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Submission + - MIT Brushes Up on 3D-Printing Hair (

Zothecula writes: Researchers at MIT's Media Lab have developed a method for 3D printing hair structures with a diameter as small as 50 micrometers each. With the ability to create finely detailed surfaces, touch sensors and even actuating motors, the technology could be used to make customized paint brushes, Velcro-like mechanical adhesives, and touch-sensitive plush toys.

Submission + - Virtual Partner Created For 'Emotional' Turing Test

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University have created a virtual partner to conduct an ‘emotional’ Turing test, designed to test the emotional response that can be elicited from a human by a machine. The model used was faceless, with emotional engagement signalled instead by an avatar based on hands. The researchers found that hand movements alone were enough to elicit emotional responses from the human partner.

Submission + - ARM Tapes Out Next-Gen 64-Bit Artemis Mobile Chip On 10nm TSMC FinFET Process (

MojoKid writes: ARM has been working closely with TSMC for years now. Over the last six years or so especially, ARM and TSMC have collaborated to ensure that TSMC's cutting-edge process technologies work well with ARM's processor IP. However recently, ARM just announced the successful tape-out of a test chip featuring next-generation, 64-Bit ARM v8-A mobile processor cores, codenamed Artemis, manufactured using TSMC's upcoming 10nm FinFET process technology. The test chip features what ARM calls an Artemis cluster. It's essentially a quad-core processor with power management IP, a single-shader Mali graphics core, AMBA AXI interconnect, and test ROMs connected to a second cluster by an asynchronous bridge that features the memory subsystem, which is stacked with a Cortex M core that handles control logic, some timers, SRAM, and external IO. Compared to 16nm FinFET+, at nominal voltage, the 10nm test chip offered a 12% performance improvement in a similar power envelope. In super-overdrive mode (Vsod), the Artemis test chip offered similar performance, but at 30% lower power.SoCs for premium mobile devices with next-generation cores produced on the 10nm process node are expected to arrive later in the second half of this year.

Submission + - There Were Mega-Tsunamis On Mars (

An anonymous reader writes: Today, a team of scientists has announced the first discovery of extraterrestrial tsunamis. A team of astronomers and geologists led by J. Alexis Rodriguez at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona has uncovered evidence of massive tsunamis on Mars billions of years ago. As Rodriguez reports, two separate megatsunamis tore across the red planet around 3.4 billion years ago, a time when Mars was a mere 1.1 billion years old and nearby Earth was just cradling its first microbial lifeforms. The two tsunamis created 150-foot-high shore-break waves on average, and some absolutely monster waves up to 400 feet tall. Rodriguez and his colleagues outline their tsunami findings today in the journal Scientific Reports.

Submission + - Facebook Live Event Streaming Is Winning Over Meerkat, Periscope, And Snapchat

techtsp writes: Last year, Facebook introduced one of its game changing features till the date, and that's Live Streaming. As per the report coming in, Facebook Live Streaming is doing way better than its competitors — Meerkat, Periscope, and Snapchat collectively. However, there are numerous reasons exist on the basis of facts why Facebook might have got it all right in such a short time span. Interestingly, Facebook doesn't delete a video once broadcast's completed. Additionally, there's no need to build another audience on another platform. Definitely, according to the report, these are some of the prominent reasons why Facebook is ahead of its competitors when it comes to fighting this live stream battle.

Submission + - 54 is the New 42, Aging Slower With Technology ( writes: Remember the time when it was said that technology was the worst thing that happened to human beings. Well scientists from the journal PLOS ONE have concluded that technology is making people age slower, after discovering that the brains of middle-aged people are getting sharper and younger to keep up with the demands of modern technology.

Submission + - Superjet Technology Nears Reality After Successful Australia Test (

An anonymous reader writes: A two-hour flight from Sydney to London is a step closer to reality after the latest successful test Wednesday of hypersonic technology in the Australian desert. A joint US-Australian military research team is running a series of 10 trials at the world's largest land testing range, Woomera in South Australia, and at Norway's Andoya Rocket Range. Hypersonic flight involves traveling at more than five times the speed of sound (Mach 5). Scientists involved in the program — called Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE) — are developing an engine that can fly at Mach 7, Michael Smart of the University of Queensland told AFP. He added that the scramjet was a supersonic combustion engine that uses oxygen from the atmosphere for fuel, making it lighter and faster than fuel-carrying rockets. The experimental rocket in the trial on Wednesday reached an altitude of 278 kilometers and a target speed of Mach 7.5, Australia's defense department said.

Submission + - What would a new particle at the LHC reveal?

An anonymous reader writes: The "diphoton bump" at 750 GeV is perhaps the best active signal we have for the possibility of fundamental new particles beyond the Standard Model. While the upgraded LHC should collect enough data that we'll know by the end of the year whether it looks real or goes away, there are six different possibilities for what it could be if it pans out, including: a second Higgs, dark matter, extra dimensions, neutrino physics, a composite particle or even a surprise! But don't get too excited; a similar bump at three times that energy has already gone away, and this one might be next.

