Here is your SHAB TECHNOLOGY PLANET customized technology news for April 15, 2021.

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Here is your SHAB TECHNOLOGY PLANET customized technology news for April 15, 2021.

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πŸ—ž TECHNOLOGY NEWSπŸ’»πŸ”§πŸ–₯:

THE ULTI-MUTT PET? CHINESE TECH COMPANY DEVELOPS ROBO-DOGS

It’s whip fast, obeys commands and doesn’t leave unpleasant surprises on the floor—meet the AlphaDog, a robotic response to two of China’s burgeoning loves: pets and technology.

RESEARCHERS STUDY ONLINE ‘PSEUDO-REVIEWS’ THAT MOCK PRODUCTS

The popularity of purchasing goods and services through online retailers such as Amazon continues to increase, making it overwhelming for consumers to differentiate fact from fiction in online product and service reviews. Thanks to the latest research from professors at UA, consumers, as well as marketers, can better identify and understand the impact of exaggerated or phony online reviews, helping them to make more informed decisions.

EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED: TO TEACH AI HOW TO HANDLE NEW SITUATIONS, CHANGE THE RULES OF THE GAME

My colleagues and I changed a digital version of Monopoly so that instead of getting US$200 each time a player passes Go, the player is charged a wealth tax. We didn’t do this to gain an advantage or trick anyone. The purpose is to throw a curveball at artificial intelligence agents that play the game.

πŸ—ž PHYSICS NEWSβš™β™¨:

ENGINEERING RESEARCHERS VISUALIZE THE MOTION OF VORTICES IN SUPERFLUID TURBULENCE

Nobel laureate in physics Richard Feynman once described turbulence as “the most important unsolved problem of classical physics.”

USING THE HUMAN HAND AS A POWERLESS INFRARED RADIATION SOURCE

A team of researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has found that the human hand can be used as a powerless infrared radiation (IR) source in multiple kinds of applications. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group notes that the human hand naturally emits IR and they demonstrate that the radiation can be captured and used.

RESEARCHERS REPORT BREAKTHROUGH THAT ENABLES PRACTICAL SEMICONDUCTOR SPINTRONICS

It may be possible in the future to use information technology where electron spin is used to store, process and transfer information in quantum computers. It has long been the goal of scientists to be able to use spin-based quantum information technology at room temperature. A team of researchers from Sweden, Finland and Japan have now constructed a semiconductor component in which information can be efficiently exchanged between electron spin and light at room temperature and above. The new method is described in an article published in Nature Photonics.

πŸ—ž EARTH NEWS🌏:

THIRD OF ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF AREA AT RISK OF COLLAPSE AS PLANET WARMS

More than a third of the Antarctic’s ice shelf area could be at risk of collapsing into the sea if global temperatures reach 4°C above pre-industrial levels, new research has shown.

RESEARCHERS FIND CLIMATE CHANGE IMPERILS COUNTRIES’ ABILITY TO REPAY PANDEMIC DEBTS

As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Board of Governors of the World Bank Group convene their spring meetings, researchers at Oxford University find that most governments have paid scant attention to the effect that climate change could have on their ability to repay debts built up over the pandemic.

SOLAR AND WIND POWER COULD MITIGATE CONFLICT IN NORTHEAST AFRICA

A new study shows that several disagreements between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt around Africa’s largest hydropower plant, the new Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), could be alleviated by massively expanding solar and wind power across the region. Adapting GERD operation to support grid integration of solar and wind power would provide tangible energy and water benefits to all involved countries, creating regional win-win situations. “Our results call for integrated hydro-solar-wind planning to be taken up in the GERD negotiations,” says Sebastian Sterl, energy planning expert at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and KU Leuven in Belgium and lead author of the study, published in Nature Energy.

πŸ—ž ASTRONOMY & SPACE NEWSπŸŒͺπŸŽ‡:

Giant radio pulses from pulsars are hundreds of times more energetic than previously believed
A global science collaboration using data from NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) telescope on the International Space Station has discovered X-ray surges accompanying radio bursts from the pulsar in the Crab Nebula. The finding shows that these bursts, called giant radio pulses, release far more energy than previously suspected.

SAY CHEESE ON MARS: PERSEVERANCE’S SELFIE WITH INGENUITY

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover took a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here about 13 feet (4 meters) away in this image from April 6, 2021, the 46th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. Perseverance captured the image using a camera called WATSON (Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering), part of the SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman and Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals) instrument, located at the end of the rover’s robotic arm.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx COMPLETES FINAL TOUR OF ASTEROID BENNU

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx completed its last flyover of Bennu around 6 a.m. EDT (4 a.m. MDT) April 7 and is now slowly drifting away from the asteroid; however, the mission team will have to wait a few more days to find out how the spacecraft changed the surface of Bennu when it grabbed a sample of the asteroid.

πŸ—ž NANOTECHNOLOGY NEWSβ›„β˜ƒ:

UNLOCKING RICHER INTRACELLULAR RECORDINGS

Behind every heartbeat and brain signal is a massive orchestra of electrical activity. While current electrophysiology observation techniques have been mostly limited to extracellular recordings, a forward-thinking group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia has identified a flexible, low-cost, and biocompatible platform for enabling richer intracellular recordings.

CARBON DOTS FROM HUMAN HAIR BOOST SOLAR CELLS

QUT researchers have used carbon dots, created from human hair waste sourced from a Brisbane barbershop, to create a kind of “armor” to improve the performance of cutting-edge solar technology.

RESEARCH TEAM DEMONSTRATES CONTROL MECHANISM FOR QUANTUM MATERIAL

How can large amounts of data be transferred or processed as quickly as possible? One key to this could be graphene. The ultra-thin material is only one atomic layer thick, and the electrons it contains have very special properties due to quantum effects. It could therefore be very well suited for use in high-performance electronic components. Up to this point, however, there has been a lack of knowledge about how to suitably control certain properties of graphene. A new study by a team of scientists from Bielefeld and Berlin, together with researchers from other research institutes in Germany and Spain, is changing this. The team’s findings have been published in the journal Science Advances.

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