Texas bullet train proposal pits rural landowners against urbanites

A Texas railroad company is looking to build a bullet train to connect two of the state’s largest cities, Dallas and Houston, in under 90 minutes.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/04/texas-bullet-train-proposal-pits-rural-landowners-against-urbanites.html

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Hyperloop One pod reaches almost 200 mph in new test

An Elon Musk concept at first, the Hyperloop train may become a reality sooner than expected — though it’s not Musk who is overseeing the various Hyperloop projects currently underway.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/03/hyperloop-one-pod-reaches-almost-200-mph-in-new-test.html

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NASA just showed off its 12 newest astronauts that will venture into deep space

HOUSTON — NASA introduced 12 new astronauts on Wednesday (June 7), who will train for missions into Earth orbit and to deep space.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/06/08/nasa-just-showed-off-its-12-newest-astronauts-that-will-venture-into-deep-space.html

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This smart mannequin aims to improve pat-down procedures at airports

Airport security frisks can sometimes upset passengers, so the TSA is now using a smart mannequin to train officers on how to get the pat-down procedure exactly right while ensuring nothing’s missed

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/25/this-smart-mannequin-aims-to-improve-pat-down-procedures-at-airports.html

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Indian Railways gets milk to hungry baby on train after passenger's SOS tweet

Indian Railways is winning praise for its swift response to a train passenger’s SOS tweet about a hungry baby on a train.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/03/16/indian-railways-gets-milk-to-hungry-baby-on-train-after-passengers-sos-tweet.html

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First zero-emission hydrogen train to begin operations in Germany

The world’s first hydrogen powered, emission-free train is set to go into service in Germany in 2017 — a ground-breaking innovation that could signal the phasing out of heavily polluting, diesel-powered trains.

The original article can be found here: http://rss.cnn.com/~r/rss/cnn_tech/~3/9-_E0rK4r_w/index.html

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New Computer Program Can Predict How Things Will Move, Just Like Us



One of these things is not like the other

An experimental setup used to train a computer to understand basic physics.

To some extent, we humans are pretty good at predicting the future. Not the big stuff of course, but small things, like how something will move under different forces and conditions. Now, researchers are trying to give computers that same ability.

Let’s say you have a heavy block and a rubber ball sitting at the top of a steep ramp, with you holding each one in place. What happens if you just let go (no pushing allowed)?

We can predict that if you let go of the block, it’s probably not going to move down the hill as fast as the ball, if it moves at all. You know that round things roll, and things with edges generally don’t. Even though physics governs the actions of the two objects, you don’t have to have a physics background to make the guess, you just know. How do you know? Because as a kid, you probably played with blocks and balls and ramps. All your experiences helped you make that prediction in a split second.

But computers generally aren’t sent outside to play, so they don’t learn how objects interact with the world. Until now. A group of scientists at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have developed a computer model called Galileo that is able to watch videos of different objects interacting in various situations (like a block sliding down a ramp to crash into something else) to estimate how heavy the objects are, and predict what they’ll do in other situations.

“From a ramp scenario, for example, Galileo can infer the density of an object and then predict if it can float,” postdoctoral researcher Ilker Yildirim, co-author of the research, said in a statement. “This is just the first step in imbuing computers with a deeper understanding of dynamic scenes as they unfold.”

Yildirim and his co-authors first showed Galileo 150 videos before adding some human intuition. Or, rather, computer intuition. They linked Galileo with Bullet, computer software used by video games and movies as a ‘physics engine’ capable of making animated graphics look incredibly real by simulating how physics works in the real world. Then they added algorithms that allowed Galilleo to learn from its previous experiences, just like humans, and tested it against people, having both the computer and humans predict how an object would move during experiments. They found that humans and the computer had very similar predictions.

You can test how you compare to Galileo using this website created by CSAIL. After watching a short clip of an object sliding down a ramp to hit a block, click on the object that you think is heavier. You can check and see if your answer is correct, and whether Galileo managed to guess correctly.

Next, the researchers want to go even further, working with Galileo on more complicated predictions involving fluids or springs, and eventually getting to a point where it can make predictions in the natural world even faster than we can.

“Imagine a robot that can readily adapt to an extreme physical event like a tornado or an earthquake,” co-author Joseph Lim said. “Ultimately, our goal is to create flexible models that can assist humans in settings like that, where there is significant uncertainty.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/new-computer-program-can-predict-how-things-will-move-just-like-us

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Wield your phone as a lightsaber with Google's latest Chrome experiment

As if the hype train wasn’t at its limit, Google is making the lightsaber accessible to those of us who don’t have the good or bad fortune to be a Jedi or a Sith lord.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/12/16/wield-your-phone-as-lightsaber-with-googles-latest-chrome-experiment.html

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7 common tech myths you shouldn't believe

Technology used to move forward like a freight train (literally at one point), but now it’s more like a 300 mph bullet train. You just have to blink and you’ll miss the latest smartphone, processor upgrade, new type of connector or any dozens of other developments that never seem to stop.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/09/04/7-common-tech-myths-shouldnt-believe/

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Man arrested for 'ridiculous' iPhone crime

A 45-year-old UK artist was arrested Friday on a London train for the dastardly crime of “abstracting electricity”—and according to arrestee Robin Lee, the crime is just as “ridiculous” as it sounds, the Evening Standard reports.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/07/15/man-arrested-for-ridiculous-iphone-crime/

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Windows 9 technical preview, the first step towards fixing Windows, may appear next month

Windows 9 Threshold Start menu crop
Windows 8 has been a bit of a train wreck for Microsoft as users have expressed their displeasure in the tablet-oriented direction. Windows 9 is supposed to pull it back, and the first technical preview may be just a month away.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/188169-windows-9-technical-preview-the-first-step-towards-fixing-windows-may-appear-next-month

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