Just-Launched Spacecraft Will Use Grappling Hook to Destroy Space Junk. It uses a magnetic grappling hook to catch space junk and fling it into an incineration orbit.
Drag and Drop A Japanese company called Astroscale is tackling the increasingly dangerous cloud of space junk orbiting our planet and the real threat it poses to satellites and other spacecraft. Scientists print wearable biometric sensors directly on the skin without heat. Wearable sensors are advancing from watches and electrodes to bendable gadgets that give far more exact biometric measurements and comfort for users.
Presently, a global team of scientists has made the evolution 1 step further by printing sensors directly on human skin without the use of heat. “In this article, we report a simple yet universally applicable fabrication technique with the use of a new sintering aid layer to empower direct printing for on-body sensors,” said first writer Ling Zhang, a scientist in the Harbin Institute of Technology in China and in Cheng’s lab. Driven by Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, the group published their outcomes in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. DARPA Is Officially Studying Combat Jetpacks for the Military. "Systems may be air deployed to allow for infiltration to hostile territory.
" Take Flight The US Department of Defense is officially looking into the potential military applications of jetpacks. On March 2nd, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) invited submissions for a “Portable Personal Air Mobility System” for military use, according to FlightGlobal. Uncanny Deepfake Tom Cruise Fools People on TikTok. Here's how they did it.
Deepfake Tom Cruise Hollywood star Tom Cruise just joined TikTok. Or did he? This researcher created an algorithm that removes the water from underwater images. The Best Law You’ve Never Heard Of. This article is part of the On Tech newsletter.
You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Americans should feel angry about companies harvesting every morsel of our data to sell us sneakers or rate our creditworthiness. But a data protection law that few of us know about should also give us hope. I’m talking about the Biometric Information Privacy Act of Illinois, or BIPA. It’s one of the toughest privacy laws in the United States. Electrons hop to it on twisted molecular wires. Researchers at Osaka University synthesized twisted molecular wires just one molecule thick that can conduct electricity with less resistance compared with previous devices.
This work may lead to carbon-based electronic devices that require fewer toxic materials or harsh processing methods. He spent 10 days in jail after facial recognition software led to the arrest of the wrong man, lawsuit says. Editor’s note: This article has been updated to remove the name of a facial recognition software firm.
It is unknown which facial recognition program was used to identify Nijeer Parks. It has also been updated to include a statement from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Fragments of energy – not waves or particles – may be the fundamental building blocks of the universe. Matter is what makes up the universe, but what makes up matter?
This question has long been tricky for those who think about it – especially for the physicists. Reflecting recent trends in physics, my colleague Jeffrey Eischen and I have described an updated way to think about matter. We propose that matter is not made of particles or waves, as was long thought, but – more fundamentally – that matter is made of fragments of energy. Gene therapy injection in one eye surprises scientists by improving vision in both. In a landmark phase 3 clinical trial, the international team, coordinated by Dr Patrick Yu-Wai-Man from the University of Cambridge and Dr José-Alain Sahel from the University of Pittsburgh and Institut de la Vision, Paris, successfully treated 37 patients suffering from Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON).
Subject to further trials, the treatment could help thousands of people across the world to regain and retain some of their sight. The study, published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, indicates that 78% of treated patients experienced significant visual improvement in both eyes. It suggests that the improvement in vision in untreated eyes could be due to the transfer of viral vector DNA from the injected eye. LHON affects a specific type of retinal cells, known as retinal ganglion cells, causing optic nerve degeneration and rapidly worsening vision in both eyes.
Dr Yu-Wai-Man said: “Saving sight with gene therapy is now a reality. Notes Funding Reference. Coca-Cola and Others Join Project to Create Recyclable Paper Bottles. Photo: Paboco According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, scientists estimate that eight million metric tons of plastic—approximately the weight of 90 aircraft carriers—finds its way into the oceans every year.
The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco) wants to help manufacturers and distributors reduce their single-use plastic waste by creating bottles made from degradable plant sugars rather than fossil fuels. BillerudKorsnäs, a paper packaging developer, first started this initiative in 2013, and has been joined by research companies and industry leaders like Avantium and ALPLA. The project proudly announced in October 2019 that Coca-Cola, L’Oreal, and Absolut had joined their efforts. Reusable face mask. At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the shortage of N95 respirator masks presented a dire situation for the healthcare and frontline workers who needed them most. Essential workers who relied on N95 masks had no choice but to wear what were meant to be disposable N95 masks for weeks at a time. Some started disinfecting the masks to be redistributed and reused. Now, as Covid-19 infections surge and states such as Texas and Florida and hospitals and healthcare workers once again become overwhelmed with the volume of patients, N95 respirators still remain in short supply.
