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Drones keep dropping drugs and porn into prisons
23rd June 2017 | | Tech

A new report from USA Today found that drones have been used more than a dozen times to fly contraband into federal prisons over the last five years, as scattered reports suggest the smuggling operations have proven popular.

Dutch firm aims to deliver first flying car in 2018
23rd June 2017 | | Tech

From “The Jetsons” to “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, flying cars have long captured the imagination.

While several futuristic projects are under way in different countries, a Dutch design may be the first one sold and soaring into the skies.

Robots that slice, grill, assemble and bag 400 burgers an hour
22nd June 2017 | | Tech

Robots that slice, grill, assemble and bag 400 burgers in one hour could soon take over restaurants everywhere.

Momentum Machines first unveiled its autonomous grill master, which can do the work of three human burger flippers, in 2012.

Dubai’s Newest Addition to the Police Force: A Robot
22nd June 2017 | Tech

Dubai is introducing a robot to their police force to interact with citizens. Dubai’s goal is to have their police force consist of 25% robots by 2030.

DARPA Is Working to Make AI More Trustworthy
22nd June 2017 | Tech

In order to probe the AI mind, DARPA is funding research by Oregon State University that will try to understand the reasoning behind decisions made by AI systems. DARPA hopes that this will make AI more trustworthy.

AI ‘good for the world’… says ultra-lifelike robot
22nd June 2017 | Tech

Sophia smiles mischievously, bats her eyelids and tells a joke. Without the mess of cables that make up the back of her head, you could almost mistake her for a human.

Alt: SophiaBot Asks You to be Nice So She Can Learn Human Compassion
Related: Elon Musk Says Deep AI, Not Automation, Poses the Real Risk for Humanity

Could AI soon diagnose cancer? New system that ‘doctors can rely on’ is 93% accurate in identifying tumours
22nd June 2017 | | Tech

Cancer patients could soon have their disease diagnosed by artificial intelligence, following the results of a series of trials in hospitals around the world.

IBM, the US computer firm, has revealed that its Watson artificial intelligence system is capable of accurately identifying tumours in up to 93 per cent of cases following tests on real cases.

An AI Can Now Predict How Much Longer You’ll Live
22nd June 2017 | Tech

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed an AI that can analyze CT scans to predict if a patient will die within five years with 69 percent accuracy. This system could eventually be used to save lives by providing doctors with a way to detect illnesses sooner.

By 2020, There Will Be 4 Devices for Every Human on Earth
22nd June 2017 | Tech

By 2020, there will be at least 4 internet-connected devices for every person on Earth comprising the Internet of Things. The growth of the IoT is being powered by more 5G access and falling costs, and will equalize opportunities for more people.

Scientists discover a 2-D magnet
22nd June 2017 | Space, Tech

Magnetic materials form the basis of technologies that play increasingly pivotal roles in our lives today, including sensing and hard-disk data storage. But as our innovative dreams conjure wishes for ever-smaller and faster devices, researchers are seeking new magnetic materials that are more compact, more efficient and can be controlled using precise, reliable methods.

China launches quantum satellite for ‘hack-proof’ communications
22nd June 2017 | | Space, Tech

China says it has launched the world’s first quantum satellite, a project Beijing hopes will enable it to build a coveted “hack-proof” communications system with potentially significant military and commercial applications.

Related: Theresa May to launch wide-ranging internet regulation and security changes despite not winning majority

Encrypted “Alien” Radio Signal Decrypted via Social Media
22nd June 2017 | Space, Tech

One of the more intriguing unsolved modern mysteries is the fast radio burst (FRB) phenomenon. Over the last several years, radio telescopes on Earth have been detecting more and more very brief, very powerful radio signals which originate from deep space. While astronomers have been able to locate the source of several of these signals, the exact mechanisms of their production remain a mystery.

The largest virtual universe ever simulated
21st June 2017 | Space, Tech

Researchers from the University of Zurich have simulated the formation of our entire universe with a large supercomputer. A gigantic catalogue of about 25 billion virtual galaxies has been generated from 2 trillion digital particles. This catalogue is being used to calibrate the experiments on board the Euclid satellite, that will be launched in 2020 with the objective of investigating the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

Plastic-Eating Worms Could Inspire Waste-Degrading Tools
20th June 2017 | | Animal Life, Tech

Humans produce more than 300 million metric tons of plastic every year. Almost half of that winds up in landfills, and up to 12 million metric tons pollute the oceans. So far there is no sustainable way to get rid of it, but a new study suggests an answer may lie in the stomachs of some hungry worms.

Related: Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: study

Scientists make plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide
20th June 2017 | | Tech

Some biodegradable plastics could in the future be made using sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing unsustainable plastics made from crude oil, following research by scientists from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath.

Scientists make biodegradable microbeads from cellulose
20th June 2017 | | Tech

Scientists and engineers from the University of Bath have developed biodegradable cellulose microbeads from a sustainable source that could potentially replace harmful plastic ones that contribute to ocean pollution.

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