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Submission + - Scientists turn mammalian cells into complex biocomputers (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Computer hardware is getting a softer side. A research team has come up with a way of genetically engineering the DNA of mammalian cells to carry out complex computations, in effect turning the cells into biocomputers. The group hasn’t put those modified cells to work in useful ways yet, but down the road researchers hope the new programming techniques will help improve everything from cancer therapy to on-demand tissues that can replace worn-out body parts.

Submission + - Psychologists enlist machine learning to help diagnose depression (utexas.edu)

aarondubrow writes: Depression affects about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population. Cognitive neuroscientists from The University of Texas at Austin have been able to classify individuals with major depressive disorder with roughly 75% accuracy using a machine learning approach. Their study revealed that diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) MRI scans — which tag water molecules to determine the extent to which those molecules are microscopically diffused in the brain over time — can accurately classify depressed or vulnerable individuals versus healthy controls. It also showed that predictive information is distributed across brain networks rather than being highly localized.

Submission + - Hong Kong Government Loses Laptops with all Voter's Data

fatp writes: Hong Kong Free Press reports that the Registration and Electoral Office (REO) has lost laptops with personal data of all 3.7 million voters after the Chief Executive election. The REO said "the personal data was encrypted and there was no evidence that it had been leaked." Only 1,194 people had right to vote in the election.

Submission + - Apartment Building In China Has A Train Going Through It - And Stopping In It (cnn.com) 1

dryriver writes: CNN reports: This decade, the mantra in real estate has been people want to live near mass transit. Now it seems people want to live with the transit. An apartment building erected in Chongqing, China — a city with a population of a whopping 49 million residents — has a train line passing through the 6th — 8th floors of the building. The train doesn't just pass through this building either, it also stops inside the building. So building residents can take the elevator up to the relevant floors — floors 6 to 8 — and hitch a ride on the train that stops there, then moves on to other parts of the city.

Submission + - Singapore Wants To Test Flying Taxi Drones (nypost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "Commuters in Singapore might soon be able to ride a flying taxi home at the end of the day," writes the New York Post. "The country's Minister of Transport is in negotiations with tech companies to start trials on taxi drones that can pick up passengers, says a story by Singapore's Business Times. The driverless pods, which resemble the speeding hover bikes in Return of the Jedi, would stop for passengers based on an 'e-hail' similar to what Uber uses, the report says." Flying taxis have already been prototyped, including the Hoversurf Scorpion and the Volocopter VC200, while Dubai plans to begin testing Ehang 184 self-driving flying taxi drones in July.

Though Singapore is a small country with a relatively small workforce, the head of their ministry of transportation "noted the availability and affordability of data and the rise of artificial intelligence are already upending the transport sector globally," reports the Singapore Business Times. To that end, Singapore is also considering on-demand buses that optimize their routes, but also driverless buses. "It has signed a partnership agreement with a party to build and put such buses through a trial, and will be signing another agreement quite soon."

Comment Reusable, green, practically modular (Score 1) 220

= Reusable / Modular but practical computing platforms =

        For God's sake make a laptop where, when the processors, storage, RAM cannot be upgraded anymore to keep up with age the rest of the machine ( the Display, the speakers, keyboard, touchpad etc.) can still be used over standard interfaces like HDMI, 3.5 mm Jack,, USB, PCI express etc. , so that it can be re-used instead of reaching the landfill. E-waste recycling is not yet at it's best in most of the world. And being able to quickly re-use the device in hand in ways unplanned for is what makes a tech-geek the happiest, in addition to mother nature - for keeping her and her children healthy.

Make it semi-modular, with the goals to be both re-usable and hot-swappable. Do not try to be another project ARA.

        One way of achieving the above in a way the geeks would love:
        A seperate Compute Module in the spirit of Rpi-compute-module : the size of a small tablet-pc consisting of :
                    * RAM, CPU
                    * and a small battery(enough to allow hotswapping between terminal),
                    * wifi, Bluetooth
                    * an SSD and
                    *an "expansion port".
          This would come in several flavours - from netbook like power with max display res of full HD good for simple computing on-the go, to powerfull ones with Dual 4k displays enough for extreme gaming. These can dock into "Terminal"s and hot-swap between them.

        The "Terminal" could be any of your "Terminal" products ( Each with it's own big battery/power supply) :
                    * A 10 inch laptop like dock, 15 inch, 20 Inch. WIth / Without touch-screen.
                                      * Slim ones with membrane keyboards, small battery
                                      * Fat ones with mechanical keyboards.
                                      * Convertible ones - by detaching or twisting
                    * A "PC" Like Dock: which simply converts the expansion port into
                                      * 1 or 2 HDMIs
                                      * 4 USB ports,
                                      * ethernet
                                      * audio ports (from HDMI)
                                      * and probably a Hot swappable SATA Port.
                    * A few different sizes of tablet like Interfaces.

        Or any exotic but practical types of "Terminals"
                    * An "All in one desktop" like terminal with display and sound, with laser projection keyboard built under the display. And a Wacom like digitizer.
                    * A wierd laptop like device without an in-built display - it just streams the display and sound over Miracast or other wireless casting protocols.

        A person would not buy just one type. I personally would go for a small laptop and an "all in one desktop" form factor. And if savings permit, I would also save for a wifi-casting device.

        All kinds of docks can have their own USB hubs built in to provide more USB ports.
        Most importantly: The "expansion port" must simply be a convinient way of packing *standard* ports:
                      * 2 hdmi ports
                      * 2 USB ports
                      * power port.
              Optional:
                      * audio ports
                      * Ethernet
                      * Sata port
                      * PCI Express port

            A dummy reverse-converter which docks into the "Terminal" is a must - I must be able to use any of these terminals with a Raspberry Pi/Cubieboard, normal mother boards, laptops, etc. too.

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