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Army robo-teammate can detect, share 3-D changes in real-time

Army researchers demonstrated in a real-world environment the first human-robot team in which the robot detects physical changes in 3-D and shares that information with a human in real-time through augmented reality, who is then able to evaluate the information received and decide follow-on action. “This could let robots inform their Soldier teammates of changes in the environment that might be overlooked by or not perceptible to the Soldier, giving them increased situational awareness and offset from potential adversaries. This could detect anything from camouflaged enemy soldiers to IEDs.”

Syringe technology could enable injection of concentrated biologic drugs

Researchers have developed a simple, low-cost technology to administer powerful drug formulations that are too viscous to be injected using conventional medical syringes. The technology makes it possible to inject high-concentration drugs and other therapies subcutaneously. It was developed as a solution for highly effective, and extremely concentrated, biopharmaceuticals which typically are diluted and injected intravenously. The viscous fluid to be injected is surrounded with a lubricating fluid, easing the flow through the needle. With the lubricant, just one-seventh of the injection force was needed for the highest viscosity tested.

Science News

Each human gut has a viral “fingerprint”

Each person’s gut virus composition is as unique as a fingerprint, according to the first study to assemble a comprehensive database of viral populations in the human digestive system. An analysis of viruses in the guts of healthy Westerners also showed that dips and peaks in the diversity of virus types between childhood and old age mirror bacterial changes over the course of the lifespan. The Gut Virome Database identifies 33,242 unique viral populations that are present in the human gut. Though a few viral populations were shared within a subset of people, there is no core group of gut viruses common to all humans.

Exercise may reduce depression — if your brain works in this specific way

In a study of 66 adults with major depression, scientists found eight weeks of moderate aerobic exercise was enough to alleviate symptoms by about 55 percent. Meanwhile, light-intensity stretching reduced symptoms by 31 percent over the same period of time. This study adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that aerobic exercise, even easy exercise, could help alleviate depression symptoms. It also suggests that people with greater levels of reward processing may benefit from exercise even more. People with lower reward processing see greater improvements after traditional treatments, like therapy or drugs.

Business News

Apple is opening its first ‘floating’ store in Singapore

The company has confirmed plans to open a dome-shaped store near the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore. “It will be a space for you to explore, connect and create something new.” The store is replacing a shard-shaped Crystal Pavilion that once housed a nightclub called Avalon. Apple has rebuilt the structure with glass panels that will reflect Singapore’s skyline during the day and glow like a lantern at night. “The structure’s shape informs an entirely new store layout,” and will be partly lit by a circular window at the top of the dome. Like the original Crystal Pavilion, it will be connected by a boardwalk and an underwater tunnel that connects to a nearby mall.

Rio Tinto execs lose bonuses but keep jobs after destruction of ancient aboriginal caves

Rio Tinto will cut the bonuses of three senior executives by a combined $5 million after the company blew up a 46,000-year old sacred indigenous site in Australia to expand an iron ore mine. The company said that it failed to meet some of its own standards “in relation to the responsible management and protection of cultural heritage.” The site featured two cave systems that contained artifacts indicating tens of thousands of years of continuous human occupation. Not only did the destruction of the caves result in a “devastating cultural loss,” but it is of significant concern to investors because it puts at risk Rio Tinto’s “social licence to operate.”

Miscellaneous News

Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice in less than 30 years

A total of 28 trillion tonnes of ice have disappeared from the surface of the Earth since 1994. The level of ice loss revealed matches the worst-case-scenario predictions. The scientists describe the level of ice loss as “staggering” and warn that their analysis indicates that sea level rises, triggered by melting glaciers and ice sheets, could reach a metre by the end of the century. “To put the losses we’ve already experienced into context, 28 trillion tonnes of ice would cover the entire surface of the UK with a sheet of frozen water that is 100 metres thick.”

KFC suspends its ‘finger lickin’ good’ slogan because of coronavirus

Kentucky Fried Chicken has decided to pause using its “finger lickin’ good” slogan because … well, that’s probably not the best idea right now. KFC said that the 64-year-old slogan “doesn’t feel quite right. We find ourselves in a unique situation — having an iconic slogan that doesn’t quite fit in the current environment.” The menu isn’t changing and the company said the slogan will return when the “time is right.” KFC blurred out the slogan featured on old billboards and signs in a cheeky ad released on its YouTube page.

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