Month: March 2017

New Smartphone Device Can Test Sperm Quality

March 24, 2017

A new smartphone device can analyse a man’s sperm quality and let him know in a matter of minutes whether he suffers from infertility, US researchers said Wednesday. Infertility affects more than 45 million couples worldwide. Over 40 percent of fertility problems are due to poor quality sperm. The technology described in the journal Science […]

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NASA to Use Laser Communication for High-Speed Space ‘Internet’

March 24, 2017

In a step towards verifying the efficacy of laser communications for speedier data rates for connections between spacecraft and the Earth, NASA said it is developing a trailblazing, long-term technology demonstration mission. The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) mission, scheduled for launch in 2019, will help NASA understand the best ways to operate laser communications […]

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Seriously, this skull-drilling robot is good news for humanity

March 16, 2017

When someone invents a robot specifically made to drill into the skulls of unconscious, immobile humans, you’d be forgiven for feeling a natural reaction along the lines of “for the love of God, why?” But trust me, this particular robotic trepanation station is a good idea. Teaching robots how to trustGoogle’s AI translation tool seems […]

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Privacy hawks in Congress call on Homeland Security to warn Americans of SS7 hacking threat

March 16, 2017

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and California Representative Ted Lieu are pressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on a mobile network vulnerability that they consider to be a systemic digital threat. In a new joint letter, the two members of Congress questioned DHS Secretary John Kelly about flaws inherent in Signaling System 7 (SS7), a global telecommunications protocol […]

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Jeff Bezos wants Blue Origin to be the Amazon of the Moon

March 4, 2017

Not one to be left out, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos is also making plans to go to the Moon, just like fellow space magnate Elon Musk. Bezos’ plan, uncovered by The Washington Post via a draft proposal presented to NASA and Trump’s administration, outlines Blue Origin’s plan to create a cargo spacecraft […]

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Uber plans to turn its app into a ‘content marketplace’ during rides

March 4, 2017

Uber can’t seem to avoid headlines for the wrong reasons right now, as it gets slammed for its toxic work culture, its connections to a polarizing U.S. President, and its CEO’s attitude to Uber drivers. But despite all that, the transportation company — currently valued as high as $68 billion — continues to grow and is expanding its business into ever more areas. […]

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