Upsetting the Apple car

By The Economist on 19th of February 2015

APPLE’S ability to make desirable iGadgets designed for easy portability is beyond question. Reports emerged this week that it is planning to make a mobile device that will instead carry its users—an electric car. Apple’s plans are unclear and unconfirmed. By some accounts it has put a few hundred people to work developing cars to match Tesla, another Silicon Valley firm that makes fast and luxurious battery-powered saloons. Others reckon that it is working on a self-driving car.Plenty of other tech firms are turning their attention to cars.

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Drones could be used to seek out arteries to prevent heart attacks

By The Telegraph on 18th of February 2015

Scientists have carried out trials using microscopic drones that could be used to seek and repair damaged arteries, preventing heart attacks and strokes.Researchers have completed the first successful tests of nanoparticles – which are targeted to go where they are needed – in mice, and hope to soon to conduct the first patient trials.The nanoparticles are designed to latch on to hard plaques in the arteries, made from fat cholesterol and calcium, which cause heart disease.Once they reach their target, the "drones" release a drug derived from a natural protein that repairs inflammation dama

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Robots Could Make Even High-Tech Workers Worse Off

By Bloomberg on 18th of February 2015

Have you ever worried that robots would one day be the ruin of humanity? According to a newly published paper, you might not be too far off base. Four researchers from Boston University and Columbia University simulated an economy featuring two types of workers – high-tech employees who produce new software code, and low-tech workers who produce human services (people such as artists, priests, psychologists and the like). At first, high demand for code-writing high-tech employees increases their wages. However, over time, the amount of legacy code grows.

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