Deep Tech Start-Up’s Breakthrough Technology, VIPER, Brings Robotic Laboratories to Ocean Floor

VIPER model. Credit: Impossible Sensing Deep tech start-up specializing in optical sensors and edge analytics partners with BOEM to pioneer a new way to discover cleantech resources on the seafloor. Impossible Sensing, a St. Louis-based deep tech start-up specializing in optical sensors and edge analytics, partners with the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean… Continue reading Deep Tech Start-Up’s Breakthrough Technology, VIPER, Brings Robotic Laboratories to Ocean Floor

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Twitter’s new photo and video policy, explained

In response to “growing concerns” about how media is being shared on Twitter, the company said Tuesday that it was expanding its privacy protections to include images and videos of people posted without their consent. This means that Twitter will now consider removing media featuring private individuals, defined as people who do not have a… Continue reading Twitter’s new photo and video policy, explained

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Physical texture of robots influences judgments of their personality

Estimated mechanism of personality impression formation. Credit: Hisashi Ishihara Impressions of a robot’s personality can be influenced by the way it looks, sounds and feels. But now, researchers from Japan have found specific causal relationships between impressions of robot personality and body texture. In a study published in Advanced Robotics, researchers from Osaka University and… Continue reading Physical texture of robots influences judgments of their personality

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Next-gen Air Force pilot helmets are almost here

This story originally featured on Task & Purpose. Pilots of fixed-wing Air Force aircraft have been wearing the same helmet for nearly 40 years, but that could soon change with a new brain bucket that’s lighter, more comfortable, more adaptable and better ventilated than its predecessor, the HGU-55/P. “It’s been 40 years since we’ve had… Continue reading Next-gen Air Force pilot helmets are almost here

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The Omicron variant is officially in the US

California and San Francisco health departments reported the first individual with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 today. The infected person had traveled to South Africa and returned to the United States on November 22, and was fully vaccinated. However, Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Biden’s top… Continue reading The Omicron variant is officially in the US

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Facebook whistleblower warns US lawmakers of regulation deadlock

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen (C) talks with Rashad Robinson (L), President of the Color of Change, and Kara Frederick (R), Technology Policy Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, before a hearing on Capitol Hill. Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen urged a US Congress panel Wednesday not to get mired in drawn out debate amid a… Continue reading Facebook whistleblower warns US lawmakers of regulation deadlock

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Fake scientist used to spread anti-US propaganda

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A disinformation network with ties to China used hundreds of fake social media accounts—including one belonging to a fictitious Swiss biologist—to spread an unfounded claim that the U.S. pressured scientists to blame China for the coronavirus, Facebook said Wednesday. The company based in Menlo Park, California, did not directly attribute the… Continue reading Fake scientist used to spread anti-US propaganda

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A newfound South American dinosaur had a tail like a war club

A new species of armored dinosaur from subantarctic Chile boasted a large tail weapon that looked dramatically different from those found on its relatives, and may shed light on a mysterious phase in the group’s evolution.  Scientists found the mostly-complete skeleton in 2018 in the Río de las Chinas Valley of Chilean Patagonia and determined… Continue reading A newfound South American dinosaur had a tail like a war club

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GM cites improved chip supply in raising financial guidance

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the General Motors Factory ZERO electric vehicle assembly plant, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, in Detroit. Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci Citing an improved supply of automotive computer chips, General Motors raised its financial guidance on Wednesday and said it expects to return to a normal production rate by… Continue reading GM cites improved chip supply in raising financial guidance

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Study shows how machine learning could improve COVID-19 predictive models

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, case rates have ebbed and flowed in ways that have been hard for epidemiological models to predict. A new study by mathematicians from Brown University uses an advanced machine learning technique to explore the strengths and weaknesses of commonly used models, and suggests ways of making them… Continue reading Study shows how machine learning could improve COVID-19 predictive models

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