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Airbus designed CIMON as a mobile, intelligent, interactive astronaut assistant. (Image credit: NASA via Wikipedia)   German astronaut Alexander Gerst is set to head to the International Space Station for a six-month mission beginning in June, taking on the role as Commander for Expedition 57. He’s also bringing some unusual cargo with him- an 11-pound medicine ball-sized AI assistant known as CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion).   Currently being developed by Airbus alon ...
Coca-Cola partnered up with the U.S government to shed more lights on the company’s workforce practices. They decided blockchains were the best tool to accomplish that. (Image via Pixabay)   Blockchains: many probably still don’t know what it means while those who have heard about it might not really know what they are. It is more likely that people have heard about bitcoins and cryptocurrencies than they have about blockchains. However, cryptocurrencies are just one use of blo ...
Researchers at Microsoft have created an artificial intelligence that can translate from English to Chinese and vice versa, as accurately as a person can. Microsoft Logo on a building. (Image via Microsoft)   When learning English for the first time, most ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers urge students against using google translate or any translation tool to translate from English to their first language. The reason is that the translation is not always accurate; the tool used t ...
No, this is not a joke. Virtual nation Asgardia is journeying to space and is taking over 300,000 citizens for the ride. The entire nation of Asgardia is housed on this satellite. (Photo from Asgardia)   First there was the robot citizen in Saudi Arabia, now comes a virtual nation launched into space. No, it’s not an article from The Onion, this is actually happening. Asgardia is the virtual nation created by Russian scientist Igor Ashurbeyli. He started the nation last year and so f ...
Goodwin's model circle as described in section 2 of the bill. It has a diameter of 10 and a stated circumference of "32" (not 31.4159~); the chord of 90° has length stated as "7" (not 7.0710~). (via Wiki)   Edward J. Goodwin believed he successfully squared the circle and attempted to get it validated by turning it into an Indiana State law in 1897.   Indiana Pi bill, House Bill 246, reads as follows:   "The diameter employed as the linear unit according to the present rul ...
Professor Stephen Hawking (Image via REX/Shutterstock)   “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. “He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever,” said Stephen Hawk ...
(Image credit: Greg Goebel via Wikipedia)   In the US, there is new investment into the declining coal industry as America’s leading power producer, which is now dominated by natural gas, accounting for 34% of the country’s electricity. To put that into perspective, as of 2016 coal produces 30% of US power followed by nuclear at 20%, renewables (solar, wind, hydro, etc.) at 15% and petroleum at 1%, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).   There are se ...
Hon Hai Precision Industry, the cornerstone company for Foxconn Technology Group, will turn to the stock market to fund its desire to make the company a leader in manufacturing worldwide. But first Foxconn needs to heal its wounds. (Logos via Hon Hai & Foxconn)   Founded in 1974 by Terry Gou, Hon Hai Precision Industry is a company built on the idea that the world could not thrive without electronics. With his $7,500, Gou started a company that became a benchmark for other companies in ...