But engineers and researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have a created a new type of face mask that could be a game-changer. Using neural-network soundscapes to protect natural environments. A team of researchers from Imperial College London, the University of Sydney and Cornel University has found that it is possible to create a soundscape from noises in the natural environment using machine-learning algorithms. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes how such soundscapes can be used by land managers to protect natural environments. In many parts of the world, natural environment areas have been set aside by governments as a way of protecting certain ecosystems—national forests and parks are prime examples. But such areas typically cover large swaths of land, which makes managing them difficult. Google huge investment in India.
On Monday, Google announced that it will invest $10 billion in India over the next few years. Two days later, the company revealed a key detail: Nearly half of the money will go to a top telecom operator owned by Asia’s richest man. The internet giant will invest $4.5 billion into Jio Platforms as part of a plan to "increase access for the hundreds of millions in India who don't own a smartphone," Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted Wednesday.
Mukesh Ambani, Jio's owner, has a net worth of more than $70 billion. Google first unveiled the $10 billion Digitization Fund for India on Monday at an online event featuring key Google executives, including Pichai, and members of the Indian government. The company said the money would go toward providing Indians with inexpensive internet access, digitizing the country’s small and medium businesses, and using artificial intelligence in areas like healthcare, agriculture, and education. President Trump's dismantling of environmental regulations unwinds 50 years of protections. In Trump's first two years in office, the Environmental Protection Agency's rate of deregulation was so high that an internal watchdog has said the agency "exceeded" its self-established goals. And in the third year of his presidency, agencies, not just the EPA, have continued the environmental regulation rollbacks.
His administration has even moved to rollback some protections established under the 50-year-old Clean Air Act. Breaking away from environmental restrictions deemed cumbersome or unfair also became a global issue early in Trump's presidency, with his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords -- an agreement among several countries to combat climate change.
Scientific experts, including members of the EPA's own scientific advisory board, have asserted that axing and altering these rules and regulations will be detrimental toward the environment. This map of a fly’s brain connectivity is the best we’ve ever seen. The news: Researchers from Google and Janelia Research Campus in Virginia have unveiled the biggest high-resolution map of brain connectivity yet, known as a connectome. It shows a diagram of a fruit fly’s brain, containing 25,000 neurons and the 20 million connections between them. More images can be viewed here. What does it show? The map shows a region of the fly’s brain that is about 250 micrometers across, equivalent to the thickness of two strands of hair. The mapped area accounts for about a third of the fly’s total brain, and it contains regions associated with memory and navigation. This ingenious airline seat will make flying coach less awful.
ISPs lied to Congress to spread confusion about encrypted DNS, Mozilla says. Mozilla is urging Congress to reject the broadband industry's lobbying campaign against encrypted DNS in Firefox and Chrome. The Internet providers' fight against this privacy feature raises questions about how they use broadband customers' Web-browsing data, Mozilla wrote in a letter sent today to the chairs and ranking members of three House of Representatives committees.
Mozilla also said that Internet providers have been giving inaccurate information to lawmakers and urged Congress to "publicly probe current ISP data collection and use policies. " Linus Torvalds: "Git proved I could be more than a one-hit wonder." (1) Inside Cryonics: Will These Bodies Come Back From Death? Google researchers have reportedly achieved “quantum supremacy” The news: According to a report in the Financial Times, a team of researchers from Google led by John Martinis have demonstrated quantum supremacy for the first time. Blind Engineer Invents A ‘Smart Cane’ That Uses Google Maps To Help Blind People Navigate. Bill Gates Has Seven Predictions for the Future. 'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism. Broccoli Is Dying. Corn Is Toxic. Long Live Microbiomes! This “Quantum Microphone” Can Listen to a Single Sound Particle.
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In a Sea of Plastic and Metal, a Block of Wood Stands Out at CES 2019. America desperately needs fiber internet, and the tech giants won’t save us. Scientists discover a process that stabilizes fusion plasmas. Blockchain Can Wrest the Internet From Corporations' Grasp. Facial recognition has to be regulated to protect the public, says AI report. The future of water: How we will stop wasting water—and make more of it.
An electric plane with no moving parts has made its first flight. Autonomous Vehicle. Here's A Supercut Of Trump Trying To Talk About Technology. How 'miniature suns' could provide cheap, clean energy. Billionaires Chase ‘SpaceX Moment’ for the Holy Grail of Energy. World's first biobricks grown from human urine. Graduate Student Solves Quantum Verification Problem. World's fastest camera freezes time at 10 trillion frames per second.
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