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Researchers Helped By Gamers To Locate New Exoplanets

Fans of EVE Online, the multiplayer online video game, have the chance to add to astronomical real-life survey by assisting researchers find new exoplanets. Who would have the idea that players of EVE Online, a huge online multiplayer game set in space, had all scientists in the production? As piece of Project Discovery, and in a group effort with most important universities, players can assist researchers in the chase for new exoplanets. Exoplanets are nothing but those planets situated remotely outside and far from our solar system.

Researchers Helped By Gamers To Locate New Exoplanets

The publisher of the game, CCP Games, has grouped up with the University of Geneva, the University of Reykjavik, and Michel Mayor, who found the first ever exoplanet in the history. This data was provided by the same source having a deep knowledge of the matter.

The survey is based on crowd sourcing, with the participatory compilation of information utilizing a secondary movement provided to players inside the game. Players having interest to take part use a particular mini-game dubbed as Project Discovery. This mini-game is built into the latest upgrade of the game, as per the same source having a deep knowledge of the matter.

As element of its technical program, EVE Online will get real astronomical information such as calculating the brightness of far-away stars and luminosity readings. This data will be received from the CoRoT telescope, which was introduced at the end of 2006 into the cosmos. Players will then analyze, examine, and classify the received readings. Their information will be transferred to researchers at the University of Geneva who will additionally examine the results in order to perceive ordinary irregularities that might lead to new findings.

Payers who take part in the mission will receive particular rewards in game to improve their experience of gaming, such as new plans, spaceship skins, and apparel for character.

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Now You Will Have To Make An Impression On A Machine To Get Hired

Picture you are seeking for a new job. You smarten up your resume, send it to the firms that you have selected, and then keenly wait for a reply. Will the employers like your resume? Will they just look through it and make a decision that you are not a correct fit for the job? Or will it make an impression on them and play in your favor?

Impression On A Machine To Get Hired

If you think you are aware of how to make an impression on a prospective boss via a resume, you require to know more. This time you may have to make an impression on a machine in its place—the latest inclusion to the firm, a bot.

The intelligent computer programs, or bots, are taking under the job of looking through resumes, carrying out the first-level of employing, making a decision as to which candidates are appropriate for the task at hand, and also carrying out the first-phase of interviews with applicants.

An unbelievable though just a couple of years back, it is an actuality now, at least in part in most of the firms in the country. Embracing the era of AI, firms have began utilizing it widely to enhance effectiveness at place of work like never before.

Firms have been utilizing bots such as Amber, JLT, and Jinie to assist with jobs such as setting reminders, scheduling dates, and managing pays cuts, time off, and so on. Bots such as Dino and Engazify also track conversations of employee to increase workplace satisfaction and make stronger team work.

Now, firms have began to utilize these bots to also carry out the primary stages of employing. “Engaging bots in functionalities of HR will completely modify the process of hiring,” claims co-Founder of HR solutions company PeopleStrong, Shelly Singh, to the media in an interview. Showing her point, many HR solutions firms such as CIEL have already began utilizing bots to make lists of candidate on the basis of requirements of users and to also contact them straightly with some basic questions for additional assessment.

Well, now you have to work hard to impress a machine though.

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Anymal Quadruped Robot Can Now Utilize An Elevator

Anymal Quadruped Robot Can Now Utilize An ElevatorPerhaps it is the way they jump around like motorized dog skeletons, but there is something intrinsically awkward about quadruped robots. In spite of this, these 4-legged robots have developed strikingly quickly over the last couple of years and are ready to turn out to be more ordinary, specifically in industrial settings. One instance is Anymal, a quadruped robot born at ETH Zurich a couple of years back that is shortly to be obtainable commercially and no longer requires human help when on an elevator.

Similar to the Boston Dynamics’ infamous and impressive “Big Dog”, Anymal is a multi-purpose and smaller robot that has been particularly developed for industrial and commercial applications. The bot is being promoted as good for employment on dangerous sites, such as mines or gas and oil platforms, as well as being operational as a basic safety surveillance gadgets.

