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Jan 4, 2017

Artificial Intelligence is Helping Restore Vision

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

In Brief

  • Microsoft is partnering with a prestigious eye hospital in India to help perfect AI powered computer diagnostics to the field of ophthalmology.
  • Artificial intelligence is continually making great strides to integrate more in various healthcare settings, hopefully increasing the quality and availability of patient care.

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 285 million people are visually impaired, with 39 million living with blindness and the other 246 million having low vision.

In a world of modern technological advancements, visual impairment has been the subject of much medical research. Perhaps the most notable among these are those that use artificial intelligence (AI), specifically through machine learning. Google’s DeepMind has been working with the UK’s National Health Service to do ophthalmology research.

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Jan 4, 2017

Antigravity: Discovering if antimatter falls upwards

Posted by in category: physics

If anything fell upwards, it would rewrite physics textbooks. Amazingly fiddly experiments to test whether antimatter can do just this are kicking off.

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Jan 4, 2017

Gene Editing Can Now Change An Entire Species Forever

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

In Brief CRISPR has opened up limitless avenues for genetic modification. From disease prevention to invasive species control, Jennifer Kahn discusses the discover, application, and implications of gene drives.

Jennifer Kahn, a science journalist for the New York Times, recently did a TED Talk in which she discussed the discovery, application, and implications of a CRISPR gene drive used to make mosquitoes resistant to malaria and other diseases like chikungunya, and Zika.

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Jan 4, 2017

The Hypersuit: VR simulator uses exoskeleton to make you a ‘superhero’

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, virtual reality

The VR simulator that could turn you into a SUPERHERO: Hypersuit uses a movable ‘exoskeleton’ for virtual flight…


A virtual reality exoskeleton could soon allow you to ‘explore breathtaking universes’ without ever leaving your home.

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Jan 4, 2017

A Wolverine Inspired Material

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Transparent, self-healing, conducting artificial muscle could power robots of the future…


December 23, 2016: Researchers create a self-healing, transparent, highly stretchable material that can be electrically activated and used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.

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Jan 4, 2017

Soldiers of the future will be augmented and indestructible

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs

With wound-healing smart fabrics and enhanced night-vision, researchers are building the next generation of indestructible soldiers.

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Jan 4, 2017

Fast radio bursts: Scientists find the source of the most mysterious message in the universe

Posted by in category: alien life

A mysterious signal coming from deep in the universe has finally been traced to its source.

Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs, have only been heard 18 times and have been a puzzle to scientists since they were detected in 2007. Nobody knows where they could be coming from or how they might be triggered, with speculation ranging from a huge star, jets of material shooting out of a black hole – or even aliens.

FRBs are powerful but very short radio waves, which last no more than a millisecond.

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Jan 4, 2017

Real ‘Jurassic World’ Scientist Says We Could Bring Back Dinosaurs As Pets

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, entertainment

Paleontologist Jack Horner participates in a “Jurassic World” Q&A at the Natural History Museum.

Here at Popular Science, we can’t wait to see Jurassic World, which opens in theaters nationwide today. I mean, who can resist velociraptor biker gangs:

But we were also curious about the real scientific research that inspired the movie. So we talked with Jack Horner, a noted paleontologist who has consulted on the entire Jurassic Park movie franchise, including Jurassic World.

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Jan 4, 2017

Apple Manufacturer Foxconn to Fully Replace Humans With Robots

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

In Brief

  • The Taiwanese company that manufactures Apple’s iPhone has announced a three-part plan to fully automate its factories, with hopes to achieve 30% automation by 2020.
  • The move could put as many as a million people out of work, another example of automation’s major implications for the global workforce.

Foxconn Electronics, the Taiwanese manufacturing company behind some of the biggest electronic brands’ devices, including Apple’s iPhone, has announced that it will ramp up automation processes at its Chinese factories. The goal is to eventually achieve full automation.

In an article published in Digitimes, General Manager Dai Jia-peng of Foxconn’s Automation Technology Development Committee explains that the process will unfold in three phases.

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Jan 4, 2017

Quantum Computers Ready to Leap Out of the Lab in 2017

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Google, Microsoft and a host of labs and start-ups are racing to turn scientific curiosities into working machines.

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