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Cyborg Beetles Could Join Cyborg Dragonfly In Saving Lives In Future

Remember the cyborg dragonfly developed by researchers at Draper and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Well, as it turns out, it wasn’t the first. But really, are we even surprised? Cybernetic is like the next (inevitable) evolution of robotics. Anyways, researchers over at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, together with University of California Berkeley, has joined forces to developed a cyborg beetle whose flight can be controlled remotely by humans. I know how it sounds like. It sounds rather creepy (because of spying and stuff), but despite so, cyborg technology could be the answer to the future of search and rescue operations. Continue reading Cyborg Beetles Could Join Cyborg Dragonfly In Saving Lives In Future

AI Turns Pixelated Photos Into Clear Images, May Make Anonymous Nude Images Not So Anonymous Anymore

This world is not picture perfect and it is literally not because, when you zoomed into an image, such as on a CCTV footage, it will be pixelated. Picture perfect world? I think not. However, that changes with EnhanceNet Artificial Intelligence-powered Image-scaling Program. Developed by researchers Mehdi S. M. Sajjadi, Bernhard Schölkopf, and Michael Hirsch over at the Max-Planck Institute of Intelligent Systems in Germany, EnhanceNet is described as “Single Image Super-Resolution Through Automated Synthesis” which takes a scale up low resolution photos and introduce new details into it to result in a significantly higher resolution image. Continue reading AI Turns Pixelated Photos Into Clear Images, May Make Anonymous Nude Images Not So Anonymous Anymore

In Future, Facebook May Make Your Still Profile Image Come Alive

There is something about animating a still portrait, however subtle the animation might be, that intrigues everyone. Unlike absolute still image, an animated portrait seems a whole lot more interactive and hence, a lot less monotonous. It literally breathes life into an otherwise mundane, motionless picture. This is perhaps the reason why we have Apple Live Photos and Google Motion Photos. But those are essentially super short video clip and it is pulled off during imaging, which means, nothing can be done with still images that are not captured with Live Photo or Motion Photo. What researchers over at Tel Aviv University have cooked up is a lot more advanced. Continue reading In Future, Facebook May Make Your Still Profile Image Come Alive

30-Million-Year-Old Tick Has Monkey Blood, But Nope, No Jurassic Park Yet

Are you excited about the prospect of bringing back extinct animals? Particularly, those existed say, some 30 million years ago? Yes. It sure sounds like a plot from 90s blockbuster, Jurassic Park and it is kind of is because the researcher who found the 30-million-year-old tick encased in amber was Oregon State University’s professor emeritus, George Poinar, Jr., who was also the same person who inspired the book Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton back in the 80 (which later became a major blockbuster)s. Poinar speculates the tick, which was found at the Cordillera Septentrional mountain range in the Dominican Republic, contains full blood of an ancient monkey and if that’s the case, it would be the oldest fossilized mammalian blood cells ever found. Continue reading 30-Million-Year-Old Tick Has Monkey Blood, But Nope, No Jurassic Park Yet

Researchers Discovered Worrying Vulnerability In Fingerprint Sensor

So, you think mobile phone fingerprint sensor is secured? Well, think again. In a join research by NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Michigan State University, researchers discovered that there are similarities in partial fingerprints which may be enough to trick the biometric security systems on smartphones into unlocking the devices. You may think this is an irrational fear, but not if you knew that most mobile phones of today uses partial fingerprints, not full fingerprints, to identify the authorized users and so, yikes it certainly is. Continue reading Researchers Discovered Worrying Vulnerability In Fingerprint Sensor

DHL’s Third Parcelcopter Is Tilt-rotor, Docks At Special Packstations

Remember the DHL Parcelcopter 2.0? Yeah. That drone that was trialled for delivery of medicine to Island of Juist in 2014. Well, as it turns out. DHL has made a lot of headway into autonomous delivery since then. In early 2016, DHL has already trialling the third iteration of the Parcelcopter, the Parcelcopter 3.0, but instead of over waters, it now flies within the mountainous region of Reit Im Winkl and it was quadcopter no more. Parcelcopter 3.0, as you can see in the image above, is a tilt rotor VTOL drone much like the V-22 Osprey. Continue reading DHL’s Third Parcelcopter Is Tilt-rotor, Docks At Special Packstations

Thanks To A Frozen Ancient Carcass, Mammoth Could Walk The Earth Again

We are well aware of how all Jurassic Park movies ended: crazy amount of deaths and destructions, and if anything, we learned that dinosaurs in modern day where helpless homo sapiens roam freely equals to bad news. But of course, those fictional scenarios won’t deter researchers from Harvard University from trying to play god. And if you are thinking: “god no, they are going to recreate dinosaurs from a fossilized mosquito?” Well, the good news is, there’s no mosquito to draw DNA from, but yes, they are indeed recreating an extinct prehistoric creature. Continue reading Thanks To A Frozen Ancient Carcass, Mammoth Could Walk The Earth Again

DIY Laser Experiment Sends Music To Sound System At 1,450 Feet Away

First we have wireless audio transmission over radio, then Bluetooth and WiFi came along to address our need for short range wire-free transmission. So, what’s next? Well, how does laser audio transmission sounds to you? Impossible? Not quite and as proven by brothers Armand and Victor. Not did the duo demonstrated that laser can be a medium to send music (or to eavesdrop), but it can do so over quite a lengthy distance. So how far are we talking about? 1,450 feet or 442 meters, and over the roof of several houses, and through a treetop before landing Continue reading DIY Laser Experiment Sends Music To Sound System At 1,450 Feet Away

Googly-Eyed Squid Is So Cute That It Could Be Mistaken For A Pokémon

Before you hop on a boat on a trip to the coast of California armed with your Pokémon Go, you have to know that this “googly-eyed stubby squid” is not a rare Pokémon monster. I know, it does look like one and if it was, I wouldn’t want to imagine what it will evolved into. Anywho, this seafloor dwelling cephalopod was spotted off the coast of California at a depth of 2,950 feet (900 meters) by E/V Nautilus during one of its exploration trip. This magnificent and strangely alluring creature was caught on video which also captured the reaction of researchers and scientists who excitedly discuss about whether it was an octopus or a squid and how those eyes look kinda fake (in a cute way, of course). There was even mention that it looks like a kid’s toy. Continue reading Googly-Eyed Squid Is So Cute That It Could Be Mistaken For A Pokémon

Holy Molly, Mysterious Greenland Shark Can Lived Up To 512 Years!?

When we think longevity in creatures that roam the Earth, we often perceive tortoise as the animal that is widely known to live up to 200 years or more, or some folks who lived up in the mountains who managed a little over a century. However, little do we know that the real champion of longevity is a creature with a close jurassic lineage and dwells in the deep of the Arctic seas. The creature in question is the undisputed king of carnivore of the sea, sharks, or more specifically, the Greenland shark. This largely unheard and under studied marine vertebrate lives in the cold northern waters and can grow up to over 16 feet long (approximately 4.9 meters). Continue reading Holy Molly, Mysterious Greenland Shark Can Lived Up To 512 Years!?