Cassie the bipedal robot runs a 5K

Cassie the bipedal robot runs a 5K

You may well recognize Cassie as the basis of Agility Robotics’ delivery bot, Digit. If you’ve been following the tech’s progression at all, however, you no doubt know that it started life as the ostrich-inspired Cassie. The robot is all legs and not much else. In...

Twitter accused of inaction on anti-Semitic tweets

In one December day alone, the group said it discovered anti-Semitic tweets praising Hitler, calling the holocaust a hoax, and accusing Jewish people of controlling the government. According to Twitter, most of these accounts had been suspended for breaking...

Vineyards set to go high tech with smart systems

The state of South Australia is home to half of all the wine produced in the country, but the state is also very dry and changing climate conditions and water shortages mean optimising water use is essential.The University of Adelaide is developing water sensors,...
Meet the people who warn the world about new covid variants

Meet the people who warn the world about new covid variants

In March 2020, when the WHO declared a pandemic, the public sequence database GISAID held 524 covid sequences. Over the next month scientists uploaded 6,000 more. By the end of May, the total was over 35,000. (In contrast, global scientists added 40,000 flu sequences...
The DL on CockroachDB

The DL on CockroachDB

As college students at Berkeley, Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis created a successful open-source graphics program, GIMP, which got the attention of Google. The duo ultimately joined Google, and even personally got kudos from Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Kimball and...

Face palm: When the emoji you want doesn’t exist

Scroll through the emoji keyboard and you’ll see plenty of pictures of redundant tech: a pager, a fax machine, even a floppy disk because once an emoji is added, it never gets removed. As a result, Unicode is wary of adding more symbols that it fears could end...