Joseph White

Joseph White

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Spider silk is a pretty darn versatile material.We previously covered research projects in which spider silk is used to help retrain nerves after major injuries, to improve the quality of microphones for use in hearing aids, and to form lightweight shields capable of absorbing enormous impacts.Now, researchers from Switzerland’s University of Geneva and other institutions have added one more innovative use case to the mix: Battling cancer.In a new piece of work, they demonstrated how microcapsules made of artificial spider silk could be used to deliver potentially life-saving vaccines direct to your immune cells as a way of fighting cancerous tumors.When it comes to arachnid-themed entities fighting evildoers, you could think of them as your own personal tiny Spider-Man!“Spider silk is light and very resistant,” professor Carole Bourquin, a specialist in anti-tumor immunotherapies who worked on the project, told Digital Trends.
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We’re sure we’re not alone when we say that when someone mentions AI in games, our minds immediately jump to NPCs and enemies; their movements, their reactions, their, well, intelligence.One AI-powered project he was particularly excited to discuss was Sound Matching.One way is manually, the process of which can also be accelerated using motion capture, and another is to break down text into phonemes, or distinct units of sound.Aside from sounding utterly exhausting, Jacquier tells us a big problem with using the latter method is that it’s mainly only useful for English as “you have to have huge databases to transform text into phonemes and not all of them are reliable”.“We get an increased quality, an increased sense of immersion for the gamer and it has diminished the expected localized animation costs by around 30%“This limitation creates some problems when trying to localize games into languages other than English: “we had a lot of work to do when we wanted to localize our games because we are recording our baseline in English, then we are recording all the other languages and then we have to lip sync to synchronize each sentence through the English animation”.
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(SAN ANTONIO, June 12, 2018) -- A new study by Waldemar Gorski, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Chemistry, and Stanton McHardy, associate professor of research in chemistry and director of the UTSA Center for Innovative Drug Discovery, describes a method that could show quickly and accurately whether a person has been infected with harmful bacteria or other pathogens.The most common method of testing for infection in medical facilities is currently a strip that turns a certain color when infected fluids come into contact with it."The human eye is forced to judge the level of infection based on the hue and deepness of a color.It's difficult to make an accurate call based on that."Other methods include microbiology or examining body fluid samples under a microscope and counting white blood cells, also known as leukocytes, which are an indicator of an infection.However, these can be slow processes and require more highly trained personnel.
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Looking fairly amateurish and as if they've been made as a Brexit joke for Twitter isn't helping these Dad's Army stamps convince people they're real, but they are.You may now order a stamp of a useless old part-time home guard member advising his colleagues not to panic or warning of impending doom.There's a full set launching at the end of June, featuring the clever one, the bumbling one, the fussy one, the Scottish one, the young one who's probably still alive and all the others, ideal for posting saucy postcards back home to whoever's agreed to water your tomatoes while you're enjoying a week in Torquay.It was often about as funny as war crimes or getting gassed in a trench while rats eats your ears and you're too tired to shoo them away, but there you go.It's considered a national treasure among people old and influential enough to get stamps made, so stamps have been made.They even got the young one who's still alive to sign a few.
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For some overtime compensation, one hundred hours of overtime a month and the managers that barks.It is what the US-based organisation China Labour Watch revealed in one of the fabriksföretaget foxconn's factories in China.the Plant manufactures, among other things, the playbook, the Kindle and smart speakers to nätjätten Amazon.the Investigation from China Labor Watch is based on the testimonials and pictures from people who took work in the factory.”All the workers work long days and get for low wages”, says the report, which also notes that the circumstances constitute crimes against the chinese labour law.It is not the first time that the Taiwanägda fabriksjätten Foxconn, which also is a supplier for Apple, is in the media fire.
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Innovation is a bit of corporate holy grail.for example, We have recently written about the separate departments that big businesses started to test out new ideas.In the public sector, we have also seen innovation, testarglädje and to embrace the new hajpade technologies, but innovation could definitely be better.For the first time, now the State's central Purchasing body at the agency will conduct a feasibility study in the field of innovation, in search of so-called services of intermediaries.If the feasibility study goes well so, the plan is to later do a procurement for the entire public sector.the Idea is that we shall be deleted from the pilot projects that are done in the public sector, and we hope that it will be built on and that there will be more.
