Month: August 2018

Researchers are creating a comms system to help prevent terrorist attacks

The Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology has been awarded a major role in a €3m secure truck navigation project called TransSec. A carefully curated selection of expert teams across Europe are working together with a leading truck manufacturer to develop a new kind of truck, fitted with impregnable road…
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Free trips announced for Dublin’s first autonomous bus

Dublin’s first autonomous bus service is to be trialled next month as part of an event organised by Dublin City Council (DCC). Announced as part of its Smart Docklands project, the public trials will coincide with European Mobility Week and an event called the Future Mobility Showcase taking place on North Wall Quay on Saturday…
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Experimental painkiller molecule as powerful as morphine, but not addictive

Figures from the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimate that about 115 people in the country are overdosing on opioids every single day. Aside from the financial costs such an addiction brings to a national healthcare system, it can be hugely traumatic for the person addicted to these drugs, and for their families. Now,…
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Uber announces shortlist of five countries for the roll-out of flying taxi tests

Uber has shortlisted five countries that are being considered as future hubs for its ‘flying taxi’ service. In April 2017, Uber named Dallas and Los Angeles as its first two launch cities for the scheme. Today (30 August), it said five countries are in the running to become a third location. Cities in Japan, France,…
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Epileptic seizures could be a thing of the past with new brain implant

The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 50m people worldwide live with epilepsy, a chronic disorder of the brain characterised by recurrent seizures. These seizure episodes are the result of excessive electrical discharges in a group of brain cells and can vary from the briefest lapses of attention or muscle jerks, to severe…
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If North Korea denuclearizes, what happens to the U.S.-Korea alliance? Experts discuss

By Ian Livingston Amid ongoing discussions about the potential for North Korean denuclearization, the alliance between the United States and South Korea may soon face fundamental questions. As experts outlined at a Brookings event on August 22, even if a major breakthrough with Pyongyang is unlikely, the Singapore Summit and related events have at least…
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“Two halves of the same walnut”: The politics of New START extension and strategic nuclear modernization

By Frank A. Rose Over the past several months, experts—including myself—have called on the Trump administration to extend the U.S.-Russia New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). Extending the treaty by five years, as the agreement allows, helps maintain predictability and strategic stability with Russia, among other benefits. However, many of those same experts have…
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Turkey might not like the West, but needs it

By Kemal Kirişci When President Trump sanctioned two Turkish ministers—an unprecedented measure involving a NATO ally—and announced the doubling of trade tariffs early in August, he further aggravated the steadily deteriorating U.S.-Turkish relationship. The moves came after the Turkish government refused to allow Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is facing spurious espionage and terrorism charges, to…
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Hutchins Roundup: Monetary policy response to labor market slack, online competition, and more

By Finn Schuele, Louise Sheiner Studies in this week’s Hutchins Roundup find that monetary policymakers should take account of both inflation and labor market slack, even if slack may be mismeasured online competition increases the frequency and uniformity of price changes at brick-and-mortar retailers, and more. Want to receive the Hutchins Roundup as an email?…
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New Research Reveals Wild Outlook for Bitcoin, XRP, Monero and Beyond, From Moonshots to Absolute Extinction

New analysis on the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap and beyond predicts some incredibly wild sings over the next 10 years. The ICO advisory firm Satis finds that Monero will gain the most, with a whopping jump of more than 39,000%. The next biggest gainer among the top 10 coins by market cap is Bitcoin,…
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