19th century had John Henry vs the steam drill and in 21st century smartphone speech recognition is 3 times faster than human typists

Smartphone speech recognition software is not only three times faster than human typists, it’s also more accurate. The researchers hope the revelation spurs the development of innovative applications of speech recognition technology. In the past two to three years, speech recognition was actually improving a lot, benefiting from big data and deep learning to train …

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Disruptive advanced nuclear design is in pre-licensing design review

Terrestrial Energy announced that it is submitting its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) design to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for Phase I of its pre-licensing Vendor Design Review. During the course of this review, which is an optional feedback process offered by the CNSC, Terrestrial Energy will be demonstrating that the design meets …

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Smart Real Wheel with battery, motor electronics for $590 to make most any bike into a pedal assist electric bike with 30 mile range and 20 mph top speed

Move through busy city streets in no time and spare your energy with the help of Smart Wheel, a pedal assist that encases an ultra-thin electric motor and intelligent electronics within a robust housing, neatly fitted onto the spokes of a bicycle rim. It fits practically any bicycle frame and helps you use your bike …

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Massive online courses are succeeding with Professional training to solve trained professional shortage for big companies

Higher education is an enormous business in the United States–we spend approximately $400 billion annually on universities. Sebastian Thrun attracted a stunning number of students–1.6 million to date into using his Massive Open Online Courses (MOOD). He was obsessing over a data point that was rarely mentioned in the breathless accounts about the power of …

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220 Story Sky City Gets go ahead to start construction in June 2013, so it should complete by the end of 2013

Lloyd Alter at Treehugger reports that Broad Group has gotten permission to proceed with the construction of the 220 story Sky City skyscraper starting in June, 2013 in Changsha. Broad Sustainable Construction informs Lloyd Alter and Treehugger that a long and arduous approval process has been completed, and that they are starting excavation and construction …

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Additive Manufacturing Growing and Being Integrated to Improve Traditional Manufacturing Processes and Speed to Market

The global 3d printing industry, growing 30 percent annually, is expected to be worth $6 billion by 2020, with China accounting for 15 to 20 percent of supply. Impact on traditional manufacturing Because of material, cost and other developmental issues, some industry experts consider 3D printing a startup even as others maintain it could alter …

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Genetically modified tobacco plants produce antibodies to treat rabies

In a new research report appearing in The FASEB Journal, scientists produced a monoclonal antibody in transgenic tobacco plants that was shown to neutralize the rabies virus. This new antibody works by preventing the virus from attaching to nerve endings around the bite site and keeps the virus from traveling to the brain. “Rabies continues …

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Honda Accord Hybrid will have 68 mpg

Honda Motor will launch the new Accord hybrid sedan in Japan in June offering fuel economy of 29 km/l (68 mpg US, 3.4 l/100km). The new Accord hybrid will feature Honda’s two-motor hybrid drive system which will also be applied in the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid. Its mileage will far outpace the 23.4km per liter …

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Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 Rumors

1. BGR.com – Digitimes cites unnamed market observers in stating that a number of Apple’s component suppliers are looking forward to strong first-quarter performance ahead of two big product launches slated to take place by mid-2013. 2. iPhone6newsblog – we will likely see a refreshed iPhone 5S in 2013 than a full-fledged iPhone 6 in …

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Genetically Modified Mice Sniff Out Landmines

Technology Review – Researchers have created mice that are 500 times more sensitive than usual to TNT. They could provide a cheap, fast way to find buried explosives. Genetically engineered mice could be created as cheap methods to detect anything that releases molecules into the air. (drug detection, some kinds of cancers and disease) Scientists …

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