NASA Uses Sony's PlayStation VR To Control Humanoids

NASA Uses Sony's PlayStation VR To Control Humanoids

Space robots are being trained by NASA with Virtual Reality (VR). The program involves the PlayStation VR of Sony being utilized to control a humanoid in the space environment. Under the Robonaut program, which is part of the Mighty Morphenaut project, decisions will be taken by the operator after the assessment of the robot’s surroundings. Subsequently, the robot will respond on the basis of the operator’s decision.

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Here is How You Can Spot the ISS in Night Sky without Any Special Equipment

Here is How You Can Spot the ISS in Night Sky without Any Special Equipment

There are countless experts who can tell you how to spot natural objects in our wonderful dark skies. Our moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and some other wonderful object can be seen using a pair of binocular, but how to spot International Space Station (ISS)?

The space station in low earth orbit, which has been a home to astronauts for more than 16 years, is very close to us. Earlier, British astronaut Tim Peake alongside astronaut Tim Kopra and veteran Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko safely reached the ISS.

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MIT’s New Algorithmic Can Predict how Memorable a Photo Is

MIT’s New Algorithmic Can Predict how Memorable a Photo Is

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claims to have developed an algorithm that can help to predict how memorable or forgettable a photograph is.

As per the team, the algorithm can very well tell which faces, scenes and objects in photographs are more likely remembered by humans.

Lead author of the study Aditya Khosla said in a statement that understanding memorability can help them to make systems to capture the most important information or to store the information that most likely will be remembered by humans.

New Report Suggests Shortcomings in PTSD Care and Recurrence among Veterans

New Report Suggests Shortcomings in PTSD Care and Recurrence among Veterans

Combat veterans are not only the ones who fall victim to post-traumatic stress disorder, as a new study has found millions of nonveterans also pass through the condition. The researchers have found that treatment resources for non-veterans remain less helpful and concrete.

High concentrations of silica on Mars found by Curiosity Rover

High concentrations of silica on Mars found by Curiosity Rover

American space agency NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has found higher than expected concentrations of silica, suggesting considerable water activity on the Red Planet.

The Curiosity rover has for some time been exploring the Bagnold Dune Field on the Red Planet’s lower Mount Sharp. While Sand Dunes are quite common on our Earth, it is the first time that a dune field has been found on Mars.

UCSF Calls Living Kidney Donor’s Death a ‘Nightmare Scenario’

UCSF Calls Living Kidney Donor’s Death a ‘Nightmare Scenario’

You never know that you are going to do something good for your friend or family member but at the same time is drilling pit for yourself too. Similar case happened at UCSF Medical Center, causing suspension of its living donor program for kidney transplants this week. In October, a donor died after donating kidney to a recipient at UCSF Medical Center. Joel Newman, spokesman from the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, said the reason behind the death is still unknown. It could have been due to the organ procurement surgery, an underlying medical condition or some other reason.

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Expect more savings on energy bills as Gas Price drops to six year low across United States

Expect more savings on energy bills as Gas Price drops to six year low across United States

As the oil price in the international market has touched multi-year lows, gas prices across the United States have also touched six-year low. The decline in gas prices will offer additional savings to U.S. consumers, even more than what they have received in the past few quarters. Crude oil price in the international market have been facing downward pressure since second half of year 2014. Average gas price for the week ending December 14 was $1.953 per gallon. Six year low in gas prices will offer more savings to Americans on their energy bills.

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Inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA could be linked to Autism: Harvard Research

Inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA could be linked to Autism: Harvard Research

A specific chemical in the brain could be linked to autism risk, according to a new research conducted by medical researchers at Harvard University. The team found strong link between autistic behavior and breakdown in the signaling pathway used by a major inhibitory neurotransmitter called GABA. The neurotransmitter plays an important role and could be the cause of autistic behavior. The study results have been published in the journal Current Biology.

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VLC Player App for Chrome Operating System Available for Download

VLC Player App for Chrome Operating System Available for Download

VLC Player, one of the top used media players, has been finally launched for Chrome operating system. VLC Player development team has launched a new app for Chrome OS users and it can be downloaded free from the Chrome Web Store.VLC Player app can used for streaming media files from internet or from local computer source.

In addition to AVI, MPG and many other popular file extensions, VLC Player can be used to play MKV, FLAC and DVD ISO files as well. The VLC player app for Chrome Operating system has been ported from Android app offered by VLC.

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SpaceX to Launch its Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket on Sunday with Recovery Landing Back at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX to Launch its Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket on Sunday with Recovery Landing Back at Cape Canaveral

Since, after the failure of the SpaceX’s first orbital attempt aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on June 28, the Hawthorne, Ca.-based Company plans to launch a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket this Sunday. Sunday’s 8.29 p.m. EST marks the launch of the first operational use of the upgraded Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground that will carry 11 ORBCOMM communications satellites along with it. The upgraded Falcon 9 rocket features new Merlin 1D engines, a new payload fairing, and stretched fuel tanks, that will allow the first stage of the rocket to have enough fuel to attempt a recovery landing.

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