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Jan 19, 2020

A human-in-the-loop deep learning paradigm for synergic visual evaluation in children | Article

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Recently published an article on Deep Learning.


Examining the visual acuity of children who are younger than three years old is important for the early discovery of abnormal visual development, potential ophthalmic diseases, and neurological disease.

If the visual abnormal development is not diagnosed in time, later development will be affected, but performing visual examination in children is challenging due to their lack of understanding of instructions. Evaluating the visual acuity of children remains difficult since many children are unable to effectively express their understanding, especially with respect to directions (i.e., up, down, left and right). In addition, it is difficult for children to concentrate for a long time during the vision examination. The Teller visual acuity (TVA) card can be used to evaluate the visual acuity of children, but not all the operations are recorded and can be reviewed.

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Jan 19, 2020

AI empowers conservation biology

Posted by in categories: biological, robotics/AI

Faced with mountains of image and audio data, researchers are turning to artificial intelligence to answer pressing ecological questions.

Jan 19, 2020

This harpoon-throwing robot is designed to hunt destructive lionfish

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The sneaky, hungry invasives have been messing with reef ecosystems for decades—but Florida says, no more!

Jan 19, 2020

Astronomers Discover Stretchy Objects Unlike Anything Else in Our Galaxy

Posted by in categories: cosmology, evolution

Astronomers have discovered a mysterious new class of objects at the heart of the Milky Way, unlike anything else found previously in our galaxy. The objects “look like gas but behave like stars,” according to senior researcher Andrea Ghez, as they start off small and compact but are stretched to a larger size when they approach the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy.

The researchers believe these objects could teach us about the evolution of stars and what happens to celestial bodies in environments of extreme gravity.

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Jan 19, 2020

A new GPS III satellite is online. What will it bring to the fleet?

Posted by in categories: military, satellites

Thanks to the Contingency Operations program, the military is able to utilize the first GPS III satellite without the next-generation ground segment being built for it. The second GPS III satellite was launched in April, and a third launch is slated for later this year. (Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams/Air Force)

Jan 18, 2020

Student debt is over $1.6 trillion and hardly anyone is paying down their loans

Posted by in categories: education, energy

Since the explosion of student debt following the Great Recession, annual repayment rates, or the amount of existing balances lowered, have been just 3%, Moody’s said. Just 51% of borrowers who took out loans from 2010-12 have made any progress at all in paying down their debt.

“While in the past, higher enrollment and rising tuition were the main drivers of growing student loan balances, more recently, slow repayments have become the primary driver,” Jody Shenn, senior analyst at Moody’s, and others said in the report. “Over the next few years, the combination of slow repayments and elevated, if no longer growing, levels of new borrowing will likely fuel further increases in outstanding debt.”

There are multiple reasons why the debt levels are not going down.

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Jan 18, 2020

SpaceX will trigger an intentional rocket failure to prove crew capsule’s safety

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceX will sacrifice a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday in a fiery test a minute-and-a-half after liftoff from Florida’s Space Coast to prove the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft can safely push astronauts away from a failing launch vehicle, simulating a daring maneuver that would only be attempted on a piloted mission during an in-flight emergency.

The launch escape demonstration could be a spectacle for local residents, rocket fans and enthusiasts along the Space Coast, assuming clear skies and good visibility, according to SpaceX.

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Jan 18, 2020

An emotionally intelligent AI could support astronauts on a trip to Mars

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

An AI assistant with empathy could be exactly what’s needed to provide emotional support for astronauts on deep-space missions to Mars.


NASA’s working with startups like Akin to develop human-like AI systems that could one day play a critical role in supporting astronauts in space.

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Jan 18, 2020

Lexus imagines space vehicles for humans on the Moon

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

Lexus has revealed a series of lunar mobility concepts.

Jan 18, 2020

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

What if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk then use an app to quickly discover your name and address? A startup called Clearview AI has made that possible.


It may not be long before you’ll have to forget about walking down the street anonymously, says a New York Times report.

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