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Airbus’ self-flying plane just completed successful taxi, take-off, and landing tests, opening the door for fully autonomous flight

Airbus just completed flight testing for its Autonomous Taxi, Take-off, and Landing project after its flagship aircraft successfully navigated each phase of flight on its own as pilots simply watched. Over 500 flights were conducted with the new Airbus A350-1000 XWB that successfully utilized “image recognition technology” to essentially give the plane a pair of eyes. The technology, integrated with the A350’s exterior cameras, allowed it to perform the phases of flight entirely on its own. The new technology could revolutionize how airlines operate their planes, especially as the A350 is growing in popularity and is in the fleets of countless airlines.

Artificial Intelligence Platform Detects Power Grid Flaws And Wildfire Dangers Better And Faster Than Humans

StartX startup Buzz Solutions just introduced its AI solution to help utilities quickly spot powerline and grid faults so repairs can be made before wildfires start. Their unique platform uses AI and machine vision technology to analyze millions of images of powerlines and towers from drones, helicopters, and aircraft to find dangerous faults and flaws as well as overgrown vegetation, in and around the grid infrastructure to help utilities identify problem areas and repair them before a fire starts. This system can do the analysis at half the cost and in a fraction of the time compared to humans, hours to days not months to years.

Science News

Psychedelic drugs can greatly reduce psychiatric symptoms among special forces veterans, study finds

A recent study found US Special Operations Forces (SOF) Veterans treated with ibogaine and 5-Methoxy-N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) showed large reductions in symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety. The results overwhelmingly supported the treatment, uncovering strong decreases in reported symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety following the program. There was also a substantial drop in reports of suicidal ideation and cognitive impairment, and an increase in reported psychological flexibility. In fact, participant reports of post-treatment symptoms no longer met the cut-offs for clinical diagnoses.

Lithium in drinking water linked with lower suicide rates

The study collated research from around the world and found that geographical areas with relatively high levels of concentration of lithium in public drinking water had correspondingly lower suicide rates. Lithium is widely and effectively used as a medication for the treatment and prevention of manic and depressive episodes, stabilising mood and reducing the risk of suicide in people with mood disorders. ‘The levels of lithium in drinking water are far lower than those recommended when lithium is used as medicine although the duration of exposure may be far longer, potentially starting at conception.’

Business News

German car sector among biggest winners as export expectations pick up

Export expectations in the manufacturing sector of Europe’s largest economy rose in July, with the automotive industry among the biggest winners. The Ifo institute said its index tracking export expectations in the manufacturing sector rose to 6.9 points in July from -2.2 the previous month thanks to an economic recovery in many countries. “The automobile sector is one of the biggest winners. After some very tough months, the export business should pick up again.” Daimler flagged signs of recovering demand for top-end Mercedes-Benz models and electric vehicles and Volkswagen has said it expects slight growth in China’s premium car segment this year.

Kodak stock triples on $765 million government loan — for drug production

Kodak stock soared after it won a a $765 million US government loan to help produce pharmaceutical ingredients — part of an effort to reduce dependence on foreign drug makers. Kodak’s film legacy means the company has expertise in fine chemicals. The project will curb US dependence on countries restricting pharmaceutical and face mask sales during the pandemic, as well as cut into markets in China, India and Ireland. The loan is “fully collateralized by assets and performance contracts so it’s minimal risk to the taxpayer.” The loan is the first of its kind under the Defense Production Act.

Miscellaneous News

Van Gogh: Postcard helps experts ‘find location of final masterpiece’

A postcard has helped to find the probable spot where Vincent van Gogh painted what may have been his final masterpiece, art experts say. The likely location for Tree Roots was found by Wouter van der Veen, the scientific director of the Institut Van Gogh. He recognised similarities between the painting and a postcard dating from 1900 to 1910. Researchers from Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum conducted a comparative study of the painting, postcard and the hillside. The experts concluded that it was “highly plausible” that the correct location had been identified.

Ballistic Beer Company: ‘Exploding’ Twang Brambleberry Sour cans recalled

Ballistic Beer Company has been forced to recall its Twang Brambleberry Sour 375ml Cans and Kegs from all stores immediately because they “may be affected by refermentation in the can which could result in exploding cans”. The kegs pose no safety issue but the company said their quality may be impacted by the refermentation issue. Food Standards Australia said the recall was due to potential for excessive alcohol content. The recall impacts products packed on July 10 and 13 with best before dates of April next year.

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