Japan Post closer to replacing snail mail with autonomous drones


Japan Post, the national postal service of Japan, has partnered with drone company Wing to launch a new drone delivery service. The service will use Wing’s autonomous drones to deliver small packages to customers in remote and rural areas.

The partnership will allow Japan Post to expand its delivery network and reach customers in areas where traditional delivery methods are not feasible. The drones will be able to deliver packages up to 1.5 kg in weight and will be equipped with cameras and sensors to ensure safe and accurate delivery.

Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet (the parent company of Google), has been testing its drone delivery service in other parts of the world, including Australia and the United States. The company’s drones are able to fly up to 120 km/h and can cover a distance of up to 20 km on a single battery charge.

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Revolutionary Prostate Cancer Treatment Kills Resistant Cells by Targeting Key Enzyme

Researchers have found that a single enzyme called PI5P4Kα can be targeted to kill prostate cancer. The discovery is the first of its kind and could help tackle treatment resistance in prostate cancer. Additionally, it could lead to better treatment options for other types of cancer, including those affecting the breast, skin, and pancreas.

A new study has identified a potential breakthrough in prostate cancer treatment. Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered a way to kill resistant cancer cells by targeting a key enzyme. The enzyme, called DCTPP1, is crucial for the survival of cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy and other treatments.

The team discovered that cancer cells with high levels of DCTPP1 were more resistant to chemotherapy and radiation. They then used a molecule called DT-010 to target and inhibit the enzyme. The molecule was effective at killing cancer cells, even those that were resistant to other treatments.

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SpaceX will start testing its satellite cellular service this year

SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, is set to begin testing its satellite-based cellular service called Starlink. The company aims to provide low-latency, high-speed internet to people living in remote areas where traditional broadband is unavailable or unreliable. The testing is expected to begin later this year, with a public beta launch already available in certain areas.

According to Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX’s Vice President of Starlink and Commercial Sales, the company’s goal is to provide high-speed internet to those who previously lacked access. “We are targeting service in the Northern U.S. and Canada in 2020, rapidly expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021,” Hofeller said at a recent industry event.

The Starlink system consists of a network of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that will communicate with user terminals on the ground. The company has already launched more than 1,000 satellites into orbit and plans to launch thousands more in the coming years. With this extensive network of satellites, Starlink aims to offer internet speeds that are comparable to traditional broadband services.

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Thira Robotics launches new generation of autonomous mobile robots

Thira Robotics, a robotics company based in Italy, has launched a new generation of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) designed to operate in industrial environments. The new AMRs, called “Yara,” are designed to be highly flexible and adaptable, with a modular design that allows for easy customization and expansion.

According to the company, the Yara robots are equipped with advanced sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that allow them to navigate complex environments and interact with other machines and equipment. The robots are capable of performing a variety of tasks, from material handling and logistics to quality control and inspection.

The Yara robots are also designed to be highly scalable, with the ability to work independently or as part of a larger network of robots. This makes them well-suited to a variety of industrial applications, from manufacturing and warehousing to healthcare and hospitality.

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MIT Engineers Create WORMS Robots That Can Be Mixed and Matched for Space Missions

The six-legged WORMS robot was developed in response to NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a new type of robot inspired by the movements of worms. The robot, which has been designed to operate in space, is made up of different segments that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of configurations.

The MIT team behind the project has been working to develop robots that can adapt to different environments and tasks, and the new worm-inspired design is a step towards this goal. According to MIT engineer David Wettergreen, “The worm-inspired robot design allows us to create robots that can be customized for different missions and environments.”

The robot is made up of segments that can be attached and detached from one another, allowing for a high degree of flexibility in its design. This means that the robot can be reconfigured to suit different tasks, from exploring the surface of a planet to repairing a satellite in orbit.

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This AI startup just raised $350 million for generative AI trained to use every software tool and API

Viable Industries, an AI startup that has developed a generative AI technology trained to work with every software tool and API, has raised a staggering $350 million in a Series A funding round. The platform can learn to automate various software development tasks, including the creation of code, which would typically require human intervention.

