Imagine someone remotely controlling your brain, forcing your body’s central processing organ to send messages to your muscles that you didn’t authorize.It’s an incredibly scary thought, but scientists have managed to accomplish this science fiction nightmare for real, albeit on a much small scale, and they were even able to prompt their test subject to run, freeze in place, or even completely lose control over their limbs.Thankfully, the research will be used for good rather than evil… for now.The effort, led by physics professor Arnd Pralle, PhD, of the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences, focused on a technique called “magneto-thermal stimulation.” It’s not exactly a simple process — it requires the implantation of specially built DNA strands and nanoparticles which attach to specific neurons — but once the minimally invasive procedure is over, the brain can be remotely controlled via an alternating magnetic field.When those magnetic inputs are applied, the particles heat up, causing the neurons to fire.The study, which was published in the most recent edition of the journal eLife, includes experiments where were performed on mice.
Microsoft might be readying a special Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, if leaks on two German retail websites are to be believed.The listings, which appear to have been taken down, seemingly reveal a unique version of the 4K-capable console is on the way.Project Scorpio, you may remember, was the codename of the Xbox One X before it was called that, so this new version appears to be a nod to those origins.XboxDynasty.de, which made today's discovery, gathered up some photos of the console from one retail site, which you can see below.The Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition looks to feature a blacked-out controller with 'Project Scorpio' running down the middle in an electric green font.The console itself is tattooed with the same marking, and it appears to have a textured, mesh-y finish that's unlike the matte plastic casing of the standard Xbox One X.
Judges frown upon fishing for incriminating data on phonesThe US Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia on Friday overturned the conviction of a gang member because investigators obtained a search warrant for his devices without probable cause.In other words, crucial evidence obtained by investigators using a search warrant to seize and scan all phones and other gadgets on sight has been thrown out.Ezra Griffith, of Washington DC, was found guilty in 2013 of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, having been previously convicted of attempted robbery.The then 23-year-old came under the suspicion of DC police officers investigating a gang-related murder due to his involvement with a rival gang and because of surveillance video.His arrest on firearms charges followed a search of his girlfriend's apartment that resulted in the recovery of a gun, something Griffith could not lawfully possess.
Even the banking industry, filled with companies that have tens and even hundreds of billions of dollars in assets and hundred-plus year histories, is finding itself under siege from startups that aim to take their place.For example, limits, budgets and rules can be set for each individual card issued.The rise of the smartphone has changed the way individuals, particularly those under the age of 50, want to interact with their banks and challenger banks are taking advantage of this by creasing mobile-friendly user experiences.In fact, some go so far as to make it clear that they’re all about mobile.For example, Atom’s homepage states “We’re the UK’s first bank built exclusively for mobile.”Virtually every challenger bank offers an iOS and Android app that is designed to appeal to consumers tired of using the clunky and not-always-so-useful apps that many big banks still offer their customers.
Grabbing a quick coffee from a fast food joint means it’s up to you to add as much coffee and cream as you need.But future generations may never need to deal with those tiny, easy-to-spill milk cups as scientists from the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany have invented capsules that dissolve away to release a perfect portion of cream and sweetener into your coffee.Reminiscent of hard sweets filled with a soft, chewy centre, manufacturing these capsules is relatively easy, thanks to years of research on crystal formation by the university’s Professor of Engineering, Joachim Ulrich.A solution of milk and a sweetener is created (using sugar or other materials) and then heated and poured into a mould.As the solution is cooled using a proprietary process, excess sugars move towards the edge of the solution, forming crystals and creating a hard outer shell which traps the sweetened milk inside.Once removed from the mould, the capsules can be stored at room temperature for up to three weeks without the milk inside going bad.
At first glance they’ve simply found a better way to do focus-groups, but after talking to CEO Jerimiah Hamon we’ve learned there’s nothing simple about the work he’s doing.The majority of AI in the world is being taught to do boring stuff.They’re being forced to to sew shirts and watch us sleep.Hamon and his team created an algorithm that analyzes the tiniest of human movements, using a camera, and determines what that person is feeling.Imagine you’re trying to determine whether a TV show will be popular with an audience and you’ve gathered a group of test-viewers who’ve just seen your show.And we’re better at predicting whether that show is going to do well based on our insight, than if you just go by how people respond to the list of questions.
