Salmon farmers are scanning fish faces to fight killer lice

New technology will use facial recognition to build individual medical records for millions of fish.

Not even fish will be able to escape the onslaught of facial-recognition cameras. Millions of Atlantic salmon could have their faces stored in digital databases to track their health and single out those posing threats to their marine surroundings.

And before you ask if fish have faces, they do: A company in Norway has developed a 3D scanner that can tell salmon apart based on the distinct pattern of spots around their eyes, mouth and gills…

ペルチェ素子を内蔵する水冷式「ウェアラブルエアコン」

「ウェアラブルエアコン」は、ペルチェ素子を内蔵し首へ装着する冷却部と、バッテリーを内蔵し温度コントロールを行なう操作部、両者をつなぐチューブからなる。

冷却部は「C」の字型をしており、右前/右後ろ/後ろ/左後ろ/左前の5つのユニットからなり、右と左の前、後ろの3カ所にペルチェ素子を内蔵し、首を直接冷やすことができる。また冷却部の外側からは、放熱も行なうという。

操作部では、電源のON/OFFのほか、温度設定を7段階で行なえる。また着脱可能なバッテリーのほか、アルミ製のヒートシンクと、ファンを内蔵しており、水を冷却するという。バッテリーの容量は非公開とのことだが、35℃の環境で2~4時間稼働した実績があるという。また実働はしないものの、冷却部を耳で支えるタイプや鎖骨で支えるタイプも展示されている。

米、15年で地方の新聞1800紙が消滅 「ニュース砂漠」広がる

米国で2004年以降に1800を超える新聞が廃刊となり、公共問題に関する報道に接する機会がほとんどなくなる「ニュース砂漠」が広がっていることが、15日に公表されたノースカロライナ大学(University of North Carolina)の研究者らによる報告書で明らかになった。米新聞業界の苦境が改めて浮き彫りになった格好だ。

報告書は同大メディア・ジャーナリズム大学院がまとめたもので、2016年の調査結果を更新する内容。それによると、過去15年ほどの間に全体の5分の1超の地方紙(日刊紙と週刊紙)が廃刊に追い込まれていた。結果として「何千、何万というコミュニティーがニュース砂漠になる危機に直面している」と報告書は警鐘を鳴らしている。

調査によると、全米3143郡のうち半数では現在1紙しか発行されておらず、その1紙も発行部数の少ない週刊紙が多かった。また、地元紙が存在しない郡も200郡近くに上っていた。

McDonald’s Franchisees Meet To Find A Seat At The Table

McDonald’s franchisees met this past week at the office of a large franchisee in Tampa, Florida to discuss the formation of an independent franchisee association. This franchisee association, the first in the company’s history could signal a shift in the cultural relationship McDonald’s has with its franchisees. This meeting speaks not only to changing times at McDonald’s but franchising in general.

Collective Issues Produce a Common Voice

Restaurant franchisees of many brands are feeling the profit pinch due to the rising cost of goods, higher labor, and increasing occupancy cost. However, in the case of McDonald’s franchisees, the issues are broader. McDonald’s franchisees face some additional challenges such as the cost of restaurant remodels, changes in operating procedures such as cooking some menu items to order as well as increased …

Android creator is building an AI phone that texts people for you

Essential Products Inc., the consumer electronics startup run by Android creator Andy Rubin, is putting most projects aside to focus on development of a new kind of phone that will try to mimic the user and automatically respond to messages on their behalf, according to people familiar with the plans.

The company paused development of a planned home speaker, months after canceling a different smartphone that had been in the works, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private. Sales of an earlier phone were disappointing, and the company is abandoning the effort partly because the product is too similar to others on the market. Essential had considered selling itself this year after a series of setbacks…

China Makes A Big Play In Silicon Valley https://n.pr/2DX6e0Y 

A year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping stood before the 19th Communist Party Congress and laid out his ambitious plan for China to become a world leader by 2025 in advanced technologies such as robotics, biotechnology and artificial intelligence.

It was seen as a direct challenge to U.S. leadership in advanced technology. James Lewis, a specialist in China and technology at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says China recognizes that technological superiority helps give the United States an edge in national security and wants in on it.

“The Chinese figured out that technology is the key to wealth and power, and the source of technology is still the West for China,” says Lewis. The question is: “How do they get their hands on that Western technology?”

California passes law that bans default passwords in connected devices

Good news!

California has passed a law banning default passwords like “admin,” “123456” and the old classic “password” in all new consumer electronics starting in 2020.

Every new gadget built in the state from routers to smart home tech will have to come with “reasonable” security features out of the box. The law specifically calls for each device to come with a preprogrammed password “unique to each device.”

It also mandates that any new device “contains a security feature that requires a user to generate a new means of authentication before access is granted to the device for the first time,” forcing users to change the unique password to something new as soon as it’s switched on for the first time…

Amazon increases minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour

Amazon just announced that it will be raising its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour, effective November 1.

The policy will cover employees at Amazon subsidiaries, including Whole Foods, and well as seasonal and temporary employees. Amazon says that in total, this will cover 250,000 employees, plus 100,000 seasonal employees.

This comes as Amazon is facing increasing scrutiny over how its workers are treated and paid. Senator Bernie Sanders, for example, recently introduced legislation to end what he calls “corporate welfare” — and it’s pretty clear who he had in mind, since the bill was titled Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS)…

Font of all knowledge? Researchers develop typeface they say can boost memory

Researchers say font, which slants to the left and has gaps in each letter, can aid recall.

Australian researchers say they have developed a new tool that could help students cramming for exams – a font that helps the reader remember information.

Melbourne-based RMIT University’s behavioural business lab and design school teamed up to create “Sans Forgetica”, which they say uses psychological and design theories to aid memory retention.

About 400 university students have been involved in a study that found a small increase in the amount participants remembered – 57% of text written in Sans Forgetica compared with 50% in a plain Arial.

Space Station Crew Returns to Earth, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

Three members of the Expedition 56 crew returned safely to Earth Thursday from the International Space Station, where they spent months providing hands-on support for scientific research in low-Earth orbit, working to keep the orbiting laboratory fully operational, and performing three spacewalks.

NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos landed at 7:44 a.m. EDT (5:44 p.m. in Kazakhstan) southeast of the remote town of Zhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

The crew completed hundreds of experiments during its 197-day expedition in space. Highlights included an investigation to study ultra-cold quantum gases using the first commercial European facility for microgravity research, and a system that uses surface forces to accomplish liquid-liquid separation…