March 26, 2017

"A-level student Miles Soloman found that radiation sensors on the International Space Station (ISS) were recording false data."

BBC: The 17-year-old from Tapton school in Sheffield said it was "pretty cool" to email the space agency.

'The correction was said to be "appreciated" by Nasa, which invited him to help analyse the problem.

'"What we got given was a lot of spreadsheets, which is a lot more interesting than it sounds," Miles told BBC Radio 4's World at One programme.

'The research was part of the TimPix project from the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS), which gives students across the UK the chance to work on data from the space station, looking for anomalies and patterns that might lead to further discoveries.'

"'SmartOffice' surveillance offering formally launched this week in Philadelphia and across '70 percent of our national [internet] service footprint,' said Christian Nascimento, executive director of premise services for the Comcast division."

Philly: Putting a “Smart Cities” (rather than “Big Brother is watching you”) spin on “the growing trend for...connected devices across the private and public sectors,” the SmartOffice solution “can provide video surveillance to organizations that want to monitor their locations more closely,” Nascimento said. And it “aligns well with our high-capacity internet and ethernet offerings,” allowing small businesses “to use the cloud for easy access to and sharing of video footage which can benefit a business in many ways.” by Jonathan Takiff

'Video security systems are nothing new. Best Buy has a whole aisle devoted to DIY systems that can put, say, 6 or 8 cameras into your place of business (or home) and capture the footage on a hard-disk-based video recorder. Or with additional monthly fees, shoot it up to the cloud for storage and retrieval.

'Professional security monitoring services are also numerous in major cities. Almost two dozen vendors were qualified last year for Detroit’s Project Green Light, a joint public/private crime-fighting venture that encouraged merchants to install cameras at their convenience stores and gas stations with a direct-video feed available for police monitoring. But it wasn’t until a few months into the effort, after Comcast started pushing the cause with an early, customized version of SmartOffice, that GreenLight took off, more than doubling its business partners to nearly 120 today.'

"In the near future, it might be faster to fly from New York to London than it would be to drive from the Big Apple to Washington D.C."

fortune: Colorado-based startup Boom Supersonic is one step closer to making such travel a reality after securing $33 million in investments to construct and fly its first supersonic jet, the XB-1 demonstration and testing craft, according to TechCrunch. by Aric Jenkins

'The plane will be a prototype version that's one-third of the size of the supersonic airliner it plans to build and sell to air fleet customers, the report adds.

'The company hopes the Boom jet will take three hours and 15 minutes to fly from New York to London for a price of $2,500 per passenger in either direction, based on its initial prototype. Transatlantic flights currently take more than twice that time.'

"Millions of workers around the world are at risk of losing their jobs to robots -- but Americans should be particularly worried."

CNN: Thirty-eight percent of jobs in the U.S. are at high risk of being replaced by robots and artificial intelligence over the next 15 years, according to a new report by PwC. by Alanna Petroff

'Meanwhile, only 30% of jobs in the U.K. are similarly endangered. The same level of risk applies to only 21% of positions in Japan.

'The U.S. and U.K. labor markets are both dominated by services jobs, and roughly the same share of workers are employed in key sectors including finance, transportation, education, manufacturing and food services.

'But PwC found major differences in the nature of the work done within these sectors that explains why more U.S. jobs are at risk.'