This Week In Technology – November 23, 2017

redditlinkChainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

NASA Re-Invents Chainmail Tires for Future Rovers

The idea of creating chainmail tires have been toyed with since the 60s, and even the lunar rover had steel wire mesh tires.  The problem with tires in the past is they would be easily deformed with too much weight, which these new tires hope to solve.
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redditlinkBitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries

Bitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries

Keep in mind this is more than a single country, not all the countries combined.  Estimated bitcoin mining revenues is $7.2 billion and mining costs $1.5 billion.
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redditlinkIBM Watson has identified therapies for 323 cancer patients that went overlooked by a molecular tumor board

IBM Watson has Identified 323 Therapies for Cancer Patients that went Overlooked

The therapies for the cancer patients was missed by a molecular tumor board.  Researchers believe next-generation genomic sequencing is “evolving too rapidly to rely solely on human curation”.
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redditlinkUber Paid Hackers $100,000 to Cover Up a Breach Impacting 57 Million Customers

Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 to Cover Up a Breach Impacting 57 Million Customers

This action might be in violation of data breach disclosure laws.  The hack was done in 2016, included the names and drivers licenses of 600,000 drivers in the USA, and personal information of the 57 million affected users.
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redditlinkMeet Somnox, a robot that could one day replace sleeping pills

Meet Somnox, a Robot Hoping to  Replace Sleeping Pills

The robot works by simulating the expansion and contraction of breathing.  This helps to relax, and creating a breathing rhythm for people suffering with sleeping disorders.  Currently the product is running a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
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redditlinkDARPA is engineering plants to act as biohazard sensors

DARPA is Engineering Plants to Act as Biohazard Sensors

The idea is for the plants to be self sustaining but will they then be sterile?  Or do they have another way to stop a cross contamination of a surrounding enviornment.  This research has been worked on since the early 2000’s in an effort to help detect land mines.
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redditlinkChinese robot becomes world's first machine to pass medical exam

Chinese Robot Becomes World’s First Machine to Pass Medical Exam

The robot has passed the written test for China’s national medical licensing examination.  This is the entrance exam for doctors, and while these are difficult to pass, they are heavily based on memorization skills, something computers excel at.
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redditlinkGoogle collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

Google Collects Android Users’ Locations Even When Location Services are Disabled

Starting in the beginning of 2017 android phones have been collection the addresses of nearby cellular towers even when location services are disabled.  Google claims this information was never used or stored in anyway and will no longer collect data this way.
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redditlinkFirefox Will Warn Users When Visiting Sites That Suffered a Data Breach

Firefox Will Warn Users When Visiting Sites That Suffered a Data Breach

The new notification system uses data provided by Have I been Pwned?, a site that helps see if your information has been compromised.  Users complain this new feature is very obnoxious in how it creates a large pop up window.
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redditlinkScientists Create a Mini Algae Robot that Uses Magnets to Swim Through Your Body

Scientists Create a Mini Algae Robot that Uses Magnets to Swim Through Your Body

The hope is this will allow a delivery system of drugs to specific parts of the body.  Also the magnetic coat on these robots kill cancer cells.  Here is the journal reference on this invention.
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