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Low Power Voice Interface Chip

Voice interaction with computing devices has been growing more sophisticated and more common. Power requirements have been a major obstacle. A new low power speech recognition chip design is about to change that. If the power savings suggested for this chip are actually realized, it could open up the potential for voice interfaces in everything […]

Data Mining Helps Crack Murder Cases

This article describes some of the difficulties encountered when trying to collate murder statistics to identify clusters of unsolved murders that might be related. It also points out the tremendous potential available when those obstacles are overcome. Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm – [bloomberg.com] We’re in a moment when, after decades of decreases nationally […]

1408 – Yongle Encyclopedia

The Yongle encyclopedia was an attempt to compile all knowledge available to the Ming Dynasty empire of China in 1408. Over two thousand scholars spent four years compiling the work, which was commissioned by the Yongle emperor. The finished product of 917,480 pages was bound into over eleven thousand volumes, most of which have been […]

Zero Day Vulnerabilities Have No Patch Yet

When computer system vulnerabilities are discovered, patches are issued that have been designed to close the hole of vulnerability. The patches take some time to construct and deploy and even longer to get the community to accept them and install them. This always leaves a gap of some time between the discovery and when the […]

Multi Valued Logic Using Ferroelectric Perovskites

Multi valued logic is the way the real world works, in shades of gray. We call this “analog” states and this kind of logic becomes complex. In order to simplify it, we abstract simple black and white logic conditions, also known as digital or binary states. Almost all of our computing and electronic resources use […]

Chain Mail Metamaterials

Metamaterials have the ability to create new properties because of the way they are structured instead of the properties being simply dependent on the materials that are used. Most metals are good conductors and have well known colors based on the wavelength of light they reflect. But if structures are formed in the metal that […]

Wind Tunnel Sky Diving Becomes Athletic Art

New wind tunnels have made ground based sky diving widespread. In this video we see a freestyle performance at the 2017 Wind Games in Spain. Maja Kuczynska – Freestyle at The Wind Games 2017 – [youtube.com]

Disposable Paper Drones

A disposable or even biodegradable glider/drone can be used to deliver payloads from a powered aircraft to ground positions. The gliders are made from paper, cardboard, or other disposable materials and can be steered to a landing point using a small embedded electronic element. APSARA Compilation Video – [youtube.com] A compilation video showing the operational […]

Making Metallic Hydrogen

Hydrogen is the simplest atom, composed of a single proton in the center and a single electron around the edge. We think of it in a natural form as a gas, but at low temperatures (-423 F) it will liquefy. Once it’s in liquid form, adding a lot of pressure (5 million atm) can force […]

Wearable Soft Robotic Assist Suit

The future of wearable soft robotics will range from skin-like thin suits to rigid full exoskeletons that add strength and other abilities to human effort. Mobility Enhancing Soft Exosuit at Harvard – [youtube.com] Soft Exosuits – [harvard.edu] We are developing next generation soft wearable robots that use innovative textiles to provide a more conformal, unobtrusive […]