, leaving behind the bulky aesthetic of current headsets such as Samsung’s Gear VR, the HTC Vive or Facebook’s Oculus Rift.

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August 25th, 2016 at 8:16 am

China working on hypersonic spaceplane with horizontal takeoff

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China is planning to take space exploration to a new level, as it develops a new “spaceplane” that could take off from a runway and fly at hypersonic speed before blasting into space and back.

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CATSC) is behind the project of a plane/spacecraft hybrid that will travel back and forth between the runway and space orbit at hypersonic speeds, Popular Science reported.

Development and testing is scheduled for the next three to five years. The first deployment date is estimated for 2030.

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August 25th, 2016 at 8:02 am

The Robot Baby Project: Amsterdam researchers create robots that can mate and reproduce

One of the trademarks that distinguishes robots from humans is the ability to reproduce. This dividing between man and machine just got blurrier. Researchers in Amsterdam have created robots that can mate and spawn offspring through a process similar to human reproduction.

Robots have created quite a stir in the media recently, as more and more machines take on human tasks. Some estimates suggest automation could take over half of the work force.

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August 24th, 2016 at 7:02 am

VR and exoskeletons help paraplegics regain movement

 

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After twelve months, eight patients and 2,052 sessions spread over 1,958 hours, Duke University is publishing some promising results from a study seeking to demonstrate the ability for brain-machine interfaces to help restore mobility in humans.

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August 24th, 2016 at 6:29 am

7 robots replacing farm workers around the world

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In the future, robots will increasingly replace farm workers, using artificial intelligence to plant, grow and harvest our food.

In fact, many farms are already using fleets of robots, which can tend to fruits and veggies more efficiently than a human can.

Here’s a look at seven machines that are currently aiding farmers around the world.

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August 23rd, 2016 at 6:56 am

AI’s Healing Power

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Artificial intelligence originally aspired to replace doctors. Researchers imagined robots that could ask you questions, run the answers through an algorithm that would learn with experience and tell whether you had the flu or a cold. However, those promises largely failed, as artificial intelligent algorithms were too rudimentary to perform those functions.

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August 23rd, 2016 at 6:29 am

Scientists Regrow Teeth With New Technologies

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All people would prefer a 5-minute oral session that will permit our dental practitioner to regrow our organic tooth, right?

This can all be extremely feasible soon thanks to the Harvard-led team that effectively utilized low-powered laser lights to coax stem cells to develop brand-new dentine – the difficult core of the tooth.

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August 23rd, 2016 at 6:18 am

Solar Panels Will Be Your New Roof says Elon Musk

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Eon Musk has confirmed the next step in the evolution of sustainable energy: Rather than adding solar panels to an existing roof, the panels will BE the roof. What seems like an obvious progression for this technology is actually a unique move in the market.

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August 23rd, 2016 at 6:07 am

IBM’s Watson saves a woman from leukemia

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IBM’s Watson has done everything from winning at Jeopardy to cooking exotic meals, but it appears to have accomplished its greatest feat yet: saving a life. University of Tokyo doctors report that the artificial intelligence diagnosed a 60-year-old woman’s rare form of leukemia that had been incorrectly identified months earlier. The analytical machine took just 10 minutes to compare the patient’s genetic changes with a database of 20 million cancer research papers, delivering an accurate diagnosis and leading to proper treatment that had proven elusive. Watson has also identified another rare form of leukemia in another patient, the university says.

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August 22nd, 2016 at 7:46 am

Space Mining Company Plans to Launch Asteroid-Surveying Spacecraft by 2020

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Artist’s rendering of Prospector-1, which is expected to launch by
the end of the decade. The water-powered spacecraft will visit
an asteroid and assess its potentially mineable resources.

Within a few years, the first commercial mining mission beyond Earth’s orbit could be underway. Asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries has announced that it will be sending a spacecraft called Prospector-1 out in search of resources by the end of the decade.

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