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Jun 20, 2019

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Anyone who tells you the robot apocalypse is upon us—that the machines will not stop stealing our jobs, that they are gearing up to chase us through the streets while doing backflips and fighting off stick-wielding humans—has never tried to program a robot. It’s difficult to get a machine to do so much as move an arm, which requires the precise control and coordination of joint angles and torque.

The difficulty of programming robots is a problem that Facebook, of all companies, wants to fix. Today the social network continues its unlikely dive into robotics by open-sourcing a new robot framework, known as PyRobot, that could simplify the way researchers program their machines, and could even make it easier for non-robotics types to jump into the field. If programming robots has so far been something like wading through a command-line interface, PyRobot promises to be like gliding through the sleekness of macOS. At least, that’s the hope: Many others have tried and failed to do this kind of thing.

Jun 20, 2019

Machine learning unlocks mysteries of quantum physics

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, robotics/AI

Understanding electrons’ intricate behavior has led to discoveries that transformed society, such as the revolution in computing made possible by the invention of the transistor.

Jun 20, 2019

Receding Gum Repair Surgery

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Do You Have Receding Gums? Watch This Procedure on Gingival Recession Repair.

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Jun 20, 2019

Alzheimer’s Vaccine Shows Promising Results In Mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists develop a new vaccine for alzheimer’s disease.

Jun 20, 2019

An AI-Guided Dishwasher Is Helping Restaurants Facing Labour Shortages

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Dishwashers already make our washing automated. This robot uses AI scanners for extra cleanliness.

Jun 20, 2019

Miniature probe measures tissue health deep inside the lung

Posted by in category: health

A tiny fibre probe can measure key indicators of tissue damage at previously inaccessible sites.

Jun 20, 2019

Inside Life on the Frontlines of the Ebola Crisis in Congo

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, habitats, health

On the frontlines of the Ebola response are local Congolese workers with temporary job contracts. They are often driven into this work by economic necessity, as well as a desire to help.

Belinda Landu, a tall 28-year-old with long hair who radiates confidence, was making a meager living as a tailor in capital city Kinshasa before the outbreak. While visiting her mother in Beni last August, she spotted an advertisement for a health promoter. Today, she’s passionate about her role: decontaminating the houses of confirmed Ebola patients. “I want to stop the spread of the epidemic,” she said. “My family understand I work here to help people. If we get Ebola people will help us too.”

When she arrives at the scene of a recent diagnosis, Landu changes into a full protective outfit, including a full plastic bodysuit, mask, hairnet, gumboots, and both latex and rubber gloves, and begins the slow process of covering everything — inside and outside a house — with a chlorinated spray. Locals gather around to stare at her. They’re often terrified, she says, though she tries to be kind — speaking to them before she starts, and even stopping to play soccer with children after she changes out of her outfit.

Jun 20, 2019

Florida city pays $600,000 to hackers who seized its computer system

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Cyberattack blocked 911 dispatchers from logging calls, as a growing number of U.S. municipalities are taken hostage.

Jun 20, 2019

For the June edition of Journal Club

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Dr. Oliver Medvedik and guests will be taking a look at the recent human trial of Urolithin A, a metabolite produced by microflora and an active ingredient in pomegranates which is linked to increased levels of mitophagy in aged animals. Join us at 13:00 EDT on our Facebook channel where we will be livestreaming the show and discussing this interesting publication.

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Jun 20, 2019

‘Little Big Coil’ creates record-breaking continuous magnetic field

Posted by in category: materials

Compact high-temperature superconductor magnet reaches 45.5 T.