Forget everything you were taught in biology – plants don't need sunlight to grow.Growing Underground is a farm 33 metres below Clapham, south London, swapping sunlight for LEDs."Over the past three to five years, LED development has reached the stage where we can grow without any natural light whatsoever," says Steven Dring, who founded the project with fellow Bristolian Richard Ballard."You can even change the light spectrum to cater to the different plants that you're growing."Growing Underground's focus is on the leafier vegetables, from microherbs to baby leaf salad."What's new about the latest lights is that you can stack them very close to the crops, 25cm away, if not closer," says Dring, "so you can layer products and lights on top of products and lights."
U.S. Patent Office Today, when a car runs into a pedestrian, it often carries the person along until the driver brakes, throwing the victim from the vehicle, possibly leading to further injury as they hit the road or some other hard surface, or get hit by another car, the patent said."An eggshell-like layer covering the adhesive would protect the sticky surface during everyday driving, but shatter in an accident to reveal the glue.The Google patent comes at a time of rising pedestrian traffic fatalities, with preliminary data suggesting a 10 percent increase nationally last year from 4,884 deaths in 2014, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association."Manufacturers have gotten remarkably good at protecting the occupants of the vehicle, but there's been much less attention to protecting the people outside.But, Smith said, Google's patent highlights a problem central to safety engineering: solutions create their own concerns.Contact Ethan Baron at 408-920-5011 or follow him at Twitter.com/ethanbaron
Yesterday, Google was awarded a patent that proposes placing a strong adhesive on the hood of its autonomous cars.This way, pedestrians or cyclists who happen to find themselves being struck by a Googlemobile would be protected from what s called secondary impact.The patent was filed back in 2014 and seems to be designed as a temporary solution to keep the humans around the self-driving cars safe as autonomous technology improves:While such systems are being developed, it must be acknowledged that, on occasion, collisions between a vehicle and a pedestrian still occur.Such safety mechanisms may become unnecessary as accident-avoidance technology is being further developed, but at present it is desirable to provide vehicles with pedestrian safety mechanisms.As for what kind of glue Google is planning to smear across its hoods, it s described in the patent as having some kind of eggshell -like coating over the main adhesive layer so the car doesn t drive around scooping up insects and other small animals like actual flypaper.Nissan s pop up engine hood uses tiny explosives to slightly raise the hood of the vehicle once it senses an impact to help stop pedestrians from hitting their heads.
It's Borg Bug Day, and this week Cisco's issued patches of interest to users of its Adaptive Security Appliances ASAs .The two newly-announced bugs are CVE-2016-1379, a VPN block memory exhaustion vulnerability; and CVE-2016-1385, a problem with the ASA XML parser.The software has a bug in how it handles ICMP errors in IPsec packets, and crafted packets sent either through LAN-to-LAN or remote access VPN tunnels can deplete available memory .That results in a denial-of-service, either because the system becomes unstable or it stops forwarding traffic.The software is vulnerable if the user's using IKEv1 or IKEv2 for LAN-to-LAN VPNs, or remote access VPNs using Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocol and Ipsec; and if the system is validating ICMP errors.The XML parser vulnerability is less serious, because it can only be exploited by an authenticated user.
However, this project is affection on a grand scale: some US enthusiasts are creating a transistor-for-transistor replica of the chip's design using discrete components.It's a good thing we're in the era of surface mount components, because even with small components the 3,218 transistors, 1,019 resistors and various other bits of the MOnSter 6502 need a four-layer PCB measuring 12 x 15 with components mounted on both sides.Because a big, slow, and mostly-useless processor board would be boring without flashing lights, it also includes 167 LEDs showing the values of various control lines, registers, and status bits .Regrettably, the chip won't be able to completely emulate the original 6502 inside an olde-worlde Apple board, because it's too slow.That might be enough, however, to get it to boot and run BASIC, Schlaepfer hopes.They've also recreated discrete-component versions of two smaller classics: the 555 timer, and the 741 op-amp.
