Tech News (25 Jun – 1 Jul 2021)

Weekly Tech News related to AI-Virus-Mammals, AI Predicting Human Behavior, Fast IR Imaging-Based AI, Near-Zero-Power IoT Communicators, Hazardous Driving, Nanorobots, Heat Management

Note: I do not write/own any of the tech news bits (and cover picture) given here. The links on each of the news bits will redirect to the news source. The content given under each headline is a basic gist and not the full story.

*Cover picture: Vector created by pikisuperstar*


1. AI Used to Predict Unknown Links Between Viruses and Mammals

Source: University of Liverpool

25 Jun 2021

Researchers have used a form of artificial intelligence (AI) called machine-learning to predict more than 20,000 unknown associations between known viruses and susceptible mammalian species. The new study could help scientists mitigate the future spread of zoonotic and livestock diseases caused by viruses and could be used to help target disease surveillance programmes.


2. Backscatter Breakthrough Runs Near-Zero-Power IoT Communicators at 5G Speeds Everywhere

Source: Georgia Institute of Technology

25 Jun 2021

Researchers have found a low-cost way for backscatter radios to support high-throughput communication and 5G-speed Gb/sec data transfer using only a single transistor when previously it required expensive and multiple stacked transistors. Employing a unique modulation approach in the 5G 24/28 Gigahertz (GHz) bandwidth, the researchers have shown that these passive devices can transfer data safely and robustly from virtually any environment.

Original written by: Anne Wainscott-Sargent


3. AI Learns to Predict Human Behavior from Videos

Source: Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

28 Jun 2021

In a new study, researchers unveil a computer vision technique for giving machines a more intuitive sense for what will happen next by leveraging higher-level associations between people, animals, and objects.

Original written by: Holly Evarts


4. Fast IR Imaging-Based AI Identifies Tumour Type in Lung Cancer

Source: Ruhr-University Bochum

28 Jun 2021

The prognosis and effective therapies differ based on the type of lung cancer. While it previously took several days to precisely determine the underlying mutation, a research team has been able to reliably perform this determination in just one step using a combination of quantum cascade laser-based infrared microscopy and artificial intelligence.


5. Computer Training Program for Seniors Can Reduce Hazardous Driving

Source: North Carolina State University

29 Jun 2021

A recent proof-of-concept study finds that a low-cost training program can reduce hazardous driving in older adults. Researchers hope the finding will lead to the training becoming more widely available. The researchers have developed a training program, called Drive Aware, that would be accessible to anyone who has a computer.

Original written by: Matt Shipman


6. Speedy Nanorobots Could Someday Clean Up Soil and Water, Deliver Drugs

Source: University of Colorado at Boulder

29 Jun 2021

Researchers have discovered that minuscule, self-propelled particles called “nanoswimmers” can escape from mazes as much as 20 times faster than other, passive particles. These nanoswimmers could one day be used to remediate contaminated soil, improve water filtration or even deliver drugs to targeted areas of the body, like within dense tissues.

Original written by: Kelsey Simpkins


7. Novel Heat-Management Material Keeps Computers Running Cool

Source: University of California – Los Angeles

29 Jun 2021

Engineers have demonstrated successful integration of a novel semiconductor material into high-power computer chips to reduce heat on processors and improve their performance. The advance greatly increases energy efficiency in computers and enables heat removal beyond the best thermal-management devices currently available.


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