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Check Out the Amazing Winners of 2019 SIPA Photography Contest

Check Out the Amazing Winners of 2019 SIPA Photography Contest | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
The 2019 Siena International Photo Awards features amazing images from photographers across the globe. See the winners of the photography contest here.
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The Navy is Testing Beaming Solar Power in Space

The Navy is Testing Beaming Solar Power in Space | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

Solar power has become a focal point of the battle to mitigate climate change.  The potential of solar power is massive – Earth receives as much solar energy in an hour as all of humanity uses in a year.  Even with that much energy hitting the Earth, it is only a tiny fraction of the sun’s overall output.  Some of that other solar energy hits other planets, but most is just lost to the void of deep space.

 

There are a number of groups that are leveraging various technologies to capture some of that lost energy.  One of the most common technologies being pursued is the idea of the power satellite.  Recently, one of those groups at America’s Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) hit a milestone in the development of power satellite technology by launching their Photovoltaic RF Antenna Module (PRAM) test satellite.

 

The idea underlying power satellites is called “power beaming”.  Power beaming systems use one of three different frequencies of light to transmit significant amounts of power over a distance wirelessly.  Last year NRL had a successful demonstration of a land-based power beaming system using an infrared laser.


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What is pool testing and how does it work?

What is pool testing and how does it work? | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
It’s an approach officials are considering for ramping up coronavirus testing.

 

Also known as batch testing, pool testing combines samples from several people and tests them for the coronavirus all at once, cutting down on the time and supplies required. The protocol was first invented to test for syphilis during World War II and has been used in the past for outbreaks of other sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

 

“If everyone is negative, then you’re done,” Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, explained. If the test detected the presence of the virus, then each person would have to be tested and the results individually analyzed to determine whose sample produced the positive result.

 

“You can rapidly increase the capacity of testing,” said Benjamin Pinsky, director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. “The trade-off is that there’s reduced sensitivity. It’s kind of a balance.” Samples with low viral loads are more likely to go undetected in a pool, he said.


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Artist uses AI to create stunning portraits of historical figures

Artist uses AI to create stunning portraits of historical figures | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
Bas Uterwijk, an Amsterdam-based artist, is using AI to create extremely lifelike photographs of historical figures and monuments such as the Statue of Liberty, artist Vincent van Gogh, George Washington and Queen Elizabeth I.

 

 

Using a program called Artbreeder, which is described as “deep learning software,” Uterwijk builds his photographs based on a compilation of portraits, reports the Daily Mail. The program pinpoints common facial features and photograph qualities to produce an image.

 

“I try to guide the software to a credible outcome. I think of my work more as artistic interpretations than scientifically or historically accurate,” the artist tells the outlet. On Instagram, he details the many variations that go into creating his work. So far, he’s created more than 50 of these images.


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Valve Index users can now virtually recreate their own room | PC Gamer

Valve Index users can now virtually recreate their own room | PC Gamer | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
In the ever-evolving quest to never have to take our VR headsets off, Valve recently released a new feature for Index users that can accurately project the room around you in 3D space.The goal of the feature, called Room View 3D, is to give a more precise representation of the user's environment for moments when you'd otherwise need to take the headset off. Valve's announcement post doesn't go into detail about how it works, but people who have tried it speculate that it's using the Index's multiple cameras to build a live 3D environment.
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Slightly Unnerving AI Produces Human Faces Out of Totally Pixelated Photos

Slightly Unnerving AI Produces Human Faces Out of Totally Pixelated Photos | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

Artificial intelligence networks have learnt a new trick: being able to create photo-realistic faces from just a few pixelated dots, adding in features such as eyelashes and wrinkles that can't even be found in the original.
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SpaceX's historic astronaut launch and NASA's space program

SpaceX's historic astronaut launch and NASA's space program | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

The head of the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos published a lengthy op-ed expressing mixed feelings about the recent SpaceX Demo-2 launch to the International Space Station (ISS).   Dmitry Rogozin's op-ed, which is available on the Rocosmos website and was previously published in Forbes, points toward Russia's future plans in space as the United States moves most of its crewed opportunities back to American soil.

