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Scientists teleport lemonade via the internet

Lemonade stands may go virtual in the future, if scientists in Singapore can further refine their tasty experiment.

Scientists at Keio-NUS CUTE (Connective Ubiquitous Technology for Embodiments) Center captured the taste and color of lemonade and transmitted it to a remote tumbler filled with water via the internet, according to the CNET report. 

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The "virtual lemonade" experiment uses electrical currents to simulate the lemonade flavor, but the low voltage doesn't cause any discomfort. Scientists were able to change the color and the taste profile, from mild to sour, in the tumbler equipped with metal strips. 

While the concept of digital tastes isn't new, scientists hope this experiment will lead to further iterations that will have real-world usages. For example, scientists hope to create a spoon that carries a salty profile so that hospital patients who need to be on a low-salt diet could virtually flavor their food to their liking.

Elon Musk launches effort to interface human brain and computers

 

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is the man behind the car company Tesla, the inventor of PayPal and the genius behind Space X, Hyperloop and even more.

Now the billionaire inventor has launched a company called Neuralink to figure out how to connect the brain and computers, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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The idea is to create tiny devices, like electrodes, that can be implanted in the brain to eventually merge the brain with a computer to help humans stay ahead of artificial intelligence.

The devices might help improve memory or allow for direct interfacing with computers, The Verge reported.

The concept is called “neural lace,” and Musk discussed it at Recode’s Code Conference last year.

While the company has been described as being in its embryonic stage, Musk promised to release more information about it next week.

“Long Neuralink piece coming out on @waitbutwhy in about a week. Difficult to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to,” he said on Twitter.

WATCH: Jeff Bezos pilots giant ‘Avatar’-style robot at private tech conference

The merging of reality and science fiction was on display as Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, showed off his robotic driving skills at the retailer’s private annual tech conference in Palm Springs, California.

Bezos tweeted a picture of himself at the Machine-Learning Automation, Robotics & Space Exploration (MARS) conference, piloting a giant, 13-foot tall, 1.5 ton robot. 

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The robot looks like a real-life version of the bipedal machine piloted by “Avatar” villain Col. Miles Quaritch, played by Stephen Lang, in James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi classic.

It’s also similar in some ways to the robotic exoskeleton suit that actress Sigourney Weaver wore to defeat the alien in another Cameron sci-fi classic, “Aliens.” 

“Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?” Bezos asked while he was operating the robot?

Then on Monday he tweeted, “I just got to pilot an awesome (and huge) robot thanks to Hankook Mirae Technology.”

South Korea-based Hankook Mirae built the machine, the Method-2, according to The Verge, and unveiled it in 2016.

The conference also showcases the latest advances and prototypes in home automation, machine learning and space exploration.

 

Winter storm 2017: Here’s how to use the Internet when you don't have access to the Internet

If you are watching the snow, sleet, ice and rain fall as you rest in the path of the winter storm that’s heading toward New England, there’s a chance you may soon be doing it without the benefit of the electrical power or the Internet.

Strong winds and ice can take down power lines and knock out internet service.

While there’s not an app for that, there is a workaround, as long as you have cellular service.

During and after the storm, you may find that making phone calls becomes impossible, and that 3G and 4G internet service isn’t working, or at least not working well. The good news is that you may still be receiving text messages.

A story from The Washington Post offers some tips on how to use Twitter in a situation where internet service is spotty. Twitter was originally a text-based service, so it lends itself well to such a use.

Here are a few other ways to keep in touch with the outside world:

Every phone has an email address, and every provider offers something called an email “gateway.” The gateway allows you to send and receive emails via the text message function on your phone.

Here, courtesy of HumanInet, is how to find your phone’s email address:

If you’re on Verizon, it’s yournumber@vtext.com (as in 5551234567@vtext.com), or if that doesn’t work, yournumber@vzwpix.com

If you’re on AT&T, it’s yournumber@txt.att.net, or if that doesn’t work yournumber@mms.att.net

If you’re on Sprint, it’s yournumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com

If you’re on T-Mobile, it’s yournumber@tmomail.net

(For other carriers, or to troubleshoot yours, check here.)

Once you have your gateway address, you’ll need to forward your email via SMS to that address.

To do that, go into “settings” in your phone and look for something like “add a forwarding address.” When you find that, type in your phone’s email address.

According to HumanInet, that method may not work on some phones. If you have a problem with your phone, you can use an automated forwarding service like TXTJet, they suggest.

If you want to send an email via text, you can enter you email address instead of a phone number.

If you want to get updates from Twitter accounts when the internet gets spotty, you can set up a SMS “Fast Follow.” You don’t even have to have a Twitter account to get updates from those you choose to follow.

You do this by texting “Follow (username)” to 40404. (Follow@NWS to follow the National Weather Service, for instance).

You cannot use this function to post on Twitter, only to receive notices.

To post something on Twitter, the social media company says to do this:

  • Send a text to Twitter code [40404] with the word START.
  • Twitter will reply and ask you to text YES to the Twitter short code.
  • Text your username to the same number. Do not use the @ symbol or quotation marks. Send your username ONLY. For example: larrybird
  • Next, text your password. This is case sensitive, so be sure you are sending your password correctly.

 Then you can text messages to go out on your Twitter account.

 If you can’t live without Facebook, even during a storm, activate Facebook via SMS by going to Facebook account settings and clicking “Mobile,” it’s on the left side of the page.

Turn on Facebook Message Forwarding and Notifications. After it’s set up, post by texting to 32665 or FBOOK.

You can even search Google by adding 466453 (GOOGLE) to your phonebook, then text to it to search.