Anymal is not the tinniest quadruped robot we have witnessed, but it is one of the utmost commercially-based robots of this date. Having a weight of almost 66 lb (30 kg) and capable of carrying almost 22 lb (10 kg), Anymal can go at a speed equal to that of a vigorously walking human, and can function for almost 2 Hours to 4 Hours on a sole charge of battery, relying on its tasks.

It is a clever little robot that is bundled with a range of sensors permitting it to separately navigate via various industrial sites. The bot is not obtainable just yet, and a particular price has not been announced officially. But for assessment, the marginally minor Ghost Minitaur presently trades with a price tag of almost US$11,500, so these hi-tech robot assistants do not come low-priced.

The newest video to boast the Anymal shows is utilizing an elevator. So for upcoming nightmare-reminding reference, when you are being hunted by one of these devices, keep in mind that it can now follow you almost anywhere, comprising amid the floors of a skyscraper. There is no place to hide.

So friends, if you need this robot, which is very helpful, you just need to hang a while for it to roll out officially.

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Zurich Insurance uses AI for personal injury claims

 

Zurich Insurance is setting up AI to decide personal injury claims once the tests slashed the time used for processing from one hour to just a few seconds, its chairman stated.

“We lately rolled out an AI claims-handling and it saved 40,000 hours of work, while pacing up the processing of claims time from an hour to just five seconds,” Tom de Swaan, Chairman, Zurich Insurance told media, once  the insurer initiated utilizing machines in March to evaluate paperwork, for instance, medical reports.

“We completely plan to extend the employment of this kind of artificial intelligence,” he stated. Insurers are battling to work on the advantages of advancements in technological such as AI and Big Data since tech-driven business enterprises, such as Lemonade Inc, makes an entry in the market.

Lemonade guarantees homeowners and renters’ insurance in as minute as 90 seconds and the imbursement of claims in max to max 180 seconds with the assistance of artificial intelligence bots that help in claims of process and policies. De Swaan stated that Zurich Insurance, the fifth-biggest insurer of Europe, will employ machine learning or AI more and more for handling of claims.

“Precision has enhanced. Since it is machine learning, each new claim results to additional improvements and development,” the De Swaan said. Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance, the Japanese insurer, initiated employing AI in January, swapping its 34 members of staff in a move and said that it might save 140 Million Yen ($1.3 million) in a year. Aviva, the British insurer, is also presently looking forward to make the use of an AI.

De Swaan stated that he is not frightened of rivalry from tech majors such as Alphabet, the parent company of Google, or Apple making an entry in the insurance market, even though some technology firms have shown their interest in lending a helping hand to Zurich. “Nobody among the technology firms so far has taken risk of insurance on their financial statement, since they do not want to be in harmony,” he stated. “Your financial statement should be able to take risk of insurance and sell insurance,” he added further.

 

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Look at the object grabber: OctopusGripper

Octopus, one of the most intelligent species under water is known for its color change capability, long arms, quick reflexes, and flexible and boneless body. Don’t you see a technology coming into the market looking at these capabilities? The German company Festo has developed a gripper arm inspired looking at the octopus arms. So let’s take a closer look at this versatile gripper.

 

Festo named the automated robot gripper as “OctopusGripper” which helps hold, pick up, and keep down objects gently and safely. It has been built for a multitasking purpose rather than keeping one function in mind. This robot is a cost saving technology. OctopusGripper has a 22cm tentacle with two rows of suction cups similar to that of an octopus arm. The tentacle is made of silicon and has a chamber made of wafer-thin polystyrene film to make sure the tentacle bend only inwards when compressed air is applied while wrapping itself around different objects. The Lycra fiber is used to protect the gripper from expanding or bursting. This human-robot collaboration technology is safe for use in the workplace. The elastic and deformable tentacle has suction cups that help hold objects gently especially the large eight cups connected to the vacuum line keep a tight hold on the objects without damaging it. The arm has three axes at the elbow, wrist, and lower arm and a rotary vane along with two air chambers at the axes that allow compressed air to bring about mechanical spring-type adjustments. An optical sensor attached to the arm records the shape and size of the object it comes in contact with. OctopusGripper is an app-based software system which can control about 50 individual components.