 

 

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Squid skin is naturally anti-microbial

Squid skin is naturally anti-microbial | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

This new finding makes squid skin a potentially valuable medical product, and could reduce waste from commercial fisheries.

 

Many types of squid have the ability to alter the color of skin cells called chromatophores, in order to blend in with their environment. This allows them to hide from predators, and is often triggered when the squid feels threatened. These same squids, including the Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), are commercially fished in parts of North and South America.

 

 


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Physics in the pandemic: mailing lab kits to students enhances learning at home –

Physics in the pandemic: mailing lab kits to students enhances learning at home – | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
The “At-Home Lab Kit” allows undergraduate students to do physics experiments while sheltering in place
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Striking Portraits by Artist Tawny Chatmon Embellished with Gold Garments and Ornate Backdrops

Striking Portraits by Artist Tawny Chatmon Embellished with Gold Garments and Ornate Backdrops | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
In The Redemption, photography-based artist Tawny Chatmon (previously) celebrates the beauty of Black hair through a series of arresting portraits superimposed with 24 karat gold flourishes. Each photograph features a solemn child who's dressed in hand-painted ornate, gilt garments that are inspired

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Swedish scientist behind country's loose lockdown says country's death toll is too high

Swedish scientist behind country's loose lockdown says country's death toll is too high | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
Anders Tegnell says the Swedish approach, which has allowed citizens to continue to go to restaurants and gyms, should be adapted as deaths soar
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Visit the Milky Way's supermassive black hole with 'Galactic Center VR' visualization (video) | Space

Visit the Milky Way's supermassive black hole with 'Galactic Center VR' visualization (video) | Space | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
A new virtual reality experience lets you fly closely, but safely, towards the supermassive black hole embedded in the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
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This pandemic is not an extended sabbatical

This pandemic is not an extended sabbatical | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
Jokes about productivity hide the toxicity of academic ‘always on’ culture, says Daphne S. Ling.

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15 AR and VR Immersive Learning Tools

15 AR and VR Immersive Learning Tools | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
By: R. D. Poth. An overview of tools and technologies that help educators get started with AR and VR immersive learning in the classroom.
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Exposition photo - Michael Kenna : Buddha

Exposition photo - Michael Kenna : Buddha | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
Cette semaine, Ira Stehmann Fine Art présente les photographies de Michael Kenna issues de son nouveau livre "Buddha" disponible en août 2020. Cette présentation exclusive en ligne est un aperçu avant l'exposition qui ouvrira plus tard cette année.

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Google Just Acquired Smart Glasses Startup North | #Acquisitions

Google Just Acquired Smart Glasses Startup North | #Acquisitions | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

Last Friday, it was reported that Canadian smart glasses startup North was on the verge of being snapped up by Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Today, it’s official.

North announced the acquisition on both Twitter and in an official blog. Details regarding the terms of the sale were scant, though a Globe and Mail scoop from Friday put the number at around $180 million. North’s remaining staff will, however, be staying in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada and joining a Google team also based there.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?&tag=Acquisitions

 


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Last Friday, it was reported that Canadian smart glasses startup North was on the verge of being snapped up by Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Today, it’s official.

North announced the acquisition on both Twitter and in an official blog. Details regarding the terms of the sale were scant, though a Globe and Mail scoop from Friday put the number at around $180 million. North’s remaining staff will, however, be staying in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada and joining a Google team also based there.

 

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DeepMind Introduces 'EATS' – An Adversarial, End-to-End Approach to TTS

DeepMind Introduces 'EATS' – An Adversarial, End-to-End Approach to TTS | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
DeepMind researchers have developed EATS, a generative model trained adversarially in an end-to-end manner that achieves performance comparable to SOTA models.
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