Forget your old alarm system – This drone will protect your house

by Matt McFarland, CNN Money

A new startup wants to turn drones into guardian angels for our homes.

Sunflower Labs — with headquarters in Silicon Valley and Zurich, Switzerland — announced a new security system on Thursday that detects possible threats and investigates them with a drone.

The drone streams video to your smartphone, so you can see and decide if your home is at risk or not.

Sunflower Labs, which is now accepting participant applications, will start beta tests in mid-2017. The startup sees itself as a complement to traditional alarms. Continue reading Forget your old alarm system – This drone will protect your house

RPI researchers use nanoparticles to treat influenza in mice

by Zachary Matson, The Daily Gazette

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute demonstrated in a paper published last month how they successfully treated immune-compromised mice exposed to the influenza virus with a new nano-particle drug.

The drug, designed and tested by a team of RPI and South Korean researchers, uses “structural decoys” to attract the virus’ coat protein that would otherwise bind to lung cells. Once the virus adheres to the drug, it eventually “self-destructs.” Continue reading RPI researchers use nanoparticles to treat influenza in mice

World’s First Off Grid “EcoCapsule” Runs Entirely on Renewable Energy

by Robert, SciTechBee

The Ecocapsule is an egg-shaped, mobile dwelling designed to produce more electricity than it consumes and harvest more rain water than its occupants use. It was developed by Nice Architects, a firm based in Bratislava, Slovokia.

“Ecocapsule” packs everything you need into one very efficient, compact design. Replete with rather luxurious amenities, including a double bed, kitchenette, storage space, and bathroom with a shower,climate control,and a toilet that collects bio waste. Continue reading World’s First Off Grid “EcoCapsule” Runs Entirely on Renewable Energy

Ukraine Is Using Microsoft’s Hololens to ‘See’ Through Its Tanks

by Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics

The headsets will allow drivers to see as if their tanks were made of glass.

In the latest example of consumer technology adapted for military applications, Microsoft’s Hololens is being put to work to allow tank crews to “see” through the walls of their vehicles. The result will be greater situational awareness for tank crews, allowing them to fight more effectively.

Tanks and armored vehicles traditionally have poor situational awareness, for obvious reasons. Crews are trapped inside a moving fortress of steel, aluminum, and ceramic composite often several inches thick, with a limited view of the outside world. Vision slits and periscopes allow some view of the outside, but to really get a good look around, crews need to a hatch and expose themselves to enemy tank fire, snipers, and artillery. Continue reading Ukraine Is Using Microsoft’s Hololens to ‘See’ Through Its Tanks

Fuel Cell Breakthrough may Replace Car Batteries

by John N, EDGY LABS

Proton-exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs) are considered a valuable alternative energy technology capable of efficiently generating clean power. If these kinds of fuel cells can be made smaller and more cost-effective, they could potentially replace Li-ion batteries.

Scientists at Liverpool University have figured out a way to more efficiently transport proton charges in PEMFCs with the potential to make fuel cells a commercially viable energy option.

A fuel cell converts hydrogen and oxygen into water.  Therefore, a fuel cell is an electrochemical energy conversion device that produces power, water, and heat as byproducts. Continue reading Fuel Cell Breakthrough may Replace Car Batteries

Scientists Hook Up Brain to Tablet – Paralyzed Woman Googles With Ease

by Shelly Fan, Singularity Hub

For patient T6, 2014 was a happy year.

That was the year she learned to control a Nexus tablet with her brain waves, and literally took her life quality from 1980s DOS to modern era Android OS.

A brunette lady in her early 50s, patient T6 suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), which causes progressive motor neuron damage. Continue reading Scientists Hook Up Brain to Tablet – Paralyzed Woman Googles With Ease

Google formally rejects EU antitrust charges

by Foo Yun Chee, REUTERS

Google on Thursday formally rejected European Union antitrust charges of unfairly promoting its shopping service and blocking rivals in online search advertising, paving the way for EU regulators to rule next year on these issues and potentially impose hefty fines.

The U.S. technology giant’s rebuttal in the shopping case came six years after the European Commission opened an investigation prompted by complaints from rivals such as Microsoft  and a host of European and U.S. rivals. Continue reading Google formally rejects EU antitrust charges

Scientists develop a cancer-detecting smartphone add-on that’s up to 99% accurate

by Jessica Hall, EXTREME TECH

Researchers from Washington State University have come up with a diagnostic rig that can use a smartphone, a prism, and an ELISA plate to detect cancer. In the controlled settings of their lab, with the high-purity reagents they had to work with, the researchers were able to detect the cancer marker interleukin-6 (IL-6) with 99% accuracy.

Obviously results in the field will not reflect the near-ideal conditions of lab work. The concepts, though, are solid. The rig consists of a back lit ELISA assaying plate with 96 wells, a “micro-prism array,” and a 3D printed cradle that holds a smartphone with a camera. The diagnostician using the rig would take samples from a patient, put them in the assay plate, and turn on the back-light. Continue reading Scientists develop a cancer-detecting smartphone add-on that’s up to 99% accurate

Global mobile internet usage overtakes desktop for the first time

by Ryan Daws, Telecom Tech News

Highlighting the momentous shift from desktop to mobile, for the first time ever mobile internet usage has overtaken its desktop counterpart. 

If you look at players now synonymous with mobile – Apple and Google in particular – you’ll see how the shift from desktop to mobile has benefited some while others such as Microsoft – who stuck primarily with desktop – lost out. As this paradigm shift continues, mobile accounted for 51.3 percent of Internet usage worldwide in October compared to 48.7 percent by desktop.  Continue reading Global mobile internet usage overtakes desktop for the first time

Microsoft, Apple and other Tech Giants Compete to Go Green

by Zayan Guedim, EDGYLABS

As the data Cloud grows, so do the energy-thirsty data centers that support its ocean of digital information. Trendsetting companies are going green to address concerns over how these centers are powered.

Microsoft recently announced it would step-up its efforts towards going green completely. It starts by powering its data centers with cleaner energy. By 2018, the company claims that it will depend on 50% renewable energy from wind, solar and hydroelectric sources. Data centers will be their largest energy consuming facilities over the next five years. While Microsoft uses 44% renewable energy today, it seeks to surpass 50% on its way to 60% renewable energy use at the beginning of the next decade.  Continue reading Microsoft, Apple and other Tech Giants Compete to Go Green