Bio-electronic device can produce electricity using nothing but humidity

Enlarge / The structure of some of the protein wires used by bacteria. (credit: Pacific Northwest National Lab) There’s a huge variety of ways that we can potentially generate all the power we need for tiny medical sensors or other devices with minimal power needs. But there’s often a big gap between those sorts of use cases and something that could, say, charge your phone as you walk around wearing a sweater. The electricity-producing devices either don’t scale up or start off at such low power levels that you’d need a couple of tents to power a phone. But today, Nature released a paper that describes a device that the… Read More

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New artificial evolution research could finally prove Darwin was right

An international team of researchers may have just figured out why single-celled organisms such as the AIDS virus and cancer cells manage to be so incredibly successful. And, in doing so, they may also have unraveled the mystery behind the origin of life. Hooray for science! Life on Earth emerged as the result of a bunch of chemicals swirling around in a primordial ooze until they turned into amino acids, then proteins, and eventually cells. The spark of life happened at some point and those non-living cells and clusters went through an evolutionary transition into living organisms. Here we are… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Why AI systems should be recognized as inventors

Existing intellectual property laws don’t allow AI systems to be recognized as inventors, which threatens the integrity of the patent system and the potential to develop life-changing innovations. Current legislation only allows humans to be recognized as inventors, which could make AI-generated innovations unpatentable. This would deprive the owners of the AI of the legal protections they need for the inventions that their systems create. The Artificial Inventor Project team has been testing the limitations of these rules by filing patent applications that designate a machine as the inventor— the first time that an AI’s role as an inventor had ever been disclosed in a patent… This story continues at… Read More

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Apple will miss revenue forecast as coronavirus impacts its manufacturing, sales

Today Apple announced that its prior financial forecast, provided during its January earnings cycle, is no longer valid. In a letter to investors today, the technology giant said that it “do[es] not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter” due to impacts stemming from the coronavirus that has shuttered large parts of China, and is reverberating through the global economy. In its letter Apple said that its prior guidance was based on its “best estimates about the pace of return to work following the end of the extended Chinese New Year holiday on February 10.” As China’s return to work has proved halting, and the… Read More

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Apple warns revenue will be lower than expected because of coronavirus impact

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In a rare investor update on Monday, Apple said the global effects of the coronavirus outbreak are having have a material impact on the company bottom line. The company does not expect to meet its own revenue guidance for the second quarter due to the impact of the virus, and warns that “worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained.” Store closures and reduced retail traffic in China are also expected to have a significant impact. All of Apple’s iPhone manufacturing partner sites have been reopened but are “ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated,” which means that fewer iPhones than expected will… Read More

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