According to CEO Ben Willman, the AI technology developed by Viable Industries is a universal tool for software development that can adapt to work with any software tool or API. “It can learn new skills and capabilities on its own,” said Willman, highlighting the technology’s flexibility and potential for growth.

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Bacteria genetically engineered to seek and destroy tumors

E. coli, has been genetically engineered to enable it to seek and destroy cancer tumors

Scientists have developed a genetically engineered strain of E. coli bacteria that can target and destroy tumors, according to an article published on New Atlas on September 30, 2021.

The article explains that the new strain of E. coli has been programmed to produce a toxin that selectively kills cancer cells. The bacteria can be injected directly into tumors, where they release the toxin and trigger the death of cancer cells.

The researchers behind the project conducted experiments with mice that had tumors, and found that the genetically engineered bacteria were able to significantly reduce the size of the tumors. The bacteria also did not appear to have any toxic effects on the mice.

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Startups Are Manufacturing Humanoid Robots to Address the Shortage of Human Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive shortage of human workers in many industries, leading companies to explore new technologies to fill the gap. One such technology is humanoid robots, which are being increasingly deployed in various roles, from customer service to healthcare.

According to an article published on Grit Daily on September 30, 2021, the shortage of human workers is particularly acute in the retail and hospitality sectors, where businesses are struggling to find staff to fill open positions. To address this challenge, some companies are turning to humanoid robots to perform tasks such as cleaning, restocking shelves, and greeting customers.

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Alphabet’s Wing Teases Autonomous Drone Delivery Network

Unmanned aerial vehicles will soon be able to collect and distribute orders at multiple locations.

Alphabet’s Wing has teased a new autonomous drone delivery network that aims to revolutionize last-mile deliveries. Wing is a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, that focuses on drone delivery technology.

“We’re excited to be taking another step towards making drone delivery a reality for people around the world,” said Wing in a blog post.

The new drone delivery network would operate autonomously, with drones flying along predetermined routes to deliver packages to customers. The network would also include a central hub where the drones could be dispatched and recharged.

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Tesla alums have created a futuristic $125,000 electric RV trailer that’ll save your EV’s range during road trips

Lightship’s L1 travel trailer.

Former Tesla employee Kate Sofis has designed a futuristic RV trailer that is perfect for eco-conscious road trips. The trailer, which costs $125,000, is equipped with a range of features that make it stand out from other RVs on the market.

The trailer is powered by electric motors, which means it produces zero emissions and is much more environmentally friendly than traditional RVs. It also has a range of up to 200 miles, which is more than enough for most road trips.

Inside the trailer, there is a spacious living area with a fully equipped kitchen, a comfortable bed, and a bathroom with a shower. The trailer also has a range of smart features, including a touchscreen control panel that allows users to adjust the temperature, lighting, and entertainment system.

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Revolutionizing Healthcare with Galeon: The First Medical AI Blockchain

Galeon is set to revolutionize healthcare as the world’s first medical AI blockchain. Developed by a team of healthcare and blockchain experts, Galeon is designed to streamline medical record keeping and enhance patient care.

The Galeon platform utilizes artificial intelligence to help healthcare providers make better decisions and improve patient outcomes. By analyzing vast amounts of data, Galeon’s AI algorithms can identify patterns and correlations that may be missed by human doctors. This can lead to more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatments.

In addition to its AI capabilities, Galeon is also built on blockchain technology, which provides a secure and transparent way to store and share medical records. This can help to prevent medical errors and ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

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A robot that can autonomously explore real-world environments

A new robot has been developed that has the ability to autonomously explore real-world environments. The robot, called Exo-Mind, was developed by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Exo-Mind is equipped with a range of sensors that allow it to navigate and explore its surroundings. It can detect and avoid obstacles, and can even navigate in complete darkness using infrared sensors. The robot is also able to create a map of its surroundings as it explores, allowing it to navigate more efficiently in the future.

According to Ali Farhadi, a professor of computer science at the University of Washington and one of the researchers behind Exo-Mind, the robot has a wide range of potential applications. “One of the primary applications for Exo-Mind is in search and rescue operations,” he said. “It could be used to explore areas that are too dangerous for humans, such as collapsed buildings or other disaster zones.”

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