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Sep 18, 2018

Designing smarter cities using computer game thinking

Posted by in categories: computing, transportation

Dr. Willem-Jan Renger, head of the Innovation Studio at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, is driving citizen engagement in smart city planning using methods generally seen in computer game creation, as part of an international consortium of cities, IRIS.

Why do we need to engage citizens in urban planning?

The most important thing to know [when planning a city] is what do citizens want… What do they need? If we start talking to people, they bring key concerns that they have on their level to the table. One such concern in Utrecht was there’s some street racing going on and some nasty incidents. When we were dealing with issues that the citizens had put forward, traffic safety was something we considered combining with smart street lighting solutions by creating some clever combinations to help pedestrians to cross the street, for example, or give cars feedback on the basis of their driving.

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Sep 18, 2018

Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2018

Posted by in category: futurism

Disruptive solutions that are poised to change the world — a special report produced by Scientific American in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.


Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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Sep 18, 2018

Tell your friends

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Sep 17, 2018

Here’s a snapshot of AI-predicted built-up…

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Here’s a snapshot of AI-predicted built-up areas in Aparri from Planet satellite images. This image was processed by the DATOS Project team before the onslaught of Typhoon #OmpongPH. Images will also be processed after the typhoon to detect changes in urban areas, such as destroyed buildings and changes in landscape.

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Sep 17, 2018

Millions of older people taking aspirin may be doing so unnecessarily, study finds

Posted by in category: futurism

Some older people take aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack or stroke. But a landmark Australian study has found they may be wasting their time.

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Sep 17, 2018

Where Are We in Space? Astronomers Update Their Celestial Frame of Reference

Posted by in category: cosmology

How do you know where anything is in space? Sure, you can say, “Oh, that star, it’s the one in the middle of the Big Dipper,” but that’s not very useful in an era of incredible telescopes peeping at galaxies billions of light-years away. On January 1, 2019, scientists will adopt the newest, internationally standardized frame of reference to help locate things in space.

The third edition of the International Celestial Reference Frame, or ICRF-3, is the most up-to-date version of the International Astronomy Union’s standardized reference frame. Imagine the universe as a graph from geometry—scientists need a place to put the origin and axes.

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Sep 17, 2018

Devastating solar storm is a matter of ‘when not if’ warns Met Office as Solar Orbiter begins testing

Posted by in categories: energy, space

A devastating solar storm which could wipe out communications on Earth and fry power grids is a matter of ‘when not if’ the head of the Met Office’s Space Weather Monitoring centre has warned.

Extreme space weather has already caused widespread disruption, with a geomagnetic storm leaving six million people without power in 1989 while Apollo astronauts narrowly missed being exposed to deadly radiation in 1972 and solar flares in 2003 forced the crew of the International Space Station to take cover.

The largest solar storm ever recorded, The Carrington Event in 1859, knocked out Telegraph systems and even set fire to paper in offices.

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Sep 17, 2018

The electrifying energy of gut microbes

Posted by in category: biological

Some bacteria make energy in a process that is accompanied by transfer of electrons to a mineral. A previously unknown electron-transfer pathway now reveals an energy-generation system used by bacteria in the human gut.

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Sep 17, 2018

AI helps unlock ‘dark matter’ of bizarre superconductors

Posted by in categories: cosmology, robotics/AI

Machine learning supports 20-year-old theory of bizarre electron behaviour in high-temperature superconductor.

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Sep 17, 2018

Stephen Hawking’s ‘ghosts’ may have been found

Posted by in category: cosmology

All the evidence shows our universe emerged from a single event: an eruption commonly known as the Big Bang.

What preceded that point is a mystery.

But it has significant implications.

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