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Rockets are heading to Mars. Artificial intelligence is creating arts and music. Genome technologies are finding new ways to help us stay healthy. So many tech developments happen everyday. We are sharing the most exciting ones with you here. Enjoy!

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12/5/2020

news.cornell.edu

Stretchable sensor gives robots and VR a human touch

Cornell researchers have created a fiber-optic sensor that combines low-cost LEDs and dyes, resulting in a stretchable “skin” that detects deformations such as pressure, bending and strain.

Why we like it

Cornell researchers create an immersive technology between robots and VR to aid in future uses for physical therapy and sport medicine.

12/4/2020

bbc.co.uk

Five animals that have inspired modern technology

Scientists hope that copying how snakes slither could help them develop new hard-wearing paints and surfaces. Here are five more animals that have inspired new technology.

Why we like it

Here's how learning from animals has contributed to the invention of new technologies.

12/4/2020

sandiegouniontribune.com

Scripps Oceanography to build fleet of robotic ocean floats

The array of floats will monitor ocean conditions around the globe

Why we like it

Robots floating in the ocean will gather information that will help us learn about the ecosystems we have longed to discover.

11/23/2020

forbes.com

Cell-Free Technology Comes Of Age: BioBits Is Changing The Way We Teach Biology

Biology is an expensive field to dabble in, but $100 is enough to provide a classroom’s worth of BioBits kits. Since there are no live organisms like bacteria, expensive equipment necessary for the most basic biology lab — freezers, incubators, and sterile tools — are no longer a limiting factor.

Why we like it

Teaching has dramatically changed since COVID-19. Here's how these biology kits are transforming the way students are learning.

11/22/2020

asunow.asu.edu

Algae engineering: A stepping stone to sustainable solutions

An ASU research center explores uses of biochemicals produced by algae to provide renewable energy, cleaner fuels, improve wastewater treatment and restore environmental health.

Why we like it

As researchers find alternative forms of energy sources, they look to algae and the way it harvests energy from sunlight.

11/21/2020

theverge.com

AI camera operator repeatedly confuses bald head for soccer ball during live stream

An AI camera operator with ‘ball-tracking technology’ infuriated soccer fans last month when it kept on confusing a linesman’s bald head for the soccer ball. The technology was deployed to unintentionally hilarious effect by Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC.

Why we like it

Funny, but not funny. :) AI mistakenly identifies a man's head for a soccer ball.

11/20/2020

hbr.org

What Data Scientists Really Do, According to 35 Data Scientists

It’s not all about deep learning.

Why we like it

Have you ever wondered what Data Scientists do? They leverage the power of machine learning and data analytics to build a strong foundation for companies.

11/19/2020

helpnetsecurity.com

How to apply data protection best practices to the 2020 presidential election

It’s safe to assume that presidential election data is one of the most critical sets of information that we need to protect today.

Why we like it

Data protection is a critical priority for leaders in 2020, especially with the 2020 presidential election.

11/18/2020

bbc.com

The technologies that could transform aging

Providing a growing older generation with a dignified and independent life means doing more with less – and governments and industry are looking to cutting-edge technology to help.

Why we like it

Technology is being used in a variety of ways to help the elderly.

11/17/2020

physics.aps.org

Physics - How Speaking Creates Droplets That May Spread COVID-19

High-speed video reveals the process that produces airborne saliva droplets during speech and also shows that lip balm can reduce droplet production.

Why we like it

Physics looks to saliva as the primary spreader of the coronavirus.

11/16/2020

quantamagazine.org

Quanta Magazine

A small community of mathematicians is using a software program called Lean to build a new digital repository. They hope it represents the future of their field

Why we like it

This software application uses advanced algorithms to solve mathematical proofs and help students find answers to their toughest math problems quickly.

11/15/2020

analyticsindiamag.com

What Can Video Games Teach About Data Science

Studies have suggested that video games and the gaming industry is one of the most engaging ways to develop perceptual, cognitive, behavioural, affective and motivational impacts and outcomes in an individual.

Why we like it

Learn how machine learning, programming, data analytics, math, and statistics are used to build video games.

11/14/2020

newscentermaine.com

Mainers invited to name new micro-animal species discovered in Bangor

John Bapst Memorial High School student Noelle Killarney and invertebrate zoologist Dr. Emma Perry discovered a new species of tardigrade in the Bangor City Forest.

Why we like it

New species of organisms are always being discovered. In particular, a new species of the indestructible "water bear" has been discovered in Maine.

11/13/2020

bbc.com

Great Barrier Reef: Scientists find reef taller than Empire State Building

Standing 500m (1,640ft) tall, the "blade-like" reef was found off Australia's far north.

Why we like it

Scientists are using data mapping and underwater imagery to help understand the newly discovered reef that is taller than New York's skyscrappers.

11/12/2020

nasa.gov

NASA’s SOFIA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon.

Why we like it

Scientists used a high power telescope and a jetliner to identify water on Earth's moon.

