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Apr 8, 2016

128 Things that will disappear in the driverless car era

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

I started writing this column while I was in Manila, Philippines for a talk with UnionBank, one of the most innovative banks I’ve ever come across.

Driving across Manila is often a painful experience with far too many cars locking up all possible arterials, and nowhere near enough money to redesign and build the needed infrastructure. But this is not unique to Manila.

As I’ve traveled around the world, I’ve run into equally bad traffic in Istanbul, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Seoul, Mexico City, San Francisco, Rome, London, Beijing, and Mumbai. In fact there are literally thousands of cities where bad traffic is a way of life.

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Apr 8, 2016

This lumbering, two-legged droid is the latest creation from Alphabet’s robotics projects

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Walking up stairs, keeping your balance and doing some light cleaning are easy for people. Less so for robots.

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Apr 8, 2016

Venture Capitalist 3D Prints a Rocket Faster Than the Speed of Sound for Under $2

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, computing, space travel

Steve Jurvetson is a man of many facets – and he can 3D print a rocket that achieves Mach 1.8 (that’s 1,363 mph) in 2.6 seconds and reach an altitude of nearly 9,500 feet.

The Mach number is named after the Austrian physicist and philosopher, Ernst Mach. The terms “subsonic” and “supersonic” basically refer to speeds below and above the local speed of sound, so you should have some idea how fast these tiny rockets are traveling.

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Apr 8, 2016

Smartphones should fully embrace the dual-camera bandwagon

Posted by in categories: electronics, mobile phones

One of the biggest rumors surrounding the iPhone 7 is that Apple is adding a second camera module (at least on the Plus model), and it makes a lot more sense than you might realize.

After all, other manufacturers have already caught on. LG’s G5 comes with a ultra-wide angle lens, Huawei’s new P9 sports a dedicated black-and-white camera, and HTC beat everyone to the punch with the One M8’s depth-sensing camera a couple of years ago.

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Apr 8, 2016

Researchers edit genes in human embryos for second time

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers in China have edited the genes of human embryos to make cells resistant to HIV infection.

Researchers in China deploy CRISPR to alter genes in human embryos again — this time to make cells HIV-resistant.

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Apr 8, 2016

The Next Hot Job in Silicon Valley Is for Poets

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Time to brush up on my Yeats, Browning, or Frost.

Demand for chatting virtual assistants and other artificial intelligence (AI) products is creating favorable job prospects for writers, poets, comedians, and other people of artistic persuasion in Silicon Valley.

The industry is tapping them to engineer the personalities of AI tools to make them capable of seamless interaction with people.

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Apr 8, 2016

Houston Methodist and NASA launching unique nanomedicine experiment

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, particle physics

Along with equipment and supplies for the astronauts, the rocket was supposed to deliver several scientific experiments, including one Grattoni and his team spent five years perfecting: a study of how drug-like particles disperse through 100 tiny channels etched in a dime-sized microchip. […] it hit him: the rocket — and his work — was gone. Led by Grattoni, the center has secured coveted approval to conduct several experiments in coming years aboard the $100 billion space station, where scientists can exploit the lack of gravity about 200 miles above the Earth’s surface to perform studies they wouldn’t otherwise be allowed to do on Earth.

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Apr 8, 2016

Vaccine Delivery Systems that May Protect Against Bioterror Threats & Outbreaks

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology, terrorism

Most traditional vaccines have safety and efficacy issues, whereas particulate vaccine delivery systems—which utilize nano- or micro-particulate carriers to protect and deliver antigens—are efficient, stable, include molecules to bolster immune responses, and minimize adverse reactions due to the use of biocompatible biomaterials.

A new review, titled “Particulate delivery systems for vaccination against bioterrorism agents and emerging infectious pathogens,” summarizes the current status of research efforts to develop particulate vaccine delivery systems against bioterrorism agents and emerging infectious pathogens.

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Apr 8, 2016

New Zealanders want to give everyone a ‘citizen’s wage’ and scrap benefits

Posted by in category: economics

New Zealand could become one of the first developed countries to scrap benefits and introduce a basic citizens’ income.

Leader of the opposition Andrew Little said his Labour party was considering the idea as part of proposals to combat the “possibility of higher structural unemployment”.

Citizens’ income, also known as Universal Basic Income (UBI), involves a basic, unconditional, fixed payment made to every person in the country by the state in lieu of benefits.

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Apr 8, 2016

SpaceX successfully lands its rocket on a floating drone ship for the first time

Posted by in categories: drones, satellites

SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It’s the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended in failure. Today’s success is a crucial milestone for SpaceX, as it shows the company can land its rockets both on solid ground and ocean.

This is the second time SpaceX has successfully landed one of its rockets post-launch; the first time was in December, when the company’s Falcon 9 rocket touched down at a ground-based landing site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, after putting a satellite into space. Now that SpaceX has demonstrated it can do both types of landings, the company can potentially recover and reuse even more rockets in the future. And that could mean much greater cost savings for SpaceX.

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