Ideally, the adhesive coating on the front portion of the vehicle may be activated on contact and will be able to adhere to the pedestrian nearly instantaneously, according to the patent description.Photograph: United States Patent and Trademark OfficeGoogle has patented a new sticky technology to protect pedestrians if – or when – they get struck by the company s self-driving cars.The patent, which was granted on 17 May, is for a sticky adhesive layer on the front end of a vehicle, which would aim to reduce the damage caused when a pedestrian hit by a car is flung into other vehicles or scenery.This instantaneous or nearly-instantaneous action may help to constrain the movement of the pedestrian, who may be carried on the front end of the vehicle until the driver of the vehicle or the vehicle itself in the case of an autonomous vehicle reacts to the incident and applies the brakes.Car companies have already taken steps to protect pedestrians from impact.However, the patent observes, existing technology found in production vehicles does little to mitigate the secondary impact a pedestrian may experience .
You ve most certainly had—or at least heard of—kale chips, but kale isn t the only leafy green that can be transformed into a crispy snack.Brussels sprout chips are just as easy as the kale version and I think a little bit tastier.Click the link below for the full recipe and description of health benefits , but all you really need to do is remove the tips of the sprouts, toss the leaves in olive oil and seasonings garlic, rosemary and sea salt are all great , and roast in a single layer at 450F for 7-10 minutes, until the leaves crisp up.Serve hot, eat up, and feel slightly smug about your healthy snack choice.I like to top mine with nutritional yeast for extra flavor and smugness.Nutritionist Know-How: My Favorite Healthy Snack Cupcakes & Cashmere
Art on the walls really makes a house feel like a home, but hanging your own art up can make it feel like a gallery.If, like me, you need some guidance in the painting department, check out the following tutorial from Dans Le Lakehouse.Flip the canvas upside down to help with paint flow and make big, broad strokes.Flip it back over to see how you like it, and layer on more paint wherever you see fit.Play around with textures by dipping your brush in the water before the paint, or using an almost dry brush for a feathery look.SIMPLE BUT STRIKING, BLACK WHITE DIY ABSTRACT PAINTING Dans Le LakehousePhoto by Tanya of Dans Le Lakehouse.
Google today unveiled Android Wear 2.0, which the company is calling the most significant update to Android Wear since the platform launched over two years ago.Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang promised there would be multiple previews over the summer, with the final release to users slated for the fall.Android Wear 2.0 brings a slew of improvements for both developers and users.It covers the new navigation drawer swipe down in an app and action drawer swipe up in an app components in the Wearable support library and guidance on adopting the new dark color palette.Android Wear apps will now finally be able to access the Internet directly over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or cellular.Yes, that means they don t need to rely on the Data Layer APIs, meaning they no longer require your phone.If this sounds familiar, you re probably remembering the Android Wear update in April 2015 that let you get notifications, send messages, and use apps as long as your smartwatch was online.As a result, developers can now even create their own custom input methods.Last but not least, messages have a new notification template, which is also available on phones and tablets using Android N. The template s layout is supposedly optimized for quick and responsive messaging, as Google has found that this is the app type that is used the most on watches.It s now easier to develop apps that use fitness data and detect activity.That includes Data Saver, Java 8 Lambda support, and emojis.The new Android N developer preview also launched today at I/O 2016, and you can read about features that arrived in the first two previews here and here.Singleton expects the vast majority of Android Wear watches will eventually get Android Wear 2.0.
Yesterday, Google was awarded a patent that proposes placing a strong adhesive on the hood of its autonomous cars.This way, pedestrians or cyclists who happen to find themselves being struck by a Googlemobile would be protected from what s called secondary impact.The patent was filed back in 2014 and seems to be designed as a temporary solution to keep the humans around the self-driving cars safe as autonomous technology improves:While such systems are being developed, it must be acknowledged that, on occasion, collisions between a vehicle and a pedestrian still occur.Such safety mechanisms may become unnecessary as accident-avoidance technology is being further developed, but at present it is desirable to provide vehicles with pedestrian safety mechanisms.As for what kind of glue Google is planning to smear across its hoods, it s described in the patent as having some kind of eggshell -like coating over the main adhesive layer so the car doesn t drive around scooping up insects and other small animals like actual flypaper.Nissan s pop up engine hood uses tiny explosives to slightly raise the hood of the vehicle once it senses an impact to help stop pedestrians from hitting their heads.
iOS/Android/Facebook Messenger: Poncho wakes you gently with music that changes with the weather, offers a simple, useful forecast for the day, provides transit and traffic info, and helps you get through the day with a few GIFs and some jokes—and a cartoon kitty.With one glance at your phone, you ll get a simple forecast for the day, air quality and pollen alerts, and their bad hair forecast, which will let you know if it s going to be a frizzy or drizzly day.If you live in a traffic or transit-heavy city, you ll get notifications of delays, accidents, train issues, and so on.Your local forecast is delivered to your phone twice a day, and you ll also get helpful reminders to do things like bring an umbrella or layer up, which I can appreciate.Poncho started life as a text service that would clue you in on all of this, combined with a little levity to start your day on the right foot.It graduated to a full app a few months ago on the iPhone, then a Facebook Messenger service, and today, with a new beta Android app.
