World’s first commercially available security robot is set for mass production in the US. Has a digital camera and array of sensors to detect presence of unauthorised intruders, will activate alarm and send out an alert. Additional sensors to provide other industry-specific data.
Canada-based Clearpath Robotics pledged its support to the international campaign calling for a ban on fully autonomous weaponized robots. Campaign To Stop Killer Robots—a multinational movement calling “for a ban on the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons, also known as lethal autonomous robots.” “This technology has the potential to kill indiscriminately and to proliferate rapidly; early prototypes already exist
The world's largest robotic swarm created using small, simple bots. For the first time, an army of more than 1000 robots has autonomously formed complex 2D shapes like stars or letters of the alphabet (see video). The system, developed by Mike Rubenstein of Harvard University and his colleagues.
Over the last couple years, scientists have grown blood vessels, skin, parts of organs, and even vaginas in the lab. But now, for the first time, theyve managed to grow three dimensional, brain-like tissue (from rats)—with the express purpose of injuring it to see what happens.
A robot that can make 360 burgers an hour could put many fast-food workers out of a job. Silicon Valley-based Momentum Machines developed the device, says the burger-flipping robot could take the place of three line cooks save restaurant owners about $90,000 a year in salary.
Pew Research Centre in America;advancement of robots that can do our jobs will create a class-divide not seen since the 19th century. Machines continue to displace factory workers, personal assistants, receptionists. Jobs robots will leave for humans will be those that require thought and knowledge.
IBM developed a computer chip says will function like a human brain it can figure things out on its own, chip also has one million ‘neurons’ and could cram the same power as a super computer into a circuit the size of a postage stamp.
TrueNorth is being hailed as the world’s first neurosynaptic computer chip because it can figure things out on its own. The chip also has one million ‘neurons’ and could cram the same power as a super computer into a circuit the size of a postage stamp.
Sales for the operating system have been poor and now it is even starting to lose market share to Windows 7. Decision to sideline an OS that won’t even be two years old until the end of October, huge risk of undermining confidence of users. No more major update releases for Windows 8.
MIT, Microsoft, Adobe developed algorithm that can reconstruct audio signal by analyzing vibrations of objects, able to recover intelligible speech from vibrations of a potato-chip bag 15 feet away through soundproof glass. Extracted audio from videos of aluminum foil, glass of water, leaves of a plant.
Solar energy cells that are sprayed like paint could cut the cost of solar electricity, and accelerate the growth of renewable energy could be applied to almost anything. Cheaper and better for the environment than the silicon based alternative that dominates the industry.
New in vitro fertilisation (IVF) technique that some experts believe will result in the birth of “genetically modified babies”. Government has redefined the term “genetic modification” (GM) to exclude specifically a controversial technique that will result in babies inheriting genetic material from three individuals.
The Air Force is about to put a new advanced satellite into space to spy on other countries’ satellites. Imagery capabilities on the new satellites are “a big leap forward” compared with the ones the U.S. has been using to monitor objects circling the earth.
Prototypes of the US Navy’s electromagnetic railguns unveiled this week, capable of firing projectiles 5,600 miles per hour, t to revolutionize naval warfare. Large price advantage over conventional missiles. Railgun projectiles are believed to cost about $25,000 per unit – 100 times less than traditional missiles,
Bill Gates endorses remote controlled birth control implant that would be placed under the skin. This computer chip would stay good for 16 years would give off hormone levonorgestral on daily basis. Females would be able to choose when to deactivate the chip or reactivate it by using a remote control.
Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) has already signed off on the bill which will reportedly help the state determine which conditions should be added to their current list of eight that qualify residents for medical marijuana use.
A new Russian tablet thwarts hackers by physically disconnecting communication modules and sensors on demand. The device,‘Rupad’ meant for Russian armed forces, law enforcement agencies, secret services. Can work underwater, shock resistant, extra-tough variant for combat zone available.
Blood transfusions containing genetically engineered cells could be the future of countering germ warfare, according to new research sponsored by DARPA, which hopes modified blood cells could help neutralize biological toxins deployed against soldiers.
