Monday, July 15, 2019 Headlines & Global News


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Now Your Phone Can Become a Robot that Does the Boring Work

Jun 18, 2019 02:33 PM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- If any factory worker could program low-cost robots, then more factories could actually use robotics to increase worker productivity.


The Science Behind Network Security Protocols

Jun 06, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

The science behind network security protocols is the mathematics of encryption. In computer technology, encryption converts plain text or any other type of data from its readable form to an unreadable version. The only way the encryption can be broken is through a decryption key.


Amazon Developing an AI-Powered Wearable that Reads Human Emotions

May 28, 2019 05:16 PM EDT

Tech giant Amazon is already a force to be reckoned with in terms of innovation, so the recent news from behind the scenes about the potential development of a wrist-worn AI-powered device that can discern the wearer's emotional state based on the sound of their voice, while shocking through the nature and ambition of the project, come as no surprise as efforts are ongoing on the company's part to revolutionize the tech market.

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'Smart' Insulin Could Prevent Hypoglycemia During Diabetes Treatment

May 17, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

UCLA bioengineers and their colleagues have developed a new type of insulin that could help prevent hypoglycemia in people who use the drug to manage diabetes.

The Adafruit Circuit Playground Will Nudge People into Better Cyber Security Habits (IMAGE)

Same Computer Password for the Last 10 Years? You Might Need a Vibrating Cybernudge

May 15, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

The technology used in exercise and lifestyle apps may hold the key to answering that most difficult of challenges - getting people to change their passwords and better protect their online privacy and data.

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Clean Fuel Cells Could be Cheap Enough to Replace Gas Engines in Vehicles

May 08, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

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Technology Could Help Reduce Exploitation of Traditional Weavers in Malaysia

May 04, 2019 09:29 AM EDT

New smartphone apps and greater use of social media could help reduce the exploitation of traditional weavers in poor rural regions of Malaysia, new research suggests. An interdisciplinary team of researchers, including experts in human-computer interaction, information management, and English and creative writing, studied the supply chain of the songket fabric market in the Malaysian state of Terengganu.

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Patterns of Compulsive Smartphone Use Suggest How to Kick the Habit

Apr 30, 2019 01:06 PM EDT

Everywhere you look, people are looking at screens. In the decade since smartphones have become ubiquitous, we now have a feeling almost as common as the smartphones themselves: being sucked into that black hole of staring at those specific apps -- you know which ones they are -- and then a half an hour has gone by before you realize it.

Technology and Trade

New Research to Explore Technology Needed for Peer-to-Peer 'Free Trade' in Excess Energy

Apr 30, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

Households and businesses that generate their own power through micro-renewables, such as solar panels and wind turbines, may soon be able to decide where to distribute their extra energy thanks to funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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Clearing an Icy Windshield is About to get Easier, says UBC Engineer

Apr 27, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

Scraping an icy windshield can be a seasonal struggle for those that live in colder climates. But engineers from UBC's Okanagan campus are aiming to ease that winter frustration with a new surface coating that can shed ice from large areas using little effort.

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Filling in the Gaps of Connected Car Data Helps Transportation Planners

Apr 26, 2019 08:56 AM EDT

If you have a new or late model car, most likely it's connected: GPS navigation, that infotainment panel, the wireless network your car creates - they're all ways for your car to provide information, whether it's to give you directions, ping other vehicles, or to check in with infrastructure like traffic signals, signs or bridges.

Andrey Bazlov, NUST MISIS (IMAGE)

Scientists Develop Low-cost Energy-efficient Materials

Apr 24, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

An international team of scientists from the National University of Science and Technology "MISIS" (NUST MISIS), Tianjin University (China), as well as from Japan and the United States has developed new energy-efficient iron-based alloys which combine high mechanical and magnetic properties with low cost and open up new opportunities for industry.

From coal to gas

From Coal to Gas: How the Shift can Help Stabilize Climate Change

Apr 22, 2019 01:05 PM EDT

Led by Katsumasa Tanaka, a senior climate risk researcher at the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan, the study examined global scenarios for transitioning from coal to gas using a novel approach that applied metrics developed for climate impact assessments to the coal-gas debate for the first time. Focusing on the world's leading power generators--China, Germany, India, and the United States--the study examined the impacts from a variety of direct and indirect emissions of such a shift on both shorter and longer timescales ranging from a few decades to a century.

Spanish Needles Seen in Butterfly World 1.0 (IMAGE)

Living Room Conservation: Gaming & Virtual Reality for Insect and Ecosystem Conservation

Apr 18, 2019 08:59 PM EDT

Gaming and virtual reality (VR) could bridge the gap between urban societies and nature, thereby paving the way to insect conservation by the means of education, curiosity and life-like participation. This is what Florida International University's team of computer scientist Alban Delamarre and biologist Dr Jaeson Clayborn strive to achieve by developing a VR game (desktop version also available) dedicated to insect and plant species. Focused on imperiled butterflies, their innovative idea: Butterfly World 1.0, is described in the open-access journal Rethinking Ecology.

How AI Is Helping Finding New Cures With Old Drugs

May 05, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

Here’s how AI is already helping in the search for new cures through old drugs, and how healthcare professionals expect intelligent machines to keep changing the way they deliver positive solutions to patients.

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