Yesterday, Google was awarded a patent that proposes placing a strong adhesive on the hood of its autonomous cars.This way, pedestrians or cyclists who happen to find themselves being struck by a Googlemobile would be protected from what s called secondary impact.The patent was filed back in 2014 and seems to be designed as a temporary solution to keep the humans around the self-driving cars safe as autonomous technology improves:While such systems are being developed, it must be acknowledged that, on occasion, collisions between a vehicle and a pedestrian still occur.Such safety mechanisms may become unnecessary as accident-avoidance technology is being further developed, but at present it is desirable to provide vehicles with pedestrian safety mechanisms.As for what kind of glue Google is planning to smear across its hoods, it s described in the patent as having some kind of eggshell -like coating over the main adhesive layer so the car doesn t drive around scooping up insects and other small animals like actual flypaper.Nissan s pop up engine hood uses tiny explosives to slightly raise the hood of the vehicle once it senses an impact to help stop pedestrians from hitting their heads.
Aging also results in things we don't like, such as the formation of wrinkles or sagging skin.The scientists managed to create a reactive polymer blend composition with a tensile modulus of 0.48 MPa, a fracture strain of 826 percent, an adhesive strength of 78 N/mm, and the appropriate elasticity.This level of improvement had only been achieved previously through an invasive surgical procedure called a "blepharoplasty" .Both blinded and trained graders found significant improvements in skin quality after one hour and four hours of wear.Those treated with the placebo also exhibited some modest improvements compared to the baseline, likely due to hydration caused by the polymer layer and potentially optical changes caused by the light-scattering particles.The synthetic material showed a remarkable adherence to the underlying skin and remained intact following activities such as running and swimming.
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This way, pedestrians or cyclists who happen to find themselves being struck by a Googlemobile would be protected from what s called secondary impact.The patent was filed back in 2014 and seems to be designed as a temporary solution to keep the humans around the self-driving cars safe as autonomous technology improves:While such systems are being developed, it must be acknowledged that, on occasion, collisions between a vehicle and a pedestrian still occur.Such safety mechanisms may become unnecessary as accident-avoidance technology is being further developed, but at present it is desirable to provide vehicles with pedestrian safety mechanisms.As for what kind of glue Google is planning to smear across its hoods, it s described in the patent as having some kind of eggshell -like coating over the main adhesive layer so the car doesn t drive around scooping up insects and other small animals like actual flypaper.Nissan s pop up engine hood uses tiny explosives to slightly raise the hood of the vehicle once it senses an impact to help stop pedestrians from hitting their heads.Given their role with Android OS, they could have the world s smartphones telling pedestrians when they are at risk of getting hit.
Google became one of the world s most valuable companies by making a search engine that sucks in billions of queries people type into web browsers on PCs and phones.The bet is that whoever makes the most engaging and useful digital personal assistant, also known as the conversational interface, will control the layer between a person and their digital life, and collect the most revenue and profit from being that privileged broker.Google has been working on artificial intelligence -- technology that lets computers teach themselves about the world -- for more than 15 years.That will let Google s search and other services follow people from smartphones and smart watches into their car and homes.A contact named "@google" can be summoned by users to provide AI-powered services, like finding restaurants and booking tables, or searching for movies.The AI in Allo is based on technology already deployed in Google s Inbox program, which reads through e-mails and suggests appropriate replies.People will summon it by using the same call out -- "OK, Google" -- that is used in other existing Google mobile apps.A technology called Expander will help the technology work in multiple languages, with insights gleaned from AI deployed in one language feeding the intelligence of the software in another tongue.But it will take time for the AI to be able to anticipate and respond to every request, said Huffman.
