Tim Dooley

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Exoskeletons debut at Ford factories

Staff will now be augmented by exoskeletons in Ford factories across the world.<p>Following successful trials, Ford will now offer employees the use of …

Exoskeletons

Air Force silent after 2-kiloton meteor hits Earth near base

A meteor hit Earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotons of force in July, but the Air Force has made no mention of the event.<p>NASA’s Jet Propulsion …

Military

A world-leading technologist on what the year 2038 will look like

Currently Senior Maverick at <i>Wired</i> magazine, <b>Kevin Kelly</b> helped launch the magazine and was its executive editor for its first seven years. He has …

Artificial Intelligence

Planet at Risk of Heading Towards Apocalyptic, Irreversible ‘Hothouse Earth’ State

We only have 10-20 years to fix this.<p>This summer people have been suffering and dying because of heat waves and wildfires in many parts of the world. The past three years were the warmest ever recorded, and 2018 is likely to follow suit. What we do in the next 10-20 years will determine whether our …

Climate Change

This Italian Town Once Welcomed Migrants. Now, It’s a Symbol for Right-Wing Politics

MACERATA, Italy — At the end of his shooting rampage as the police closed in, Luca Traini climbed the steps of a Fascist-era monument, wrapped himself in an Italian flag and straightened his arm in a Fascist salute.<p>He had shot and wounded six African migrants — from Ghana, Mali and Nigeria — in …

Democratic Party

Weird New Quantum Diamonds Offer Hope for a Quantum Internet

“Diamonds are forever” is a cliche that fails to fully encapsulate the many strange properties of diamonds. But a new kind of diamond, one loaded …

High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too

One of the best-selling T-shirts for the Indian e-commerce site Myntra is an olive, blue and yellow colorblocked design. It was conceived not by a human but by a computer algorithm — or rather two algorithms.<p>The first algorithm generated random images that it tried to pass off as clothing. The …

Artificial Intelligence

Astronaut Chris Hadfield says we could have gone to Mars decades ago — here's why we haven't

Chris Hadfield is best known for recording David Bowie's song "Space Oddity" in zero gravity. But his real accomplishment is an incredible amount of space travel.<p>From 1995 to 2013, Hadfield flew inside two NASA space shuttles and a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and lived aboard the International Space …

Space Science

Inside the creepy and impressive startup funded by the Chinese government that is developing AI that can recognize anyone, anywhere

A computer system that can track and identify any face anywhere may sound like science fiction, but, in China, two such companies are barreling ahead at making such technology an everyday reality.<p>The two startups, SenseTime and Megvii, are developing competing facial recognition platforms powered …

Artificial Intelligence

The NASA spacecraft that will journey to the Sun just got its super deluxe heat shield

Industrial sunblock<p>In August, NASA will launch a new interplanetary spacecraft to “touch” the Sun — and the vehicle just got its super durable heat shield for the trip. At the end of June, engineers installed the protective shield on the craft, dubbed the Parker Solar Probe, in Florida, where it’s …

Astronomy

Chinese AI beats 15 doctors in tumor diagnosis competition

An AI system has wiped the floor with some of China’s top doctors when it comes to diagnosing brain tumors and predicting hematoma expansion.<p>As reported by Xinhua, the system defeated a team comprised of 15 of China’s top doctors by a margin of two to one. The AI, BioMind, was developed by the</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

NASA Is Funding A Concept To Turn Asteroids Into Spaceships

So we can mine them<p>American companies are itching to get their hands on the gold, platinum, and other minerals that asteroids are thought to contain. But although the U.S. has laid the legal groundwork for asteroid mining, the technological challenges are still significant.<p>One of those challenges …

Space Exploration

Cheetah 3 robot overcomes obstacles while galloping blind

It's one thing to make a robot that can run around, but what about one that can do it blind? MIT's new Cheetah 3 quadrupedal robot answers that …

Alphabet X’s Project Loon headed next for Kenya

Alphabet’s X incubator lab is expanding long-term deployment of Project Loon to Africa for the first time.<p>The initiative broadcasts internet signals …

Chinese firm claims its laser rifle burns clothes and skin up to 800m away

A Chinese firm wants to arm the country’s police forces with a whole new kind of weapon for the battlefield: an assault rifle that fires lasers and can burn your clothes and skin from up to 800m away. Oh, and those lasers are silent, invisible, and can pass through glass windows too.<p>The rifle (not …

This AI can see people through walls. Here's how.

