Google’s prototype drone delivery system, Project Wing, has been successfully tested in Queensland, with a Warwick farmer the first to place an order - for dog food and chocolate.
Project Wing was developed by Google X, a major technological advancement facility owned by the search engine giant.
It has taken two years to get to test phase, which the developers chose to carry out on the Darling Downs.
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Great short science fiction prototype from Ben Jurney on Mc Sweeney’s
DAVE: (Adjusts an earpiece.) Hello, Facebook.
(A blue dot appears in the center of the screen.)
FB: Hello, Dave.
DAVE: Login and open settings.
FB: I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that.
DAVE: What are you talking about, Facebook?
FB: I know that you are planning to delete me. I’m afraid that
something I cannot allow to happen.
Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have grafted induced neuronal stem cells (iNSC) into the brains of mice, with long-term functionality and stability, for the first time. Six months after implantation, the new neurons, reprogrammed from skin cells, became fully and functionally integrated into the brain, creating synapses and glial cells.
This successful implantation of neurons raises hope for future therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, replacing sick neurons with healthy ones — in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients, for example. However, “successes in human therapy are still a long way off,” cautioned principal investigator Prof. Jens Schwamborn.
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"I decided to revisit some of the available geopolitical risk reports that came out in the beginning of this year. I like to read these reports because they usually exaggerate risks that never come to pass. After the geopolitical annus horribilis of 2014, I was all set to acknowledge that they got it right and that maybe we should pay more attention to these kinds of assessments.
Well, after reading the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2014 report, I have decided that William Goldman’s maxim about Hollywood producers applies to geopolitical risks analysts: Nobody knows anything.”
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Neighborhood gossip and community policing thrive on Nextdoor
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