But now, on its help page, Salesforce has issued an apology for the disruption and has moved to reassure customers that if a similar event were to occur in future, the disruption would be resolved much more quickly.The root cause of the issue was that a circuit breaker responsible for controlling power to the Washington datacenter failed on 9 May."The breakers are used to segment power from the data center universal power supply ring and direct the power into the different rooms.This was only the start - in an effort to restore service to the NA14 instance as quickly as possible, the team then moved it from its primary data center Washington to its secondary data center in Chicago.All functionality was restored to the NA14 instance, including sandbox copy and weekly export functionality, on 15 May.From that investigation, corrective steps will be determined and implemented," said Salesforce.
Google announced a dizzying array of new apps, devices and platforms Wednesday to keep rivals from turning its once-dominant search engine into a relic in the age of mobile computing and beyond.The most important unveiling at Google s I/O developer conference near its Silicon Valley headquarters was Allo, a mobile messaging app featuring a digital assistant that uses artificial intelligence to respond to texted questions and perform other useful tasks.Then there was Duo, a video calling app to rival Apple Inc. s popular FaceTime video conferencing.The Alphabet Inc. division also revealed Google Home, a gadget to answer voice-based questions that competes with Amazon.com Inc. s hot-selling Echo device, and Daydream, a suite of software and hardware for virtual reality, an area where Facebook Inc. has made early strides."If Google can use its lead in artificial intelligence to build digital assistants that help people through connected devices whereever they are, then it has a chance of replicating the success of its search engine, Ask and other analysts said."Google became one of the world s most valuable companies by making a search engine that sucks in billions of queries people type into web browsers on PCs and phones.The bet is that whoever makes the most engaging and useful digital personal assistant, also known as the conversational interface, will control the layer between a person and their digital life, and collect the most revenue and profit from being that privileged broker.Key to Google s quest for more consumer attention in a mobile computing world is software that better anticipates their needs and learns about them.People will summon it by using the same call out -- "OK, Google" -- that is used in other existing Google mobile apps.
Jay Stafstrom Every night when the sun goes down, Florida's net-casting spiders emerge, startling onlookers with record-breaking, enormous eyes.Now, a new study shows that the two giant eyes among the spiders eight total peepers make the key difference in helping the spiders to see better at night, and zero in on prey walking nearby.Stafstrom captured 29 Deinopis spinosa spiders and used a toothpick to paint a layer of dental silicone over each spider's two large eyes.The results were similar; the spiders with impaired sight were less likely to capture prey in this case, crickets than were the able-eyed spiders.The spiders' large eyes likely help them hunt at night, during low-light situations, Stafstrom said.Copyright 2016 LiveScience, a Purch company.
While Google s method won t reduce the force of the initial collision, it should stop pedestrians and cyclists from suffering extra harm.Ideally, the adhesive coating on the front portion of the vehicle may be activated on contact and will be able to adhere to the pedestrian nearly instantaneously, states the patent description.This instantaneous or nearly-instantaneous action may help to constrain the movement of the pedestrian, who may be carried on the front end of the vehicle until the driver of the vehicle or the vehicle itself in the case of an autonomous vehicle reacts to the incident and applies the brakes.Citroen, Jaguar, and Nissan all use devices that slightly raise a car s hood in the event of an accident to provide a cushion for impact; and other companies, such as Land Rover and Volvo, have developed outside airbags.Google rolled out the usual statement when asked to comment: We hold patents on a variety of ideas.Some of those ideas later mature into real products and services, some don t.
Google has patented a technology that will attach people to the front of your self-driving car after a collision, The Mercury News reports.The adhesive layer would coat the front of a self-driving car but be covered by something that's not sticky.When you hit someone, the outer layer would be removed, exposing the glue.After a crash, the victim would be stuck to the front of the car, preventing them from another injury as they're thrown backwards.The existence of a patent about gluing people to cars doesn't mean that it's actually going to happen, though.Large technology companies like Google patent lots of ideas, but only a few actually make it to production.Self-driving cars are, in theory, safer than cars driven by humans.But they still get into accidents.In February one of Google's driverless cars hit a bus in Mountain View.And the owner of a Tesla Model S claimed earlier this month that his car crashed into a trailer while in "Summon" mode.NOW WATCH: We dare you to oversleep with Dwayne The Rock Johnson s new motivational alarm clock appLoading video...
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