Amazon Astro could be the first mainstream robot assistant

Ever since Amazon introduced Alexa to the world and invested heavily in its personal assistant AI, it seemed we all knew where the company was eventually heading: personal robots. That moment has finally arrived. The company today announced Astro, its oft-rumored home robot. Although it’s pricey at an initial cost of $999.99, it has the potential of being the first real mainstream home assistant robot (as opposed to, say, a robot vacuum). Astro has a bit of a unique design, with two big wheels and a moving monitor that served as a ‘head.’ I’m not gonna lie, it’s kind of… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Elon Musk chats about Starship and space telescopes … and Jeff Bezos’ rocket envy

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk chats with journalist Kara Swisher at the Code Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Asa Mathat for Vox Media) In the latest chapter of a long-running space spat, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took aim at his billionaire rival Jeff Bezos today with a barrage of double entendres that were delivered from the stage at this week’s Code Conference. The jests he shared with journalist Kara Swisher, host of the Beverly Hills event, focused on the phallic shape of the New Shepard suborbital rocket ship built by Blue Origin, Bezos’ space venture. “It could be a different shape, potentially,” Musk noted. “Could you explain from a… Read More

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Half of young children in U.S. harmed by lead contamination

In a new study from Quest Diagnostics Inc and elsewhere, researchers found about 50% of young children who were tested for lead had strong levels of the toxic metal in their blood. They tracked more than 1.1 million children under the age of 6 years who did lead testing from October 2018 through February 2020. The team found although […] The post Half of young children in U.S. harmed by lead contamination appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Exercise may reduce sleep apnea and improve brain health

In a new study from the University of São Paulo, researchers found exercise may help reduce symptoms of a common sleep disorder and improve brain function. They found exercise training could be a useful supplemental treatment for people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. The condition is characterized by loud snoring and disrupted breathing […] The post Exercise may reduce sleep apnea and improve brain health appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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This study finds 160 drugs that may fight against COVID-19

In a recent study published in Science Advances, researchers have identified 200 approved drugs predicted to work against COVID-19—of which only 40 are currently being tested in COVID-19 clinical trials. The study is from the University of Cambridge. One author is Professor Tony Kouzarides. In the study, the team used a combination of computational biology […] The post This study finds 160 drugs that may fight against COVID-19 appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Scientists reveal new explanation for the rise of ocean animals

A study from Yale and Georgia Tech offers a new context for a pivotal step in the evolution of life on Earth: the dramatic proliferation of animal life, hundreds of millions of years ago, in the ancient sea. The prevailing scientific theory has been that ancient waters were filled with nutrient-rich particulate matter, giving the […] The post Scientists reveal new explanation for the rise of ocean animals appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Dead galaxies mysteriously ran out of fuel to make stars in early universe

“Live fast, die young” could be the motto of six early, massive, “dead” galaxies that ran out of the cold hydrogen gas needed to make stars early in the life of the universe. These galaxies lived fast and furious lives, creating their stars in a remarkably short time, but then ran out of gas and […] The post Dead galaxies mysteriously ran out of fuel to make stars in early universe appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Amazon takes on Nest with an ultra-cheap $60 smart thermostat

Amazon unloaded an entire delivery truck’s worth of products at a private event today. Here are some of the many, many smart home products that were announced. The Amazon Smart Thermostat: Way cheaper than the competition Amazon’s thermostat. [credit: Amazon ] Lookout Nest! Amazon is stepping on Google’s turf (and its old thermostat …read more Source:: Ars Technica       

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You can change your Nest doorbell ringtone starting next month

You can soon set your Nest doorbell to cackle at your visitors. | Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Google Nest is bringing back seasonal ringtones for its video doorbells, which now include the Nest Doorbell (wired) — previously known as Nest Hello — and the new Nest Doorbell (battery). First up are Halloween-inspired tones, which will stick around through October, then the winter holiday-themed options arrive. For the past three years Nest has offered them, the ringtones have disappeared following the holidays, leaving you with the standard ding dong. But this year, the new Nest Doorbell will also get six “evergreen” ringtones that are usable year-round. They will… Read More

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Amazon’s Astro cannot fetch your beer

Astro did not put that beer there! | Amazon Amazon introduced a new robot today with the face of an Echo Show, the sensor-laden body of Panera Bread delivery bot, and a pair of cupholders for a trunk. The instant it was announced, people clamored for a reason for its existence beyond “mobile camera with a cute face” and “potentially invasive surveillance drone.” Most seemed to settle on “beer fetcher.” But friend, a pair of cupholders does not a robowaiter make. While the $1,000 Astro could very well have a wide variety of capabilities beyond home surveillance it’s not gonna be fetching you anything. For one, it reportedly sucks. “Astro… Read More

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Vaccine Data for Kids Under 5 Are Coming ‘Before the End of the Year’

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our coverage of The Atlantic Festival. Learn more and watch festival sessions here. The vaccine timeline for young kids is looking a little more solid. This morning, Pfizer submitted data to the FDA showing that its COVID-19 vaccine is effective and safe for children ages 5 to 11. And this afternoon, the company’s CEO, Albert Bourla, said that trial results for even younger kids, aged 2 to 4, will be available in a couple months’ time. “Before the end of the year,” he confirmed in an interview with Craig Melvin, the Today news anchor and MSNBC anchor, at The Atlantic Festival. Submission to… Read More

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