“Li-Fi” 100 Times Faster Than “Wi-Fi”

Li-fi is a new means of delivering data using visible spectrum as against the radio waves used by most other methods. This new technology has already been tested in a functional office. What makes Li-fi stand apart is the astonishing speed at which can deliver access to the internet, often 100 times faster compared to Wi-fi at a mind-boggling speed of 1Gbps. You need a light source similar to an LED bulb, a photo detector and an internet connection to use Li-fi. The visible spectrum of light use...
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Xerox printed memory labels aim to curb counterfeiting.

Xerox on Wednesday announced a pair of printed packaging labels with embedded memory designed to help curb counterfeiting. Also known as printed memory, the labels are equipped with up to 36 bits of rewritable memory. That may not sound like much in a world that deals largely in gigabytes and terabytes but according to Xerox, it’s enough to store up to 68 billion points of data. The product line-up is made up of the aforementioned Xerox Printed Memory and the second offering is the same except t...
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Hot Jupiter ‘Companions’ could shed light on planet formation.

The discovery of two exoplanet "companions" provides insight into the hot Jupiter solar system, discovered from data collected by the K2 mission. Out of the some 300 hot Jupiters that have been spotted over the past two decades, these new objects are the first close-in planets to be discovered. Discovery of two close-in planet companions sheds new light on planet formation. For the past 20 years, astronomers peered into the night sky, puzzled about a type of planet called hot Jupiters. As they a...
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Vessel – This cup tells you what it’s holding.

Vessel can identify the drink that is in it, along with the dietary content sugar, calories, protein, fat, caffeine and takes all the data and synchronizes it in your smartphone. The Vessyl mug created by Justin Lee has been designed to serve as a chic lifestyle product that is fashionable as well as functional, and it has a spill–proof lid, a non-stick interior, and comes with a charging coaster that provides enough power for the cup to work for a week with just one hour of charge time. It come...
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New flu tracker uses Google search data better than Google.

A team of Harvard statisticians has come up with a new way to track the flu virus using Internet search data. The system uses a method that has been used before, tracking searchers for key words and phrases, but has coupled it with additional data to improve its accuracy. The new model, ARGO (AutoRegression with Google search data), was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and was built on Google Flu Trends, which was Google’s flu tracking model that emerged in 200...
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Milky Way

A team of astronomers, led by Istvan Dékány of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, has used data from the survey, taken between 2010 and 2014, to make a remarkable discovery, a previously unknown component of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. “The central bulge of the Milky Way is thought to consist of vast numbers of old stars. But the VISTA data has revealed something new, and very young by astronomical standards!” says Istvan Dékány, lead author of the new study. Analysing data fro...
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Big Data

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are looking to take human intuition out of big data analysis by letting computers choose the feature set used to identify predictive patterns in the data. This effort is called “Data Science Machine”. Big Data represents a huge, complex ecosystem that brings together innovative processes from across the spectrum of data analysis, storage, networking, curation, search,...
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Seizure-symptom app is latest Apple health research tool

Johns Hopkins researchers today introduced EpiWatch, an app designed to collect data from patients with epilepsy before, during, and after their seizures. The app, which runs on Apple Watch and iPhone, uses the open source ResearchKit framework designed by Apple. The data gathered for the study by the app, including physiological changes, altered responsiveness, and other characteristics of recurrent seizures, will be used by researchers to better understand epilepsy, to develop new methods f...
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Tesla Autopilot Mode – Model S Software Version 7.0

Tesla has launched a software update for its vehicles enabling the cars to have an "autopilot" mode. The latest software update, 7.0 allows Model S to use its unique combination of cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors and data to automatically steer down the highway, change lanes, and adjust speed in response to traffic. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, Model S scans for a parking space and parallel parks on your command. Today’s update increases the driver’s confidence behind the wheel...
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RapidSOS acts as a fast “data pipeline” for 911

Mobile app automatically sends a caller’s location and medical data to dispatch centers. RapidSOS, a startup with MIT roots, is gearing up to release a one-touch 911 app that automatically sends location and preset medical data from a smartphone to dispatch centers, with aims of drastically reducing the time it takes first responders to get to a scene. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), around 70 percent of 911 calls today are made via mobile phones. Yet when fieldin...
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Israeli Mini-Scanner Can Tell The Difference Between Food, Drink or Pills

An Israeli start-up has launched a pocket device which analyses instantly the composition of food, drink, medication or other objects. It is the first molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand. The process it uses is simple. Its SCiO tool sends data on the chemical makeup of a substance to the user's smartphone, where a variety of applications will present the results. The SCiO does not need physical contact with the substance being tested because it uses a beam of light in wh...
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Genetic investigation of Blood Pressure Regulation

A new study pinpoints several gene networks closely linked to the regulation of blood pressure. Framingham Heart Study launched a major initiative to identify and study the genes underlying cardiovascular and other chronic diseases in individuals as this research could lead to new treatments and better strategies for disease prevention. The study, which takes a close look at networks of blood pressure-related genes is published in the journal Molecular Systems Biology. More than one bil...
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Smartbox Technology Set to Change Insurance Prices

The smartbox records details about how your car is driven and data is wireless transferred in real time to the insurance company. MyDrive Solutions, an insurance telematics provider announced the launch of its insurance smart box product which will enable car insurance companies to use driving behavioral data, as derived by the latest data capture technology, to assess the risk presented by individual drivers and price car insurance premiums accordingly. Insurance companies are implementin...
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NOAA’s Science On a Sphere is a room sized, global display system

Novel and revolutionary Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is an educational tool that uses computers and video projectors to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. This tool has been developed by Dr. Sandy MacDonald along with researchers at NOAA. Unique and captivating, it's been used in science museums, visitor centers, zoos, aquariums, laboratories, and schools around the world. It consists of a spherical projection system created by NOAA which presents high-resolution vid...
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Smart Pills for collecting data inside the body

Imagine if a vitamin sized pill could collect medical data from your body. Companies such as SmartPill have come out with wireless devices contained in tiny capsules to collect information from inside the body. The SmartPill capsule includes miniaturized sensors or cameras, a printed circuit board and tiny batteries that work to collect medical data as it makes its way through a person's gastrointestinal tract. Once swallowed, the device collects the required information, stores the data a...
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