Five ways virtual reality is improving healthcare

Five ways virtual reality is improving healthcare

Virtual reality is much more than just a new form of entertainment, it is increasingly being used in a wide range of medical applications, from treatments to training. Here are a few of them. 1. Pain management There is good scientific evidence that virtual reality (VR) can help relieve pain. The parts of the brain…

New Method To Make Ethanol Out Of Carbon Dioxide

New Method To Make Ethanol Out Of Carbon Dioxide

Ethanol is one of the most important biofuels used in the world and researchers could soon reduce its impact on the environment significantly. Thanks to a new technique, ethanol could soon be produced directly from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Ethanol is currently made primarily from fermented corn, so it takes a sizable chunk of agricultural resources. The…

Rescue Center Uses AI To Name Their Guinea Pigs

Rescue Center Uses AI To Name Their Guinea Pigs

A research scientist recently received an unusual question in her email box: “Have you ever trained a neural network to generate guinea pig names?”  More specifically, the Portland Guinea Pig Rescue center asked if Janelle Shane could build a system that generates guinea pig names quickly. The facility frequently rescues animals from hoarding situations and…

Facebook Researchers Train AI Bots To Negotiate

Facebook Researchers Train AI Bots To Negotiate

Facebook researchers have taught chatbots the art of the deal – so well, in fact, most people didn’t know they were negotiating with an artificial interface. The team at Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) used machine learning to train “dialog agents” to chat with humans and negotiate a deal. “Building machines that can hold meaningful…

New Alloy Could Make For Highly Efficient Solar Cells

New Alloy Could Make For Highly Efficient Solar Cells

Researchers at the University of Michigan have unveiled a newly developed alloy that they believe could push the efficiency of solar cells easily beyond 50 percent. The new semiconductor is made of a mixture of arsenic, gallium, bismuth, and nitrogen and is 25-percent less expensive than previously tested alloys. The team believe this is the world’s…

Video: The New Paint That Could Help Save The Planet

Video: The New Paint That Could Help Save The Planet

Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen – the cleanest source of energy. Developer Dr. Torben Daeneke told IFLScience “Our solar paint consist of two principle components, one is titanium oxide, the white pigment that is already used in…

A former Australian plumber just invented a $US179 earpiece that can translate 8 languages in real-time using IBM Watson

A former Australian plumber just invented a $US179 earpiece that can translate 8 languages in real-time using IBM Watson

An Australian startup revealed its flagship product, an earpiece that can interpret 8 different languages in real-time, at a United Nations event in Switzerland on Friday. Lingmo International, a startup based in West Gosford north of Sydney, launched its TranslateOne2One earpiece at the UN’s Artificial Intelligence for Good Summit in Geneva, revealing that IBM Watson…