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  • Linux Controls a Gasoline Engine With Machine Learning
    By on January 10, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments


    An anonymous reader writes: Here’s a short (2 min) video of PREEMPT_RT Linux controlling a gasoline engine from one burn to the next using a Raspberry Pi. It’s using an adaptive machine learning algorithm that can predict near chaotic combustion in real-time. A paper about the algorithm is available at the arXiv.

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  • Metamason: Revolutionizing CPAP Masks With 3D Scanning and 3D Printing
    By on July 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter Leslie Oliver Karpas writes As millions of Americans with Obstructive Sleep Apnea struggle to get a good night’s sleep, one company has harnessed 3D technology to revolutionize CPAP therapy. As 3ders.org reported today, “Metamason is working on custom CPAP masks for sleep apnea patients via 3D scanning, smart geometry, and 3D printing.” “We’re at the crossroads of 3D technology and personalized medicine,” says Metamason’s (more…)

  • U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March
    By on May 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    SonicSpike sends word of an FAA report that a small, remote-controlled aircraft was nearly struck by an American Airlines passenger jet as the jet was preparing to land. The pilot saw it briefly as he flew by — it was close enough that he was sure it stuck the plane, but no damage was found upon inspection. Jim Williams, head of the FAA’s drone office, said the incident highlights the risk of ubiquitous, unregulated drone use. He said, “The (more…)

  • Working with Real-Time Analytics as a Service (Video)
    By on March 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    This is wide-ranging interview with Dev Patel and Poulomi Damany of BitYota, an Analytics as a Service startup that works specifically with MongoDB. Open Source? Not yet. But hopefully soon, they say. And why should an IT person or programmer care about marketing-oriented analytics? Because the more you know about functions in your company besides IT (such as finance, investor relations, and — yes — marketing), the more valuable you are as an employee. (more…)

  • US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances
    By on March 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter Trachman writes in with news about a monitoring program designed to help stop future leaks of government documents. “U.S. intelligence officials are planning a sweeping system of electronic monitoring that would tap into government, financial and other databases to scan the behavior of many of the 5 million federal employees with secret clearances, current and former officials told The Associated Press. The system is (more…)

  • Downhill on snow with only a patch of colour to follow
    By on March 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    How GB’s Winter Paralympic medallists Kelly Gallagher and Jade Etherington rely on trust and confidence to achieve Sochi success

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  • Water Filtration With a Tree Branch
    By on February 28, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Taco Cowboy writes “Dirty water is a major cause of mortality in the developing world. ‘The most common water-borne pathogens are bacteria (e.g. Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Vibrio cholerae), viruses (e.g. adenoviruses, enteroviruses, hepatitis, rotavirus), and protozoa (e.g. giardia). These pathogens cause child mortality and also contribute to malnutrition and stunted growth of children.’ People have been working on engineering cheaper and (more…)

  • Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost
    By on January 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes “Kim Severson reports at the NYT that by keeping schools and government offices open, and by not requiring tractor-trailers to use chains or stay out of the city’s core, metropolitan Atlanta gambled and lost. “We don’t want to be accused of crying wolf,” said Gov. Nathan Deal, who pointed out that the storm had been forecast to just brush the south side of the city. If the city had been closed and the storm had been as (more…)

  • Japan Controls Rocket Launch With Just 8 People and 2 Laptops
    By on September 15, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    SpaceGhost writes “Sky News reports that the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has launched an orbital telescope on a new generation rocket from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima, in southwestern Japan. The Epsilon rocket uses an onboard AI for autonomous launch checks by the rocket itself (launch video). A product of renewed focus on reducing costs, the new vehicle required two laptops and a launch team of eight, compared to the 150 people needed (more…)

  • Trainer Scott copes with Antarctic conditions
    By on January 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght reveals how trainer Jeremy Scott is taking on racing’s big boys and the wintry weather

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