By Scott D. Johnston For GH Newspaper Group In the world of organized high school robotics competitions, it may be that size doesn’t really matter. Smarts and savvy seem to be the secrets of success. How else to explain that members of the 4-H Ocosta “Fishy Business Inc.” … [Read More...]
ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) –
One local middle school will be heading to a worldwide robotics competition, but not before receiving a helping hand from local businesses.
Sixth grader Alayna Tagert, 11, and her teammates make some quick modifications to their award-winning robot, Sting.
“It took us only a few weeks to build it, and it was really complicated to do at first,” said Alayna.
Their goal is getting Sting ready for the next big competition, just on the heels of winning a major state championship.
The Lady Jackets of St. Martin Middle School have made their way past the state championships and will now advance to a worldwide championship in Kentucky.
“It’s a little crazy. Kind of overwhelming. I didn’t know that we’d make it this far with this robot. It feels pretty cool,” said team member Stephanie Ressel
Support has been pouring in from a variety of local businesses, with
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What does the ‘Next Society’ being designed by Agenda 2030 technocrats entail? Today on TRUNEWS, Rick Wiles is joined by Technocracy News Editor-in-Chief Patrick Wood and Christian author Carl Teichrib to discuss the quantum progression of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity, and the formation of a ubiquitously connected Global Brain. Rick and this panel of experts also detail the direct implications of the emerging telecom 5G network, comprised of thousands of low Earth orbit satellites, and how the 4th Industrial Revolution will leverage the Internet-of-Things as a secular replacement to human reality.
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ALBANY — Frequently described as an event that is part science fair, part sporting event, part rock concert, and major geek fest, the FIRST Robotics Peachtree District Qualifier competition rolled into the Albany Civic Center Friday.
The event features 35 high school robotics teams from across Georgia, including eight local teams. During past competitions, teens have been known to don anything from cow costumes to Steampunk garb as they, and their built-from-scratch 120-pound robots, attempt to earn a spot at the state championship.
The 35-team field is the largest for a robotics event held in Albany.
Prior to opening ceremonies Friday, Procter & Gamble, the event’s title sponsor, contributed $50,000 to the event. The sponsorship will be used to host the event in Albany and to support local teams that advance to state or national competitions.
P&G Plant Manager Werhner Washington said the company is looking to form an ongoing
To read more see the full post at: Robotics district qualifier under way at civic center - The Albany Herald
LIVE OAK — Suwannee County Sheriff Sam St. John spoke to the county commissioners at a Tuesday meeting about updating the sheriff’s office computer systems to comply with an audit performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The audit was performed by the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division of the FBI on March 10 to determine if the SCSO complied with computer system requirements, St. John said.
He said that if the office did not comply, it could put the every department under the FBI in danger. A hacker could break through the county’s inscription software to get to the FBI’s information, St. John said.
This means that if the county does not comply with the new requirements, Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office would be cut off from the CJIS information.
“We would be operating in the dark,” St. John said. “We wouldn’t be able to check driver’s licenses,
To read more see the full post at: Sheriff's office to update antiquated computer systems - Branford News
Photo: David Schneider When Appliances Attack: A single stuck valve led to a leak that slowly but relentlessly damaged my home so thoroughly it had to be gutted and rebuilt.
You’ve seen it in the movies—the protagonist inexplicably blinks awake from deep sleep because some silent but menacing force threatens. Something like that happened to me early one Sunday morning not long ago. And as soon as I stepped out of bed, I knew things were going to be bad, because the floor of my second-story bedroom was covered with water.
It didn’t take long to identify the source as I splashed down the hallway: the washing machine. An inlet valve had gotten stuck in the open position after we put in a load late the previous night. Eventually, the door of this front loader gave way. For several hours, water sluiced from our second-floor laundry closet onto just about
To read more see the full post at: How to Protect Your House From Water Leaks—Without the Internet of Things - IEEE Spectrum
Evolutionary biologists have battled for years over which animal lineage came first — sponges or comb jellies. The answer could transform how scientists understand the evolution of the human nervous system, digestive system and other complex traits.
A study published on 16 March in Current Biology, sides with the sponges, using an unprecedented array of genetic data to deduce that they were the first to branch off from the animal tree of life1. Sponges are simple creatures that lack a head, nerves and guts, so the conclusion makes intuitive sense. But big data doesn’t necessarily lead to better answers, some researchers warn.
“They’ve got a large data set, but almost certainly this is not the final word,” says David Hillis, an evolutionary biologist at the University of
To read more see the full post at: Big data renews fight over animal origins - Nature.com
What do you do when you’re a student and you want to compete in robotics competitions — and you’re blind? Well, you go to the dark side, of course.
Dark Side is the name of a robotics team in Iowa made up mostly of blind students. It’s taking part in a regional competition this weekend in Cedar Falls against dozens of other teams from the US, China and Brazil.
One of the team members said he asked teachers if they could form a team because they had something to prove.
“We can do it and we can pass it down to other visually-impaired students. That’s our goal,” Danny Grimes told CNN affiliate KCRG.
Building with Braille
There’s eight students on the team: three blind students, three with only very limited vision and two students who can see. The Dark Side operates just like any other robotics team with just one
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Given the rampant chatter in Silicon Valley about companies moving software and data from their data centers to a shared public cloud, you might expect they considered what that would mean for their critical business software applications.
But you would be wrong, according to one expert who helps corporations and government agencies make this journey.
“When companies move to the cloud, they’re often not doing a basic engineering task which is to look at all their applications and figure out what happens if they fail,” Vishwah Lele, chief technology Officer at consulting firm Applied Information Sciences, tells Fortune.
Most big companies are aware of basic best practices for cloud computing. For example, it is recommended they distribute applications and data across different data centers within one location—or “availability zone” in Amazon Web Services parlance. That means if there’s a power failure in one facility, the application will keep running from another.
To read more see the full post at: Big Companies Want to Move to the Cloud But Still Have No Idea How - Fortune
More than a third of U.S. jobs could be at “high risk” of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that’s greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to a report released Friday.
The analysis by accounting and consulting firm PwC focused primarily on the economic outlook in Britain, but it included a section on automation in Britain and elsewhere.
In the U.S., 38% of jobs could be at risk of automation, compared with 30% in Britain, 35% in Germany and 21% in Japan.
The report emphasizes that these estimates are based on the anticipated capabilities of robotics and artificial intelligence by the early 2030s, and that the pace and direction of technological progress are “uncertain.”
The key issue is not that the U.S. has more jobs in sectors that are universally ripe for automation, the report says; rather, it’s that more U.S. jobs in certain sectors are potentially vulnerable
To read more see the full post at: Robots could take over 38% of US jobs within about 15 years, report says - Los Angeles Times
Bug collectors Charles and Lois O’Brien announced this week that they’re parting ways with their impressively massive insect collection, and donating it to Arizona State University for research. The octogenarian couple’s collection — which takes up two rooms in their Tucson, Arizona, home — is worth an estimated $10 million and could provide invaluable insight to scientists studying “natural controls on the environment” and insect family trees, The Guardian reported. Out of the collection’s more than a million insects, researchers believe as many of 1,000 of the insects could be “new to science.”
So how did one couple get so many bugs? After meeting in the late 1950s at the University of Arizona and falling in love, the O’Briens went on to lead what Lois described as “sort of an Indiana Jones life” — at least for Charles. “It’s been a wonderful life for me,” she said. They both studied
To read more see the full post at: Fourth graders on winning robotics team told to 'go back to Mexico' - The Week Magazine