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AI judges and verdicts via chat app: the brave new world of China’s digital courts

December 13th, 2019 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

Inside the Hangzhou Internet Court, litigants appear by video chat as an AI judge – complete with on-screen avatar – prompts them to present their cases A ‘mobile court’ offered on popular Chinese social media platform WeChat has handled more than three million legal cases or other judicial procedures since its launch in March Artificial-intelligence […]



Jet-powered VTOL drone is like a quadcopter on steroids

December 13th, 2019 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

The current AB5 JetQuad prototype has a claimed top speed of 250 mph (402 km/h)FusionFlight While propeller planes certainly do have their place, sometimes the extra speed and thrust of a jet engine is what’s really needed. Dallas, Texas-based FusionFlight has applied that sort of thinking to quadcopter-style drones, resulting in the AB5 JetQuad. According […]



SLAC scientists invent a way to see attosecond electron motions with an X-ray laser

December 13th, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

Called XLEAP, the new method will provide sharp views of electrons in chemical processes that take place in billionths of a billionth of a second and drive crucial aspects of life. Menlo Park, Calif. — Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have invented a way to observe the movements of electrons […]



5 emerging energy technologies to watch out for in 2020

December 12th, 2019 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

2019 was a year of consolidation rather than breakthroughs for clean energy technologies. Will 2020 be different? This year will likely be remembered as a period of technology consolidation rather than breakthrough innovation in the energy industry. Emerging industries such as offshore wind and lithium-ion battery storage have gone from strength to strength. Meanwhile, more […]



Israeli scientists find way to treat pancreatic cancer in 14 days

December 12th, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Cancerous cells forming a lump in the pancreatic tissue The tumor in one mouse that was injected with human cancer cells completely disappeared. A new treatment developed by Tel Aviv University could induce the destruction of pancreatic cancer cells, eradicating the number of cancerous cells by up to 90% after two weeks of daily injections […]



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