Verdera, an Alexa-enabled mirror from Kohler, makes your whole bathroom smart

Kohler put Amazon’s Alexa in a mirror with the Verdera smart mirror. It can harness Alexa skills, like tell you the weather and traffic, as you brush your teeth.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/08/verdera-alexa-enabled-mirror-from-kohler-makes-your-whole-bathroom-smart.html

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Paying professors: Inside Google's academic influence campaign

Google operates a little-known program to harness the brain power of university researchers to help sway opinion and public policy, cultivating financial relationships with professors at campuses from Harvard University to the University of California, Berkeley.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/12/paying-professors-inside-googles-academic-influence-campaign.html

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Startup builds smartwatch powered by body heat

If you have a pulse, your skin is warm— and a California-based company wants to harness that natural heat to power a smartwatch you’ll never need to charge in a conventional way.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/11/21/startup-builds-smartwatch-powered-by-body-heat.html

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Navies could harness 3D-printing to build military vessels, report says

Navies around the world could harness 3D-printing to build high-tech military vessels over the next 15 years, according to a report released on Monday by defense contractor Qinetiq.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/09/08/navies-could-harness-3d-printing-to-build-military-vessels-report-says/

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Computers Might Take Crowdsourced Science Away From Us Too

There are plenty of scientific projects that currently harness the power of the internet, using a vast network of amateur scientists to identify animals in giant sets of pictures, take samples from their pets, and watch birds. But like so many other things, it seems like anything we can do, a machine can do better.

Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire taught a machine to ‘see’ the differences between galaxies in Hubble images. The computer algorithm was sophisticated enough to tell the difference between two different types of galaxies, a skill that only humans had before. To see how the computer did, flip through our gallery above.

The initial tests of the algorithm went quite well. So well, in fact, that the researchers hope to expand the scope of the project. “Our aim is to deploy this tool on the next generation of giant imaging surveys where no human, or even group of humans, could closely inspect every piece of data,”James Geach, one of the team members said. “But this algorithm has a huge number of applications far beyond astronomy, and investigating these applications will be our next step,”

Soon, biologists, geologists and many other -ists might be able to use a computer to sift through data faster than humans ever could. The team sees potential applications in airport security and even medicine, where computers could help spot tumors. It’s an amazing new tool. But if you’re still interested in citizen science, don’t worry. There are still a lot of opportunities to have fun, do science, and fight against the rise of the machines.

The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/computers-might-take-crowdsourced-data-away-us-too

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