Sources: Twitter, The Washington Post; HumanInet; Facebook; Google

Lego set to honor women of NASA, including Katherine Johnson of 'Hidden Figures'

Lego fans, we have liftoff.

The Denmark-based toy maker announced Tuesday that it will release a fan-designed Women of NASA set featuring minifigures of mathematician Katherine Johnson – whose story was told in the Academy Award-nominated film "Hidden Figures" – and four other trailblazers.

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Everything is AWESOME! @LegoNASAWomen has been approved by #LEGO and will soon be available in stores!!! https://t.co/jCqq6ce9FM pic.twitter.com/Yj2ZOOiS1h— Lego NASA Women (@LegoNASAWomen) February 28, 2017

Science editor and writer Maia Weinstock submitted the set to the Lego Ideas competition "to celebrate accomplished women in the STEM professions," a Lego Ideas spokeswoman said in a video.

"We're really excited to be able to introduce Maia's Women of NASA set for its inspirational value as well as build-and-play experience," the spokeswoman said.

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According to its project description page, the set also features minifigures of Sally Ride, America's first woman in space; Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space; computer scientist Margaret Hamilton; and astronomer Nancy Grace Roman.

Lego said it is still working on the set's design and will have more details about pricing and availability later this year or early next year.

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WATCH: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center after a failed attempt Saturday.

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The rocket – which blasted off from launch pad 39A with a Dragon supply ship on top – was packed with cargo Friday that will be brought to the International Space Station. The cargo includes 5,500 pounds of science experiments, research equipment and supplies for astronauts.

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Sunday's launch was SpaceX’s first in Florida since the September explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket at the nearby SpaceX Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. That launch damaged the company's pad.

There hasn't been a launch from Kennedy Space Center since 2011. 

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Astronauts lifted off from pad 39A six times from 1969 to 1972 on their way to the moon. The pad hasn't been used since the retirement of the space shuttle program.

Read more here.

Breathtaking. #rocket #SpaceX #wftv pic.twitter.com/4x4P1SAyc1— Julie Salomone (@JSalomoneWFTV) February 19, 2017

Right on schedule, solar arrays have been deployed on @SpaceX #Dragon cargo spacecraft. Watch: https://t.co/mzKW5uDsTi pic.twitter.com/NCqYrCNR7x— NASA (@NASA) February 19, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

pic.twitter.com/6Ve3YJoStm— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 19, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

SpaceX postpones Falcon 9 rocket launch over weather concerns

The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9 from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base has been postponed over bad weather.

The forecast is calling for rain for most of the week, pushing the launch date back to Jan. 14 at the earliest, industry sources confirm.

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The delay was also confirmed on Twitter by Iridium Communications, a SpaceX customer that is sending 10 satellites into orbit aboard the Falcon 9.

High winds and rain in forecast at VAFB. First launch of #IridiumNEXT now planned for January 14th at 9:54:34 am PST. #NEXTevolution.— Iridium Corporate (@IridiumComm) January 8, 2017

The upcoming flight is the first for the Falcon 9 since an explosion last September destroyed the rocket and its payload on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.

The private commercial space company announced the findings last week of its investigation into the explosion. It blamed buckles in the tank that contained liquid helium for the explosion.

Is too much technology turning your kid into a digital drug addict? Expert thinks so

When it comes to digital technology, how much is too much for young children?

Kids are getting cell phones, tablets, laptops, Xboxes, and other digital technology at a younger and younger age. They’re using the technology in classes at school, then coming home and using it more.

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Psychotherapist and author Dr. Nicholas Kardaras has written about how addictive technology can be for children, in fact he calls it “digital heroin.”

Kardaras said the sensory overload of digital technology can have a negative effect on the brain development of young children. He said it can lead to depression, anxiety, and other behavioral disorders, like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  

Kardaras said the brains of tech addicted kids look similar to those of drug users.  He suggested waiting until children are at least 10, before allowing them to use all the digital devices that are so prevalent these days.

Other groups, like the American Academy of Pediatrics, have said education programs and limited amounts of screen time can benefit children.

How to go live on Instagram: New feature allows users to stream live video

Instagram rolled out its “Live” video-streaming feature Monday, allowing users to go live on the photo and video sharing network.

The app is still being released, but according to the company, everyone will be able to stream live video on Instagram within the next few days.

The feature allows users to share 10-second video clips with the videos disappearing after 24 hours. You can live-stream an event using the feature for up to one hour.

Live is built on Instagram’s Stories feature. To go live with videos, you swipe right from feed to open the camera and tap the “Start Live Video” button.

You can send a notification to friends when you go live so they can tune in. And according to the company’s press release, “While you’re live, you can pin a comment for everyone to see or turn comments off altogether.”

The company first announced the feature in November.  

Here’s a tutorial to show you how to do it.

 

Man hacks Alexa device with talking fish, hilarity ensues

A man has given Alexa, Amazon’s virtual personal assistant device, a hilarious makeover.

Developer and instructor Brian Kane hooked up Alexa with a Big Mouth Billy Bass talking fish figure. When Kane says the usual prompt, “Alexa,” the fish’s head turns. When he asks, “What’s the weather,” the fish’s lips move as Alexa provides the weather report.

the futurePosted by Brian Kane on Thursday, October 27, 2016

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While the video has generated a lot of chuckles, it was created for a serious science project.

“This was made as an in-class demo on rapid prototyping for my new artificial intelligence design course at Rhode Island School of Design in the industrial design department. We're looking at AI through the lens of artists and designers, to make new experiences for people that are engaging emotionally,” Kane wrote in a message on his Facebook page.

so by now many of you have seen the fish video :)  here's the story:this was made as an in-class demo on rapid...Posted by Brian Kane on Sunday, November 6, 2016

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