Latest drilling techniques for obtaining gas, which drill horizontally as opposed to the more traditional vertical drilling, shows a higher rate of leaking methane. Results suggest that hazardous leaks of methane could pose potential obstacles for drilling across the nation,
Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: active chemicals in marijuana can help treat multiple sclerosis and similar diseases. The active compounds, namely THC and CBD, are able to do so by inhibiting inflammation of the spinal chord and brain. “Cannabinoids, possess anti-inflammatory properties.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) tried to undo latest legally voted GMO labeling laws, but Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller ruled the states’ case against the (GMA) will move forward, rejecting the GMA’s motion to dismiss the case on constitutional grounds.
Texas cotton growers are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to let them use propazine, an alternative herbicide to Monsanto’s glysophate, which is currently used, to combat a “super weed” that has developed resistance to it. Herbicide-resistant weeds were first reported in the 1950s.
A little-known US intelligence agency hopes to find firms capable of writing computer algorithms nearly identical to those implemented by the human brain. goal is to create new generation of machine learning algorithms achieve human-like performance on complex information processing tasks.
Authors of controversial Facebook study apologize after effort to see if emotional states are contagious caused complaints. Social networking site secretly manipulated posts seen by 700,000 users in 2012 to let data analysts get a glimpse at how emotional states are transmitted over the platform.
Files leaked to the media by Edward Snowden show the United States National Security Agency authorized to spy on persons in all but four countries. NSA’s computers automatically filter out phone calls from Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand that would otherwise be collected using FISA.
Village herdsmen in Turkey have developed a novel way of remaining connected to the internet: strapping solar panels to the backs of donkeys and using them as mobile charging points. The panels can produce 5-7 kilowatts of energy and enable the farmers to stay online on long arduous journeys.
National Institutes of Health vaccine scientist has confessed to spiking the test subject blood samples with antibodies making it appear the vaccine caused the body to produce those antibodies. He now faces four felony counts.
Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward held a forum to discuss public concerns regarding white vapor trails in the skies. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) representatives Sherri Zendri and Beth Hager were on hand to answer questions from residents who claim planes are spraying chemicals.
Internet giant Google is gearing up to sell a humanoid robot that can run, climb and even drive a car. Capable of taking on complex tasks with ease, including scaling ladders, opening doors and driving vehicles. They are going to be focusing on the development of their first commercial product.
Facebook conducted psychological experiment on its users by manipulating their emotions without their knowledge by changing the contents of their news feed. Researchers indicated the study is the first to find that moods expressed via social networks influence emotions of others.
Studies link breast cancer to aluminum poisoning. Women use antiperspirants filled with aluminum. Women suffering from cancer were found to have genotoxic cancer profiles, breasts were full of aluminum. Known to interfere with estrogen balance, cause DNA changes.
meat in the US labeled with country of origin, it now includes details, where the animal was born, raised, and slaughtered. The move is hailed by meat consumers meat industry opposed the measure. Country of Origin Labeling rule went into effect in May of 2013.
A document by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) contains misleading information, politically charged language to sway lawmakers into rejecting GMO labeling laws at state level. Monsanto campaign to convince public GMO labeling is unconstitutional.
Neonicotinoid insecticides, which have been widely blamed for colony collapse disorder among bees, are also killing butterflies, worms, fish and birds. National Centre for Scientific Research France: Threat to the productivity of our natural and farmed environment.
The U.S. Navy is quietly converting a 633-foot-long cargo ship into a secretive helicopter carrier with facilities for supporting a large contingent of Special Operations forces and all their gear, including jet skis. Could significantly expand America’s at-sea commando footprint.
White House has created a bee task force. As the bee population dwindles neonicotinoids, a pesticide, is a culprit in the bee problem. Recommend bee-friendly gardens. These specific plants actually contain neonicotinoids contributing in a major way to the death of even more bees.
Citing concerns over the NSA's wiretapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel and other top officials' phones, the German Interior Ministry announced Thursday that it will not renew its contract with Verizon to provide service for government ministries, will instead rely on Germany's Deutsche Telekom,
German Chancellor Angela Merkel can finally hold phone talks with no fear of being tapped by foreign agents, as she now has a secure, German-upgraded Blackberry, with a crypto-chip developed by Secusmart. Merkel’s contacts now need to install a 2,500 euro crypto-chip to talk to her.
It takes less than a minute to enter a child’s information into a national missing person’s database. All it takes is a photo, some general information like height and weight, and a quick scan of your eyes.
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Google removing links from its search results to comply with a controversial European ruling requiring the company let people remove “inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant” information from their digital histories. Unclear how Google determines which links should be removed under new law.
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