Monthly Archives: January 2018

Ecuador is Fighting Crime Using Chinese Surveillance Technology

Ecuador has introduced a security system using monitoring technology from China, including facial recognition, as it tries to bring down its crime rate and improve emergency management, according to state-run Xinhua news agency. From a report: A network of cameras

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In the Search for Alien Life, ‘Everyone Is an Astrobiologist’

Mary Voytek, NASA’s senior scientist for astrobiology, likes to tell other researchers that “everyone is an astrobiologist; they just don’t know it yet.” From a report: What she means is that answering the question currently at the heart of astrobiology

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Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For ‘Brain-on-a-chip’ Hardware

Researchers in the emerging field of “neuromorphic computing” have attempted to design computer chips that work like the human brain. From a report: Instead of carrying out computations based on binary, on/off signaling, like digital chips do today, the elements

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The Rise Of The Contract Workforce

An anonymous reader shares a report: A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in America is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. Workers

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The Second Coming of Ultrasound

Ultrasound, which runs on piezoelectricity, is finding a second lease of life in medicine, Wired outlines. Applying voltage to a piezoelectric crystal makes it vibrate, sending out a sound wave. When the echo that bounces back is converted into electrical

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Apple Might Discontinue the MacBook Air

An anonymous reader shares a report: Just in time for its tenth anniversary, Apple might finally be killing the MacBook Air, according to a new report from Digitimes. If this is true, it’d be the first axing of a laptop

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The Mystery of the Cars Abandoned in a Robot Car Park

The mystery of why a handful of cars were abandoned in a derelict car park in Edinburgh, Capital of Scotland, may have been solved. From a report on BBC: The $7m Autosafe SkyPark used robots to stack cars and was

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Vaping Can Be Addictive and May Lure Teenagers to Smoking, Science Panel Concludes

A national panel of public health experts concluded in a report released on Tuesday that vaping with e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and that teenagers who use the devices may be put at higher risk of switching to

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Tinder’s Lack of Encryption Lets Strangers Spy on Your Swipes

Tinder’s mobile apps still lack the standard encryption necessary to keep your photos, swipes, and matches hidden from snoops, a security firm reports. From Wired: On Tuesday, researchers at Tel Aviv-based app security firm Checkmarx demonstrated that Tinder still lacks

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Firefox 58 Gets Graphics Speed Boost, Web App Abilities

Mozilla released on Tuesday a new version of its Firefox Quantum browser, boosting its graphics speed and improving a couple of new technologies designed to make the web more powerful. From a report: The browser, version 58, is the first

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