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Submission + - A Squishy Clockwork BioBot Releases Doses of Drugs Inside the Body (ieee.org)

the_newsbeagle writes: Making micro-machines that work inside the body is tricky, because hard silicon and metal devices can cause problems. So bioengineers are working on soft and squishy gadgets that can be implanted and do useful work. Here's a soft biobot that's modeled on a Swiss watch mechanism called a Geneva drive. With every tick forward, the tiny gizmo releases a dose of drugs.

Getting the material properties just right was a challenge. "If your material is collapsing like jello, it’s hard to make robots out of it,” says inventor Samuel Sia.

Submission + - Chernobyl's new sarcophagus now in place

MrKaos writes: 30 years and seven months since the explosion that set all of this in motion the project known as the 'Shelter Implementation Plan' has been rolled into place sealing the crippled Chernobyl reactor. More than 10,000 people were involved in the project, which includes an advanced ventilation systems and remote controlled robotic cranes to dismantle the existing Soviet-built structure and reactor.

This sarcophagus – or New Safe Confinement (NSC) – is taller than the Statue of Liberty and larger than Wembley stadium.

Submission + - Google's AlphaGo Won More Than 50 Straight Games Against World's Top Go Players (qz.com)

An anonymous reader writes: When Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo made history by taking down Korea’s Lee Sedol—one of the world’s best Go players—in a landslide 4-1 victory in March, Chinese player Ke Jie was skeptical. He famously wrote on Weibo the next day, “Even if AlphaGo can defeat Lee Sedol, it can’t beat me,” and has since agreed to take on the AI at an undecided time. But now even Ke, the reigning top-ranked Go player, has acknowledged that human beings are no match for robots in the complex board game, after he lost three games to an AI that mysteriously popped up online in recent days. The AI turned out to be AlphaGo in disguise. On Jan. 4, after winning more than 50 games against several of the world’s best Go players, Ke included, a user registered with an ID of “Master” on two Chinese board game platforms came forward to identify itself as AlphaGo. “I’m AlphaGo’s Doctor Huang,” the user “Master” wrote on foxwq.com, according to screenshots from Chinese media reports. Taiwanese developer Aja Huang is a member of Google’s DeepMind team behind the AI. Since Dec. 29, Master has defeated a long list of top Go players including Korea’s Park Jung-hwan (world No. 3), Japan’s Iyama Yuta (No. 5) and Ke in fast-paced games. He won 51 games straight before his 52nd rival, Chen Yaoye, went offline, forcing the game to be recorded as a tie. By Jan. 4 when the test was completed, Master had racked up 60 wins, plus the one tie, and zero loss, according to numerous reports (link in Chinese).

Comment Re:Cloud Based Backup (Score 1) 366

+1 to this. You can also back up to a "friend" (where "friend" = someone else with CrashPlan who is prepared to let you store some encrypted files, possibly in exchange for you storing some of their files). If said "friend" lives close, sneakernet around a copy of your current CrashPlan backup, and just import it to jump-start the remote copy.

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 2) 260

$10,000? Assuming you get caught (see quote about limited resources to police zoning violations) that's still not a lot of a deterrent.

There is a lot of money involved here. Consider that as a property investor you can get triple the return if you let your apartments through Airbnb.

The other impact is that this drives up rents across the city for "normal" people.

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