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NASA’s Opportunity rover may not have to worry about running into traffic congestion on Mars, but vast dust storms are definitely an occupational hazard.The science robot has been forced to go into emergency lock-down, after a storm larger than all of North America whipped itself into a frenzy on the red planet.The storm was first spotted forming more than a week ago, on Friday, June 1.Although dust storms aren’t uncommon on Mars, they can be deadly to the rovers.That’s because Opportunity – like NASA’s other Martian robots – relies on sunlight for power.Solar panels mounted on the upper body of the rover collect energy that’s used for propulsion, scientific experiments, and beaming back data to Earth.
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In our modern lives, it's often easy to forget our impact on the natural world, since most of us are far removed from the places and processes in which most foods and products are made.According to the National Festival of Breads, one bushel can produce around 42 pounds of flour, which is enough to make around 70 loaves of white bread.It takes two chickens an average of one week to lay a dozen eggs.Depending on the breed, the average hen can lay four to six eggs in a week, for a total of around 200 eggs per year (everybody needs a day off).When agaves are harvested for tequila production, the heart, or piña, gets removed.They can weigh between 80 and 200 pounds when harvested.
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A bunch of retailers, including Amazon, Target, and Walmart, pulled their listings for a line of smartphone-connected stuffed animals called CloudPets this week after they were found to be storing kids’ voice recordings online without any security measures, among other issues.The news offers them good optics, but the reality is that this security revelation came about in February of last year: it took the massive retailers over a year to remove the stuffed animals, during which time they likely sold at least some of their inventory.The toy’s removal only happened after the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote a letter this week to Walmart, Target, and Amazon requesting that the CloudPet listings be taken down.The organization writes that it also urges the stores to “consider putting in place new or improved systems to ensure that products you stock, especially those that collect the information of children, have basic practices in place to respect the trust that consumers place in them.”Target told The Verge that it wants “to be part of this important issue alongside our vendor partners as we determine the best way to bring more connected products to our guests.” We’ve reached out to the other retailers for comment and will update when and if we hear back.I appreciate that retailers responded to the letter, but why the delay?
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And over the last six months, I’ve seen a surge of change in that industry — a wave of new “micro-mobility” options such as bike- and moped-sharing services.But the upsurge I’ve witnessed lately is in my own city, San Francisco, and the place I frequently go to for work, D.C.We’ve seen Jump Bikes launch in SF.And Skip scooters also launched in DC.Whatever your view, these bikes and scooters are competing to fill a very real transportation gap: the first and last mile problem.When I talk about the first/last mile problem, I’m referring to traveling very short distances — a few miles or less — to get from your origin or destination to or from the nearest transportation hub.
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Not really: We talked about all the things we can expect to see when iOS 12 comes to iPhones this fall, why Apple decided to launch “digital wellness” features, how walkie-talkie on the Apple Watch could make it more useful, and what iOS apps on Mac mean.Will Apple ever make a touchscreen laptop?Right now, the company says no…but it has a history of saying “no” before it goes and makes that exact thing.Also, Arielle (who is on vacation the next two weeks) wrote about the paradox of Apple’s “screen time” efforts, while Lauren had the exclusive interview with Apple software chief Craig Federighi about how iOS apps will port to the Mac.Also mentioned in this podcast was the new Sonos Beam; check out our deep dive into the product’s development.Recommendations this week: We didn’t have time to talk about smart speakers nearly as much as we wanted to this week, but we still had music on the brain: Mike’s recommendation this week is LIVE Quadrophonic, a 180-gram vinyl pressing of Suzanne Ciani’s 30-minute live electronic music performance.
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Listings for the Nokia 3.1 are now live on Amazon and B Photo.However, the phone currently shows up as out of stock.HMD Global announced the Nokia 3.1 alongside the Nokia 2.1 and Nokia 5.1.It was only one week ago when HMD Global unveiled the Nokia 3.1, which replaces the outgoing Nokia 3 and was announced for an eventual launch.Taking all of us by surprise, listings for the phone are now live in the U.S.Even though the Nokia 3.1 is technically available through Amazon and B Photo, the phone shows up as out of stock through the former and coming soon through the latter.
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Flygbolag världen över bör vara på sin vakt vad gäller flygsäkerheten, anser den internationella flygbranschorganisationen IATA.Efter ett 2017 med rekordfå dödsoffer i passagerartrafiken har över 300 personer dött i hittills i år.Flygbranschen måste modernisera och hålla samman sin infrastruktur, enligt IATA.Inte minst då man beräknar att passagerarflygtrafiken nästan kommer att fördubblas fram till år 2036.I år har 301 personer dött i fem svåra krascher med passagerarflygplan.I den svåraste, utanför Kubas huvudstad Havanna den 18 maj, omkom 107 personer.
