June 30, 2022

Drone fleets track inventory

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MIT researchers use drone fleets to track warehouse inventory By David Lumb, From engadget The small, safe UAVs can be used with existing RFID-tracking setups. Imagine a warehouse buzzing with tiny drones that automatically track and monitor inventory from afar, leaving workers free to manage and move material. That’s the new system developed by MIT […]

CRISPR’d human embryos doesn’t mean designer babies are around the corner

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By Sarah Buhr From Techcrunch Earlier this week scientists stunned us with the announcement they’d genetically altered the first human embryos in the U.S. using CRISPR technology — but don’t hold your breath if you think the ability to make designer babies is right around the corner. Sure, we can do it, but most of […]

Gadget of the week

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MIT’s $10,000 robotic furniture is making its way to small homes By Mariella Moon From engadget You can control the transforming cabinet with an app or your voice. A few years ago, MIT designed a piece of furniture worth $10,000 — not because it’s made of luxury materials, but because it can transform at the […]

Is Kenya’s mobile-money success translatable to the Caribbean?

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By Christian Wayne From St Lucia Star Mobile money has redefined doing business in economies round the world. Globalization and rapid technological advancement – and the struggle to keep pace with change – has altered global society in profound ways. Aside from producing the wealthiest individuals in the history of mankind, these forces are also […]

MIT fires a rocket motor made using 3D-printed plastic

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By Jon Fingas From engadget It’s not as ludicrous as it sounds. f you’re going to 3D-print rocket parts, you’d want to make them out of metal to handle the stress, right? Not necessarily. MIT has successfully test-fired what it believes is the first completely 3D-printed rocket motor to be made with plastic casing. That’s […]

New timeline for our solar system estimated

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From Deccan Chronicle Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US and their colleagues have estimated the lifetime of the solar nebula Astronomers have estimated the new lifetime of the solar nebula which suggests that the gas giant planets Jupiter and Saturn formed within the first four million years of our solar system’s […]

Autonomous cars coming to Boston’s roads with Nutonomy starting trials there

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By Victoria Hosingapore Fresh from kicking off driverless trials in Singapore, Nutonomy is headed home to Boston to test its autonomous vehicles there. The company has already obtained permission, and will run its cars at an unspecified date in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park industrial area, reports Recode. The self-driving car startup was an […]

An AI algorithm can draw letters as well as a human

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By Steve Dent From engadget It’s just handwriting for now, but one day it could pick out Sarah Connor in a crowd. Researchers claim to have made a breakthrough in artificial intelligence by giving machines cognitive powers similar to humans. The team from MIT, York University and the University of Toronto first trained an algorithm […]

Gadget of the week

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Lasers help prove parts of the brain ‘sleep’ while you’re awake By Steve Dent From engadget Have you ever spaced out in the middle of a conversation without dozing off completely? MIT scientists now have a better idea why: only part of your brain is sleeping while the rest stays awake. Neuroscientists always suspected that, […]

Air conditioners in vicious cycle

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From The Carbon Wars Ring demand for air conditioners will worsen global warming if steps aren’t taken to change the cooling technology we currently use, says a new study from the Berkeley National Laboratory. In the last two years, alone, numerous locations around the globe have seen higher temperatures than ever before recorded. Cambodia, Tonga, […]