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Hackers Try to Steal Self-Driving Tech From China’s Baidu

Hackers Try to Steal Self-Driving Tech From China’s Baidu

Robocar IP gets the most sincere complement of all: people are stealing it Photo: Baidu Robocar technology has received perhaps the most honest compliment mankind can bestow: Hackers tried to steal it. Even more extraordinary was the willingness of the targeted company, China’s Baidu, to acknowledge the attempted heist. “It’s very difficult to know who employs them(…)

This Self-Poofing Fabric Transforms from T-Shirt to Parka

This Self-Poofing Fabric Transforms from T-Shirt to Parka

Otherlab’s self-fluffing fabric changes its insulation in response to temperature Evan Ackerman A small team at Otherlab, which does all kinds of weird things, has been using ARPA-E funding to develop what they’re calling “thermally adaptive materials.” We’ll call it self-poofing fabric, for its ability to dynamically change its insulation in response to temperature. The idea is that the fabric(…)

With Synthetic Biology Software, Geneticists Design Living Organisms From Scratch

With Synthetic Biology Software, Geneticists Design Living Organisms From Scratch

Project that aims to build a synthetic yeast pioneers the design and debugging of chromosomes Image: Chris Bickel The first time geneticist Jef Boeke designed a synthetic chromosome, he sometimes wrote and edited its DNA sequence in a Microsoft Word document.  His goal was to create a slightly altered version of yeast chromosome 9, the(…)

Where Will Disposal of Wastewater from Fracking and Other Drilling Trigger Earthquakes?

Where Will Disposal of Wastewater from Fracking and Other Drilling Trigger Earthquakes?

Injection wells that dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling operations can trigger earthquakes. Stanford releases a free tool to predict the risk Photo: iStockphoto It’s pretty clear by now that wastewater injection, a way of disposing of the brackish water used in fracking and other oil and gas drilling processes, can cause earthquakes.(…)

AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans

AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans

Increased brain growth during the first year of life accurately predicted whether a child at high risk of autism developed the disorder Photo: iStockphoto Twenty-two years ago, researchers first reported that adolescents with autism spectrum disorder had increased brain volume. During the intervening years, studies of younger and younger children showed that this brain “overgrowth”(…)