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Robot Stitches Tissue By Itself Without A Real Doctor Pulling The Strings

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 1:13pm
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have created a robotic system that is capable of stitching up tissue in living animals without a human doctor pulling the strings. Wednesday's research brings us one step closer toward autonomous surgical robots. While doctors did supervise the robot, the robot performed as well, and in some cases a bit better, as some competing surgeons in stitching together intestinal tissue of pigs used in the tests. Wednesday's project is "the first baby step toward true autonomy," said Dr. Umamaheswar Duvvuri of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He cautioned others to not expect to see doctors leave entire operations in a robot's digital hands -- yet. The tissue-stitching robot is designed to do one specific tasks, similar to machines in other industries. For example, robot arms do the welding and painting in most U.S. car assembly lines. The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) system is equipped with suturing equipment plus smart imaging technologies to let it track moving tissue in 3D and with an equivalent of night vision. Sensors have been added to help guide each stitch and tell how tightly to pull. All the surgeons have to do is place fluorescent markers on the tissue that needs stitching, and the robot takes aim. Human studies should begin within the next few years. The STAR system is just one of many up and coming robots to put surgery into the hands of non-surgeons.

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Zynga can do a hell of a lot more with the resources it has - Gibeau

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 1:09pm
As company beats first quarter forecast, CEO Frank Gibeau sees momentum in turnaround, emphasizes cost control without layoffs
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Don't Miss: Replicating Star Wars' iconic look and sound in Battlefront

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:54pm

"Film & games don't always play nice with each other," EA DICE's Niklas Fegraeus told Gamasutra. "Games require balance & fairness to be fun, but a film does away with that in order to create drama." ...

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Get a job: Be a Creative Director at Nix Hydra

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:37pm

The studio responsible for Egg Baby is looking to hire an experienced game designer to take a lead role on the creative team in Nix Hydra's Los Angeles, CA studio. ...

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Google Encrypts All Blogspot Domains With HTTPS

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:30pm
Reader Mickeycaskill writes: Google is continuing its crusade to encrypt the web by enabling an HTTPS version of every single domain hosted on Blogspot. The search giant started the rollout last September, but as an opt-in service. Now users can opt to visit an HTTPS version of a site without its participation, while administrators can turn on an automatic redirect so all visitors are sent to the encrypted version. "HTTPS is fundamental to internet security; it protects the integrity and confidentiality of data sent between websites and visitors' browsers," said Milanda Perera, security software engineer at Google. Google already encrypts its search results, Google Drive and Gmail, while it also ranks HTTPS-enabled sites higher in the search. Blogspot rival WordPress began rolling out HTTPS in 2014.

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Video: Designing Crusader Kings II to generate strange, emergent stories

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:09pm

Few games foster emergent storytelling better than Crusader Kings II, and Paradox's Henrik Fåhraeus explains how the game was designed to do just at (and how you can do it too) in this GDC 2014 talk. ...

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Zynga's latest results: Steady as she goes, under new CEO Gibeau

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:05pm

Zygna's new CEO presides over improved numbers in his first quarter at the tiller, as the company aims to get itself repositioned as a reliable mobile game operator. ...

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Students Can Now Fly Drones At School, FAA Says

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: It will now be easier for students to pilot drones as part of their schoolwork, thanks to new Federal Aviation Administration rules that exempt high schools and colleges from the more stringent aircraft regulations placed on businesses. In a memo released Wednesday outlining the new guidelines, federal regulators have designated drone schoolwork as a hobby or recreational -- as opposed to commercial -- activity, allowing students for the first time to fly unmanned aircraft without a pilot's license or special authorization from the government. "Schools and universities are incubators for tomorrow's great ideas, and we think this is going to be a significant shot in the arm for innovation," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta during a drone conference in New Orleans. But the agency's policy prohibits teachers from being the primary operators of unmanned aircraft, because they are paid for their work and therefore "would not be engaging in a hobby or recreational activity" while flying a drone. (They can, however, pilot drones in a limited way -- in case of emergency, for instance.)

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Add bad VR support to Sweeney's list of grievances against Microsoft's UWP

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:43am

"The VR revolution that's happening now...if you tried to make it work with the UWP system present, it would never happen." Epic's cofounder said in a new round of UWP criticism at the GamesBeat Summit. ...

