December 2018

Attention

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ) made new discoveries on how the brain induces the ability to rapidly focus attention. The human brains are consistently loaded with information from the senses, but the level of attentiveness to such input differs, enabling an individual to concentrate on a conversation and not on another. According to Stephen Williams, Professor at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute, when one wants

Hypersonic Vehicles

Hypersonic vehicles can be an airplane, missile, or spacecraft that travel through the atmosphere at extremely high speeds. These vehicles create intense friction with the surrounding air, as they fly at speeds above Mach 5 which is five times faster than the speed of sound. It is technically challenging to develop structure that can withstand furnace-like temperature at such incredible high speed, especially for leading edges that bear the maximum

Huawei

Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies projected a 21 percent leap in 2018 revenue to $109 billion, according to its rotating chairman Guo Ping, boasting a sharp acceleration in the business growth despite heightened global scrutiny as the company struggles to relieve rising concerns about the business and product security. In New Year’s address to the employees, Mr. Ping had said that the company has signed around 26 5G contracts and

Age and Gender

Scientists have recently created a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that can identify individuals on a video by detecting age and gender more rapidly and with high accuracy. According to the researchers at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, the technology to detect age and gender has already been the basis for offline detection systems in Android mobile applications. Modern neural networks could detect gender of people on videos with highest

Lignin Composites

Scientists from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have discovered that a by-product of biorefinery processes called – lignin composites; could serve as renewable 3D printing feedstock. The new discovery has been outlined in the journal Science Advances, which extends ORNL’s achievements in the reducing the cost of bio-products by creating profitable new uses of lignin. The lignin is a form of complex organic polymers that creates structural materials in

Intellectual Property

China to allow victims of intellectual property infringements to sue for damages, state media reported on Monday, as Beijing seeks for ways to strengthen its intellectual Property protection framework, with US demanding for action on the issue. According to Xinhua news agency reports, a draft law – under which the victims can file for ‘punitive damages’ – was presented at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People’s

Box Office

In record-breaking 2018, US box office sales has amounted to around $11.38 billion, as more viewers stepped into the theaters to watch blockbusters of this year, CNBC news reported. As the final week of the year is likely to be the busy time for moviegoers, analysts estimate the final total amount could be as high as $11.8 billion. In particular, superhero movies dominated the box office in 2018 with more

Spiders

In a survey of 50 homes in North Carolina for complete arthropod fauna of the indoor ecosystem, researchers found high diversity with an estimate range of 24-128 distinct families of arthropods per house. Spiders are crucial part of the nature as well as the indoor biome. While people tend think their houses are safely insulated from the outdoor environment, many species of spiders can be found inside. The researchers discovered

Oxygen Levels

In a new research study, oceanographers at the University of Rhode Island (URI) have discovered that a slight decrease in oxygen levels in the ocean may have huge consequences for small marine organisms called ‘zooplankton’. These organisms are one of the keep components of food web in the midwater, the expanse of the ocean below the surface and above seafloor. Within the midwater, there are large regions with low level

New Pilots

Learning a new language may not be an easy task in any setting. It becomes more difficult for new pilots as they have to learn the language of the sky, while simultaneously navigating the instrument panel and learning to fly the aircraft safely. Recently, two alumni of Purdue University have proposed a new technology that can help new pilots easily learn radio communication skills and enhance their interaction with air