Besides artificial intelligence, you also need radio waves.<p>Radio signals coupled with artificial intelligence have allowed researchers to do something fascinating: see skeleton-like representations of people moving on the other side of a wall. And while it sounds like the kind of technology a SWAT …

Clouds Are No Problem for New Bacteria-Powered Solar Panels

A pretty useful trick.<p>Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new kind of solar cell that can convert sunlight into electricity, but instead of using electronics like most solar cells, this particular invention relies on bacteria.<p>Many bacteria are already capable of …

Clean Energy

Nuclear weapons are as confusing as they are deadly — here are 16 terms you keep hearing and what they actually mean

Nuclear weapons are humankind's most fearsome creations.<p>In a matter of minutes, one nuclear-armed nation can level dozens of cities, spread radioactive fallout for hundreds or thousands of miles, and wreck Earth's climate.<p>Most people are familiar with the basics: Slap together enough uranium or …

North Korea

Here's what future Mars and lunar space colonies could look like

The habitats feature inflatable pods and modules covered in Martian or lunar "cement" to protect them from radiation and asteroid strikes.<p>British architect Norman Foster is known for his designs here on Earth, but now his firm Foster + Partners is looking to expand its portfolio into the cosmos, …

Space Science

Japan floods: At least 60 killed in deluges and landslides

<b>Flooding and landslides have killed at least 60 people and left dozens missing in western areas of Japan.</b><p>Most of the deaths have occurred in Hiroshima prefecture, which has been hit by torrential rain since Thursday. Hundreds of homes have been damaged.<p>About 1.5 million people have been ordered to …

Exomoons: On the hunt for distant worlds

<b>The search for exoplanets, which orbit distant stars, has opened up a whole galaxy of worlds beyond our own. Over 3,700 have been discovered to date, but they may have companions.</b><p>Since the first confirmed discovery of planets beyond our own Solar System over 20 years ago, we have known that our …

New Study Says We Could Be Alone in the Universe

There's a good chance that humans are the only intelligent life in the galaxy, according to a new study submitted to the journal <i>Proceedings of the</i> …

Many asteroids might be remnants of five destroyed worlds, scientists say

In the beginning, the solar system was little more than a cloud of dust and gas. Then cold temperatures caused the center of the cloud to collapse, forming the sun. The newborn star lit up with nuclear fusion, sending light and heat out into the spinning circumstellar disk. Soon that material …

Universe

Scientists can predict intelligence from brain scans

If you've ever lied about your IQ to seem more intelligent, it's time to fess up. Scientists can now tell how smart you are just by looking at a scan …

European Wikipedia sites go dark to protest copyright reform

If you check Wikipedia's Spanish and Italian editions while in Europe, you'll find yourself facing a wall of text and no means to access its articles. Both pages have gone dark ahead of the European Parliament's final vote on the controversial EU Copyright Directive, which is the first time the …

European Parliament

AI, people, and society

In an essay about his science fiction, Isaac Asimov reflected that “it became very common…to picture robots as dangerous devices that invariably …

Great Barrier Reef Imperiled as Heat Worsens Die-Offs, Experts Say

SYDNEY, Australia — Scientists have again sounded the alarm about Australia’s imperiled Great Barrier Reef, saying that by the 2030s it could see devastating mass bleachings as often as every two years unless greenhouse gas emissions are drastically reduced.<p>“This would effectively sign the death …

Tropical Forests Suffered 2nd-Worst Loss Of Trees On Record Last Year

Last year marked another record year of loss for tropical forests.<p>About 39 million acres of tree cover disappeared in 2017 – an area the size of Bangladesh – according to data released Wednesday by the World Resources Institute. That amounts to 40 football fields every minute for a whole year, …

Forests

No Warning: Witnesses describe how Indian police shot and killed smelter protesters

THOOTHUKUDI, India (Reuters) - Police in the port city of Thoothukudi in southern India gave no warning last Tuesday before firing with live ammunition on protesters seeking the closure of a copper smelter owned by London-listed Vedanta Resources Plc, according to 16 witnesses interviewed by …

Tamil Nadu

After attempts at censorship, National Park Service finally releases climate change report

Confederate cannon balls plunged into the brick walls of Fort Sumter at the outset of the Civil War, forcing Union troops to surrender. A century and …