Some serious pressure is surrounding the Samsung event after the last Note phone, the Galaxy Note 7, shipped with faulty batteries that caused explosions and led to two separate product recalls.Regardless if you are an aficionado of 360-degree video, the camera would make a nice little supplement if included with your new Note.If you're a European customer, you may get a different bonus with your Note order.Instead of a microSD card, wireless charger, or 360 camera you may get a Samsung DeX dock as your "preorder gift," according to a second tweet from Blass.Although the alleged preorder date is August 24, the Note 8 might not release until September 15, Blass tweeted separately.But if you returned last year's recalled Galaxy Note 7, Samsung should cut you a deal.
It worked, but felt far less futuristic than "real" Alexa on an Echo speaker.Now, nearly two years later, Fire TV owners can finally command their devices with a simple "Alexa..." command, without having to use any remote.I found that like many Alexa skills I had to get the commands right (namely, remember to say "Alexa" a lot and "Fire TV" occasionally) but once I got the hang of that, it worked great.If you only have one Fire TV device, Amazon says Alexa can link them automatically using a voice command, but since I wanted to test multiple Fire TV devices, I had to link them using the Alexa app.Despite appearing to be linked, and having the latest software according to the menus, both failed to work with Alexa.Instead my Dot issued responses such as, "I had trouble communicating with your device.
Perhaps one of the most poorly named products in recent memory, the new Essential phone arrives just in time to make us wonder why it even exists.Using a “modular” design, the idea is to add pieces like a 360-degree camera or maybe some sort of connected home gadget to the smartphone, which runs a stock version of Android.It also uses a slick black enclosure, something that might make you think of a recent Blackberry model.While the modular design seems novel (Motorola does the same thing) and I’m impressed that any company would even try to go up against Apple and Samsung, there’s already some signs that this will be an uphill climb.It also costs $699, which is not exactly a budget price.Worse, the one unusual feature related to adding modules is the one thing that also makes it a little less compelling.
It may look like a glorified freezer bag, but the artificial womb could one day save the lives of the thousands of babies born every year prematurely.For the second time, researchers announced this week that they have successfully incubated lambs born before reaching full term in an artificial ‘womb.’ In findings published this week in The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers from the University of Western Australia, Australia’s Women and Infants Research Foundation, and Tohoku University Hospital in Japan reported that several lambs continued to grow during a week-long incubation period in an “ex-vivo uterine environment” dubbed “EVE.” They appeared healthy when later delivered.It’s not the first time that researchers have successfully used such a system to incubate preterm lambs.In April, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia used a similar system to incubate premature lambs for a record-breaking four weeks.Lambs have a shorter gestation period, so the 105- to 115-day-old premature lamb foetuses in that study were the equivalent of about 23 weeks in a human.The hope is that such systems could help babies born as early as 22 weeks.
And only $230,000 a head out of the public purse!Governor Scott Walker (R) said the gift would cement the Taiwanese goliath plans to build a $10bn manufacturing plant in Wisconsin that would be charged with assembling LCD displays.The proposed plant is set to employ about 13,000 workers, so that's, what, $230,000 a head?Foxconn rakes in billions of dollars in profit a year.The package was approved in the state assembly in a 59-30 vote.It will now be advanced to the senate where, if approved, it would then be signed by Walker.
Brown dwarves, the galaxy’s dark, wandering orbs, are some of space’s most perplexing features.A new analysis seems to explain at least a few of their mysteries.After watching a large sample of cold brown dwarves for a year and a half equaling around a thousand rotations, they came to what might be a surprising conclusion: The best-fit model for their data turned out something that looked a whole lot like planet Neptune.“Our results suggest that large-separation gas giant exoplanet candidates [such as HR 8799bcde and HD 131399Ab],” these well-known exoplanets really far away from their parent star, “which have near-identical temperatures to the brown dwarfs studies here, may also show banded circulation,” the scientists write in the paper published yesterday in the journal Science.Brown dwarf weather forecasts improved -- my latest for JPL space https://t.co/WKXeB84cHu pic.twitter.com/2Tur0ApqpTOne of the brown dwarf’s mysteries centers around its light-curves, that is, how much light it emits over time.
A chunk of code found in the Kronos bank-fraud malware originated more than six years before security researcher Marcus Hutchins is accused of developing the underlying code, a fellow security researcher said Friday.The conclusion, reached in an analysis of Kronos published by security firm Malwarebytes, by no means proves or disproves federal prosecutors' allegations that Hutchins wrote Kronos code and played a role in the sale of the malware.Shortly after his arrest in Las Vegas two weeks ago, the Tweet resurfaced, and almost immediately it generated speculation that the malware Hutchins was referring to was Kronos.An analysis of Kronos soon showed that one portion used an instruction that was identical to one included in the code Hutchins published in January 2015.The same technique in the two code chunks—and the same instruction—was published in 2009 and "both authors learned it from other sources rather than inventing it."Legitimate software uses hooking for a variety of reasons—for instance, so an antivirus product can scan e-mail before it's read.
