US will allow small drones to fly over people and at night in a significant step forward for drone deliveries

  • The Federal Aviation Administration announced its new rules on Monday
  • Drones will now be allowed to fly at night and above people
  • The rules mean that drone delivery for companies is one step closer
  • UPS, Google, Amazon and Walmart are all working on drone deliveries 

Small drones will be allowed to fly over people and at night in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday, a significant step toward their use for widespread commercial deliveries.

The FAA said its long-awaited rules for the drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, will address security concerns by requiring remote identification technology in most cases to enable their identification from the ground.

Previously, small drone operations over people were limited to operations over people who were directly participating in the operation, located under a covered structure, or inside a stationary vehicle – unless operators had obtained a waiver from the FAA.

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3D-Printed Electric Motorcycle Looks Straight Out of Blade Runner


Calling all Cyberpunk 2077 fans, Blade Runner stans, and tech futurists, your moment is almost here. The natural progression in design, paired with the rapid changes in technology, has created the perfect breeding ground for innovation.

Not to mention, some of the latest technology on display around the world looks pretty awesome. Looking like something out of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, BigRep’s 3D printed motorcycle is a stunning and impressive display of how far the fairly new process of large-scale 3D printing can go in vehicle manufacturing.

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AI Matches or Beats Human Diagnoses in Award-Winning Study


Denti.AI’s artificial intelligence (AI) software accurately identified pathoses that were missed by board-certified dental experts in an award-winning study by Manal Hamdan, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry.

Hamdan concluded that Denti.AI’s technology had comparable or improved results in detecting apical radiolucencies and that it has the potential to reduce provider fatigue and diagnostic errors.

The study won the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology’s 2020 Albert G. Richards Graduate Student Research Award.

“Dr. Hamdan’s research is an excellent example of university and business collaboration utilizing experts in radiology, deep learning, and statistical analysis to produce clinically relevant and potentially game changing results validating software that can elevate patient care,” said Dr. Don Tyndall, professor of oral and maxillofacial radiology at the Adams School.

“Our team at Denti.Ai is committed to being at the forefront of implementing artificial intelligence into clinical practices through rigorous academic validation and collaboration with leading academic institutions,” said Dmitry Tuzoff, founder and CEO of Denti.AI.

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Mitosis is the division of a cell into two identical ‘daughter cells’ and the purpose of this process is to grow as well as replace worn-out cells. Now that we have brushed on the biology bit, let’s move on to the sustainable architecturalstructure Mitosis which is also inspired by the process mentioned earlier as you might have guessed by its name! Amsterdam-based architecture firm GG-loop collaborated with Arup to design a modular building system that focuses on regenerative sustainable living and urban development.

Created with biophilic principles and parametric design tools, the hypnotizing prefab timber modules we see will be optimized to be flexible and scalable. This will let the building continue expansion with time in several different urban settings while accommodating the changing times which often results in changing needs. The ability to expand the structural hub is where the building gets its name from. Mitosis can be used for a wide range right from creating communities with off-grid, single-family homes to high-density, mixed-use zones in cities. GG-loop’s pilot project Freebooter was the foundation for Mitosis and is in itself an award-winning pair of prefabricated, cross-laminated timber apartments that were completed last year in Amsterdam.


VW developing mobile robot to automate charging


Volkswagen mobile robot charging prototype

In a world where cars are able to drive themselves, the question of how they will be refueled often comes up.

In the case of electric vehicles, we’ve already seen some solutions for automatic charging, and the latest from Volkswagen is among the most impressive.

The German automaker on Monday unveiled a prototype for a mobile charging robot that looks like it might have been a prop on a “Star Wars” movie. However, the solution not only solves the problem of how to charge an EV when there’s no driver present, but also how to charge multiple cars in a garage that doesn’t have the infrastructure in place for charging in individual bays.

The robot transports a mobile battery to and from a waiting car and a central charging dock. When called via an app or vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, it autonomously travels to the car and then connects the battery via an extending arm. The robot then leaves the battery to charge the car and drives off to connect up another waiting car, and returns later to remove the depleted battery.

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12 of the Biggest Fashion Trends of 2020 (And 3 That Couldn’t Stand the Test of Time)

By Abby Hepworth 


This past year has been like no other in recent memory. Almost nothing about 2020—from our obsession with Joe Exotic to the rise of face mask chains—was at all expected. So, of course, very little about the fashion trends from the past 12 months felt normal or predictable, either. Sweatpants became not just acceptable but fashionable, and multiple ‘90s styles made their triumphant return to our closets. With the help of data gathered by the global shopping platform Lyst and our very own fashion coverage , we compiled a list of the biggest fashion trends of 2020. Here, the good, the bad, the confusing and the cashmere bras that filled our closets this year.

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2-Acre Vertical Farm Run By AI And Robots Out-Produces 720-Acre Flat Farm

Andrea D. Steffen


Plenty is an ag-tech startup in San Francisco, co-founded by Nate Storey, that is reinventing farms and farming. Storey, who is also the company’s chief science officer, says the future of farms is vertical and indoors because that way, the food can grow anywhere in the world, year-round; and the future of farms employ robots and AI to continually improve the quality of growth for fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Plenty does all these things and uses 95% less water and 99% less land because of it.

In recent years, farmers on flat farms have been using new tools for making farming better or easier. They’re using drones and robots to improve crop maintenance, while artificial intelligence is also on the rise, with over 1,600 startups and total investments reaching tens of billions of dollars. Plenty is one of those startups. However, flat farms still use a lot of water and land, while a Plenty vertical farm can produce the same quantity of fruits and vegetables as a 720-acre flat farm, but on only 2 acres!

