Our dreams have many purposes, changing across the lifespan

Dreams differ not only across a single lifetime or a single night, they also differ dramatically across historical epochs. The dreams of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and indeed the dreams of most peoples of the ancient world, were viewed as direct portals into the spirit world and the realm of the ancestors and gods. […]

Deadly superbug just got scarier – it can mysteriously thwart last-resort drug

For the first time, researchers have discovered strains of a deadly, multidrug-resistant bacterium that uses a cryptic method to also evade colistin, an antibiotic used as a last-resort treatment. That’s according to a study of US patients published this week by Emory University researchers in the open-access microbiology journal mBio. Source: arstechnica

First test of drone air traffic control to happen in Switzerland this year

Starting in June, Swiss air traffic control operator Skyguide will begin merging its own data and traffic management applications with a software platform developed by Santa Monica, CA-based AirMap Inc. The software is called AirMap which, as the name implies, is a digital airspace-mapping platform. Source: arstechnica

Vision-improving nanoparticle eyedrops could end the need for glasses

Could the development of eyesight-improving eyedrops help eliminate the need for glasses? Quite possibly, suggests new research coming out of Israel’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University. A team of ophthalmologists at these institutes have invented and tested “nanodrops” which, combined with a laser process, reportedly results in improvements in both short- and long-sightedness. […]

Predicting e-sports winners with Machine Learning

Video game/E-sports streaming is a huge and ever rising market. In the world championship of League of Legends (LoL) last year, one semifinal attracted 106 million viewers, even more than the 2018 Super Bowl. Another successful example is Twitch, where thousands of players broadcast their gameplay to millions of viewers. Visor, a company that provides […]

Self-Driving Truck Encounters the Unexpected, Then Reaches a Milestone

Starsky Robotics engineers tested and developed the autonomous-driving system, which has been installed in the Freightliner Cascadia for more than a year, and had spent a full week conducting dry runs on the stretch of County Road 833 in southern Florida, just north of the Everglades. They had plotted every conceivable contingency and every imaginable […]

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private company, will take a radically different approach to other efforts to transform fusion from an expensive science experiment into a viable commercial energy source. The team intend to use a new class of high-temperature superconductors they predict will allow them to create the world’s […]

Why humans learn faster than AI for now

In 2013, DeepMind Technologies, then a little-known company, published a groundbreaking paper showing how a neural network could learn to play 1980s video games the way humans do by looking at the screen. These networks then went on to thrash the best human players. Source: technologyreview