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Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government
23rd May 2017 | | Tech

Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online.

“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it states. “We disagree.”

How Will We Keep Our Thoughts Private in the Age of Mind-Reading Tech?
23rd May 2017 | Tech

Two new studies by the University of Alabama and the University of Washington have revealed the malicious possibilities lurking in the shadows of impressive promises of brain-computer interface (BCI) developers: the ability to access PINs and other private information.

Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers
23rd May 2017 | Tech

At its I/O ’17 conference this week, Google shared details of its AutoML project, an artificial intelligence that can assist in the creation of other AIs. By automating some of the complicated process, AutoML could make machine learning more accessible to non-experts.

Stars as random number generators could test foundations of physics
22nd May 2017 | Space, Tech

Stars, quasars, and other celestial objects generate photons in a random way, and now scientists have taken advantage of this randomness to generate random numbers at rates of more than one million numbers per second. Generating random numbers at very high rates has a variety of applications, such as in cryptography and computer simulations.

Mountains of waste could lead to new US manufacturing, jobs
21st May 2017 | Earth, Tech

Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars.

“We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how to make good quality carbon fiber from waste,”

The Pacific Ocean Is One Step Closer to Being Almost Totally Debris-Free
21st May 2017 | Earth, Tech

The Ocean Cleanup has announced an update to its pollution-collecting technology. Company founder Boyan Slat claims it will be able to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in as few as five years.

A Robot Can Print This $32,000 House in as Little as 8 Hours
21st May 2017 | Tech

PassivDom uses a 3D printing robot that can print the walls, roof, and floor of a 380-square-foot model home in about eight hours. When complete, the homes are autonomous and mobile, meaning they don’t need to connect to external electrical and plumbing systems.

Lowe’s rolls out robot exosuits to improve employee productivity
21st May 2017 | | Tech

Lowe’s and Virginia Tech partnered to develop a wearable robotic suit with lift-assist technology to help employees more easily move products and avoid muscle fatigue.

Related: Robotic exoskeleton could prevent falls among the elderly

Brain zaps let minimally conscious people communicate for a week
21st May 2017 | | Tech

People in a minimally conscious state have been “woken” for a whole week after a brief period of brain stimulation. The breakthrough suggests we may be on the verge of creating a device that can be used at home to help people with disorders of consciousness communicate with friends and family.

Related: Could Magnetic Brain Stimulation Help People with Alzheimer’s?

Scientists Transplanted A Rat’s Head Onto Another Rat, Hoping to Replicate It in Humans
21st May 2017 | Tech

In a rather shocking experiment, Chinese researchers grafted the head of a smaller rat onto a bigger one while keeping the brain safe from possible damage due to blood loss. Their technique could one day be useful for human head transplants.

MIT’s “Portable Translator” Can Convert Text to Braille in Real-Time
21st May 2017 | Tech

MIT engineering students have invented a portable device that translates text into braille in real time, and they hope to sell it for less than $200. This cheap alternative to existing technologies will make both books and braille more accessible to the blind community.

Terahertz spectroscopy—the new tool to detect art fraud
21st May 2017 | Ancient, Tech

When we look at a painting, how do we know it’s a genuine piece of art?

Everything we see with the unaided eye in a painting – from the Australian outback images of Albert Namatjira or Russell Drysdale, to the vibrant works of Pro Hart – is thanks to the mix of colours that form part of the visible spectrum.

An Algorithm Summarizes Lengthy Text Surprisingly Well
20th May 2017 | | Tech

Training software to accurately sum up information in documents could have great impact in many fields, such as medicine, law, and scientific research.

Software That Reads Emotions Could Be Used to Catch Criminals Before They Act
20th May 2017 | Tech

A firm has created facial recognition software that works together with surveillance cameras to identify emotions on faces. This may allow for real time crime prevention as violent facial expressions are recognized.

UK police will start using AI to decide whether suspects should be kept in custody
20th May 2017 | | Tech

UK police in the city of Durham, England, are prepared to go live with a predictive artificial intelligence system that will determine whether a suspect should be kept in custody

3-D-printed ‘bionic skin’ could give robots the sense of touch
20th May 2017 | Tech

Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. The discovery is also a major step forward in printing electronics on real human skin.

Hydrogen Bonds Have Been Directly Detected For The First Time
20th May 2017 | | Tech

For the first time ever, physicists have managed to directly detect a hydrogen bond within a single molecule – meaning we can now observe the smallest and most abundant element in the Universe in ways that scientists could only ever theorise about.

Alt: Physicists Got Their First Look at the Bond That Holds Most of Our Universe Together

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