Menu

Blog

Page 9192

Jan 18, 2018

Drone comes to the rescue of two swimmers in Australia

Posted by in category: drones

One day, they may yet turn against us, but for now, they’re still our allies: A drone rescued two teenage swimmers in distress off the coast of New South Wales in Australia, according to a new report. The drone spotted two teenagers in trouble around a half-a-mile out from shore, and then dropped a flotation device it carries for the purpose to give them something to hang on to (via Verge).

This drone was actually not supposed to be saving anyone just yet – it was engaged in a pilot project to test its viability. But the Sydney Morning Herald reports that when a call came through about the swimmers in trouble, the drone happened to be in the Ari and nearby, positioned well to respond.

The drone’s pilot, a decorated veteran lifeguard for New South Wales, was able to Gert out to the swimmers’ position, and drop the pod in a minute or two, which is at least a few minutes less than it would’ve taken to respond directly with actual flesh and blood lifeguards.

Continue reading “Drone comes to the rescue of two swimmers in Australia” »

Jan 18, 2018

Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Associated Press historical news archive articles dating back to 1985.

Read more

Jan 18, 2018

Scientists Move Closer to a Universal Flu Vaccine

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers hope their new approach, which works well in lab animals, may save more lives.

Read more

Jan 18, 2018

Gesture-Control Chip

Posted by in category: computing

This chip can control certain devices using *just* gestures.

Read more

Jan 18, 2018

Singularity Hypotheses Photo

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, singularity

Has AI made significant progress over the years towards artificial general intelligence?

This decades-old debate could end by the new project from the Stanford 100 Year Study on AI, called The AI Index. If their goal is achieved.

Off to a good start, the AI Index’s first report includes many useful visualisations of the data they are collecting, such as the following outline of AI breakthroughs since 1980.

Continue reading “Singularity Hypotheses Photo” »

Jan 18, 2018

Drone saves teen swimmers in world first

Posted by in category: drones

Lifeguards in Australia interrupt a drone training session to save two stricken boys.

Read more

Jan 18, 2018

This 3D-Printed Heart Could Replace Blood Pumps

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical

These 3D-printed, artificial hearts could replace real hearts one day.

Read more

Jan 18, 2018

The technology that hides fingerprint sensors underneath displays will make the dreaded smartphone bezel extinct

Posted by in categories: electronics, mobile phones

There’s no excuse for phones with large bezels anymore.

Read more

Jan 18, 2018

Why Gene Silencing Could Launch a New Class of Blockbuster Drugs

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Over 85 percent of proteins in the body can’t be targeted with conventional chemical drugs. By working on the RNA responsible for problematic proteins, gene silencing opens up an enormous portion of the genome to intervention. If realized, a new class of drugs based on gene silencing could overhaul modern medicine.

Read more

Jan 18, 2018

How the Science of Decision-Making Will Help Us Make Better Strategic Choices

Posted by in categories: energy, information science, science

Neuroscientist Brie Linkenhoker believes that leaders must be better prepared for future strategic challenges by continually broadening their worldviews.

As the director of Worldview Stanford, Brie and her team produce multimedia content and immersive learning experiences to make academic research and insights accessible and useable by curious leaders. These future-focused topics are designed to help curious leaders understand the forces shaping the future.

Continue reading “How the Science of Decision-Making Will Help Us Make Better Strategic Choices” »