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Jun 22, 2021

Could mitochondria be the key to a healthy brain?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Some researchers suspect these bacterial ancestors living within our cells may contribute to a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

By Diana Kwon.

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Jun 22, 2021

Boston Dynamics is officially part of Hyundai Motor Group

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

Hyundai Motor Group said Tuesday that it has officially completed its acquisition of robotics company Boston Dynamics. The deal was announced in December and valued Boston Dynamics at $1.1 billion. The purchase sees Hyundai pick up an 80 percent controlling stake in the company, with the previous owner, Softbank, retaining 20 percent ownership.

The deal will hopefully create a stable home for Boston Dynamics, which has continued to pump out the world’s most impressive robots despite continual ownership changes. The company was spun off from MIT in 1992 and survived for most of its life on DARPA research grants. Google acquired the independent Boston Dynamics in 2013 as part of a brief interest in robotics led by Android co-founder Andy Rubin. Google freed the company from surviving on military contracts, but when Rubin left Google a year later, the executive interest in robotics left with him.

Jun 22, 2021

A Robot Has Learned to Combine Vision and Touch

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

Summary: Combining deep learning algorithms with robotic engineering, researchers have developed a new robot able to combine vision and touch.

Source: EBRAINS / human brain project.

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Jun 22, 2021

Longevity, National Security, Pandemic Prevention, And More!

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, neuroscience, security, space travel, sustainability

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Jun 22, 2021

7 mysteries about Venus that could soon be solved

Posted by in category: space

NASA and the European Space Agency recently announced the approval of three new missions to explore Venus.

How did this scorching planet evolve to be so different than its sister, Earth? 3 NASA and ESA missions are beginning the search for answers.

Jun 22, 2021

A Hardware Engineer Built A Self-Balancing Autonomous Bicycle /

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

I think there is actually a company that makes something similar to this.

The self-balancing bike is a reminder of the incredibly creative projects that students and young recently graduated engineers can come up with — another recent example is an all-electric monowheel built by a group of Duke University students.

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Jun 22, 2021

A CCTV Company Pays Remote Supervisors to Monitor Employees

Posted by in categories: security, surveillance

Live Eye Surveillance, a Seattle-based company, takes it to the next level and provides security systems to convenience stores like 7-Eleven; it employs “remote supervisors” who are real people sitting miles away behind the surveillance cameras, monitoring all activity captured by the tools.

Employers are using various surveillance technologies to track employee movement and interactions, and now 7-Eleven stores are involved in the game.

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Jun 22, 2021

Experimental brain implant instantly detects and relieves pain

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

Researchers from the New York University School of Medicine have developed a brain implant designed to detect pain sensations in real-time and deliver bursts of pain-relieving stimulation. The device is still deeply experimental but a new proof of concept study demonstrates it working effectively in rodent models.

In the world of brain implants the chasm between science fiction and reality is still quite vast. Apart from some exciting human tests showing paralyzed individuals with implants regaining a sense of touch or controlling computers with their mind, most research in the field is still nascent.

Animal tests have demonstrated incremental technological advances, such as pigs broadcasting neural activity or monkeys playing Pong. Now, an interface that can detect pain signals in one part of the brain and immediately respond with stimulation to another part of the brain targeted to relieve that pain has been developed.

Jun 22, 2021

Russia Wants To Send A Nuclear-Powered Spacecraft To Jupiter This Decade

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, satellites

Russia is planning to send a nuclear-powered spacecraft to the grand gas giant of the Solar System, Jupiter, in 2030.

Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space agency, announced the plan for the mammoth 50-month journey last week. The journey will take it on a mini tour of the Solar System, taking pit stops around the Moon and Venus, dropping off spacecraft along its way, before heading on to Jupiter.

More specifically, a “space tug” with a nuclear-based transport and energy module dubbed Zeus will head towards the Moon where a spacecraft will separate from it. It will then pass by Venus to perform a gravity assist maneuver and drop off another spacecraft, before venturing towards Jupiter and one of its satellites.

Jun 22, 2021

SpaceX’s Starlink expects it can provide global coverage around September

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, satellites

SYDNEY, June 22 (Reuters) — Starlink, the satellite internet unit of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, expects to be able to provide continuous global coverage by around September but will then need to seek regulatory approvals, its president Gwynne Shotwel said on Tuesday.

“We’ve successfully deployed 1800 or so satellites and once all those satellites reach their operational orbit, we will have continuous global coverage, so that should be like September timeframe,” she told a Macquarie Group (MQG.AX) technology conference via webcast.

“But then we have regulatory work to go into every country and get approved to provide telecoms services.”