New NASA technology to help drones land safely

  NASA scientists have developed a new software that will help drones automatically spot the best places to crash-land in case of an emergency, without hurting anyone on the ground. Increasing numbers of drones in the sky raises the risk to people and property below being hit when these unmanned aerial vehicles develop mechanical problems. Now, Patricia Glaab, an aerospace technologist at NASA Langley Research Centre in the US, and colleagues have developed a crash-landing software for drones. During eight test flights, the technology successfully spotted safer landing sites such…

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US financial technology firm Redline to create 20 new jobs in Belfast

N AMERICAN financial technology company has chosen Belfast as the location for a new global support centre, set to create up to 20 jobs. Redline Trading Solutions, a niche global provider of Fintech services is the latest high profile addition to the burgeoning sector, with Belfast now recognised as the number one destination globally for financial technology R&D investments. Redline, who have headquarters in Boston and offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, chose Belfast over other locations in Britain, Republic of Ireland and Asia for the support centre, which…

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Ulster University invests £2m in new health technology hub

ULSTER University has announced a £2 million investment in a new health centre, it pledges will produce ‘life-changing and life-saving technology’. The Health Technology Hub, will create four new posts and be housed within the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) in the School of Engineering at the Jordanstown campus. The new facility will centralise core expertise to support the rapid development of new healthcare technology with support from clinicians and will access expertise from the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC), the BioDevices Lab, the Eastern Corridor Medical Engineering Centre…

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Ulster University invests £2m in new health technology hub

ULSTER University has announced a £2 million investment in a new health centre, it pledges will produce ‘life-changing and life-saving technology’. The Health Technology Hub, will create four new posts and be housed within the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) in the School of Engineering at the Jordanstown campus. The new facility will centralise core expertise to support the rapid development of new healthcare technology with support from clinicians and will access expertise from the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC), the BioDevices Lab, the Eastern Corridor Medical Engineering Centre…

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Six Nations Polytechnic launching technology academy

Six Nations Polytechnic is launching an innovative academy that expects to offer students the ability to earn high school and college diplomas focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The STEAM Academy will be based out of the school’s Brantford campus on Elgin Street and is accepting 50 Grade 9 students to start in September. Graduates of the free six-year program will leave with a high school diploma and are expected to earn a software engineering technician diploma from Mohawk College. “It’s a unique setup,” said the school’s principal,…

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Technology is running your life

We are all in inescapable thrall to one of the handful of American technology companies that now dominate much of the global economy. (Photo: Doug Chayka © 2017 The New York Times) NEW YORK: A few weeks ago, I bought a new television. When the whole process was over, I realised something incredible. To navigate all of the niggling details surrounding this one commercial transaction — figuring out what to buy, which accessories I needed, how and where to install it, and whom to hire to do so — I…

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Technology to give dementia residents freedom

In a first in New Zealand, innovative technology will give dementia residents at Whare Aroha Care’s new village freedom and movement. The Ngongotaha-based dementia-friendly village has 13 homes, and when all stages are complete, will include a supermarket, cafe, hairdresser and clubrooms. It is set to open at the end of August. Therese Jeffs, chief executive at Whare Aroha Care, said the technology was always going to be key to the village. “It’s a move away from the institutional model to a health model, it’s the way forward for caring…

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Video technology in the A-League It is important VAR use is restricted to clearly wrong decisions

Skewing away from that basic rule will open up all sorts of problems, grey areas and furious debates over interpretation that football does not need. Amidst all the hysteria, particularly on social media, over the decision to award Jordy Buijs’ goal for Sydney FC against Perth Glory, fans need to distinguish two very different arguments. 1) Should we actually have the VAR at all in football? 2) Should Bobo have been adjudged to have interfered with Dino Djulbic in the A-League semi-final on Saturday night? If, as you suspect it…

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Technology must amplify the best of humanity Microsoft Indias former chairman

Bhaskar Pramanik, 65, capped a corporate career spanning 45 years with six years at Microsoft India, from where he retired last month as chairman. A science fiction fan and lover of awkward acronyms for action plans, Pramanik remains optimistic about technology for the good of all. He tells Forbes India that disruption is taking place at the bottom of the pyramid, and that our values must evolve with advancements in technology. Edited excerpts: Q. It is often thought that some great technologies have had very long gestation periods at Microsoft….

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Cal Newport on taking your life back from technology

I was asked recently to name a book that changed my life. The book I chose was Cal Newport’s “Deep Work,” and for the most literal of reasons: It’s changed how I lived my life. Particularly, it’s led me to stop scheduling morning meetings, and to preserve that time for more sustained, creative work. Which is all to say that I’m a bit obsessed with Newport’s work right now, and particularly his account of how the digital environment we inhabit is training us out of concentration and into distraction in…

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