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Oct 1, 2019

Boston Dynamics Begins Selling ‘Spot’ Robot

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

For years, Boston Dynamics’ only commercial product has been vaguely unsettling videos of robots moving in realistic ways. That changes today. No, the robots aren’t getting less creepy. Boston Dynamics has a real commercial product: Spot. This quadrupedal robot is shipping out to select companies, but it could expand to general sales eventually.

We’ve seen Spot (originally known as SpotMini) show up in various video demonstrations. You’ve seen it twerk, and now you might see it work. Boston Dynamics isn’t entirely certain what sort of work Spot will do, but that’s why it’s starting with a limited sales program. It wants to work closely with early adopters to evaluate Spot’s usefulness in the real world.

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Oct 1, 2019

Hypersonic ‘space plane’ promises four-hour London to Sydney flights

Posted by in category: space travel

UK company Reaction Engines is developing its Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which could fly in space at Mach 25 and cut UK-Australia flight times to ‘as little as four hours’.

Oct 1, 2019

‘Revolution’ in prostate cancer care as off-label breast cancer drug doubles survival

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

A breast cancer drug has been used to double the survival of men with advanced prostate cancer, becoming the first successful precision medicine for the disease.

Doctors at the Royal Marsden Hospital who conducted the trial say the results amount to a “revolution” in prostate cancer care.

They conducted genetic testing on more than 4,400 patients to identify those with one or more of 15 types of DNA fault.

Sep 30, 2019

New aluminum batteries for renewables storage

Posted by in categories: energy, materials

The devices, developed by a European research team, are said to have twice the energy density of conventional aluminum devices. The scientists used a cathode made of anthraquinone, instead of one based on graphene, increasing energy density.

Sep 30, 2019

‘Alien’ life discovered deep underground point to ‘subterranean Galapagos’

Posted by in category: alien life

‘ALIEN’ sulphur breathing creatures have been discovered thriving in rock miles underground, in a boost for finding life elsewhere in the Universe, scientists have revealed.

Sep 30, 2019

Artificial blood developed for patients of any blood type

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Japanese researchers said they have developed artificial blood that can be transfused into patients regardless of their blood type and can vastly improve the chances for survival of seriously injured people.

The artificial blood created by a team of scientists primarily from the National Defense Medical College has proved effective in experiments on rabbits.

For possible applications on humans, the artificial blood gets around problems with identifying blood types in emergency situations and overcomes limits on storing real blood from donors.

Sep 30, 2019

Scientists find way to travel across ‘very distant points in space’ in a split second

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics, space travel

A WORMHOLE could allow space travel to the most distant regions of the universe in an instant and now a recent scientific paper has outlined a way to actually build on these anomalies of physics.

Sep 30, 2019

Unbridled Adoption Of Artificial Intelligence May Result In Millions Of Job Losses And Require Massive Retraining For Those Impacted

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI, transportation

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the large accounting and management consulting firm, released a startling report indicating that workers will be highly impacted by the fast-growing rise of artificial intelligence, robots and related technologies.

Banking and financial services employees, factory workers and office staff will seemingly face the loss of their jobs—or need to find a way to reinvent themselves in this brave new world.

The term “artificial intelligence” is loosely used to describe the ability of a machine to mimic human behavior. AI includes well-known applications, such as Siri, GPS, Spotify, self-driving vehicles and the larger-than-life robots made by Boston Robotics that perform incredible feats.

Sep 30, 2019

Is It a Wave or a Particle? It’s Both, Sort Of

Posted by in category: particle physics

Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University, host of Ask a Spaceman and Space Radio, and author of “Your Place in the Universe.” Sutter contributed this article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Is it a wave, or is it a particle? This seems like a very simple question. Waves are very distinct phenomena in our universe, as are particles. And we have different sets of mathematics to describe each of them. So, if we want to go about describing the entire universe, this appears to be a very handy classification scheme — except when it isn’t. And it isn’t in one of the most important aspects of our universe: the subatomic world.

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Sep 30, 2019

Flying Replacement Batteries Could Massively Boost a Drone’s Flight Time

Posted by in category: drones

Borrowing a trick from the Air Force, whose planes can complete long-range missions thanks to in-flight refueling from tanker aircraft, researchers at UC Berkeley showed off a novel way to keep small drones in the air almost indefinitely: flying replacement batteries that can be swapped without landing.