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‘Cassini has used a gravitational slingshot around Saturn’s moon Titan to put it on a path towards destruction. Saturday’s flyby swept the probe into an orbit that takes it in between the planet’s rings and its atmosphere.

This gap-run gives the satellite the chance finally to work out the length of a day on Saturn, and to determine the age of its stunning rings. But the manoeuvre means also that it cannot escape a fiery plunge into Saturn’s clouds in September.

The US space agency (Nasa) is calling an end to 12 years of exploration and discovery at Saturn because the probe’s propellant tanks are all but empty. Controllers cannot risk an unresponsive satellite one day crashing into – and contaminating – the gas giant’s potentially life-supporting moons, and so they have opted for a strategy that guarantees safe disposal.’

Read More: Cassini probe heads towards Saturn ‘grand finale’

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‘US scientists have managed to surprise science geeks across the globe, creating a unique fluid with negative mass – but that actually stands for an object moving forward when pushed back.

The creation began inside a lab at Washington State University (WSU), when physicists cooled rubidium atoms to just slightly above absolute zero. This created what is known as a Bose-Einstein condensate.

When particles are in this state, they move extremely slowly and behave like waves. They synchronize and move in unison as ‘superfluid,’ which flows without losing energy, according to a WSU press release.’

Read more: Physicists create mind-bending ‘negative mass fluid’

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‘Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has made several bold predictions regarding the future of humanity both here and on Mars, the influence of artificial intelligence and even the possibility of humans meeting with extraterrestrials.

“Apple will be around a long time, like IBM,” Wozniak said in an interview Friday, as cited by USA Today. “Look at Apple’s cash. It can invest in anything. It would be ridiculous to not expect them to be around. The same goes for Google and Facebook.”

Wozniak previously made a bold prediction regarding the emergence of laptop computers way back in 1982, so he has already shown somewhat of a knack for divination.

In relation to Apple, he’s backing the tech giant to succeed in the field of self-driving cars.

“Apple is such a large company it has to go after big markets,” Wozniak told NBC on Monday. “And self-driving cars is one that we’re all reading about every day…So I’m hoping Apple goes the same way with autonomous cars.”‘

Read more: Aliens, AI & colonies on Mars: Apple’s Wozniak predicts Earth 2075

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‘Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn’t look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General Motors, and it showed the rising power of artificial intelligence. The car didn’t follow a single instruction provided by an engineer or programmer. Instead, it relied entirely on an algorithm that had taught itself to drive by watching a human do it.

Getting a car to drive this way was an impressive feat. But it’s also a bit unsettling, since it isn’t completely clear how the car makes its decisions. Information from the vehicle’s sensors goes straight into a huge network of artificial neurons that process the data and then deliver the commands required to operate the steering wheel, the brakes, and other systems. The result seems to match the responses you’d expect from a human driver. But what if one day it did something unexpected—crashed into a tree, or sat at a green light?’

Read more: The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

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‘The artificial intelligence (AI) revolution has begun, and it’s going to take all of us — government, businesses and employees — to steer through the resulting workforce disruption.

More than just helping our kids avoid jobs that machines will take over in the future — from driving trucks and reading X-rays to picking stocks and balancing the books — we need to look at ways of retraining the millions of adults who will be displaced by machines and get them back doing meaningful, relevant work.

Change is happening so fast that waves of today’s professionals — educated, established, many in mid-career — may see their jobs swept away with the technological tide. These white-collar workers with six-figure lifestyles, long the backbone of the knowledge economy, face what the World Economic Forum calls the fourth industrial revolution. What happens when their jobs disappear? What do they do? If you’ve worked in a field for even five years, transition can be hard. With a mortgage and family, who can afford the luxury of going back to school to learn to code? How many are really equipped to launch a startup?’

Read more: Preparing adult workers for the artificial intelligence revolution

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‘Nanotechnology has occupied the pages of sci-fi novels for decades, but now a major new breakthrough could bring the super advanced tech into the average household.

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, have created two-dimensional nanomaterials, only a few billionths of a meter thick, making it possible to turn almost any surface into a screen or a computer.

Using standard printing techniques, scientists combined graphene nanosheets, an ultra-thin form of carbon just one atom thick, with two other nanomaterials named tungsten diselenide and boron nitride.’

Read more: Nanotechnology breakthrough means almost any surface can become a touchscreen

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‘The US Navy is testing brain-electrocuting technology in order to create a new breed of super-soldiers.

Elite members of SEAL Team Six are among those training with neuro-stimulation devices designed to increase concentration and improve reaction times.

Developed for athletes, the headphone-like device fires electrical pulses into the brain which reprogram it to be more responsive to training.

Rear Admiral Tim Szymanski told Military.com: ‘In experiments, people who were watching these screens… their ability to concentrate would fall off in about 20 minutes.

‘But they did studies whereby a little bit of electrical stimulation was applied, and they were able to maintain the same peak performance for 20 hours.’

Read more: How to build a super-soldier: US military experiments with ELECTROCUTING recruits’ brains to improve their reaction times 

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‘The free, AI-powered app Tambero.com which launched Wednesday will allow some of the world’s poorest farmers to “communicate” with their cattle using only a smartphone.

“It is the next step in technological evolution,” the application’s founder and creator, Eddie Rodríguez Von Der Becke, said, as cited by Cadena 3.

AI-powered bots assess the animals’ condition based on a number of inputs, and interact with farmers, reminding them about vaccination and feeding times, and gestation periods, in addition to providing additional tips and information to improve the overall health of the herd.’

Read more: Microsoft AI-powered app lets farmers chat with their cows

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