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AI can now help us detect disease at its earliest stages


Combining genomics, MRI scans and artificial intelligence will usher in a new era in healthcare

In many countries, Covid-19 has spread because of a popular scepticism about science, a political manipulation of data and an abundance of inaccurate information, spread in large part on social media but fuelled at some of the highest levels of governments. In 2021, we will understand that only by developing new, science-based approaches to disease detection will we avoid similar future catastrophes.

My own country, the United States, has already provided a live demonstration of this fact. States that enforced practices such as social isolation/distancing, hand washing and use of sanitisers and face masks have had the lowest per capita rates of Covid-19 infection, averaging around 100 to 200 cases per 100,000 people. Compare that figure to the 2,300 per 100,000 people in states that did not enforce these measures.

Reconnecting science with healthcare will have impressive results. One weakness of the world’s response to the pandemic has been its unwillingness to use science to predict vulnerabilities in individuals before they become ill. Not only have many countries been reluctant to perform widespread testing on people who show no Covid-19 symptoms, but they have also been caught seemingly by surprise when pre-existing conditions have exacerbated the disease. In 2021, we will see the application of a multimodal testing approach to detect propensities to diseases in people at very early stages. 

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How ’15-minute cities’ will change the way we socialise

By Peter Yeung


A new urban planning model will change the French capital – and could provide a template for how to create stronger local communities and make residents happier.

For a long time, Solène Fraioli says she “refused to admit” that Paris could be a stressful place. The 29-year-old waitress, who grew up on the city’s outskirts but now lives in a studio in a historic central district, was dazzled by its infinite opportunity – from Monday-night jazz concerts to West African cuisine and capoeira classes. But Fraioli began to recognise that living in the City of Light had certain disadvantages – particularly its frenetic, nonstop energy. “Paris is a city that is always on the move,” she says. “Everyone, all the time, everywhere.”

That conveyor belt of choice came crashing to a halt with the coronavirus pandemic. But for Fraioli, the two-month lockdown that began on 17 March – confining her to a 1km radius of her home – gave her a nuanced, enriching view of her neighbourhood. “I discovered it’s possible to feel like you’re in a small village in Paris,” she says. “To get to know your neighbours, to maintain good links with shopkeepers, to favour local craftsmen and shops over large supermarkets. I even joined a citizens’ movement where people prepare food baskets for homeless people. I thought I would have a hard time living the lockdown, but I was perfectly at home, in a quiet place.”

She’s not the only one who felt this way. “Unexpectedly, this experience strengthened the bonds I had with some people,” says Valentin Jedraszyk, a 25-year-old civil servant living in the south of Paris. “It led me to criss-cross the small streets of my district more than usual and thus to discover magnificent places just a stone’s throw from my home.”

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Driverless cars could use lights and sounds to “communicate” with pedestrians

Volvo Cars and Safety in the cities


In a move to boost road safety, the self-driving cars of the future may communicate with the pedestrians and cyclists around them through human-inspired modes like intuitive sounds and flashing lights, auto vendor Volvo Cars said Tuesday.

Instead of relying solely on the car’s technology to avoid obstacles, the proposed design would also warn nearby humans of its intended path by using an array of external sounds, lights, and even subtle movements, the Swedish manufacturer said. Volvo is developing the system through its model 360c autonomous concept car, unveiled in 2018 as a platform for testing creative approaches like this safety-focused communication.

Of course, logistics professionals are well acquainted with similar safety tools on existing platforms, such as the backup warning beeps emitted by trucks in reverse gear, or the headlights used by forklifts to warn warehouse employees walking down the same aisle. But Volvo’s planned signals would differ by deploying in reaction to specific targets detected by the vehicle’s sensors, and communicating through a wider vocabulary.

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By Omar Sohail  

Top of the Apple Car Shows a Curved, Glossy Finish, Similar to What You’ve Seen on the Magic Mouse

Apple’s self-driving car venture codenamed Project Titan has reportedly been in development since 2014. It was only back in 2017 did the company receive a permit to test out its self-driving cars on California roads. Of course, before it actually releases for the masses, we should expect a boatload of changes, especially when it comes to the design, but this concept inspired by the Magic Mouse could give everyone some ideas. Take a look.

The images and video of the latest concept were made in collaboration with LetsGoDigital and @CConcept Creator and at the top, you’re greeted with a look that’s reminiscent of the Magic Mouse, particularly the one shipping with the iMac Pro. It sports a similar curvature, along with a glossy finish. The concept could have been made with the intention that the Apple Car features an electrochromic glass at the front. That’s just our opinion and if you think this concept was made with something else in mind, let us know down in the comments.


A new biosensor detects COVID-19 antibodies in 10-12 seconds

by Advanced Science News | Dec 24, 2020

The testing platform identifies the presence of two antibodies in microliter samples of blood.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University report findings on an advanced nanomaterial-based biosensing platform that detects, within seconds, antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to testing, the platform will help to quantify patient immunological response to the new vaccines with precision.

The results were published this week in the journal Advanced Materials. Carnegie Mellon’s collaborators included the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and the UPMC.

The testing platform identifies antibodies to the spike S1 protein and receptor binding domain (RBD), in a very small drop of blood (about 5 microliters). Antibody concentrations can be extremely low and still detected below one picomolar (0.15 nanograms per milliliter). This detection happens through an electrochemical reaction within a handheld microfluidic device which sends results almost immediately to a simple interface on a smart phone.

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