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Xiaomi is known as Chinese Apple.Its CEO, Lei Jun has been known as Steve Jobs in China.But Lei Jun doesn’t like the comparison.Unlike him, Smartisan CEO, Luo Yonghao doesn’t mind to carry that title.His story starts from 2014.Engadget, Forbes, and other sites didn’t miss a chance to emphasize he had been an English teacher that turned founder and CEO of smartphone startup.
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Just the other day, Chinese phone and wearables maker AllCall released the detailed specification of its second gen AllCall W2 smartwatch on its official website.Since last time we mostly focused on its internal hardware and features, today we instead checkout its fancy design with its shiny and textured frame.Even a small watch on your wrist is expected to look good.That is why most electronics manufacturers are now focusing on design more than anything else.Among these companies, we have AllCall with their W2 smartwatch.The Chinese manufacturer did indeed provide the device with a shiny appearance and a stainless steel textured bezel for a scratch-resistant and premium look.
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If your dad is somehow still using that aging Samsung Galaxy S4, first wonder how that is possible and then look toward Verizon to see if the carrier’s buy-one-get-one deals for Father’s Day are anything you’re interested in.For a limited time, you can pick up the Samsung Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2, Moto Z2 Force, or LG G7 ThinQ and get a second one for free.You cannot mix and match smartphones, so you must get two of the same device.Keep in mind that you still have to buy both smartphones with a new line of service.The discount is provided as a bill credit that covers the cost of the second smartphone over 24 months, though you are still on the hook for the other smartphone.Finally, the deal is available for upgrades and those who switch to Verizon.
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“These are not theoretical concepts; they are concrete standards that will actively govern our research and product development and will impact our business decisions,” wrote CEO Sundar Pichai.The principles follow several months of low-level controversy surrounding Project Maven, a contract with the U.S. military that involved image analysis on drone footage.Some employees had opposed the work and even quit in protest, but really the issue was a microcosm for anxiety regarding AI at large and how it can and should be employed.Left unaddressed are reports that Google was using Project Maven as a means to achieve the security clearance required for more lucrative and sensitive government contracts.The principles themselves are as follows, with relevant portions quoted from their descriptions:Be socially beneficial: Take into account a broad range of social and economic factors, and will proceed where we believe that the overall likely benefits substantially exceed the foreseeable risks and downsides…while continuing to respect cultural, social, and legal norms in the countries where we operate.
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It was something of little christmas eve when we went down to Ingolstadt for a premiere showing of Audi's new best Q8, a real nice model with modern shapes and a coupéliknande roofline.the Display was static, which means that we have not had the opportunity to drive the car, but it sure was the long hours of travel anymore well worth the to get be among the first at all get the touch and feel of a brand new model.the Audi Q8 will learn to shake the market badly when it is released, we suspect.Two fat monitors with touch screenFor when Audi launches the new, we know that there will also appear a lot of exciting technology, and there are plenty of in the new Q8.Just as in the recently launched models from Audi – the A6, A7 and A8, the Interior is completely new and different than in the past and have fully integrated digital screens in the form of the new MMI:t with the ”Touch response”.
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GoPro accessories can be pricey — but you could soon add wheels to a GoPro Hero Session for a dollar and some change with a device that probably fits in your pocket.Add the camera to the top of a classic toy redesigned just for the task.The Hot Wheels Zoom In is a toy car designed to cart around smaller bodied GoPros to record what is probably the closest you will ever come to a first-person view of what it’s like to actually ride on the toy track.The Zoom In fits a Session or Hero 5 Session camera.Snap the camera in, and, viola, a moving miniature camera.The $1.09 Zoom In is pocket change compared to a professional video slider, not that the quality of plastic car wheels and the noise they (probably) produce is going to get professional results.
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The Unihertz Atom — the world’s smallest 4G rugged smartphone — has managed to hit a Kickstarter funding target in less than 60 seconds following the campaign’s launch on June 5.You might not have heard of the Unihertz Atom, but based on the reception the Kickstarter campaign received, it’s fair to say it has a dedicated following, with the Atom currently sitting at $586,975 — over eleven times more than the initial goal of $50,000.So what are all these people getting excited about?Unihertz Atom is a rugged 4G smartphone, and the follow-up to last year’s Unihertz Jelly phone.With a tiny 96 x 45 x 18 mm body and a 2.4-inch display, the Atom aims to become the second phone of choice when heading out into the wilderness, or a capable alternative to a smartphone industry that’s getting larger and larger.It’s built ruggedly with chunky bezels and plenty of textured surfaces for grip, and it looks like it could survive falling down a mountain.
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