The Mexican city of Ensenada has become famous in recent days because the local police declared that they have been able to arrest over 500 criminals thanks to the use of a drone in the last 4 months. According to the statistics reported, that led to an overall crime reduction by 10% overall and in particular a drop in burglaries by 30%.
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IBM and the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced the supercomputer Summit stating that it’s the fastest in the world. Peak performances are declared at 200 petaflops, which are eight times those of the previous ORNL supercomputer, called Titan, activated in October 2012 and for a few months the most powerful in its category. It’s a system designed for scientific applications with an eye to artificial intelligence.
The announcement arrived of the agreement that sees Microsoft buy the hosting service for software projects GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. The rumors of the deal begun last week but two years ago Microsoft had already attempted the acquisition.
GitHub is a hosting service for software projects that use the Git distributed version control software, one of the inventions of Linus Torvalds, famous above all for being the father of the Linux operating system. The company behind the service was founded in 2008 with its office in San Francisco, initially as Logical Awesome and since 2010 as GitHub, Inc. rapidly achieving great success.
An article published in the journal “Applied Materials and Interfaces” describes a scalable process to produce graphene sheets relatively cheaply and quickly, with speeds of 5 centimeters per minute. A team of MIT researchers applied a technique based on chemical vapor deposition to synthesize high-quality graphene of uniform quality. This process allows to create graphene with nanopores, microscopic holes of the desired size to use it as a filter.
Peter Diamandis, Executive Chairman of XPRIZE, announced the start of a new initiative called ANA Avatar XPRIZE with the aim of developing avatars. A competition that will last four years with a prize of $10 millions offering teams all over the world the chance to develop robotic systems that can’t only move but also transmit visual and auditory sensations interacting with the environment and other people like if the user was on site.