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Submission + - Stem Cell Brain Implants Could 'Slow Aging and Extend Life,' Study Shows (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have slowed down the aging process by implanting stem cells into the brains of animals, raising hopes for new strategies to combat age-related diseases and extend the human lifespan. Implants of stem cells that make fresh neurons in the brain were found to put the brakes on aging in older mice, keeping them more physically and mentally fit for months, and extending their lives by 10-15% compared to untreated animals. The work, described as a tour de force and a breakthrough by one leading expert, suggests that aging across the body is controlled by stem cells that are found in the hypothalamus region of the brain in youth, but which steadily die off until they are almost completely absent in middle age. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York hope to launch clinical trials of the procedure soon, but must first produce supplies of human neural stem cells in the lab which can be implanted into volunteers.

Submission + - ASF Announces Apache Fluo as a Top-Level Project (apache.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Apache Fluo just graduated to a top level project at the ASF. Fluo is a distributed system for incrementally processing large data sets stored in Apache Accumulo. With Fluo, users can continuously join new data into large existing data sets without reprocessing all data. Unlike batch and streaming frameworks, Fluo offers much lower latency and can operate on extremely large data sets.

Submission + - Qualcomm Opens its Mobile Chip Deep Learning Framework to All

randomErr writes: Mobile chip maker Qualcomm wants to enable deep learning-based software development on all kinds of devices, which is why it created the Neural Processing Engine (NPE) for its Snapdragon-series mobile processors. The NPE software development kit is now available to all via the Qualcomm Developer Network, which marks the first public release of the SDK, and opens up a lot of potential for AI computing on a range of devices, including mobile phones, in-car platforms and more.

The purpose of the framework is to make possible UX implementations like style transfers and filters (basically what Snapchat and Facebook do with their mobile app cameras) with more accurate applications on user photos, as well as other functions better handled by deep learning algorithms, like scene detection, facial recognition, object tracking and avoidance, as well as natural language processing. Basically anything you’d normally route to powerful cloud servers for advanced process, but done locally on device instead.

Submission + - The Inside Story of the Lily Drone's Collapse (wired.com)

mirandakatz writes: Lily Robotics had everything: Two charismatic young founders; millions in funding; and a product that promised to change the world—or, at the very least, transform photography. But over 60,000 customers are still waiting for their Lily Drones, and the company is now being sued by the San Francisco District Attorney's office for false advertising. As it turns out, Lily Robotics never actually had the right tools to create the product it was selling—and it all came crashing down. At Backchannel, Jessica Pishko has the untold story of how such a promising company went so wrong.

Submission + - SPAM: Amazon VMware Deal Signals End of Traditional IT Era

SciFiTurboGeek writes: After Amazon's AWS and VMware announced a hybrid cloud partnership to extend AWS beyond its cloud, a top cloud blogger calls it "the beginning of the end of traditional IT." He predicts "a massive shift of workloads from premises to clouds, something of notable concern to at least a dozen premises-bound tech leaders and perhaps a couple dozen third party data center players managing traditional stacks." This fundamental shift signals AWS interest in brownfield workloads and the ultimate migration of those workloads into the cloud.
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Submission + - As If Facebook Wasn't Creepy Enough, Now They Want To Watch You, Too (consumerist.com)

Rick Schumann writes: As if it wasn't bad enough that Facebook scrapes every bit of data they possibly can from your posts, your comments, your 'Likes', and whatever else they can get away with, back in 2014 Facebook applied for a patent, which was recently granted, for technology to watch you through the camera(s) connected to your computer, and automatically judge your mood using facial recognition. While it's pointed out that just having a patent doesn't mean you intend to use the technology, it's still rather creepy thinking that something like this might be rolled out.

Submission + - Sperm count halved in Western men since 70's

flote writes: Sperm counts among men have more than halved in the last 40 years, research suggests, although the drivers behind the decline remain unclear.

The latest findings reveal that between 1973 and 2011, the concentration of sperm in the ejaculate of men in western countries has fallen by an average of 1.4% a year, leading to an overall drop of just over 52%.

Submission + - Australia pressure Solomons Island to drop cable project after Huawei gets deal (itwire.com)

troublemaker_23 writes: Australia is reportedly putting pressure on the Solomon Islands to withdraw from the Project Honiara undersea cable project after the contract was awarded to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. The company was banned from obtaining any contracts for Australia's national broadband network in 2012. Reports at the time said the Attorney-General's department had blocked the company's participation based on advice from ASIO.

Submission + - Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder (gizmodo.com)

AmiMoJo writes: The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple of years, the robovacs have been quietly mapping homes to maximize efficiency. Now, the device’s makers plan to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the friendly robot into a creeping, creepy little spy. While it may seem like the information that a Roomba could gather is minimal, there’s a lot to be gleaned from the maps it’s constantly updating. It knows the floor plan of your home, the basic shape of everything on your floor, what areas require the most maintenance, and how often you require cleaning cycles, along with many other data points.

According to the EULA, sharing with some third parties is optional, unless they are the government or Roomba sells itself or part of itself or reorganizes or goes bankrupt.

Submission + - Maritime Disaster in The Artic On The Rise (nytimes.com)

cdreimer writes: According to a report in The New York Times, maritime disaster is on the rise as global warming melts polar ice and opens the Artic to commercial ship traffic:

"When the Crystal Serenity, a 1,000-passenger luxury liner, sails in August on a monthlong Arctic cruise through the Northwest Passage, it will have a far more utilitarian escort: a British supply ship. The Ernest Shackleton, which normally resupplies scientific bases in Antarctica, will help with the logistics of shore excursions along the route from Alaska to New York through Canada’s Arctic Archipelago. But the escort ship will also be there should the Serenity become stuck in ice or if something else goes wrong. The Shackleton can maneuver through ice and will be carrying emergency water and rations for the liner’s passengers and 600 crew members, gear for containing oil spills and a couple of helicopters. As global warming reduces the extent of sea ice in the Arctic, more ships — cargo carriers as well as liners like the Serenity taking tourists to see the region’s natural beauty — will be plying far-northern waters. Experts in maritime safety say that raises concerns about what will happen when something goes wrong."

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has recently agreed to phase-out of the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the Artic that would be impossible to clean up.

Submission + - World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland (bbc.co.uk)

AmiMoJo writes: The world's first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines. The manufacturer hopes to cash in on a boom in the technology, especially in Japan and the west coast of the US, where waters are deep. The tower, including the blades, stretches to 175m and weighs 11,500 tonnes.

The price of energy from bottom-standing offshore wind farms has plummeted 32% since 2012, and is now four years ahead of the government's expected target. Another big price drop is expected, taking offshore wind to a much lower price than new nuclear power.

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