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Sep 7, 2016

Patients to Receive Injection from Distance

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Iranian researchers built a device that can automatically give injections to patients from distance.

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Sep 7, 2016

15-second flash charging comes to Swiss buses

Posted by in categories: computing, transportation

Electric bus that recharges in 15 seconds!

It takes these electric buses less time to recharge than it does to pick up passengers thanks to flash charging technology developed by ABB.

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Sep 7, 2016

The Next Wave of Deep Learning Architectures

Posted by in categories: computing, cosmology, robotics/AI

Intel has planted some solid stakes in the ground for the future of deep learning over the last month with its acquisition of deep learning chip startup, Nervana Systems, and most recently, mobile and embedded machine learning company, Movidius.

These new pieces will snap into Intel’s still-forming puzzle for capturing the supposed billion-plus dollar market ahead for deep learning, which is complemented by its own Knights Mill effort and software optimization work on machine learning codes and tooling. At the same time, just down the coast, Nvidia is firming up the market for its own GPU training and inference chips as well as its own hardware outfitted with the latest Pascal GPUs and requisite deep learning libraries.

While Intel’s efforts have garnered significant headlines recently with that surprising pair of acquisitions, a move which is pushing Nvidia harder to demonstrate how GPU acceleration (thus far the dominant compute engine for model training), they still have some work to do to capture mindshare for this emerging market. Further complicating this is the fact that the last two years have brought a number of newcomers to the field—deep learning chip upstarts touting the idea that general purpose architectures (including GPUs) cannot compare to a low precision, fixed point, specialized approach. In fact, we could be moving into a “Cambrian explosion” for computer architecture–one that is brought about by the new requirements of deep learning. Assuming, of course, there are really enough applications and users in a short enough window that the chip startups don’t fall over waiting for their big bang.

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Sep 7, 2016

Meet the iPhone 7

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Apple just announced the iPhone 7.

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Sep 7, 2016

Here’s what an eclipse looks like from a plane

Posted by in category: transportation

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Sep 7, 2016

Dobby Selfie-Drone: Hands-On

Posted by in categories: drones, entertainment

Elevate your selfie game with this pocket-sized drone:

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Sep 7, 2016

From this point forward, all Intel and AMD CPUs are Windows 10-only

Posted by in category: computing

Keep in mind as you plan your hardware purchases — AMD CPUs, APUs, and Intel CPUs are all Windows 10-only from this point forward. AMD GPUs will continue to support Windows 7 and 8 for now, though we don’t know when the company will terminate this.

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Sep 7, 2016

For First Time Ever, Carbon Nanotube Transistors Have Outperformed Silicon

Posted by in categories: computing, nanotechnology

In an attempt to bring the next generation of computers to life, teams around the globe have been working with carbon nanotubes — one of the most conductive materials ever discovered. Now, for the first time ever, scientists made a transistor using carbon nanotubes that beats silicon.

For the first time, scientists have built a transistor out of carbon nanotubes that can run almost twice as fast as its silicon counterparts.

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Sep 7, 2016

The first ever copies of the ‘world’s most mysterious book’ are about to be released

Posted by in category: habitats

A Spanish publishing house has finally been given permission to make exact copies of the Voynich Manuscript — a 15th century book written in a mysterious coded language that no one has cracked.

For centuries, scientists have been trying to decipher the text. Some of the world’s best cryptographers have dedicated their lives to solving the puzzle — but no one’s even gotten close. Now, with almost 900 copies about to go into circulation, we might finally get some answers.

“The Voynich Manuscript has led some of the smartest people down rabbit holes for centuries,” Bill Sherman from the Folger Shakespeare Library told The Washington Post in 2014, when he was about to open an exhibit on the text.

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Sep 7, 2016

This Water Battery Will Change the Way We Harness the Sun’s Energy

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Researchers design aqueous battery that stores solar energy better than current lithium technology.

Batteries based on water that can store the electricity that we generate from solar technology? It can now be done.

Researchers at Ohio State University have designed a device with an aqueous flow battery that is based on water as opposed to the standard lithium design of your average rechargeable batteries. It is the first aqueous flow battery to work with a solar cell and it is 20 percent more efficient than the lithium design.

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