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Uber applies for patent to spot drunk passengers

Uber applies for patent to spot drunk passengers

Technology
Taxi app company Uber has applied for a patent to use artificial intelligence to determine how drunk potential passengers might be.The app used to summon rides could also feed other information to the driver, including a passenger's location, how accurately they are typing and even the angle they are holding their phone at.It could help drivers who do not want to pick up inebriated riders.But critics said it could also be used to identify vulnerable passengers.According to the application to the US patent office, the system would spot "uncharacteristic user activity".Uber does not have the best track record when it comes to collecting data. In 2014 it was revealed the company used a software program known as God View to monitor r...
Nuggets have playoff spot in mind facing Lakers

Nuggets have playoff spot in mind facing Lakers

Sports
The Denver Nuggets enter their game at the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday in a three-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference with 15 games remaining. The Nuggets (37-30) have won two in a row, including a 125-116 win against the visiting Lakers on Friday. Denver enters Tuesday with the same record as the Utah Jazz and also tied in the standings with the Los Angeles Clippers (36-29), who have played two fewer games. The Nuggets have not qualified for the postseason since 2013. "We're getting there," Denver coach Michael Malone told reporters after a 130-104 win against the visiting Sacramento Kings on Sunday. "Every game, I think we're moving forward." The Lakers (30-36) are coming off an impressive 127-113 win against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Even with the loss...
'Pen' device can spot cancer in 10 seconds

'Pen' device can spot cancer in 10 seconds

Technology
Scientists have invented a device the size of the pen which can detect cancer in a matter of seconds, aiding surgeons to remove "every last trace" of the disease.The device is capable of identifying cancerous cells 150 times faster than conventional technologies and was 96% accurate in tests.Researchers from the University of Texas say that the MasSpec Pen can help surgeons identify which tissue should be removed and which should be preserved, to help patients' recover.Dr Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, who designed the study, said: "If you talk to cancer patients after surgery, one of the first things many will say is 'I hope the surgeon got all the cancer out'."It's just heartbreaking when that's not the case. But our technology could vastly improve the odds that surgeons really do remove eve...
Astronomers spot superluminous supernova 10 billion light-years away

Astronomers spot superluminous supernova 10 billion light-years away

Science
July 21 (UPI) -- Researchers have identified a superluminous supernova located 10 billion light-years from Earth. It is one of the brightest and most distant star deaths ever recorded.Because the intense radiation produced by the supernova has been traveling for 10 billion years, it offers astronomers a glimpse of the universe's past -- a snapshot of the cosmos as it was just 3.5 billion years after the Big Bang, a time period known as "cosmic high noon."During cosmic high noon, the universe's young galaxies began churning out stars at a prodigious rate.Superluminous supernovae, sometimes called hypernovae or SLSNs, are much rarer than other types of supernovae. They're also 10 to 100 times brighter. Astronomers have struggled to determine what exactly makes the massive star death differen...