Monday, 29 April 2019

New way to 'see' objects accelerates future of self-driving cars

The laser sensors currently used to detect 3D objects in the paths of autonomous cars are bulky, ugly, expensive, energy-inefficient – and highly accurate.

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Patterns of compulsive smartphone use suggest how to kick the habit

Everywhere you look, people are looking at screens. In the decade since smartphones have become ubiquitous, we now have a feeling almost as common as the smartphones themselves: being sucked into that black hole of staring at those specific apps—you know which ones they are—and then a half an hour has gone by before you realize it.

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Harnessing sunlight to pull hydrogen from wastewater

Hydrogen is a critical component in the manufacture of thousands of common products from plastic to fertilizers, but producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive. Now, a research team at Princeton University has harnessed sunlight to isolate hydrogen from industrial wastewater.

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Toyota to assemble Lexus in Canada: Trudeau

Japanese automaker Toyota will assemble two models of its Lexus in Canada starting in 2022, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday.

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Sensor-based technologies are promising to support independent living for older women

A study conducted by Assistant Professor Blaine Reeder, Ph.D., and co-authored by Catherine Jankowski, Ph.D., at the University of Colorado College of Nursing on older women's perception of technology found that more active older adult women prefer wearable sensors for themselves and smart home sensors for their older parents.

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A personality test for ads: Machine learning algorithms could personalize advertisements for individual consumers

It's no surprise that images used for advertising on television and online play a powerful role in triggering emotions and shaping impressions of products or brands, but an ad that appeals to one person may seem irrelevant or distasteful to another. What if it was possible to start personalizing ads viewed by different consumers based on their personality types?

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'Right' cover-crop mix good for both Chesapeake and bottom lines

Planting and growing a strategic mix of cover crops not only reduces the loss of nitrogen from farm fields, protecting water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, but the practice also contributes nitrogen to subsequent cash crops, improving yields, according to researchers.

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For low-income countries, climate action pays off by 2050

Successful global efforts to substantially limit greenhouse gas emissions would likely boost GDP growth of poorer countries over the next 30 years, according to new research published in Climatic Change.

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Meal swaps that save 200 calories

(HealthDay)— You can often lose weight by making small yet strategic calorie cuts at every meal, rather than eliminating entire meals or cutting portions so severely that you never feel satisfied.

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Predicting heart disease, stroke could be as easy as a blood test

Imagine getting a simple blood test to help doctors predict your risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

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Research examines new links between retreating glaciers and global warming

University of Southampton scientists are using innovative technology to monitor the behaviour of glaciers in real time, in a new bid to understand the link between their retreat, global warming and rising sea levels.

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Can we turn sewage 'sludge' into something valuable?

Over the past few years I have become an academic expert in "sewage sludge" – the residual, semi-solid mix of excrement packed with microorganisms that is left behind within wastewater treatment plants. Every year the UK alone produces approximately 1.4m tonnes of the stuff. About 80% of it is spread on fields as manure, but this still leaves us with a headache – what do we do with the rest?

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Squishy robots can drop from a helicopter and land safely

Sometimes the toughest among us come in shapes that are round and just a little bit squishy.

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Researchers continue efforts to lower drug-resistant hypertension without medication

The Emory Heart & Vascular Center is participating in an FDA-approved pivotal trial, called CALM-2 (Controlling And Lowering blood pressure with MobiusHDĂ’), of a novel catheter-based, non-surgical procedure to treat patients with drug-resistant hypertension.

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A deep learning tool for personalized workout recommendations from fitness tracking data

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed FitRec, a recommendation tool powered by deep learning, that is able to better estimate runners' heart rates during a workout and predict and recommend routes. The team will present their work at the WWW 19 conference May 13 to 17 in San Francisco.

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Study shows a quarter of patients have never had their BMI recorded by their GP

New research presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, Scotland (28 April—1 May) reveals that a quarter of patients have never had their body mass index (BMI) recorded by their GP. The study is by Kath Williamson and Professor Mike Lean of the Department of Human Nutrition and Dr. Amy Nimegeer of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, UK.

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Single dose of targeted radiotherapy is safe and effective for prostate cancer

A single high dose of radiation that can be delivered directly to the tumour within a few minutes is a safe and effective technique for treating men with low risk prostate cancer, according to a study presented at the ESTRO 38 conference.

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An Intel outlay of what's new and spiffy about its 9th generation core processor family grabbed Tuesday's tech-watching observers, who went over the list.

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