Tom Raftery

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Trial of anti-ageing drugs that rejuvenate immune system hailed a success

Scientists have hailed the success of a clinical trial which found that experimental anti-ageing drugs may protect older people from potentially fatal respiratory infections by rejuvenating their immune systems.<p>In a trial involving people aged 65 and over, those who received a combination therapy …

Immunotherapy

DNA 'barcode' delivering personalised breast cancer care

<b>Scientists in Cambridge say advances in genetics are set to transform the treatment of breast cancer, making it more personalised to each patient.</b><p>All women there diagnosed with breast cancer have their entire genetic code mapped.<p>Doctors say it is helping them chose the right treatment and predict …

Cancer

Babylon claims its chatbot beats GPs at medical exam

<b>Claims that a chatbot can diagnose medical conditions as accurately as a GP have sparked a row between the software's creators and UK doctors.</b><p>Babylon, the company behind the NHS GP at Hand app, says its follow-up software achieves medical exam scores that are on-par with human doctors.<p>It revealed …

Artificial Intelligence

Titanium-Gold Alloy: Physicists Combine Gold with Titanium And Quadruple Its Strength

The Gold Standard<p>When it comes to bone replacements, the go-to material is still titanium. Hard, wear-resistant, and compatible to the body, titanium …

Electric vehicle boom no sweat, says National Grid

National Grid has said the power system could cope with an overnight boom in electric vehicles (EVs) and that the extra generation capacity required …

Bosch Says It's Made a Breakthrough That Can Save Diesel Engines

Robert Bosch GmbH said its engineers have developed a new diesel-exhaust system that cuts emissions far below legal limits taking effect in 2020 and …

Ochsner Health System: Preventing cardiac arrests with AI that predicts which patients will ‘code’ | Transform

In modern hospitals, doctors and nurses are trained to rush into action when a patient “codes” – suffers a cardiac or respiratory arrest and needs …

Mosquito early warning app detects the insects from their buzz

Artificial intelligence researchers have developed a mosquito early warning system that raises the alarm when the insects are near by detecting the whine of their wingbeats.<p>The system uses an app that can run on a £20 mobile phone to analyse sounds in the environment and issue a warning if it hears …

Mosquitoes

Monarch is a new platform from surgical robot pioneer Frederic Moll

Auris Health (née Auris Surgical Robots) has done a pretty good job flying under the radar, in spite of raising a massive amount of capital and listing one of the key people behind the da Vinci surgical robot among its founders. With FDA clearance finally out of the way, however, the Redwood …

Robotics

Samsung files patent for blood pressure tracking smartwatch

Smartwatches can keeps tabs on steps, heart rate and sleep but none of them can measure your blood pressure. At least not with great precision. But …

Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes

Experts say it could provide a simpler way to predict cardiovascular risk<p>Scientists from Google and its health-tech subsidiary Verily have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning. By analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye, the company’s …

Microsoft wants to use AI and machine learning to discover a cure for cancer

Microsoft Takes on Cancer<p>Earlier this year, Microsoft launched Healthcare NExT, a new initiative that aims to bring together artificial intelligence, …

Machine Learning

No safety driver in Waymo's self-driving car taxi fleet

<b>Self-driving car company Waymo has said it is confident enough in its technology to ditch the human safety driver and open up its fleet to the public.</b><p>Companies testing autonomous cars typically have a human on hand ready to step in if the car malfunctions.<p>But Waymo, owned by Google parent company …

Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children's Hospital In Puerto Rico

Tesla has used its solar panels and batteries to restore reliable electricity at San Juan's Hospital del Niño (Children's Hospital), in what company founder Elon Musk calls "the first of many solar+battery Tesla projects going live in Puerto Rico."<p>The project came about after Puerto Rico was hit by …

Puerto Rico

Electric cars emit 50% less greenhouse gas than diesel, study finds

<b>Exclusive</b>: researchers calculated the total lifecycle emissions of an electric car, including its manufacture, battery manufacture, and all of its energy consumption<p>Electric cars emit significantly less greenhouse gases over their lifetimes than diesel engines even when they are powered by the most …

