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Inside the failure to develop a contact-tracing app

Inside the failure to develop a contact-tracing app

Technology
Matt Hancock was clear: it was all Apple's fault.Standing at the same Downing Street podium where he had promised the government's contact-tracing app would "save lives", Mr Hancock now admitted it would not be ready for the lifting of lockdown. For months, the health secretary had insisted a homemade app was better than one based on the technology developed by Google and Apple.Yet even as he announced that the government would now use the American firms' system, Mr Hancock rounded on Apple."As it stands, our app won't work because Apple won't change their system," he said, citing a statistic some believe was inaccurate: that the app's Bluetooth system, which was supposed to detect nearby phones as a way of tracking potentially risky contacts, only detected 4% of iPhones, rendering it effe...
Scientists develop better way to measure, translate dog years

Scientists develop better way to measure, translate dog years

Science
July 2 (UPI) -- Estimating a dog's age isn't a matter of simple arithmetic. Translating a dog's age to human years using the popular method of multiplying by seven might be amusing, but it's of little use to a vet. Scientists now have developed a better way to measure the aging process in dogs and more precisely convert dog age to human years. Advertisement "We had been working on ways of monitoring human age and aging at the molecular level," Trey Ideker, professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center, told UPI in an email. "Marks on DNA, called methylation marks, turned out to be a really accurate way to 'diagnose' aging." Inspired by his graduate student Tiny Wang and her love of dogs, Ideker and his research partners used the same met...

Mercedes, NVIDIA to develop new automated driving system

Technology
Four days after shelving an autonomous vehicle agreement with BMW, Mercedes is announcing a deal to work with chip and software maker NVIDIAByThe Associated PressJune 23, 2020, 8:03 PM1 min read1 min readDETROIT -- Four days after shelving an autonomous vehicle agreement with BMW, Mercedes has announced a deal to work with chip and software maker NVIDIA. The companies said Tuesday that the two will create a computing and artificial intelligence system for automated driving. It will be rolled out starting in 2024 in the next generation of Mercedes vehicles, allowing them to be upgraded with more automated driving functions. The German automaker and Silicon Valley tech company say a main feature will be automated driving from address to address on regular routes. There also will be future s...
Coronavirus: A third of hospital patients develop dangerous blood clots

Coronavirus: A third of hospital patients develop dangerous blood clots

Health
Up to 30% of patients who are seriously ill with coronavirus are developing dangerous blood clots, according to medical experts.They say the clots, also known as thrombosis, could be contributing to the number of people dying.Severe inflammation in the lungs - a natural response of the body to the virus - is behind their formation.Patients worldwide are being affected by many medical complications of the virus, some of which can be fatal.Back in March, as coronavirus was spreading across the globe, doctors started seeing far higher rates of clots in patients admitted to hospital than they would normally expect.And there have been other surprises, including the discovery of hundreds of micro-clots in the lungs of some patients.The...
Lockheed Martin receives $12.3 million to develop underwater drone

Lockheed Martin receives $12.3 million to develop underwater drone

Business
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin with a $ 12.3 million contract for phase one of the the Manta Ray program. The contract funds research, development and demonstration of an extra-large underwater drone. According to DARPA, the purpose of the Manta Ray program is to create a new class of long duration, long range, payload-capable undersea drones -- underwater vessels that could operate without the need for logistic support or maintenance from human staff. More than half -- 52 percent -- of work on the contract will take place in West Palm Beach, Fla., with other work taking place in Cherry Hill, N.J., and a variety of locations in the U.S. This contract has an estimated completion date of January 2021. Research and development fund...