Submission + - Cloud Security Start-Up ProtectWise Creates Network DVR To Analyze Threats (

MojoKid writes: A Denver-based security start-up called ProtectWise has a rather interesting twist on a security as a service platform that also incorporates an innovative threat detection and management user interface. The ProtectWise security platform runs on a cloud-based infrastructure that currently utilizes Amazon AWS for storage and processing. ProtectWise is an all software solution comprised of a "cloud network DVR platform" which is made up of virtual cameras in the cloud that record all traffic on the network. The sensors (12MB installs) record all network traffic wherever they're installed and stream it up to the ProtectWise platform where it is securely stored and threat analysis is performed. Sensors can be configured with profiles to capture just light metadata like netflow or headers all the way to full packets. You can then play-back the traffic from the ProtectWise analytics platform, going months back if needed, and analyze it for threats. You can go back in time and see if, where and how you've been compromised retrospectively, as well as in real-time or predictively. Also, there's a ProtectWise HUD that visualizes and renders network threat location and progression, allowing you to make better use of all the data recorded. It has a "KillBox" that visually shows attack events across the network. The only question is compliance for financial applications etc., because it's cloud-based. Early customers using the platform consist of companies like Netflix, Hulu and Pandora.

Submission + - Pentagon Research Could Make 'Brain Modem' a Reality

An anonymous reader writes: Pentagon Research Could Make 'Brain Modem' a Reality
The tiny injectable machine could turn your noodle into a remote control.

"This seemingly unlikely piece of technology has just gotten a lot less unlikely. On Feb. 8, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-the U.S. militaryâ(TM)s fringe-science wing-announced the first successful tests, on animal subjects, of a tiny sensor that travels through blood vessels, lodges in the brain and records neural activity."[1]

"The so-called "stentrode," a combination stent and electrode, is the size of a paperclip and flexible. The tiny, injectable machine-the invention of neurologist Tom Oxley and his team at the University of Melbourne in Australia-could help researchers solve one of the most vexing problems with the brain modem: how to insert a transmitter into the brain without also drilling a hole in the userâ(TM)s head, a risky procedure under any circumstances."

""By reducing the need for invasive surgery, the stentrode may pave the way for more practical implementations of those kinds of life-changing applications of brain-machine interfaces, Doug Weber, a DARPA program manager, said in a statement."



The Pentagon Wants to Put This in Your Brain
The U.S. military wants to build a brain modem that allows you to control objects by willpower. How realistic is it?

"The U.S. military is beginning work on a new "implantable neural interface" that it hopes will allow wearers to transmit data back and forth from their brains to external digital devices."

Submission + - Ardupilot to Continue On as Non-Profit (

buck-yar writes: With 3DR recently pulling their financial support for the Ardupilot project, the developers had to take a look at how the project would continue. Andrew Tridgell announced yesterday the developers will create a non-profit to oversee the project similar to other non-profits in the open source community. The project continues to grow. "Intel has well over 10 developers devoted to DroneCode projects including at least 2 working on Ardupilot full time and a few others improving QGroundControl to work better with Ardupilot," developer Randy MacKay writes.

Submission + - IRS Taxpayer Data Theft Seven Times Larger Than Originally Thought (

An anonymous reader writes: For the second time, the IRS has revised the estimated damage of a criminal syndicate's massive theft of American taxpayer data.

In May 2015, the government agency said criminals used a tool on the IRS website to steal the tax forms of 104,000 people. Then in August, it revised that number up to 330,000. On Friday, the tax-collection agency revealed that number is now closer to 720,000.

Submission + - EVs Will Be Less Expensive To Own Than Internal Combustion Cars Within 10 Years (

Lucas123 writes: With the price of lithium-ion batteries continuing to plummet, already dropping 65% since 2010, electric vehicles will become cheaper to own by the mid-2020s, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report also forecasts that sales of EVs will hit 41 million by 2040, up from 462,000 in 2015. By 2040, EVs will make up 35% of new light-duty vehicle sales, even if the price of crude oil goes back up from $33 today to $70 in the future. The adoption of EVs will displace about 13 million barrels of oil per day by 2040, when the clean-energy cars represent about one-quarter of cars on the road.

Submission + - Red Hat warns of Linux 'Skeleton Key' Vulnerability (

destinyland writes: Last week, security experts at both Red Hat and Google found a new flaw in the glibc library used in most Linux systems that enables remote code execution. "Through this flaw, attackers could remotely crash or even force the execution of malicious code on machines without the knowledge of the end user," warns Red Hat's security blog, providing a list of affected products and services. Security expert Dan Kaminsky calls this flaw "unusually bad" and "a skeleton key of unknown strength." And Wolfgang Kandek, the CTO of cloud security provided Qualys, warns that "This is critical and will only get worse in the next couple of weeks."

Submission + - Researchers make bottles easier to open by making them parallelograms (

An anonymous reader writes: If glass could be made easier to open, perhaps it could make a bit of a comeback outside of the premium-level food brands that now comprise most of its users. A new patent granted to a team of Japanese researchers sets out to do just that — with simple geometry.

The biggest issues in lid stickiness is shape; a shirt or kitchen towel can help provide some extra grip, but a smooth circular lid is still hard to hold onto against great force. The researchers performed an ingenious series of tests with various jar shapes, from a self-reported level of difficulty to electromyographs measuring muscle use in the hands. The result? A parallelogram shape works best.

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