Wednesday 12th December 2018

    • In space first, China launches lunar rover to far side of the moon In-space-first-China-launches-lunar-rover-to-far-side-of-the-moon

      China is poised to become the first country in the world to explore the far side of the moon with the launch of a lunar rover Saturday, another step closer to its goal of becoming a space superpower. The Chang’e 4 lunar mission lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the Sichuan province during the early morning hours, confirmed by Twitter account of the country’s state media. The lander will conduct the first lunar low-frequency radio astronomy experiment, observe whether plants will grow in the low-gravity environment on the moon and explore whether there is water or other...

    • Space Odyssey helps launch first 8K TV channel Space-Odyssey-helps-launch-first-8K TV channel

          Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey will help launch the world’s first super-high definition 8K television channel on Saturday. Japanese broadcaster NHK said it had asked Warner Bros to scan the original film negatives in 8K for its new channel. Super-high definition 8K pictures offer 16 times the resolution of HD TV. However, few people currently have the necessary television or equipment to receive the broadcasts. Super hi-vision NHK says it has been developing 8K, which it calls super-hi vision, since 1995. As well as improved picture resolution, broadcasts can include 24 channels of audio for immersive...

    • Anti-shaking camera: DJI sticking with 3-axis gimbal Anti-shaking-camera-DJI-sticking-with-3-axis-gimbal

          Shaky hands are the enemy of good photos. You don’t want to take a blurry shot at a memorable moment. But an average person can’t stay still like a professional photographer. That’s why camera companies are creating various tools for us to remain steady. Typical anti-shaking methods include: – Optical image stabilization (OIS). It can be found on a lot of smartphones. When you tilt the phone, the lenses will tilt toward the opposite direction to offset the shaking. – Electrical image stabilization (EIS). Smartphones, cameras and camcorders all can be equipped with such technology because it’s...

    • Amazon’s latest gadget: A self-driving toy car for coders Amazon-latest-gadget-A-self-driving-toy-car-for-coders

            Amazon.com Inc’s cloud unit on Wednesday announced a 399 U.S. dollar autonomous toy car, aimed at helping web developers try out some of their own self-driving technology. Customers can train and tweak machine learning models in an online simulator and then test drive them on vehicles one-eighteenth the size of a real race car. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is even creating a sports league and championship cup, borne out of races its employees had with each other using the model car, AWS DeepRacer.           “It started getting pretty competitive,” Andy Jassy, chief...

    • China green lights first underwater high-speed railway China-green-lights-first-underwater-high-speed-railway

        There’s no slowing China’s high-speed rail ambitions. Beijing has just green lighted a project to build the country’s first underwater bullet train route. The line will connect Ningbo, a port city south of Shanghai, to Zhoushan, an archipelago off the east coast. The proposed underwater tunnel will be a part of the 77-kilometer Yong-Zhou Railway plan(Yong is the nickname of Ningbo) to boost tourism and create a two-hour-commute zone within China’s Zhejiang Province. First mentioned in a government transportation plan in 2005, the feasibility study of the Yong-Zhou Railway plan was approved by Beijing in November. Within the 77...

    • New lander will add to humans’ long fascination with Mars New-lander-add -humans-long-fascination-with -Mars

          In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA lander named InSight. InSight should provide our best look yet at Mars’ deep interior, using a mechanical mole to tunnel 16 feet (five meters) deep to measure internal heat, and a seismometer to register quakes, meteorite strikes and anything else that might start the red planet shaking. Scientists consider Mars a tantalizing time capsule. It is less geologically active than the twice-as-big Earth and so retains much...

    • Chinese scientist announces first gene-edited babies born Chinese-scientist-announces-first-gene-edited-babies-born

      Chinese scientist He Jiankui said that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies – twin girls born this month whose DNA he altered with a powerful new tool capable of resisting possible future infection with HIV, the AIDS virus, according to People’s Daily. He revealed it in Hong Kong, one day ahead of an international conference on gene editing that is scheduled from Tuesday to Thursday. He’s team used the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing tool that makes it possible to precisely locate and operate on DNA to supply a needed gene or disable one that’s causing problems. However, AP...

    • China launches remote sensing to monitor operation of FAST telescope China-launches-remote-sensing-monitr-operation-of-FAST-telescope

        Southwest China’s Guizhou Province has used remote sensing to monitor the operation of China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope. The provincial natural resources department said that remote sensing has been launched in the radio-quiet zone, to ensure the operation of FAST will not be affected by the electromagnetic environment. The radio-quiet zone was set up around FAST with a perimeter of 30 km, where the frequencies and radio power are strictly limited. The monitoring scope covers 15 towns in three Guizhou counties and two counties of neighboring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region....

    • InSight: Nasa’s Mars mission on target for landing InSight-Nasa's-Mars-mission-on-target-for-landing

          The American space agency Nasa says its InSight Mars lander is on a near-perfect Thanksgiving trajectory. The probe is due to touch down on Monday at 19:53 GMT, to begin its quest to map the Red Planet’s interior. Engineers can take the opportunity for one last course correction on Sunday to tighten the line to the bulls-eye – but they may not bother with it. “Right now we’re looking really good, and we might be able to skip it,” said Nasa’s Tom Hoffman. “We’ll be working on the final parameters we need over the next few days,...

    • Why artificial intelligence is shaping our world??? People in a data matrix world.

        We stand on the edge of a crucial moment in the history of our species – a time when a creation of our own inventiveness has the potential to change everything. For some, it will be humanity’s salvation, while for others, it could be our downfall. We are entering the age of artificial intelligence (AI). While AI is still some way from the sentient machines portrayed in science fiction, the creation of algorithms that can learn, understand language and mimic some aspects of the human mind have led to huge advances. Today AI is being used in hundreds...