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Stanford Researchers develop Lab-on-a-chip That Turns Blood Test Snapshots Into Continuous Movies

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Imagine the first day of your next job. You’ve never visited the office before or sat down with anyone from the company in person. In fact, the first person you meet face-to-face is the security guard, who hands you your building pass at reception. However, even though you’ve never been here before, you make your …

ABB successfully completes delivery of medium- and low-voltage digital solutions for the expansion of the Shanghai Bailonggang Wastewater Treatment Plant in China guaranteeing continuous and reliable power supply. The expansion of the facility, which also included the introduction of more advanced wastewater treatment processes, required ABB’s high reliability and precision power management solutions to bolster …

  What’s New: Intel introduced Intel® RealSense™ ID, an on-device solution that combines an active depth sensor with a specialized neural network designed to deliver secure, accurate and user-aware facial authentication. Intel RealSense ID works with smart locks, access control, point-of-sale, ATMs, kiosks and more. “Intel RealSense ID combines purpose-built hardware and software with a …

Combining hybrid polymer materials with microfabrication and 3D printing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has developed an ultra-compact, lightweight and minimally invasive optoelectronic neural implant that could be used for long-term studies of brain activity. The new implantable devices are built upon a new platform LLNL researchers are calling POEMS (Polymeric Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems) and represent …

  Space exploration achieved several notable firsts in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, including commercial human spaceflight and returning samples of an asteroid to Earth. The coming year is shaping up to be just as interesting. Here are some of the missions to keep an eye out for.   Artemis 1 Artemis 1 is the …

Founded in 2019, the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator’s mission is to identify tomorrow’s scientific innovations and to anticipate their impact on our societies by integrating them into the international Geneva ecosystem.   The Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) has revealed a list of 68 global leading scientists that it has collaborated with to …

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of those concepts that conjures up polar opposite but equally inaccurate visions of the future. There’s the dark, apocalyptic AI from science fiction movies where an all-powerful computer system gains a level of self- awareness, turns against humanity and unleashes armies of killer cyborgs. There’s also the warm and fuzzy …

This month, Google forced out a prominent AI ethics researcher after she voiced frustration with the company for making her withdraw a research paper. The paper pointed out the risks of language-processing artificial intelligence, the type used in Google Search and other text analysis products. Among the risks is the large carbon footprint of developing …

For even the most routine of medical checkups, a blood test is often the first order of business. But, for all its diagnostic power, this common test provides only a snapshot of the blood during a single moment in time.   “A blood test is great, but it can’t tell you, for example, whether insulin …

Imagine typing on a computer without a keyboard, playing a video game without a controller or driving a car without a wheel. That’s one of the goals of a new device developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, that can recognize hand gestures based on electrical signals detected in the forearm. The system, …