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NASA’s new technology paralyzes drones that enter restricted areas

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

NASA recently demonstrated a system called Safeguard, which disables a drone if it fails to respond to a warning and enters a designated no-fly zone. It can also impose altitude limits on drones. Mashable declared, “NASA’s drone killer does not play around,” describing how the system can enforce no-fly zones of any size… read more >>

MIT’s robot can 3D print a building in half a day

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

3D printers have made the news for “printing” everything from food to artificial hearts, and even alien material. Now, this technology is moving onto something really big. As big as a house, that is! 3D printers are being used to print buildings…. read more >>

Climate change will exacerbate income inequality 1

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

In the U.S., the effects of climate change will exacerbate income inequality. That’s the conclusion in new research, recently published in Science. The counties in the south, already among the less fortunate economic environments, will suffer more economic damage than the relatively wealthier areas in the Pacific Northwest and New England…. read more >>

When biometric identification isn’t sufficient

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

Biometrics is being hailed as one of the most secure means of providing digital security. Biometrics are in use to ensure identities are protected both online or at physical locations such as airports and ATMs. Iris scanners, voice identification, fingerprint readers, and retina identification are all in use to varying extents…. read more >>

Simulate a real mountain climb with 3D modeling and digital fabrication

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

On Saturday, Alex Honnold became the first climber to complete a solo, ropeless climb of Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan wall. National Geographic described his accomplishment as “what may be the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport.” Even with more than 20 years of experience… read more >>

Deep learning aids wildlife conservation by air, land, and sea

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

Deep learning is affecting the way we interact with technology. Fortune’s article, “Why Deep Learning is Suddenly Changing your Life”, describes how deep learning is responsible for the immense improvements in many applications, from voice recognition to language translation…. read more >>

Spinal cord stimulator helps paralyzed man move his legs

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

Spinal cord stimulators (SCS) are FDA-approved neuromodulation implants used to treat chronic neck and back pain. The SCS sends a mild electric current to the spinal cord, masking pain signals before they reach the brain. But what if the electrical signals could be used for other purposes? If an SCS could… read more >>

New underwater microscope shows how climate change affects coral reefs

Posted by Lisa Harvey,

Just last month, Forbes reported Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is struggling to survive. Their article stated, “The Great Barrier reef is a victim of global climate change and its decline is a direct result of a warming planet.” They described how back-to-back bleaching events and a hurricane have left the reef vulnerable…. read more >>

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