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Apr 28, 2016

Researchers Identify Potential HIV Vaccine Possibility With ‘Looped’ Antibodies

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, computing

Scientists are now one step closer to neutralizing HIV.

In a study conducted at Vanderbilt University and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers isolated antibodies with a loop-like structure that binds tightly to HIV and disables it. Unlike traditional vaccines, which jump-start an immune response by exposing the patient to a pathogen, this newly discovered method could work even in people who have not previously been exposed to by the virus.

Using computer modeling, the researchers identified the amino acid sequences that bound most tightly to HIV and re-engineered them in an optimal sequence that simulated vaccination.

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Apr 28, 2016

At last: Non-toxic and cheap thin-film solar cells for ‘zero-energy’ buildings

Posted by in categories: engineering, entertainment, solar power, sustainability

‘Zero-energy’ buildings — which generate as much power as they consume — are now much closer after a team at Australia’s University of New South Wales achieved the world’s highest efficiency using flexible solar cells that are non-toxic and cheap to make.

Until now, the promise of ‘zero-energy’ buildings been held back by two hurdles: the cost of the thin-film solar cells (used in façades, roofs and windows), and the fact they’re made from scarce, and highly toxic, materials.

That’s about to change: the UNSW team, led by Dr Xiaojing Hao of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics at the UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, have achieved the world’s highest efficiency rating for a full-sized thin-film solar cell using a competing thin-film technology, known as CZTS.

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Apr 28, 2016

The Hover Camera will follow you around and record your entire life

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Zero Zero Robotics’ Hover Camera is a flying camera that can follow you around in the air and record your life.

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Apr 28, 2016

Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

OpenAI wants to give away the 21st century’s most transformative technology. In the process, it could remake the way people make tech.

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Apr 28, 2016

What lies beyond face-to-face and self-checkouts?

Posted by in category: futurism

Nice; however, would like to see intelligent shopping bags. Bags that are reusable and the digital fabric enables the screening & paying each item using this technology in this article as the item is placed in the bag. If you’re like me; I hate going to stores and malls; and only go to accomplish a pre-defined list of items and “you’re in then out” no wasting of time. So, having a bag that quickly captures the item and processes payment as your loading your bag is ideal.

The old checkout process is out and the new is in, via new apps that have the potential to transform the retail industry.

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Apr 28, 2016

Chinese Search Engine Giant Baidu Intent On Bringing Self-Driving Cars To Reality

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Originally published on EV Obsession.

While it’s now widely realized that Google has been putting substantial amounts of its money into the development of autonomous driving technology over the last few years, it’s probably far less widely known that the Chinese equivalent of Google — Baidu, the top search engine company in China — has begun to do so as well.

Late last week, the company announced that it had formed a new self-driving vehicle team to be based in Silicon Valley — right in the same general “neighborhood” as Google, interestingly. The new team will be focused on the research, development, and real-world testing of autonomous technologies, according to a new press release.

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Apr 28, 2016

India to require panic buttons on phones

Posted by in categories: computing, economics, law enforcement, mobile phones, policy, security

New requirement if you’re a Smartphone device provider and trying to sell in India.

Starting next year, all mobile phones sold across India must include a panic button, local news outlets are reporting. In addition, by 2018, all cell phones need to come with a built-in GPS chip, so a person in trouble can be more easily found.

“Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women,” communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a statement, according to The Economic Times. “I have taken a decision that from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button and from January 1, 2018, mobile sets should have in-built GPS.”

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Apr 28, 2016

Cyrano lets you smell what’s on your iPhone

Posted by in categories: health, mobile phones

Smell what you view.

Practically every product I’ve ever reviewed has had to pass some kind of smell test.

But none more so than Cyrano, a new cylindrical shaped three-inch tall consumer electronics gadget that is being marketed as a “digital scent speaker.” I’ve been sniffing around it for a few days. It is now available in limited quantities on preorder.

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Apr 28, 2016

Google Street View Team is in town today

Posted by in categories: business, mapping

If you’re in Buffalo NY today; smile because you’re on Google Camera today.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Make sure you’re on your best behavior today. The Google Street View team is in town, and they’re not in the Buffalo Niagara region to take pictures of your street.

Google is using the same technology they use to take images of streets and bringing it inside local businesses and establishments. Businesses and establishments that participate will be included in Google’s new Virtual Business and Area Guide.

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Apr 28, 2016

Onshape introduces App Store! How can this help you?

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, business, drones

Here is a concept: imagine you’re consumer & you can’t justify the expense of a 3D printer; however, once in a blue moon you need to make an object for business or for personal reasons. Would it be nice is there was an online 3D Print Service that you could send your design into and have the product or prototype built, and the item drone to your office or front door. And, all you pay is a monthly service fee for the entire service including drone shipping for a given area range. With this type of technology, I believe it can be done and interactively online as well.

What is OnShape?

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