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Steam updates user reviews to show a game's score over time

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:22am
System will now show most recent user reviews to reflect how games can change after release
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No One Should Have To Use Proprietary Software To Communicate With Their Government

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:20am
Donald Robertson, writing for Free Software Foundation: Proprietary JavaScript is a threat to all users on the Web. When minified, the code can hide all sorts of nasty items, like spyware and other security risks. [...] On March 1st, 2016, the Copyright Office announced a call for comments on an update to their technology infrastructure. We submitted a comment urging them to institute a policy that requires all software they develop and distribute to be free software. Further, we also urged them to not require people to run proprietary software in order to communicate or submit comments to them. Unfortunately, once again, the Copyright Office requires the use of proprietary JavaScript in order to submit the comment and they are only accepting comments online unless a person lacks computer or Internet access. [...] The most absurd part of all this is that other government agencies, while still using Regulations.gov, are perfectly capable of offering alternatives to submission.

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Aging and Bloated OpenSSL Is Purged of 2 High-Severity Bugs

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:40am
An anonymous reader cites a story on Ars Technica: Maintainers of the OpenSSL cryptographic library have patched high-severity holes that could make it possible for attackers to decrypt login credentials or execute malicious code on Web servers. The updates were released Tuesday morning for both versions 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 of OpenSSL, which a large portion of the Internet relies on to cryptographically protect sensitive Web and e-mail traffic using the transport layer security protocol. OpenSSL advisories labeled the severity of both vulnerabilities "high," meaning the updates fixing them should be installed as soon as possible. The fixes bring the latest supported versions to 1.0.1t and 1.0.2h. The decryption vulnerability is the result of what cryptographers call a padding oracle weakness, which allows attackers to repeatedly probe an encrypted payload for clues about the plaintext content inside. According to TLS expert Filippo Valsorda, the bug allows for only 16 bytes of encrypted traffic to be recovered, and even then only when an end user sends it repeatedly.

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Applying old-school sports game design to a modern multiplayer game

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:33am

OutOfTheBit is working on a different sort of football [aka soccer, yanks!] game. "FIFA is great, but I realize that there is probably space in the market for a fun and easy to pick up football game." ...

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The first 5 years of VR 'are going to be madness', says CCP chief

Gamasutra - News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:14am

"We had the expectation of the first five years of VR are going to be madness," CCP Games CEO Hilmar Pétursson told Polygon. "It's going to take five years from this year to sort itself out." ...

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Robotic surgeon could stitch you up after removing your appendix

New Scientist - Breaking news - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:00am
An autonomous robot has successfully operated on soft tissues for the first time, and may soon be doing common surgeries on the appendix and gall bladder  
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Having an overactive immune system may prime you for depression

New Scientist - Breaking news - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:00am
Blood tests could help doctors identify people who are at risk of severe depressive episodes, and enable them to tailor more effective treatments
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Windows 10 Updates Are Now Ruining Pro-Gaming Streams

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader cites a report on The Guardian: Perhaps there's nothing more annoying than going in for the kill to suddenly be "pooped on" by a Windows 10 automatic installation taking out your computer mid-stream to your 130,000 or so followers. After deciding to advertise during the weather by attempting to automatically install midway through a forecast, Windows 10 is starting to wreak havoc with gamers. Ex-professional Counter Strike player turned full-time streamer Erik Flom was rudely interrupted mid-game and live on Twitch by Windows 10 automatically installing on his PC. "What. What!? How did this happen! Fuck you Windows 10!" Flom said. "Oh my God! You had one job PC. We turned off everything. Update faster you fuck!"

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Are We Alone In the Universe? Not Likely, According To Math

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 9:20am
An anonymous reader writes: An equation, which calculates the probability of the evolution of other technological civilizations, has found that it's wildly unlikely we're the only time advanced society in the universe. Adam Frank from the University of Rochester and Woodruff Sullivan from the University of Washington base their new equation on the Drake equation, used for calculating the probability of extraterrestrial civilisation, written by astronomer and astrophysicist Frank Drake in 1961. The scientists also take into account Kepler, which suggests that one in five stars have planets in the habitable zone. Frank and Sullivan calculated that human civilisation is only unique if the odds of a civilisation developing on a habitable planet are less than one in 10 billion trillion. "One in 10 billion trillion is incredibly small. To me, this implies that other intelligent, technology producing species very likely have evolved before us," Frank said. Frank said: "Of course, we have no idea how likely it is that an intelligent technological species will evolve on a given habitable planet. But using our method we can tell exactly how low that probability would have to be for us to be the ONLY civilization the Universe has produced. We call that the pessimism line. If the actual probability is greater than the pessimism line, then a technological species and civilization has likely happened before."

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Respawn is latest EA partner on Star Wars

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 9:04am
Titanfall studio making a third-person action adventure, led by former God of War director Stig Asmussen
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When does life begin? Lab embryo advance reopens a big debate

New Scientist - Breaking news - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 9:00am
Human embryos are surviving ever longer in labs. Any review of political limits on culturing them must fit the biological facts, says Jane Maienschein
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