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Scientists use Martian dust to 3D print tools

May 8th, 2017 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Food and transportation aren’t the only aspects of a mission to Mars scientists must consider. Limited cargo space means to obtain tools or similar items, astronauts may need to make use of resources available on the red planet – like dirt. Four Northwestern University researchers were recently able to utilize a Martian dust simulant to […]



The PowerRay drone is an aquatic spyglass for playboy fishermen

May 6th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Who needs fishing prowess when you have a remote-controlled, sonar-equipped, bait-dropping, mini-submersible at your disposal? Because with the new PowerRay underwater drone, that’s exactly what you get. The PowerRay UUV comes from Beijing-based drone manufacturer PowerVision, makers of the PowerEgg UAV that we saw last August. While the Ray officially debuted back at CES in […]



Now You Can Feel Wind and Temperature While in Virtual Reality

March 9th, 2017 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Realistic visuals and audio are essential to shaping an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience. But these researchers from the National University of Singapore believe VR shouldn’t just cater to sight and sound. For the ultimate VR experience, other senses should come into play as well. Last year, Nimesha Ranasinghe and his team demonstrated how electrodes […]



Portable iPhone-powered lab developed by research team that can detect cancer with 99% accuracy

November 1st, 2016 at 6:55 am » Comments Off

It’s no secret that Apple has ambitious plans for iPhone and Apple Watch in the health industry, but it’s not the only company looking for ways to integrate smartphones in the medical field. Recently, a research team from Washington State University, under the leadership of assistant professor Lei Li, developed a portable laboratory that’s powered by a […]



AI: A five-point plan to stop the Terminators taking over

November 1st, 2016 at 6:41 am » Comments Off

Tech behemoths Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM and Amazon announced this week that they are teaming up to develop new standards for Artificial Intelligence (AI). It’s a much-needed move. Soon AI will change everything from warfare to our bodies. But we don’t want to become slaves to the robots, so how do we stop the Terminators?



Airbus: flying taxis a reality by 2020

October 30th, 2016 at 7:27 am » Comments Off

Even as self-driving cars become more and more ubiquitous, there’s one problem that Silicon Valley hasn’t solved: the traffic jam. But Airbus Group, a U.S. aeronautics and space company, thinks that it has a solution. The company’s Silicon Valley branch recently announced it’s been working on a secret project titled “Vahana,” an autonomous flying vehicle that can be used for […]



The Dawn of Synthetic Reason: DeepMind Can Learn From Its Own Memory

October 27th, 2016 at 6:34 am » Comments Off

DIFFERENTIAL NEURAL COMPUTER The artificial intelligence that beat human players in Go can now learn from its own memory. Google’s DeepMind AI, according to its programmers, is now capable of intelligently building on what’s already inside its memory.



AI Traffic Lights Could Shorten Your Commute

October 27th, 2016 at 6:20 am » Comments Off

Pittsburgh is installing traffic lights controlled by artificial intelligence, and they could be coming to your city soon. Your commute could get a lot shorter without you even knowing thanks to traffic lights with artificial intelligence brains inside. Over the past couple years, a startup named Surtrac has been mentally upgrading traffic lights in Pittsburgh with artificial intelligence. […]



Microsoft’s speech recognition is now as accurate as a human’s

October 26th, 2016 at 7:25 am » Comments Off

Robots are now just as good at transcribing speech as humans. According to a paper published yesterday, a team of Microsoft engineers in the Artificial Intelligence and Research division reported their system reached a word error rate (WER) of 5.9 percent, a figure that is roughly equal to that of human abilities.



Former Apple engineers created $1,500 oven that automatically recognizes different foods and cooks them

October 24th, 2016 at 6:58 am » Comments Off

Leanna Garfield/Business Insider If you’re an amateur cook, roasting a rack of lamb or baking fresh bread in an oven can feel daunting.



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