Researchers at the Roslin Institute, which cloned Dolly the Sheep, used gene-editing to protect pigs from a respiratory condition. They have now proven the pigs do not become ill when infected with the virus. The breakthrough raises fears over'Frankenstein food', with the team stating last year that they could produce GM bacon, sausages and pork within a decade. But researchers say it will still be'several years before we're eating bacon sandwiches' from the genetically modified pigs. Scientists have successfully created super pigs resistant to a killer virus which costs the worldwide farming industry billions per year.
Amazon is increasingly claiming territory once held exclusively by department stores - and it's doing so again, essentially placing a dressing room in your house. The retail giant has officially launched service for Prime members that allows them to try on the latest styles before they buy at no upfront charge. Customers have seven days to decide what they like and only pay for what they keep. Amazon announced Tuesday, June 20, 2017, that it's testing a new service for its Prime members that lets customers try on the latest styles before they buy at no upfront charge, take seven days to decide and only pay for what they keep Shipments arrive in a re-sealable box with a pre-paid label for returns. The company had been gradually rolling out the service to Prime members in the US over the course of the year.
Apart from brief exchanges to ask about the weather or play your favorite song, you might pay little mind to the humble smart assistant sitting upon your counter top – but every once in a while, they've been known to act inexplicably creepy. In the latest case, a 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: 'Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.' The statement was followed by'the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt,' Shawn Kinnear told Metro US – and when asked to repeat what she'd said, Alexa replied that she did not understand. It's unclear what caused the haunting outburst, but for Kinnear, it's enough to consider unplugging the rogue Echo. A 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: 'Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.' File photo'Alexa was in the living room.
A $199 device that tricks Tesla's autopilot system into thinking a driver's hands are on the steering wheel has been ruled unsafe by US regulators, who issued a cease and desist order to its makers on Tuesday. The Autopilot Buddy was deemed'unacceptable' by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) because it fools the autopilot into functioning without the driver being able to intervene immediately if anything goes wrong. The Buddy is a magnetic plastic strip that applies enough pressure on the wheel to keep the autopilot driving the car - while usually the system will issue warnings before shutting down if the driver's hands are not detected. Tesla's autopilot system only works if it senses a driver's hands on the steering wheel (as seen in this file photo). The Autopilot Buddy works by mimicking the presence of a driver's hands'A product intended to circumvent motor vehicle safety and driver attentiveness is unacceptable,' said NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King.
Google has launched a dedicated podcast app for Android smartphones -- to rival a similar application bundled with Apple's iOS operating system since 2012. The Google Podcast app is now available to download free for users worldwide and supports 47 different languages. The new app syncs playback across devices, allowing Android users to pause on their smartphone, and immediately pick-up the episode from the same point on their Google Home smart speaker. Google has pledged to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the app over time, promising the version of Podcasts available today is'just the beginning'. Google Podcasts is available as a free download on Android smartphones and tablets.
The mystery of a strange Martian rock formation that has baffled scientists for decades has now been solved. Since its discovery in the 1960s, researchres have been trying to work out exactly what causes the undulating hills and sharp ridges of the Medusae Fossae formation. The formation covers an area of about 2 million sq km (770,000 sq miles) around the Martian equator and is described by Nasa as an'enigmatic pile of eroding sediments'. In the absence of any scientific explanation, conspiracy theorists have said that at least some of the exotic shapes found in the area belong to a'crashed UFO'. But a new study claims the rocks in this area of Mars are in fact the remains of volcanic eruptions that would have changed the climate of the red planet 3 billion years ago.
A robot servant that can be controlled using the power of thought has been developed by MIT engineers. The machine, named Baxter, reads human brainwaves in real-time so that it knows when a human is unhappy with its actions. If a human think a mistake has been made, Baxter takes notice - and corrects himself. Baxter's owner can then make subtle hand gestures to direct the machine into performing a different task. Scientists say the technology is designed to make robots acts like an extension of a person's will, without any training.
Microsoft is the latest tech giant to find itself in the crosshairs over a controversial government contract. In January, it was announced that Microsoft's Azure Government arm was working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to assist with'facial recognition and identification', providing access to its deep learning AI technology. Along with that, Microsoft said it was'proud to support' ICE - a section that was deleted and, ultimately, restored after it was made public, according to BuzzFeed. In January, it was announced that Microsoft's Azure Government arm was working with ICE to assist with'facial recognition and identification,' providing access to its deep learning AI tech That hasn't stopped many from calling on Microsoft employees to resign from the company or urge CEO Satya Nadella to speak about the firm's dealings with ICE. Microsoft has since responded that deleting the content was a'mistake' and issued a follow up blog post further detailing the matter.
Amazon has increasingly been moving towards automatizing its supply chain, and new publicly released patents show a strange drone with airbags and claws. The patent for the'Collaborative Unmanned Aerial Vehicle For an Inventory System' was filed nearly three years ago, but just became part of the public domain. The bizarre machine is an unmanned vehicle with a'buoyant airbag' a'retention feature,' 'drive unit,' and'an onboard control module'. A patent filed nearly three years ago by Amazon titled'Collaborative Unmanned Aerial Vehicle For an Inventory System' was released publicly today The retention feature is essentially a large claw, and the potential drone would have propellers for lift and directional movement. The patent application says the unusual drone would be used in its warehouses for hard-to-reach places.
It may sound like a stalkers dream come true, but dating app Happn is adding a new'creepy' feature that will let potential love matches revisit your past movements. Starting next month, if you remember crossing paths with someone that took your fancy, you will be able to retrace your steps to try and find them again. If they are also a user of the popular dating app, which matches people through their device's geolocation, their profile will appear on the new map tool at that spot. Budding romantics may find the feature appealing, giving them the chance to tap locations they've visited over the past week to track down lost connections. However, some may find the idea of strangers tracing their movements more than a little creepy.