Electric Vehicles

'This is the future': solar-powered family car hailed by experts

As the annual solar race across Australia wraps up, a Dutch entry averaged 69kmh from Darwin to Adelaide and resupplied the grid<p>A futuristic family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid has been hailed as “the future” as the annual World Solar Challenge …

Renewable Energy

Dubai starts testing crewless two-person ‘flying taxis’

Dubai has a target for autonomous transport to account for a quarter of total trips by 2030<p>Dubai has test-flown an uncrewed two-seater drone designed to transport people autonomously. Called the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT), the city claims the vehicle will be the world’s first “self-flying taxi …

General Motors Is Going All Electric

After more than a century peddling vehicles that pollute the atmosphere, General Motors is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. This …

Airbus on track to fly its electric aerial taxi in 2018

Airbus is looking to put its flying taxi in the air next year, confirmed CityAirbus chief engineer Marius Bebesel this week. The schedule is on track after CityAirbus conducted successful ground tests of the electric power system it’s using to propel the vehicle through the air.<p>The CityAirbus craft …

Autonomous Vehicle

Catholic church to make record divestment from fossil fuels

More than 40 Catholic institutions will make largest ever faith-based divestment, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi<p>More than 40 Catholic institutions are to announce the largest ever faith-based divestment from fossil fuels, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of …

Energy

California Considers Following China With Combustion-Engine Car Ban

The internal combustion engine’s days may be numbered in California, where officials are mulling whether a ban on sales of polluting autos is needed …

China’s Renewable-Energy Revolution, by Jiang Kejun & Jonathan Woetzel

BEIJING – At the start of 2017, China announced that it would invest $360 billion in renewable energy by 2020 and scrap plans to build 85 coal-fired …

Mercedes-Benz will electrify its entire car lineup by 2022

Mercedes-Benz is the latest automaker to embrace electrification, announcing that it will be electrifying its entire vehicle lineup by 2022. Get used to it: Car makers are going to be making these announcements at an increasing clip, especially now that China, the most important car market in the …

Automotive Industry

Nuclear plans 'should be rethought after fall in offshore windfarm costs'

Lib Dems and green groups say reduced price of state support should sound death knell for plants such as Hinkley Point C<p>The government is under pressure to reconsider its commitment to a new generation of nuclear power stations after the cost of offshore wind power reached a record low.<p>Experts said …

Green Energy

Volkswagen plans electric option for all models by 2030

<b>Volkswagen, the world's biggest carmaker, will offer an electric version of all its 300 models by 2030, becoming the latest manufacturer to move away from petrol and diesel.</b><p>VW will double investment in zero-emission vehicles to 20bn euros (£18bn) as it seeks to put the diesel emissions scandal …

China Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race

China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, becoming the biggest market to do so in a move that will …

Uber: London drivers must use hybrid or fully electric cars from 2020

Ride-hailing service says it is aiming to tackle pollution by banning vehicles that do not have an electric motor<p>Uber drivers will be banned from using vehicles that are not a hybrid or fully electric in London from 2020, as part of a plan to help tackle illegal levels of air pollution in the …

Lilium raises $90M Series B for all-electric flying taxi

Imagine some time in the not-so-distant future. After making your way to the nearest community landing strip, you’ll pull out your phone, and, with a single tap, hail the closest air taxi to take you to your chosen destination. The experience will have Uber-like convenience but the mode of …

Aviation

China's Booming Autonomous Car Opportunity

<i>By Tasha Keeney, ARK Analyst</i><p>According to ARK's research models, China will become one of the largest markets for autonomous mobility-as-a-service, …

How BMW Uses Artificial Intelligence And Big Data To Design And Build Cars Of Tomorrow

BMW creates some of the most high-tech cars we have yet seen. The German giant builds 2.5 million vehicles every year and sells them all over the world.<p>But technology is not just limited to the cars it builds, its business model is built on Big Data which drives everything it does across design, …

Artificial Intelligence