11/11/2020

purdue.edu

Augmented reality to provide new skills for manufacturing workforce education

Workforce education in manufacturing has traditionally been very low-tech: in-person teaching sessions, one-on-one apprenticeship, written manuals, and perhaps a video. But to keep pace with an increasing skills gap, some manufacturers are now turning to augmented and virtual reality to teach their workers new skills.

Why we like it

The next generation of manufacturing workers is gaining hands-on experience by through the use of augmented reality glasses.

11/10/2020

wm.edu

W&M iGEM engineers possible COVID-19 therapeutic using mathematical models

As the race for a COVID-19 vaccine presses on throughout the globe, a team of budding synthetic biologists at William & Mary are researching another equally critical tool in the fight against the novel coronavirus – therapeutics.

Why we like it

Students are pioneering COVID-19 therapeutics to help relieve ill patients.

11/9/2020

forbes.com

Sparx Technology Helps Viewers ‘Engage’ With Live TV Sports And News

A small company called Sparx Technology is helping programming networks and global brands to create innovative avenues for consumer engagement, particularly in traditional TV live sports and news.

Why we like it

This software platform can help predict the winner of a sporting event before it even starts.

11/9/2020

phys.org

Secrets behind 'Game of Thrones' unveiled by data science and network theory

What are the secrets behind one of the most successful fantasy series of all time? How has a story as complex as "Game of Thrones" enthralled the world and how does it compare to other narratives?

Why we like it

Researchers come together to analyze the Game of Thrones through data science and network theory.

11/9/2020

hbr.org

A Simple Tactic That Could Help Reduce Bias in AI

Consider the principle behind blind taste tests.

Why we like it

Scientists are finding practical ways they can reduce the bias in AI to make its decision making more neutral.

11/8/2020

time.com

How AI Could Help Video Gamers Create the Games They Want

As AI research moved into the subfield of machine learning, video games emerged as a similarly suitable testbed

Why we like it

Researchers are developing software that trains AI to make really cool video games.

11/7/2020

theconversation.com

Older people like President Trump are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages

Older coronavirus patients face grimmer outlooks. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.

Why we like it

This article does a great job of explaining our body's immune system and how it changes as we get older.

11/6/2020

nasa.gov

OSIRIS-REx TAGs Surface of Asteroid Bennu | NASA

Captured on Oct. 20, 2020 during the OSIRIS-REx mission’s Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event, this series of images shows the SamCam imager’s field of view as the NASA spacecraft approaches and touches down on asteroid Bennu’s surface, over 200 million miles (321 million km) away from Earth.

Why we like it

NASA publishes a few eye-catching videos of a recent sampling collection of an asteroid.

11/5/2020

newscentermaine.com

Maine company makes firefighting robots

Howe and Howe Technologies in Waterboro, Maine makes robots designed to help fight fires.

Why we like it

A Maine-based company has created and deployed a robot that assists firefighters and extinguishing fires.

11/5/2020

technologyreview.com

A VR film/game with AI characters can be different every time you watch or play

Agence is neither a film nor a game, which has frustrated some critics, but it gives a taste of what the future of AI film-making could be.

Why we like it

AI is being integrated into films, making movie watching a more interactive experience for viewers.

11/5/2020

medicalxpress.com

Discoveries reshape understanding of gut microbiome

The human gut is home to microorganisms that outnumber our cells by a factor of 10 to 1. Now, discoveries by scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have redefined how the so-called gut microbiome operates and how our bodies coexist with some of the 100 trillion bacteria that make it up.

Why we like it

Your gut is home to millions of microorganisms. This articles explains how the health of our gut can affect how likely you are to contract diseases or other illnesses.

11/4/2020

news.microsoft.com

How CropData is enabling small farmers in India dream big

Using AI, blockchain, and Cloud, CropData is connecting small farmers in India directly with buyers and enabling them earn a viable living.

Why we like it

Software created by Microsoft has helped farmers in rural India make a living for themselves by leveraging the power of AI, Cloud, and blockchain technologies.

11/3/2020

cnn.com

This coral scientist is fighting to save the world's reefs

Marine biologist Emma Camp studies the planet's most resilient corals, hoping they can one day be used to replenish reefs degraded by climate change.

Why we like it

Coral reefs are being destroyed by the increase in our ocean's water temperature. Researchers are finding new ways to replenish the millions of coral reefs that have been lost due to climate change.

11/2/2020

wsj.com

Snapchat’s Augmented-Reality Lenses Find Their Way to the Ballpark

Major League Baseball’s app now has six lenses made with Snapchat’s technology. And Snap is looking for more partners to share its AR vision.

Why we like it

Augmented reality allows users to apply filters to their photos to enhance the fan experience at baseball games.

11/1/2020

princeton.edu

Robots and humans collaborate to revolutionize architecture

Two Princeton professors, architect Stefana Parascho and engineer Sigrid Adriaenssens, used industrial robots to create the striking and unique LightVault of 338 transparent glass bricks

Why we like it

Robots are making construction more sustainable. Research at Princeton demonstrates two robots working together to build a glass arch.