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All-in-one childhood vaccine 22 September, 2017 Tagged under: 3d, 3d printing, biomedical engineering, vaccine - Microfabrication engineers are developing technology that might merge every childhood vaccine into one injection, aiming to increase efficiency and effectiveness to defeat childhood viruses, as well as relieve parents’ headaches. Several individual time-sequenced medicines are encapsulated in 400 micron slow-release 3D casings. Project leader and chemical engineering Professor Robert Langer said, "For the first time, we ... Read more
The Bitcoin bonanza continues. Is this the future of money? 22 September, 2017 Tagged under: bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrecnies, jamie dimon, john mcafee, jpmorgan, money - In a recent interview, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called Bitcoin a “fraud” and said that “the currency isn’t going to work”, causing sharp but temporary price declines. He argued that Bitcoins are invented “out of thin air”, whilst dodging the fact that fiat (or national) currencies like the US dollar are also printed “out ... Read more
Smarter cars: A novel approach to AI 22 September, 2017 Tagged under: autonomous vehicles, common sense, crash, isee, MIT, Tesla - In China last year, a Tesla drove into a street-cleaning truck. Why? The AI system was trained in the West where this specific truck did not exist. In Florida last year an accident occurred because a Tesla’s sensors were confused when a truck crossed the highway. The car was driving in semi-autonomous mode, but a ... Read more
FedEx FedUp with cyber attacks 22 September, 2017 Tagged under: cyber security, fedex, hacker, notpetya, TNT - In another dollar figure confirmed, the recent NotPetya cyberattack slashed US$300 million of FedEx subsidiary TNT’s quarterly profits, nearly 40 times the loss caused by Hurricane Harvey. The malware which struck on 29 June has caused ripples in FedEx’s yearly earnings forecasts alongside other large players such as law firm DLA Piper and advertising firm ... Read more
Plastic cuisine? 22 September, 2017 Tagged under: banning, food, oceans, plastic, plastic eating fungus, shellfish - Plastic litter is a problem. In recognition, supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths and the Governments of WA, NT, SA and ACT are discontinuing single-use plastic bags. In an unlikely but timely discovery, microbiologists from the Kunming Institute of Botany in China have found that the fungus Aspergillus tubingensis can “eat” polyester polyurethane in a few ... Read more
Data at the speed of light 22 September, 2017 Tagged under: data, fibre optics, light, microchip, sound, speed, USyd - Traditional electron data transfer processes produce high heat, use high energy, and are limited to one wavelength. Using light on the other hand allows for a transfer of information on multiple wavelengths with zero heat and lightning speeds, literally. The issue with using light as a means of data transfer, however, is that no computer ... Read more
US transition to wind and solar saves lives 22 September, 2017 Tagged under: lives saved, renewable energy, solar, US, wind - Dev Millstein of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and his research colleagues working for the US Department of Energy have estimated that reduced fossil fuel combustion offset by the adoption of wind and solar technologies in the US helped avoid about 8000 deaths between 2007 and 2015. The technologies contributed approximately US$62billion in air pollution cost-avoidance ... Read more
Melbourne’s “first fully automated port” 22 September, 2017 Tagged under: AI, automation, Cargotec, Kalmar-Navis, port of melbourne, robotics, robots, VICT - After deploying ahead of schedule, the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) has been handed back from the Kalmar-Navis Cargotec partnership to the Port of Melbourne. The 35-hectare terminal can move more than one million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), and additional capacity is being added. With a 660m straight berth, two large ocean vessels can load ... Read more
Who holds responsibility for third party information on the web? 22 September, 2017 Tagged under: banning, Bill, facebook, Freedom, google, Internet, Legal, Piracy, Privacy - In a ruling decided in August this year, the Australian Federal Court required that websites which operated with a "blatant disregard for the rights of copyright owners" were required to be banned by Telstra, Optus, Vocus and TPG within 15 days. Now, US lawmakers are spearheading a bill which may hold web providers liable for ... Read more
Is a healthcare blockchain vital to the medical industry? 22 September, 2017 Tagged under: blockchain, cryptocurrencies, decentralised, ledger, medical, records - Globally, great inefficiencies exist in medical record systems that are scattered and disjointed. The US alone has 26 different systems. Transparent and seamless systems with airtight security seem like the logical solution. A healthcare blockchain would be just that. John Halamka, Chief Information Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, explains a potential ... Read more