EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The federal government is enlisting the help of the private sector to develop better ways to spot and intercept illicit opioids shipped into the United States through the mail. Several federal agencies on Thursday awarded a $500,000 prize to a Massachusetts firm that developed an improved way to scan and analyze the contents of mail for illegal shipments of drugs such as fentanyl, much of which is shipped from China. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Postal Service and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy chose the winners of the Opioid Detection Challenge, a global competition that drew more than 80 entrants since its February announcement. The goal: Develop new or better ways to find and seize illicit drug shipments at mail processing facilities without unduly slowing down global commerce. Authorities said the U.S. handles more than 480 million international parcels a year through its … [Read more...] about Feds seek new ways to spot illicit opioids mailed into U.S.
On a blazing day in the scrublands just outside Irvine, California, Brian Schimpf watched as a man walked into a distant valley wearing a long-sleeved shirt and a hat to protect against the sun.Within moments, sensors in towers on a nearby hillside used pattern-recognition algorithms to spot the man, and remote cameras found and tracked him. A large helicopter-like drone whirred to life, and flew over to conduct closer surveillance.Schimpf is the CEO and co-founder of Anduril, a startup that is building surveillance and defense systems for the U.S. military and other agencies. The man being followed by these sensors was an employee, he explained, demonstrating the ability of this system to find and track a human intruder over a wide area with almost no human input."The system detects there's motion, pans a camera over to it and uses computer-vision algorithms to determine, 'Am I looking at a person, a cow, a car?'" he said of the system, which needed only a single technician to … [Read more...] about Inside the startup that is building AI-powered military technology
Some scientists literally spend their time waiting for lightning to strike.Lightning is the second highest cause of annual weather-related deaths in the United States, according to the National Weather Association. It starts fires, causes power outages and wreaks havoc on electronics systems.The science of lightning detection has improved dramatically since Ben Franklin flew his kite in a thunderstorm in 1752. Researchers can now predict conditions that precede a bolt from the blue, and track the location and strength of a strike while it's occurring."We've made significant progress in understanding the physics of lightning, but there's still lot of work that can be done," said atmospheric scientist Phillip Bitzer of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.Bolts from aboveHow lightning forms remains something of a mystery. The working hypothesis goes: When an updraft of warm air reaches a height where the temperature is just above freezing, ice crystals and frozen particles interact to … [Read more...] about Incredible Technology: How to Map a Lightning Strike
1. Tesla’s cybertruck will not ship This is an easy prediction to make, because even Tesla isn’t claiming that its eye-catching angular steel beast will be available for sale in 2020. The company’s own pitch is that production won’t even begin until 2021, with owners receiving their first shipments in 2022. But the gap is relevant to Tesla’s future: where the company was once genuinely ahead of the curve, in making beautiful electric cars that people wanted to buy, it has increasingly relied on beating its competitors to announcements, rather than actually shipping. The list of Elon Musk’s as-yet-unfulfilled promises grows every year – but the electric fleets of BMW, Ford, General Motors and others grow faster. 2. Google’s Duplex won’t come to Europe One of the most impressive, and futuristic, products to have come from Google in recent years, Duplex is an AI assistant that can make calls to local businesses on your behalf to do … [Read more...] about Twenty tech trends for 2020
OnePlus has been creating buzz around it upcoming TV, dubbed OnePlus TV, for days now. The company’s co-founder and CEO Pete Lau has been teasing the upcoming TV on his social media handle. Among all the information that has been shared, it was revealed that the OnePlus TV will be available on Amazon India’s website. However, there is no official launch date yet. Now the TV has appeared in the listing of ‘New launches’ during Amazon Great Indian Festival sale. The dedicated microsite for the upcoming sale, which reveals the products that will debut during the sale, lists OnePlus TV as well. Amazon has so far not announced the dates of its annual festival sale, which is usually for 4-5 days. However, since its rival website Flipkart has already revealed the dates of its Big Billion Days as September 29-October 4, Amazon Great Indian Festival is also expected to be held around the same dates. Amazon listing of OnePlus TV reveals 55-inch screen size with 4K QLED … [Read more...] about OnePlus TV to launch in India during Amazon Great Indian Sale