Festo’s Bionic Learning Network is responsible for creating this two pneumatic robot arms. The arms have to be manually controlled and it has a motion terminal interface program used to bring about the movements in the arms.

This Bionic Motion Robot is not only sensitive and gentle but also powerful and dynamic. Festo plans to exhibit this future concept—“OctopusGripper” at the Hannover Messe trade fair this month.

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Watch Dog 2 released by Ubisoft with multiple platform support

The gaming industry has loads of offering in its baggage to serve the gamers who are hungry to rule the new levels. Ubisoft the international game maker and publisher have released its latest game Watch Dog 2 which may cost about Rs 3,825. The game is compatible with Xbox One, PS4, and PCs.

It is an action based open world adventure video game that is developed by the same producers who previously introduced Assasin’s Creed. As the name itself says it’s a sequel of the previous launch Watch Dog in 2014.

The game is designed with the fictional visualization of San Francisco Bay Area which conceptualized as a third person playing perspective. The controls are swapped from Pierce who was a protagonist in the previous game to Marcus Holloway who is a professional hacker works with a team of hackers named as DedSec.

The game enables you to play in multiplayer format too and directs you to combat in one on one by joining the force to fight against hackers who are trying to create chaos in the town. Compared to the previous version of the game, this one has loads of new areas and augmented graphics such in terms of hacking and driving. This helps to new addition pleases our eyes while playing

Now the action concept can be played as a normal action game or stealth mode type.  You keep hitting the people face to face with 3d printed guns and rifles. Artificial intelligence gives a strong impact on the experience, enemies know your existence but you will also be equipped with capabilities that will help you to retain in the game. Sometimes it gets too funny during the fight.

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3D-printed bacteria make graphene-like materials

We have seen houses, foodstuffs, and many other things being made using a 3D printer. But have you ever thought about a life form such as bacteria been printed using a 3D printer? This very thought of printing life forms can be surprising, but that’s what technology is about. Using the 3D-printed bacteria, the scientists have made a modified version of the graphene-like material.

Bacteria used to build a material that resembles graphene with similar properties using a printer can prove to be a turning point in the 3D printing world. For testing the bacteria’s activities the researchers placed the bacteria on a sheet of graphene oxide, which the bacteria reduced by metabolizing, by pulling the oxygen atoms from the sheet together.

According to Anne Meyer from the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, the reduction process of the graphene oxide using bacteria is preferred rather than the chemical processes as it is cost effective as well as eco-friendly. The bacteria can reduce the sheet of graphene oxide using sugar water and a temperature condition adjusted to about normal room temperature. Though the quality of the chemically-processed graphene version is better than the bacteria, it has a number of cones. So, this is where 3D printing comes into play to enhance the reduced graphene oxide quality.

With the help of 3D printer, the researchers printed a line of bacteria at 1mm distance from each other onto a surface. They added the E. coli bacteria in a gel made from algae and printed it onto a dish containing calcium ions. When the gel comes in contact with calcium, it solidifies so that the bacteria stay in place. After E. coli, its bacterium Shewanella oneidensis turn to prove its properties. The major concern is to maintain the shape, properties, and form of the bacteria even after been squeezed out of the 3D printer muzzle. The precision in the spreading of the 3D printed bacteria is a must while carrying out the process.

Now the researchers are looking forward to develop small conductive wires into the graphene oxide surface while the rest of the surface remains non-conductive. The use of bacteria to convert silica to silicon and iron oxide to iron is been carried out so that it is possible to sue this technology in converting the lunar dust substances as well.

Currently, this technology will be presented in April 2017 at the Microbiology Society’s annual conference, Edinburgh, U.K.

