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Aug 9, 2019

Underwater volcano expedition off coast of Vancouver Island reveals hidden world

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In the cold waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island, scientists have found a hidden oasis teeming with corals, sponges, and creatures more typical of warmer waters to the south.

The discovery is among the most significant finds from a two-week trip conducted by researchers with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations and other partner organizations. The expedition dropped a camera on a cable down about 2,000 metres into the depths as part of an examination of Explorer Seamount, Canada’s largest underwater volcano.

“We found a coral garden that is like something you would see in the tropics, with a large coral community home to fish and octopus like everything you would expect to see in Hawaii, but you find it here in Canada deep below the surface where the sun doesn’t reach,” said Dr. Cherisse Du Preez, marine biologist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Aug 9, 2019

Android malware that comes preinstalled is a massive threat

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, mobile phones

The Android Security team’s former tech lead, who’s now a security researcher on Google’s Project Zero, breaks down why.

Aug 9, 2019

Volcano forecasts could soon be a reality, thanks to AI

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

Of the 1,500 active volcanoes worldwide, about 6 percent of them erupt each year, or 50 to 85. Less than half of all volcanoes have sensors, and even fewer are considered well-monitored, the result of high costs and difficulty in maintaining equipment in such unforgiving environments. Volcanoes that are considered dormant rarely have any monitoring, despite surprises like the 2008 eruption of the Chaitén volcano in Chile after 8,000 years of inactivity.

Now, volcanologists are turning to satellite imagery and artificial intelligence to keep a closer eye on more volcanoes and, eventually, forecast eruptions. MOUNTS (Monitoring Unrest from Space), currently tracks 18 volcanoes, including Mount Fuego in Guatemala and Mount Etna in Italy.

With 800 million people living within 62 miles of an active volcano, there are plenty of reasons to increase monitoring.

Aug 9, 2019

Astronauts gear up in sleek SpaceX spacesuits before critical Dragon launch

Posted by in category: space travel

’s two astronauts will one day fly to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. The SpaceX spacecraft is a modified version of the Cargo Dragon capsule, the rocket manufacturer uses to deliver supplies to the ISS. Developed for NASA’s Commercial Crew Programme, part of SpaceX’s launch package includes sleek and futuristic spacesuits. But before NASA’s astronauts can take the Dragon into space, the two men had to go through a dress rehearsal of launch day operations.

Aug 9, 2019

DARPA wants to tackle ‘deepfakes’ with semantic forensics

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

When it comes to detecting whether an image or video is fake, it’s the little mistakes that matter, and to help with the sleuthing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to improve what it calls “semantic forensics.”

The agency announced this week that it plans to hold a proposers day on Aug. 28 to give more information on an anticipated Semantic Forensics (SemaFor) Broad Agency Announcement. It’s the latest expression of DARPA’s interest in countering the chaos-inducing potential of “deepfakes” — the practice of using artificial intelligence to manipulate audio, video, text or photo files.

The SemaFor program, DARPA says, will explore ways to get around some of the weaknesses of current deepfake detection tools. The statistical detection techniques used in the past have been successful to date, but those tools won’t always have the upper hand.

Aug 9, 2019

Revolutionary Military Technology | The Military Tech Show | Spark

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, military

With exclusive access, this eye-opening series reveals the latest military innovations which are shaping the present and future of the armed forces. Each informative episode features must-see inventions and life-saving gadgets.

This episode shows how simulations are giving RAF pilots the winning edge, how the revolutionary X-Plane blends fixed wing and helicopter technology and how 3D printing is becoming a world-changing industry.

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Aug 9, 2019

NASA ‘Optometrists’ Verify Mars 2020 Rover’s 20/20 Vision

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No glasses needed! 🤓After a visit from our rover ‘optometrist’, #Mars2020 checks out with 20/20 vision. Equipped with several high definition cameras, our new red planet rover will acquire panoramic 3D image data, examine soil for life and more! Check it out:

Equipped with visionary science instruments, the Mars 2020 rover underwent an “eye” exam after several cameras were installed on it. The rover contains an armada of imaging capabilities, from wide-angle landscape cameras to narrow-angle high-resolution zoom lens cameras.

Photo of close-up of the head of Mars 2020's remote sensing mast.

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Aug 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Posted by in categories: mapping, space

July 20, 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Navy Veteran Neil Armstrong, and Air Force Veterans Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins manned the mission.

The National Air and Space Museum displayed full-motion projection-mapping artwork on the Washington Monument. The 17 minute long show, “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon”, included a true-to-scale 363 foot Saturn V lift off, various stages of the rocket separation, the lunar landing, the first step on the moon, re-entry, and splash down back to earth.

To read more about the Apollo 11 crew, visit

Aug 8, 2019

Manipulating brain cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, mobile phones, nanotechnology, neuroscience

Researchers have developed a soft neural implant that can be wirelessly controlled using a smartphone. It is the first wireless neural device capable of indefinitely delivering multiple drugs and multiple colour lights, which neuroscientists believe can speed up efforts to uncover brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, addiction, depression, and pain. A team under Professor Jae-Woong Jeong from the School of Electrical Engineering at KAIST and his collaborators have invented a device that can control neural circuits using a tiny brain implant controlled by a smartphone. The device, using Lego-like replaceable drug cartridges and powerful, low-energy Bluetooth, can target specific neurons of interest using drugs and light for prolonged periods. This study was published in Nature Biomedical Engineering.

“This novel device is the fruit of advanced electronics design and powerful micro and nanoscale engineering,” explained Professor Jeong. “We are interested in further developing this technology to make a brain implant for clinical applications.”

Aug 8, 2019

A Meteor Just Exploded On Jupiter, And A Photographer Actually Caught It On Video

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With Jupiter currently gracing the northern sky at night, it’s a great time to be pointing a telescope at our Solar System’s colossus. But one astrophotographer got the sight of a lifetime — what appears to be the flash of an impact, as something exploded in the planet’s thick upper atmosphere.

On 7 August 2019, at 4:07 UTC, Ethan Chappel in Texas caught the incredibly rare sight on camera.

“Imaged Jupiter tonight,” he wrote on Twitter. “Looks awfully like an impact flash in the [southern equatorial belt].”