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DeepMind partnered with the Met Office to advance Nowcasting science and accurately predicting rainfall within a two-hour time window. (Image credit: Pixabay)   This is the first time I’ve been worried about AI taking a job over completely. It’s just a matter of time before meteorologists are out of the job as it sits now.   London-based DeepMind has partnered with the UK's Met Office (national weather service) to develop a system capable of predicting rainfall within a 2- ...
The ESA is sending these Raspberry Pi computers to the ISS. (Image Credit: RPi Foundation)   Raspberry Pi enthusiasts can send their code to the International Space Station (ISS) later this year,  following 2015’s Astro Pi challenge. That Principia mission successfully installed the first units aboard the ISS. Although the hardware runs code written by over 54,000 participants from 26 countries, the kit is now outdated compared to updated versions on Earth. The upgraded hardware ...
Image credit: Digital Citizen Fund   I've been following this story from the beginning. It's moved so fast. But, I think they are safe now... Here's the story.   Following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and subsequent Taliban takeover, several groups within the country began looked to flee, seeking safety and refuge. Among them, a famed Afghan all-girls robotics team, several of whom have been able to arrive safely in Qatar. All aged sixteen to eighteen, the priority for the safe ...
Stack Overflow’s 2021 developer survey reveals that coders hate the COBOL programming language the most. (Image Credit: Pakata Goh/Unsplash)   I can’t say I dislike any one programming language. Matlab was annoying in school, I suppose. C#, maybe. But, my most loved? x86 assembly for sure.   The latest developer survey results are in! Stack Overflow recently revealed that developers have a strong distaste for specific programming languages and COBOL (Common Business-Orie ...
Material Focus launched a campaign in Glasgow that focuses on recycling and reusing e-waste. This solution could help slow down the impact of rare earth mineral extraction. (Image Credit: Remade Network)   Material Focus, a non-profit organization, launched the Recycle your Electricals campaign in Glasgow to help recycle, repair or scrap some of the 527 million small electronics from UK households. The campaign utilizes local repair shops, state campaigns, and consumers that donate devices ...
Using the device, the man was able to speak at a rate of 15 words per minute. Researchers say this could be a major breakthrough for computer-mediated communication. (Image credit: UCSF)   I love developments like this. What a step forward.   People who have lost the ability to speak using their vocal cords often rely on devices that use eye or head movements to spell out words one letter at a time. There are even devices that let them control a computer cursor with their thoughts. N ...
A man paralyzed from the neck down imagined writing with a pen. The implants read his writing thoughts and displayed them on screen. (Image Credit: Stanford University)   Stanford University researchers have developed a brain-computer interface capable of interpreting a human’s writing thoughts into text. A paralyzed man with this implant typed out approximately 90 characters per minute with 94.1% accuracy by imagining they were writing on paper. The researchers put two 4x4 mm implan ...
(Image credit: Pixabay)   There's hope...   We, and everything else, live in a giant greenhouse that depends on the sun's energy to maintain a delicate balance of life. About half of the light that travels to Earth's atmosphere passes through the air and clouds before hitting its surface, where it then becomes absorbed and reflected upward in the form of IR heat. About 90% of radiated heat becomes absorbed by greenhouse gases, then radiated back to the surface in an unending cycle know ...
A team from the University of California, Berkley, have developed a new method to make plastics truly compostable. The modified plastic breaks down in less time using just heat and water. (Photo from University of California)   A little shining hope on this Earth Day. Is it just me, or are the sides of roads these days packed with plastic bottles and such? Imagine if all that garbage was made from this…   Despite regulations and efforts to reduce waste, single-use plastics con ...
This airplane was designed using the MagicDNA software and strands of DNA, coming in at 1000-times smaller than the width of a human hair. (Image credit: Ohio State University)   Scientists from Ohio State University have developed a method to design DNA robots in a matter of minutes instead of days. The breakthrough will allow the creation of tiny robots and other nanoscale devices that could deliver medicines and detect deadly pathogens from inside the body, and even be used to build inc ...
Researchers produced borophane, a 2D form of boron that is stable at standard temperatures and air pressures. Borophane could have applications for batteries, electronics, sensors, photovoltaics, and quantum computing.  (Image Credit: Mark Hersam/Northwestern University)   For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have produced borophane, a 2D form of boron that is stable at standard temperatures and air pressures. Borophane was created by bonding unstable borophene, ...
A visualization of an Alcibierre warp drive, which is expanding and contracting space-time. (Image Credit: AllenMcC/Wikimedia, Creative Commons)   We might be seeing warp drives that would enable faster space travel in the future. I doubt any time soon though. Two researchers at Applied Physics claim they have created the first physical model for a warp drive, which could allow spacecraft to travel faster than the speed of light. They say this could be achieved without breaking the laws o ...
These ultrathin OLED tattoos are only 2.3 micrometers thick. (Image Credit: Jonathon Barsotti/Italian Institute of Technology)   Tattoos have been around for thousands of years as a way for people to express themselves, but now they can be used differently. Scientists at the University College London (UCL) and the Italian Institute of Technology have created a futuristic tattoo that uses the same OLEDs seen in smartphones and TVs. These (temporary) tattoos could have some unique medical ap ...
Microsoft Mesh allows users in different physical locations to meet in a shared virtual environment. Participants appear either as a customized avatar or as themselves. (Image Credit: Microsoft)   During the Microsoft Ignite developer conference on March 2nd, Microsoft unveiled Mesh, a real-time mixed-reality communication platform. It’s an impressive innovation! The main idea behind this is to allow people from different physical locations to join a virtual environment. Holoportatio ...
Mohsen Azadi, the paper’s lead author, wields a scalpel in preparation for the photophoretic experiment. (Image Credit: Eric Sucar, University Communications) Engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have successfully used light to levitate two small plastic plates. The team believes this concept could be applied to future spacecraft, allowing them to levitate in the mesosphere using sunlight. These could also be used for space exploration and to study the weather. NASA already has it ...

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