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Color pigment produced using creepy blue tarantula hair

Aren’t spiders considered to be scary? “Yes”, for sure, but imagine them turning out to be useful in case of the color production. “Spiders that give you goose bumps can be a source of vibrant colors”, is what the researchers have found.

According to the biomimicry researcher Bor-Kai Hsiung, at The University of Akron, the brilliant-blue tarantula can prove to be a great inspiration for pigment production. The new pigment produced from the arachnid is actually called structural color. The pigment is superior to the dye-based pigments used in the consumer products. Structural colors are produced when the light interacts with nanostructures of the same size as that of the wavelength of light. These colors are very vibrant and long-lasting but the major drawback is that they can turn out to be iridescence—changing colors when seen from different angles. Iridescence seems good in nature but not while watching television. Therefore, the researchers have found out that iridescence can be reduced by proper positioning of the photonic structures which is seen in the blue tarantulas’ hair. The flower-like shaped photonic structures are present on its hair which limit the iridescence and makes the blue from every angle even more vibrant.

Hsiung and his colleagues developed a non-iridescence structural color from the hair structure of the tarantula for further use in the digital screen display and textile industry. The new colorant technology is expected to boom the clothing and digital market owing to the non-iridescence, vibrant, and durable color pigments.

Hsiung says, “Giving human’s credit over their intelligence and innovation is too exaggerated because it’s not only humans but also nature which is an unlimited source of ideas.”

The researchers are still hunting for sources to produce different structural colors for consumer materials. Let’s see other than the creepy spider who else can be our next hero.

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Babymoov NutriBaby: Smart baby-food processor

Doesn’t feeding the babies get your head spinning? No mother or nanny will deny as it is the fact. The baby food is something you got to be very careful with in terms of hygiene, nutrients and whether it is easily digestible for the baby. The working parents nowadays don’t even bother to buy baby food. They just blend the normal food in the blender and feed it to their children who smear it all around the face. Thus in order to reduce all this mess, a new product “Babymoov NutriBaby” is designed such that it only produces baby food.

The new product has features such as defrosting, steaming, and blending of the food. It has a system attached to sterilize and warm bottles and other baby utensils. It looks different from the older version as it has a steamer and a blender. The product also has a touchscreen display that makes its functioning easier. The Babymoov NutriBaby uses Happeez app that helps the parents find new recipes for the food processor or blender followed by steaming and blending. The blender has 3 chopping speeds and capacity of about 6.3 cups.

The food processor has the ability to store the already-made recipes and hence tracking of the recipes easier. The app also helps you create separate profiles for separate kids based on their age, allergy, and liking. The app can provide suggestions of meals for the expectant mothers.

This smart gadget is such a good option for the parents having kids who are finicky eaters. The processor is a boon for the parents having their kids left with nannies or grandparents.

Thus, the recipe catalog for the robust app-connected baby food processor will actually determine whether the food processor will walk the walk.

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Airbus in plans to test autonomous air taxi by end of 2017

We are into the era of autonomous vehicles that will be soon witnessed on the streets after the government permission and when the cars are perfectly ready to roll without human hands on it. But how about traveling by an air taxi that will be fully autonomous? Exciting right? For now, it is just a concept.

Airbus—one of the largest airplane manufacturers has come up with a thought of making flying cars. The company is very curious about this project and has decided to test its prototype of self-flying vehicles for a single individual by end of this year.

Airbus is now working on its autonomous VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) concepts through an internal project named as “Vahana”. This project is designed to test the practicability and improve the prototype for the air transport.
The company had also claimed that after the successful launch of the prototype this type of urban transportation would also help to transit goods, which may reduce the congestion within the cities.

The design of the vehicle will be more inclined towards delivering a non-polluting mechanism. The vehicle is likely to be created with a four-rotor design along with aerodynamic features.

Utilizing autonomous driving system along with integrated electric battery has given a rapid kick start to the technology. Though the concept of flying cars sounds a bit risky, Airbus has been ignoring this thought for now.
So, for now, we can only wait for the test led by Airbus and hope that it achieves success.