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Oct 25, 2017

Sony’s New Autonomous Car Camera Sees Road Signs at 160 Meters

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI, transportation

Driverless cars need superhuman senses. And for the most part they seem to have them, in the form of lidar, radar, ultrasound, near-infrared, and other sensors. But regular cameras, often forgotten about in favor of more exotic technologies, are incredibly important given they’re used to collect data that’s used to, say, read the messages on road signs. So Sony’s new image sensor is designed to give regular camera vision a boost, too.

The new $90 IMX324 has an effective resolution of only 7.42 megapixels, which sounds small compared to your smartphone camera. But with about three times the vertical resolution of most car camera sensors, it packs a punch. It can see road signs from 160 meters away, has low-light sensitivity that allows it to see pedestrians in dark situations, and offers a trick that captures dark sections at high sensitivity but bright sections at high resolution in order to max out image recognition. The image above shows how much sharper the new tech than its predecessor from the same distance.

Don’t expect a beefed-up camera to eliminate the need for other sensors, though: even with strong low-light performance, cameras don’t work well in the dark, and they can’t offer the precise ranging abilities of other sensors. That means lidar and radar will remain crucial complements to humble optical cameras, however fancy they get.

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Oct 25, 2017

Drone Footage of Europe’s First 3D-Printed House

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

Russia has become the first country in Europe to use a 3D printer to construct a real residential house.

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Oct 25, 2017

This Company’s Robots Are Making Everything—and Reshaping the World

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

Amid the tumult, there’s one clear winner: the $50 billion company that controls most of the world’s market for factory automation and industrial robotics. In fact, Fanuc might just be the single most important manufacturing company in the world right now, because everything Fanuc does is designed to make it part of what every other manufacturing company is doing.

Fanuc, a secretive Japanese factory-automation business, might be the planet’s most important manufacturer.

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Oct 24, 2017

New pneumonia vaccine protects against over 70 strains of the disease

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A new vaccine targeting dozens of new strains of pneumonia could potentially save “hundreds of thousands of lives” according to researchers. Early studies show the new vaccine effectively protects against a variety of bacteria that causes pneumococcal disease including pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis.

Since the introduction in the early 2000s of vaccines targeting the most deadly forms of pneumonia, the World Health Organization has estimated global deaths of children from the disease have been cut in half. Alongside better nutrition and access to antibiotics, a vaccine against the 23 most deadly pneumonia-causing bacteria has been held as responsible for the millions of lives saved.

Now a team of scientists from the University at Buffalo and New York University’s Langone Medical Center has developed a new vaccine that targets another 50 strains of a bacterium called Streptococcus pneumoniae, the primary bacteria responsible for pneumococcal disease.

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Oct 24, 2017

Portable gadget instantly chills any beverage

Posted by in category: food

This thing can chill wine in less than 30 seconds (via In The Know).

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Oct 24, 2017

Amazon, Google Lobbyists Warn Regulators to Keep Their Hands Off AI

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

A lobbying group representing top artificial-intelligence companies including Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google issued a warning to lawmakers on Tuesday: hands off our algorithms.

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Oct 24, 2017

GM will test fully autonomous cars ‘in quarters not years,’ CEO Mary Barra says

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

General Motors says its most recent test vehicle meets some of the requirements for total autonomy.

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Oct 24, 2017

Scientists Discover How The Brain Controls Ageing – And Manage To Slow It Down

Posted by in categories: life extension, neuroscience

Are you ready to live longer?

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Oct 24, 2017

Circadian Rhythm

Posted by in category: futurism

Throw out all your clocks and your body still has a rough idea of the time of day. That’s because it has it’s own clock – the body clock. It tells the cells in your body what time of day it is and so controls a whole bunch of different processes that need to be carefully timed and coordinated in order for your body to work properly.

Keeping your cells in sync creates a certain rhythm to what they do all day and night – a circadian rhythm. And it isn’t just us that have it but plants and animals too.

Circadian rhythms roughly follow a 24-hour cycle, so we feel sleepy at night and awake in the morning. It also affects our eating habits, digestion, body temperature and alertness. How? By controlling hormone production.

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Oct 24, 2017

I Am The Lifespan

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Over the past few years, there has been a tradition of longevity researchers and activists around the world to organize events on or around October 1 — the UN International Day of Older Persons, or Longevity Day. In recent years this has been extended to include the entire month of November as a Longevity Month where activists organize various activities and events to raise awareness for aging research.

This year we have continued this tradition with the Longevity Month “I am the Lifespan” event, where people tell us their story and how they got interested in aging research and doing something about age-related diseases. and it has been a great success so far. Lots of people have sent in their stories and we have been publishing them on our Facebook page the last few weeks. We wanted to share some of these stories with you and a little about the people behind them.

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