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DateDate: 21-10-2018, 08:21

Everyone who has tried to enter text at least once using a gamepad, choosing the right characters on the on-screen QWERTY keyboard, knows how long and inconvenient it is. Microsoft engineers have tried to solve this problem.
The other day Microsoft patent was published, describing a new text input interface endowed with a radial (or other form), a dynamically updated template and artificial intelligence that automatically substitutes suitable characters and complements words. You can point to the desired character using the controller's joystick, to confirm the choice, use one of its additional buttons.
The company offers to use such an interface in conjunction with the controllers of game consoles, devices of mixed, virtual and augmented reality. It can also be useful for improving the special capabilities of the corresponding software products of the company.
Patented technologies do not always get to the final products, but this interface will probably be embodied in the program code. The required artificial intelligence in the company's arsenal already exists (Swiftkey), Microsoft now devotes as much attention to improving the inclusiveness of Xbox and Windows as never before, and for Mixed Reality Windows this interface could be a good unique feature.
Source: wincore.ru

DateDate: 20-10-2018, 06:30

The city of Chengdu in southwest China may abandon street lamps in favor of an artificial satellite in Earth orbit.
How it works?
The new light source will complement the moon in the night sky and will be eight times brighter than a natural satellite. He will be able to cover the area with a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometers, and the range can be adjusted to an accuracy of tens of meters. The development of the Chinese Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has been tested for several years. The launch of the device will take place at the Sichan Cosmodrome approximately in 2020.
A huge mirror reflecting sunlight will be installed on the satellite. The idea itself is not new - in the framework of the experiment “Banner 2” in 1992, Russian scientists launched a 20-meter solar sail in space. He created an 8-kilometer bright spot swept over Europe at a speed of 8 kilometers per second. Alas, after the unsuccessful launch of the second unit in 1999, funding for the project ceased.
In order for the “artificial moon” to be constantly above the city, CASC will have to find a geosynchronous orbit.
How profitable is it?
According to preliminary estimates, the innovative system will save up to $ 170,000 per year in street lighting. But given the cost of launching rockets (from tens to hundreds of millions of dollars), this will be more likely a demonstration of the achievements of China’s space program than an economically viable solution.

DateDate: 19-10-2018, 06:18

The Chinese Space Science and Technology Corporation has presented a transport unmanned aircraft, which is currently the largest in the world.
For the development of the aircraft, the engineers took as a basis the so-called corncobber Yun-5B, which was improved by new innovative developments and equipped with an unmanned control system.
 
Unmanned aircraft "Feyhun-98", whose name in Chinese means "Flying Swan" has already made the first flight tests. For the first time the ship flew from the landfill in the city of Baotou.
Engineers designed this drone special for massive cargo. Its maximum take-off weight is 2.5 tons, and directly on board the Flying Swan can transport one and a half tons of cargo.
 
For take-off and landing, the “Feyhun-98” requires only 150 meters of runway, so the ship will cope with the transportation of goods in almost any terrain.
It is reported that the aircraft is designed to fly at a maximum altitude of 4.5 km. The cruising speed of the aircraft is 180 km / h. At one refueling unmanned transport aircraft can fly 1,200 kilometers.
Earlier we reported that at a conference of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American company Boeing presented the concept of a future hypersonic passenger aircraft. The airliner will be able to carry passengers at a speed exceeding the speed of sound about five times (5M). The airline noted that such an aircraft would allow getting from New York to Tokyo in about 2:00. The aircraft provided a revolutionary fuselage extremely streamlined shape.
The liner of the future received a nose that looked like a needle. According to experts, such solutions will minimize the acoustic impact arising from the transition of the aircraft to supersonic speed. Specialists of the publication New Atlas note that the design of the liner may indicate the choice of cryogenic hydrogen fuel.
Something similar will appear on the market in about 20-30 years, provided that Boeing is seriously engaged in the development of such a machine. The results obtained in the framework of the research can be applied both in civil and military spheres.

DateDate: 18-10-2018, 05:58

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Apple, is a new patent that describes the folding design of a mobile device with a flexible display.
Apple has been working on various concepts of folding screens for many years. Although nothing has changed in the visible part of the smartphone, last year’s iPhone X, as well as the new iPhone XS and XS Max, part of the screen is bent inside the case, providing a frameless design.
A new patent can bring the release of a truly foldable iPhone. Among the constructions described in the documentation there is even an option how to fold the smartphone in three. Theoretically, this will allow you to create a very compact gadget with a large screen.
USPTO source

DateDate: 17-10-2018, 05:00

Scientists have proven that there is a link between exercise and the brain
In the magazine "Trends in Neurosciences" published the results of a new study conducted by scientists at the University of Arizona (University of Arizona), USA.
 
The researchers found that the relationship between exercise and the brain is a product of the evolutionary development of a person, in particular his existence as a hunter-gatherer.
Anthropologist David Raichlen (David Raichlen) and psychologist Gene Alexander (Gene Alexander) - the authors of the new study, suggest explaining the positive impact of exercise on the brain using the following model. According to them, when a person moved to the lifestyle of a hunter-gatherer (about 2 million years ago), he began to perform tasks that were both physically and mentally difficult. So, physical activity and the work of the brain were connected. Researchers suggest that the human psyche has evolved to respond to an increase in the level of physical activity.
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Exercise has a positive effect on the structure and functioning of the brain. Understanding the basics of this relationship can help scientists in the future to develop more effective exercise patterns and rational intervention for age-related impairment of cognitive abilities and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease.
It is noteworthy that the areas of the brain that work most intensively during complex physical activity (for example, when obtaining food) play a leading role in memory processes and are responsible for management activities (for example, they are involved in problem solving and planning). It is these areas of the brain that benefit during exercise, the authors of the new study say.
The aging process can be considered as part of the natural response to a decrease in physical activity, the scientists said. A sedentary lifestyle can have negative effects on mental abilities.
In the future, scientists plan to consider how different levels of physical activity and different types of exercise affect the brain. For example, a human study of a new environment may be particularly useful in this aspect, say the authors of a new study.