05 Jan

There’s a world going on beneath the Earth’s surface that we haven’t even been aware of until now. As a recent report from a group of scientists reveals, there is an ecosystem underneath the ground we walk on, known as the “deep biosphere.” It goes to the core of the Earth and consists primarily of bacteria and microbes.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the team found that the combined weight of all of this life is hundreds of times heavier than the weight of all humans living on Earth combined. The researchers discovered there are between 16.5 to 25 billion tons of these microorganism existing beneath the Earth’s surface.

03 Jan

The vehicles combine Honda's all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and emerging advanced autonomous technology and are designed to improve safety and efficiency for commercial, public, and consumer endeavors such as firefighting, landscaping, rescue, agriculture, construction, and snow removal. 

The ATV chassis that serves as the base for the new Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) has been developed over three decades with the purpose of helping people to reach remote locations by way of a four-wheel drive system. Because of its compact size and ability to operate off-road, the prototype is ideal for a variety of locations ranging from tight urban pedestrian areas to thickly vegetated forests.

01 Jan

The implantable gizmo could assist the more that 700 million adults and children worldwide classified as obese to lose weight, engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said recently.

Laboratory testing demonstrated that rats using the device succeeded in dropping approximately 40 per cent of their body weight. And the device takes up very little room, measuring at less than a centimeter across -- or about a third of the diameter of a U.S. penny.

Here's how it works: The safely implantable device generates harmless electric pulses by picking up on the stomach's typical churning action and then delivers those pulses directly to the vagus nerve, which ties together the brain and the stomach. By gently stimulating the vague nerve, the device essentially fools the brain into believing that the stomach doesn't want more than the few morsels of food it has already had.

30 Dec

When someone asks for cremated remains to be spread in a meaningful place, generally it’s a beach or mountaintop. But a San Francisco startup is giving new meaning to what happens to ashes after death. Elysium Space’s goal is to help Earth’s residents find a final resting place for their loved ones—temporarily, at least.

Each family paid around $2,500 to be able to include a sample of the ashes of their loved ones on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket will then be launched into space, where it will orbit Earth for four years, then fall back down.

28 Dec

It takes a doctor more than a decade of schooling and training before they can finally achieve a medical license. But now computers are participating in similar training, using artificial intelligence to help medical professionals while they work.

Before humans start worrying that robots will replace actual doctors, though, the plan is to use A.I. as a supplement to the work medical professionals do, not a substitute. Machines have the ability to gradually learn the decision-making functions that are an important part of diagnosing and treating disease.

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