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Rescue Drone Can Be Used To Spot Survivors In A Disaster Zone

Plenty of humanitarian and first-responder agencies are interested in drone technology. Capable of being rapidly deployed after a potential disaster, and immune to being negatively impacted by things like damaged roads and bridges, drones can play a vital role in rescue efforts. But while many agencies have focused on applications like delivering medical supplies, a …

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Dear robots: If you come to steal our jobs, please take these ones first

The question of whether we can automate away a certain number of jobs has long since been answered. Professions such as switchboard operator, lift operator, toll bridge money collector and more have long since been automated almost entirely out of existence. Over the coming decades, it’s likely that huge numbers of other jobs will also …

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Elon Musk Sends First Tweet Via SpaceX’s Starlink Internet Satellites

Elon Musk has just sent the first tweet via SpaceX’s internet satellites, a feat that goes some way to showing that Starlink isn’t just pie in the sky. Starlink is an ambitious multi-billion-dollar project with the goal to beam cheap broadband to communities around the world where internet connectivity is currently unreliable, too pricey, or …

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ServiceNow announces Bill McDermott as new CEO days after his exit from SAP

Days after exiting as SAP’s chief executive officer, Bill McDermott has been named the CEO of ServiceNow, the software company announced today. McDermott is replacing John Donahoe, whose exit from the company was announced at the same time in a separate press release. Danohoe is moving on to become the CEO of Nike after serving …

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Augmented Reality Gives Surgeons X-Ray Vision When They Operate

Imagine what a boon it would be to surgeons’ lifesaving abilities if they were granted X-ray vision while operating on patients. That’s exactly what a new startup called MediView XR, spinning out of the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, wants to make possible — and it’s all thanks to the power of augmented reality (AR). …

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Expert Argues that Fears of Automation are Overblown

For many people, the word “automation” conjures up dystopian scenes of humans versus machines. A future in which people set aside our differences to oppose the sleek, metallic products of our own engineering. Few but growth-minded business types get a warm-and-fuzzy feeling of optimism when the word “automation” comes up. And for good reason. There’s …

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Report Calls for Changes to Rules About Contamination of Other Worlds

This artist’s concept depicts astronauts and human habitats on Mars. NASA A new report has called for NASA to update its rules preventing the spread of viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms to other planets in the course of space exploration. The report was written by the Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPIRB), a recently created …

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IBM and McAfee launch Open Cybersecurity Alliance to help vendors interoperate

LAS VEGAS — McAfee and IBM Security have announced that they are the founding members of the Open Cybersecurity Alliance (OCA), a group of 18 companies whose goal is to foster interoperability and easy integration between security vendors. The project is under the auspices of OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), a …

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Hubble Images Galactic Visitor, Interstellar Comet 2i/Borisov

On 12 October 2019, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observed Comet 2I/Borisov at a distance of approximately 420 million kilometers from Earth. The comet is believed to have arrived here from another planetary system elsewhere in our galaxy. NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt (UCLA) Hubble has captured an image of a comet that is believed to …

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How to Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower This Week

Barcroft Media/Getty Images Turn your eyes to the skies the next few nights to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Orionid meteor shower. The annual shower will begin tonight, October 18, and continue for several days, peaking between October 20 and 22. The meteors that make up the shower are the remnants of one of …

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California’s New Quake-alert App Could Protect You From Injury or Worse

A couple of powerful earthquakes in Southern California in July came just a few months before this week’s 30th anniversary of the catastrophic San Francisco Bay tremor that killed more than 60 people. The two quakes were a sobering reminder of scientists’ predictions of another major tremor hitting the region within the next 30 years. …

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Scientists Want to Implant Mini Human Brains in Animals

SubstanceP/Getty Images It sounds like something out of a 1980s horror movie, but medical researchers are now able to transplant human “mini-brains,” also known as brain organoids, into animals like rats. As gruesome as it may sound to implant human brain tissue into animals, this research provides a way to safely research diseases and health …

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