Medical drones for accident and emergency

Remote or computer-controlled aircraft, commonly referred to as “drones” could revolutionize the way in which emergency medical supplies, such as bags of blood plasma, are delivered to areas hit by disaster, accidents or other life-threatening situations. Of course, drones are costly and require skilled operators. Writing in the International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk… read more »

China police bust bitcoin miners for stealing $3 mn in electricity

Bitcoin can be produced or “mined” by banks of computers solving complex algorithms Police in eastern China have busted a ring of illicit bitcoin miners who stole nearly $3 million worth of electricity to generate the digital currency, prompting a local power company to tip off investigators, authorities said Friday. A decentralised virtual currency, bitcoin… read more »

Researchers detail privacy-related legal, ethical challenges with satellite data

Penn State researchers report that GPS-enabled apps have helped a lot of people. But they can also be the source of privacy problems and national security threats. The team offers several suggestions to address those concerns. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Satellite technology has been a boon for humanity, leading to faster, clearer communications, quicker emergency responses,… read more »

Resource-efficient soft exoskeleton for people with walking impediments

Credit: IIT Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia A lot of people have lower limb mobility impairments, but there are few wearable technologies to enable them to walk normally while performing tasks of daily living. XoSoft, a European funded project, has brought together partners from all over Europe to develop a flexible, lightweight and resource-efficient soft exoskeleton… read more »

Researchers improve AI that can tell from your voice if you’re depressed

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Artificial intelligence can now more accurately detect whether you’re depressed by analyzing the sound of your voice, thanks to new research by University of Alberta computing scientists. Using two standard benchmark sets of audio recordings ranging from five to 50 minutes long, Ph.D. student Mashrura Tasnim and professor Eleni Stroulia developed… read more »

How digital technologies can help Africa’s smallholder farmers

Digitisation includes the delivery of agronomic advice and information via text messaging and interactive voice response. Credit: digitization could change the game for agriculture in Africa. That’s a key message in a report recently released by an international institution that enhances smallholder farming in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The center for Agricultural and… read more »