Robotics

In Letter, At Least 12 States Will Sue to Block Any Rollback of Emissions Standards

While the White House and Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, have indicated their plan to roll back vehicle emissions standards set by the Obama administration in 2011, the attorneys general of 12 states and Washington District of Columbia have pledged to sue the EPA if the roll back happens. The states — California, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Oregon, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland — made their intentions clear in a letter to Pruitt. Back in 2011, President Obama’s administration made the deal with automakers, who agreed to work on doubling their average fuel efficiency fleet-wide until it reaches 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. The parties also agreed to undergo mid-term evaluations no later than April 2018 to ens...

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Robotics

The FDA Has Fast-Tracked A First-Of-Its Kind Cancer Treatment

The FDA has officially approved the first cancer drug that treats tumors based off of genetic information independent of the tumors' location in the body. In a clinical trial, the drug was active against cancer in over half of patients and completely wiped out the cancer in 21 percent of patients. One new drug has doctors and pharmaceutical companies in a tizzy. Pembrolizumab (branded Keytruda) has recently been approved, in a hurry, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat multiple tumors that arise from cancer in individuals with the same genetic abnormality. During a clinical trail, the drug was tested in 86 patients. Of those who took part in the study, 66 patients had their tumors both significantly shrink and stabilize — meaning the tumors did n...

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Biotech, Nanotech, Robotics

Meet the Cambridge scientist on verge of curing Multiple Sclerosis

Dr Su Metcalfe is sitting quietly reading through some documents in the lobby of the Judge Business School when I arrive for our interview. It would be easy to walk right past her and not know you were in the presence of a woman who could be on the verge of curing multiple sclerosis. MS, an auto-immune condition which affects 2.3 million people around the world, attacks cells in the brain and the spinal cord, causing an array of physical and mental side effects including blindness and muscle weakness. At the moment there’s no cure, but Su and her company, LIFNano, hope to change that. Patients volunteer for pioneering treatment by Cambridge scientist on verge of curing multiple sclerosis “Some people get progressive MS, so go straight to the sever...

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Biotech, Nanotech, Robotics, VR

The Tech World Is Being Disrupted in Some of the Most Unlikely Places

It’s no secret that our space industries are undergoing a fantastic transformation. SpaceX is taking humans to the Moon. Blue Origin is landing and reusing rockets. And Virgin Galactic is making space planes a reality. However, it’s not just space that is experiencing a revolution. Things a little closer to home are also changing. Like our homes and the places that we go to provide for them. Need proof? Have you entered a store recently? If so, you were probably greeted by, well, a greeter. This is fairly typical; however, around the globe, a new kind of greeter is popping up—and they’re metallic. Take, for example, the newest assistant at Lowe’s: the LoweBot. It’s an autonomous robotic store assistant that can help both customers and e...

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Robotics

Driverless Autonomous Cars Will Be on U.S. Roads in the Next 2 Months

Washington governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order Wednesday that would allow self-driving car pilot test programs to operate even without a human driver behind the wheel. Such an order could fast-track the development of AV technology. How difficult is it to test autonomous vehicles (AVs) on public roads? Uber can probably tell you all about it. Much of the difficulty in obtaining the permits necessary for such tests comes from fear. Because self-driving technology is new, because the systems have been involved in incidents in the past, and so on, people aren’t quite ready to trust the tech. The governor of Washington state, however, has a different perspective. Governor Jay Inslee signed an order on Wednesday that would allow for autonomous vehicle t...

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