Txch This Week: Neural Signatures and Brand New Blood Groups
by Jared Kershner
This week on Txchnologist, we saw astrophysicists develop a new sensing technique to map out a section of the universe 10.8 billion light years away from Earth. Observing this immense expanse of space has enabled a clearer view of what the universe looked like 3 billion years after the Big Bang. By using faint light from 24 galaxies almost 11 billion light years away from our planet, the scientists were able to discern higher and lower densities of hydrogen gas in between these galaxies and us, providing a sharper portrait of the physical structure of our seemingly infinite cosmic web.
Researchers at Microsoft and the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, have developed an app that uses your smartphone camera to translate hand gestures into input commands. The app processes only the outline of the gesture to minimize the processing needed. The team says the decrease in computing requirements means that their program will even be able to run on smaller pieces of wearable tech, such as smartwatches.
Space exploration company Astrobotic plans to begin flying missions to the moon in summer 2016, with enough room to deliver a satellite into lunar orbit as well as four robotic rovers to the surface of the moon. At least one of these rovers will be Astrobotic’s own autonomous vehicle for excavation and exploration.
Now we’re bringing you the news and trends we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology and innovation.