Automated system detected cracks in nuclear power plants

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February 20, 2017

Shown to be more accurate than other automated systems, a new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants has been developed. “Periodic inspection of the components of nuclear power plants is important to avoid accidents and ensure safe operation,” said Mohammad R. Jahanshahi, an assistant professor in Purdue University’s Lyles School of Civil Engineering. “However, current inspection practices are time consuming, tedious and subjective because they…

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Facial recognition identifies lemurs from mug shot database

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February 20, 2017

Used to find criminals, identify passport and driver’s license fraud, and catch shoplifters, facial recognition is a biometric system that identifies or verifies a person from a digital image. But can it be used to identify endangered lemurs in the jungles of Madagascar? Yes, said Anil Jain, biometrics expert and university distinguished professor at Michigan State University. Jain and his team modified their human facial recognition system to create LemurFaceID,…

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Virtual reality app takes the fear out of MRI scans for children

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February 17, 2017

A resident physicist at King’s College Hospital, Jonathan Ashmore, keeps a pair of sound-cancelling headphones on his desk. He dons them every time a very young patient arrives at the MRI scanner in the room next door, to drown out the sounds. “Sometimes the parents are the worst part – and the kids read off of them,” Ashmore tells WIRED. It’s an unfortunate side-effect of any medical procedure involving a…

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Crash testing drones and self-driving cars with an open-source sim

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February 17, 2017

To let developers crash drones and self-driving cars, Microsoft has released open-source software. Called Aerial Informatics and Robotics Platform, or AirSim for short, the code creates a realistic training environment in which it’s possible to simulate mistakes without real-world consequences. Let’s say you want to teach an aerial robot to tell the difference between a wall and a shadow,” Microsoft says in a blog post. “Chances are, you’d like to…

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Timely diagnosis of serious diseases with smart mobile tool

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February 17, 2017

A key challenge for researchers worldwide for decades has been finding practical solutions to detect proteins, cancer biomarkers, viruses and other small objects. These solutions hold promise for saving lives through more timely diagnosis and treatment of serious infections and diseases. Now a UCLA team’s new research shows how such detections might be done for a fraction of the cost by using ‘smart’ mobile devices designed by machine learning. One…

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Rock musicians’ love of valve amps explained through physics

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February 9, 2017

Why is the valve sound so sought after? David Keeports, a physics professor from Mills College in California, looked at the science of valve amps for the journal Physics Education, to explain why their sound is ‘better’ to the ears of so many guitarists. Professor Keeports said: “Although solid state diodes and transistors are cheaper, more practical, and technologically more advanced than glass valves, valves survive because so many guitarists…

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Whitepaper released on ‘Making the case for edge data centers’

EdgeConneX, specializing in global data center solutions at the edge of the network, has announced the availability of a new whitepaper, ‘Making the Case for Edge Data Centers’, documenting the benefits of Edge Data Centers (EDCs) as a means to combat the negative effects of exploding internet traffic and congestion. This whitepaper, prepared by Heavy Reading contributing analyst, Alan Breznick, examines the latest trends in the broadband and video space…

February 7, 2017
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The tools to produce the producers of the future

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February 6, 2017

At the Bett Show 2017, coding had a large presence. Teaching children within STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) to learn coding with various platforms from established companies such as Texas Instruments, to emerging startups such as Raspberry Pi. However, a couple of booths concentrated on the ‘A’ in STEAM more than others. Rather than just using the vowel to elongate the acronym, a few companies got really creative…

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Mixing virtual reality and holographics

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February 6, 2017

A video from Drew Gottlieb, a software developer studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is sparking off a lot of what-if imagination. The video is titled ‘Shared Reality: Vive + HoloLenses = Magic’. He said the video is about, “A functional prototype showing how it feel would if HoloLenses could participate in virtual reality sessions within the same space.” He blogged about his combination of mixed reality and virtual…

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Superluminous supernova modeled in 2D

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February 6, 2017

Sightings of a rare breed of superluminous supernovae—stellar explosions that shine 10 to 100 times brighter than normal—are perplexing astronomers. First spotted only in last decade, scientists are confounded by the extraordinary brightness of these events and their explosion mechanisms. To better understand the physical conditions that create superluminious supernova, astrophysicists are running two-dimensional (2D) simulations of these events using supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific…

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