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    Training Eagles to Take Down Drones

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    Drones are raising the dust of interest among e-commerce and logistics companies. But they are sure becoming a pain point for the airline industry. Drones, officially called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are cluttering airspaces across several parts of the world, nearly turning into unsafe aerial vehicles. The latest of these precarious incidents includes an American Airlines flight that was landing […]

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    The Blind can now See Reality Virtually

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    Tribeca Storyscapes just got over. Notes on Blindness won a lot of hearts. But what entices me is Tribeca’s move to augment Virtual Reality Technology to create empathy on all the issues they wished to discuss through the films showcased this year – be it racism, violence, environmental harm, and most importantly, blindness. Notes on Blindness is based on the […]

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    Rotten Tomatoes Can Light up Your Home

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    From ketchups to jams, canned products to purees, the tomato is a worldwide product that goes through a gamut of heavy processing. In all this melee, there are tons of tomatoes that are discarded as rotten along with the skin, seeds, stems and leaves of processed food. While most often than not this is used for compost, a team of […]

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    The Boon & Bane of India’s Ban on Software Patents

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    The United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC) has yet again awarded a dismal rank to the Indian IP Regime, and made sharp criticism of the IP policies of the Modi Government. The 4th Global IP Index, prepared by the Global IP Chamber of the USCC, ranks India’s IP environment second. In this report, the US Chamber of Commerce recommends that ‘the […]

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    Glowing Plants may Replace Streetlights

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    Night snorkeling in Thailand’s Krabi is a great hit among tourists who throng the beach at sundown to enjoy the light emitting waters. In the face of a growing energy crisis, scientists are looking for an immediate quick fix with bioluminescent plants that can replace light bulbs. San Francisco-based technology entrepreneur Antony Evans, and biochemist Omri Amirav-Drory have joined hands […]

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Need a Pill? Download in 3D

It’s an integral part of sci-fi. Even Star Trek had the Replicator that would print food for the hungry crew in 3D. The Replicator was designed to build a tasty meal by mixing material in the right combination to provide the desired texture, smell, taste and shape instantly. Forget food, 3D printers have gone beyond that to print a human […]

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Zika: Another Epidemic That Could Have Been Avoided

The Zika virus outbreak in South America has created a medical emergency around the continent and beyond. Genetically modified mosquitoes designed and developed in the laboratories to fight dengue are being held responsible for this epidemic. The pharmaceutical industry appears weapon-less to tackle this disease. Lack of vaccines and mechanisms to combat it appears to be the major concern. Drug […]

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Drones Aim for 30-Minute Delivery of Orders

At a time when Amazon is still battling it out with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to get the required clearance to allow its drones to fly and delivery packages to customers, Australian companies Zookal and Flirtey have joined hands to deploy hexacopters to tackle postal costs. However, today if drones are moving out of the military zone and entering […]

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Wear Future on your Shoes

Those light-emanating kids shoes have been amusing kids and adult onlookers alike for over two decades now. Onlookers, that’s no more  the scenario. You can now flaunt canvas shoes with your favorite character moving around animatedly, magical moving pictures, or custom designs that change while you get heads to bow to look while you walk past. Even better, all you need is […]

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Copy Cats set to Reduce Healthcare Costs

It’s a new trend that’s gaining momentum in the arena of medication. There are a host of copycat medicines that are coming our way, which are set to revolutionize medicine costs, offering more customized treatment. Chemically synthesized drugs like choles­terol-lowering Lipitor, the one-time phar­maceutical sales leader, gained a host of replicas churned out by generic drug com­panies once patent protection […]

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Will Google Repeat an Android in Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is making headway in more ways than one, entering into mainstream everyday life across quarters. As we near the end of 2015, I can look back to find three very prominent applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that have been implemented by three industry giants. • In Jan-Feb 2015, Facebook open sourced its optimized deep-learning modules for Torch which […]

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Need a Diamond? Q-Carbon Can Make One in 15 Minutes

Diamonds are not just a woman’s best friend, but an intriguing aspect for scientists too. For decades now, scientists have tried to synthesize artificial diamonds in the lab by recreating the environment of high heat and pressure found in the bowels of the Earth which crushes graphite into sparkling gems. Some have also experimented with a method called chemical vapor […]

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Google Promises Needle-Free Blood Tests For Diabetics

Non-invasive medicare is gaining momentum, and Google is making large strides towards this new era of healthcare. If the news of Google Lens to test blood sugar levels through tears was any comfort for diabetics, then here’s another for those who need to undergo regular blood tests. Google recently filed a patent application that describes a technology to draw small […]

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Magic Gel Heals Wounds in Seconds

Uncontrolled bleeding, either during a battle or due to lack of coagulating substances in the blood, has been a primary cause for deaths due to injury from the days of yore. Prehistoric medical data suggests that man used grass and herbs to dress wounds. Towards the period of Sushruta in 1100 BC, surgeons of the time even practiced suturing for […]