The Tor Project has reiterated its absolutist commitment to free speech, saying that even though Daily Stormer recently moved to a Tor onion service, the organization won’t do anything to stop the "hate-spewing website."Various online services have begun to re-evaluate their willingness to do business with sites that publish obviously vile content in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.Earlier in the week, Google removed the Gab app on the Google Play store, and Squarespace said it would disable some of the offensive sites that it hosts as identified as hateful by the Southern Poverty Law Center.Most famously within the tech world, Daily Stormer itself was recently booted from CloudFlare’s CDN service after the company had initially said it would not do so.As Steph, a member of the Tor organization, wrote in a Thursday blog post:We are disgusted, angered, and appalled by everything these racists stand for and do.
Coffee, America’s favorite beverage, just got a little more convenient thanks to some food scientists with Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU).The researchers have created what they call a milk capsule; it is a puck-shaped solid bit of coffee creamer that dissolves after being put into a cup of hot coffee.Unlike the little cups of liquid creamer that currently exist, you can’t accidentally spill the milk capsule on your clothes.If you want cream in your coffee at the moment, you have limited options: a large container of fresh cream, a small plastic container of portable liquid cream, or powdered creamer product.Powdered creamer isn’t all the great tasting, and so you’ll left with the small plastic containers of cream.Addressing both issues is the researchers’ new milk capsules, which are shaped something like a puck with a dome.
Microsoft is set to release a bunch of new Xbox One X details during its Gamescom presentation on Sunday, but a new leak today might be beating it to the punch.A pair of German retailers have apparently outed a limited edition Xbox One X console, and it seems to revive the Project Scorpio name.Though it may be too early to tell, this could be a special edition launch console for the Xbox One X.As spotted by XboxDyansty.de, two German retailers – Saturn and MediaMarkt – posted listings for an Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition earlier in the day.Both retailers have since taken those listings down, but not before we could get a peek at the console in question.It seems to be similar to the standard Xbox One X in design, only with a textured top.
On Friday (August 18), the White House announced Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, co-founder of alt-right news platform Breitbart, was the latest casualty in Donald Trump’s cabinet.“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day,” the statement reportedly said.“We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”The move comes as the US is still reeling from violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as Trump’s response, which attributed blame to both white supremacists and counter-protestors.The New York Times cited a person close to Bannon who said the departure was his own idea after months of clashes with senior advisers and members of the Trump family – and the move was delayed in the wake of Charlottesville.In the meantime, members of the "fake news" – including the "failing New York Times" – took to Twitter with responses that ranged from insightful to satirical:
If you own a business, you can't afford to ignore chatbots.While often considered a simple customer service tool, these machines can now help businesses automate a huge variety of processes.They can also act as virtual assistants, giving back time to employees to focus on more important, revenue-generating activities.Thanks to advancements in the artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) that powers these machines, they're now capable of undertaking a huge variety of tasks, making them an integral part of your various teams.Luckily, today, with the help of chatbot building solutions like ChattyPeople, you can create a chatbot in a matter of minutes, for free, without any prior programming experience whatsoever.To create an efficient chatbot for your marketing campaign, you must remember to:
Fisker’s new electric car will make its official debut at CES 2018, with the Fisker EMotion promising not only zero-emissions but full autonomous driving.Preorders of the car began in June, with Fisker taking a $2,000 deposit for what’s expected to be a $129k EV by the time it actually launches.However, so far potential owners have had to take a lot on faith.That’s because only a few details about the EMotion have actually been shared until now.Fisker is the latest automaker from Henrik Fisker, who previously set up Fisker Automotive and created the sinuous Fisker Karma.That struggled with reliability issues, was slammed by Consumer Reports, and then saw its maker declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2013.
Oh Florence, we really needed you this month.But there you go, flying right on by.At three miles wide (4.8 km), Asteroid Florence is a biggie.In fact, it’s the largest asteroid to pass by at such a close distance since NASA began tracking near-Earth asteroids, Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a press release.The rock, named after Florence Nightingale, by the way, will zoom by Earth on 1 September 2017, getting as close as 4.4 million miles (7 million km) to our pathetic, deserving rock.As a comparison, the Moon is around 239,000 miles away, and Mars is 39 million miles away at its closest.