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Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashed into the moon during a failed landing attempt on April 11. On the lunar lander was a cellular “library” that includes plant and animal cells and human DNA. It was created by the U.S.-based Arch Mission Foundation, which strives to create “backups” of Earth. According to founder Nova Spivack, the collection of material included enough DNA to regenerate life on Earth. It seems the cargo may still fulfill its intended purpose. Among the technology lost in the crash were a few thousand tiny tardigrad...
Hong Kong’s protest against the proposed extradition bill is getting bigger and more elaborate with every passing day. While authorities are using facial recognition cameras to identify protesters, the protesters are in turn using laser beams to defend themselves.   Since early June, millions of Hong Kong citizens have taken to the streets to show their disagreement for the proposed extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong residents to be extradited to jurisdictions that Hong Kong lacks a formal agreement with, including mainland...
Typically, a journey from Mumbai to Pune could take up to 3.5 hours. But with the Hyperloop project, the first-of-its-kind in the world, this duration could come down to 35 minutes. The government of Maharashtra has deemed hyperloop a public infrastructure project and given a green signal to Virgin Hyperloop One to develop the world’s first hyperloop train between Mumbai and Pune. As mentioned on Virgin’s website, “The DP World – Virgin Hyperloop One consortium was also named as the Original Project Proponent for the Mumbai-Pune hyp...
The human body is already close to thermal limits due to extreme temperatures caused by climate change. In places like the Persian Gulf and South Asia, climate change could lead to summer heat waves with levels of heat and humidity that exceed what humans can survive without cross ventilation. Sony might have a solution to keep you cool in the heat of summer. The tech giant’s latest offering ‘Reon Pocket’ is a wearable air conditioner that will keep you cool whether you’re watching a baseball game under the scorching sun or on public...
Elon Musk’s neurotechnology startup company Neuralink came out of stealth mode on Tuesday, after operating in the secret for two years. The debut was marked with livestreamed presentations detailing the company’s progress so far in connecting the human brain to machines. Along with top scientists from the San Francisco-based company, Musk released many details of the system it hopes to implant into people’s brain one day. Information shared also includes how the system would, in the first place, reach the patient’s brain – by using l...
According to a report published by France’s Defense Innovation Agency (DIA), a team of visionaries “Red Team” will be hired to “propose scenarios of disruption” military strategists might not think of. Bruno Tertrais, deputy director of France’s Foundation for Strategic Research, said the role of the Red Team would be to anticipate more threatening scenarios than those explored in the popular Netflix series Black Mirror. “The US government considered that it had been the victim of a lack of imagination,” he said. “It is certainly n...
After FaceApp – the app that shows you how you might look 20/30 years from now by ageing your face in an image, there is another app that does some funny business with your face. AI portraits, unlike FaceApp that shows you a future version of yourself, it takes you in the past, way back in the past. AI portraits is the new face altering app in the market that converts your image into a classical portrait. This AI tool along with smartphones can also be used on a desktop computer as well. And before you start thinking about FaceApp...
Hackers have successfully targeted SyTech, a contractor for Russian intelligence service FSB, according to news reports. A week ago, on July 13, a group of hackers called 0v1ru$ hacked into SyTech’s Active Directory server from where they gained access to the company’s entire IT network. BBC Russia, which broke the news, said “it’s possible that this is the largest data leak in the history of the work of Russian special services on the Internet.” Biggest Data Breach in History 0v1ru$ stole 7.5 terabytes of data from the company’...
“AI is a human right,” theoretical neuroscientist Vivienne Ming said in 2018. Her professional career is focused on exploring ways to improve human potential with artificial intelligence. Ming is not just a firm believer that tech will become a more integral part of our existence but proving it by turning her autistic son into a cyborg. Ming wanted to help her son after he was diagnosed with autism. Ming built a face- and expression-recognition system for Google Glass that will in real-time interpret people’s facial expressions. Mos...