Researchers have used a widespread species of blue-green algae to power a microprocessor continuously for a yearâand countingâusing nothing but ambient light and water. Their system has potential as a reliable and renewable way to power small devices. Comparable in size to an AA battery, the system contains a type of non-toxic algae called SynechocystisÂ that […]
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Zimbabwe Youth at Berkeley Creates Free Online Coding Classes to Help Others Get Similar Scholarships
Having been inspired by an introductory coding and computer science class at Berkeley, a young man from Zimbabwe is replicating his experience for talented students in his home country—launching their academic journeys into schools like Northwestern and Stanford. Like many young Zimbabweans, Eric Khumalo didn’t have a lot of options, even for a curious mind […]
Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team Offered College Scholarships, Says Oklahoma Mom Who Helped Them Escape Taliban
There may be no force more powerful than maternal instinct. So when Taliban extremists retook Afghanistan, an Oklahoma mom who’d come to think of some gifted Afghan girls as adopted daughters moved heaven and earth to help get them to safety. Harvard graduate Allyson Reneau has 11 kids of her own, but there was still […]
Wearable electronic sensors, such as those within Fitbit watches and pedometers that detect biological signals, could be replaced in the future by… mushrooms. No that’s not a typo. In a proof-of-concept study, mycelium were able to perceive several external stimuli like light, temperature, and moisture, but also certain chemicals in the environment, and even electrical […]
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Perhaps the world’s most infamous phishing racket, the Emotet malware network has been taken down by police, sparing people around the globe millions of dollars in data-theft and computer, software, and network maintenance fees. In what was the cyber-equivalent to a massive international police raid, the governments of the US, UK, Canada, Lithuania, Holland, France, […]
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Artificial Intelligence System Identifies New Antibiotic for World’s Most Troubling Disease-Causing Bacteria
MIT researchers have succeeded in using an artificial intelligence system to identify an antibiotic that can fight and kill many hard-to-treat bacteria.
A month ago, Tesla revealed several secrets regarding the new chip the Silicon Valley company has designed for full self-driving capability. Nonetheless, some of the people making that presentation may have failed to take into account that not everyone is fully literate in microprocessor design and engineering. I don’t fall into that category either, but I have been a computer enthusiast for quite some time and know a few things that might help me pick out some of the highlights, point out why they are so exciting, and further communicate how Tesla really is way ahead of the competition
They are so cute, the stories Craig Silverman recounts on Buzzfeed about older people learning how to use an iPad. A community manager teaches them how to open an app by pressing icons “as nicely as you would tap a…
The DIY dream Raspberry Pi, a tiny, stripped-down $35 computer, hit the market in 2011 with the intention of helping promote basic computer science skills in schools. It has become the DIY gadget-maker’s go-to device. Tinkerers, hobbyists, educators and students…