Virtual reality helps police when dealing with people who have autism

WASHINGTON — An autistic man walks out of a store without paying for a toy he picked up. He's followed by a storekeeper demanding he come back inside. The situation quickly escalates, and police are called.

Officers arrive, their patrol car's lights flashing and sirens blaring, to find the man in the parking lot, yelling and not responding to their commands. They have a choice: confront the man and risk having the situation turn violent or regroup to figure out a different approach.

The scenario is part of a virtual reality simulation for police that's being developed by Axon — the company known best for developing the Taser — so officers can learn how to interact with people who have autism and de-escalate situations that could quickly turn awry. The developmental disorder that can involve varying degrees of language and social impairments, often including repetitive behaviours. In 2018, the U.S. government estimated about 1 in 40 kids is diagnosed with autism.


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Google and Our Planet promoting endangered animal protection in Docs

Google is promoting animals that are in danger of becoming extinct with Our Planet nature documentary series maker Silverback Films.
Google’s Cloud division helped Silverback in promoting Our Planet and its animal protection message when the Richard Attenborough-narrated series launched on Netflix in April.
Now, Google is highlighting endangered animals through its Google Docs platform. When in Docs, the anonymous animals that represent incognito document viewers have been changed to reflect animals at risk of becoming extinct.
seems like our planet teamed up with google for this neat ad. i just opened a google slides for work when this hit me. and now the anonymous animals that you see when someone is viewing your file incognito have been changed to the animals on the danger of extinction.
— ube tarth (@oberyncartel) May 23, 2019
The whole premise of Google and Our Planet’s campaign is to ensure that animals don’t become anonymous and unknown to future gener..

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Study shows economic benefits of patient approach to northern cod recovery

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A slow and steady approach to rebuilding the northern cod stock could see employment in the crucial fishery skyrocket in just over a decade, according to a new study.

The report was released Thursday by advocacy group Oceana Canada as one of six case studies assessed by University of British Columbia fisheries economists in a larger report considering the social and economic benefits of rebuilding Canada's fisheries.

The economists project that within 11 years, under favourable environmental conditions and low fishing pressure, a rebuilt northern cod fishery could support 26,000 jobs — 16 times more than today. Economic activity generated by the fishery could reach $233 million, up from its current level of $33 million.

“Our results suggest that bearing this short-term cost can lead to economic benefits, which in the long term are an improvement over maintaining the status quo,” the full report reads.

The study spoke to the northern cod's sta..

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SpaceX launches first satellites of its internet network

SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket containing the first 60 satellites of its “Starlink” constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space and could one day number 12,000 satellites.

One of the company's Falcon 9 rockets took off without incident from Cape Canaveral in Florida around 10:30 pm (0230 GMT).

The second stage of the rocket will begin to release them one hour after launch, at an altitude of 270 miles (440 kilometers), and then the satellites will use their thrusters to take up their places in a relatively low orbit of 340 miles (550 kilometers).

That's slightly higher than the International Space Station, but well below the majority of terrestrial satellites, the highest of which sit in a geostationary orbit of 22,400 miles (36,000 kilometers).

The launch was originally scheduled for last week but was postponed, first due to high winds and then due to the need for a software update.

Billionaire Elon Musk's firm, which is leading the pr..

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NASA’s first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities

RENO, Nev. — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings.

Multiple drones took to the air at the same time above downtown Reno this week in a series of simulations testing emerging technology that someday will be used to manage hundreds of thousands of small unmanned commercial aircraft delivering packages, pizzas and medical supplies.

“This activity is the latest and most technical challenge we have done with unmanned aerial systems,” said David Korsmeyer, associate director of research and technology at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

An autonomous drone took off Tuesday from the rooftop of a five-story casino parking garage and landed on the roof of another out of view across the street…

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters content comes to PUBG Mobile

Tencent Games has partnered with Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures on a special event themed after the upcoming film Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
The free limited-time event tasks players with tracking the iconic creature’s footsteps and other ominous clues to collect t-shirts and other items inspired by the new movie.

At the moment, Godzilla or the other titular monsters are not confirmed to appear in the event.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theatres on May 31st and follows the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as it faces off against Godzilla and its foes Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah.
This is the latest in a line of pop-culture crossovers in PUBG Mobile, following a Mission: Impossible — Fallout event in August 2018 and Resident Evil 2 gameplay mode in February.
PUBG Mobile can be downloaded for free on Android and iOS.
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Benchmark suggests AMD’s upcoming Ryzen CPUs will perform 30 percent better

If you follow computer news at all, you likely know that AMD’s newest Ryzen CPUs offer similar or better performance than Intel Core processors, and for a lower cost.
However, a new report suggests AMD’s next generation of chips will be even faster. According to gaming YouTube channel AdoredTV, a benchmark of a Zen 2-based 3rd gen Ryzen processor surfaced, boasting a nearly 30 percent increase in performance.
The AMD CPU in question has 16 cores and a clock speed of 4.2GHz. It obtained a score of 4,278 points in the Cinebench R15 benchmark, matching or beating every other desktop CPU except for AMD’s Threadripper WX chips, which have 24 cores and 32 threads. The new Ryzen chip also bested the Intel Core i9-9980XE, which has 18 cores.
To put that in perspective, the Core i9 costs $2,049.99 in Canada, while the mystery AMD processor is rumoured to cost between $600 and $1,000 USD (or $808.98 to $1,348.30 CAD).
As exciting as that is, it’s important to take this benchmark result with a gr..

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The newest gaming handheld has a crank and looks like Pikachu

With smartphone gaming becoming so dominant, you likely wouldn’t expect to see a new gaming handheld anytime soon, outside of a potential Nintendo Switch model.
However, Portland, Oregon-based video game company Panic is defying expectations with Playdate, a pocket-sized handheld gaming system coming in early 2020.
To start, the device sports a yellow finish and black-and-white screen with no backlight. Additionally, the Playdate features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C and a headphone jack.
The most notable element of the design, though, is the system’s crank, which serves as a rotating analogue controller that can be used as an additional control scheme in certain games.
With the yellow design and the positioning of the crank, the Playdate looks quite a bit like Pokémon mascot Pikachu.
In terms of actual games, Panic says Playdate will feature a “full season” of 12 exclusive games that will be rolled out over-the-air across a 12-week period. For the most part, Panic says it wants these games..

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More than half of Torontonians still support Sidewalk Labs’ smart city: poll

A recent poll finds that the majority of Torontonians are still in favour of Sidewalk Lab’s controversial plan to create the ‘Quayside’ smart city on waterfront.
According to a survey conducted by Environics Research between April 23rd and May 11th for the Toronto Region Board of Trade, 54 percent of Torontonians either strongly or somewhat support Quayside. Meanwhile, 17 percent of respondents are somewhat or strongly opposed to the project and an additional 29 percent say they are uncertain or have no opinion.
Environics polled 426 Toronto residents and 574 others from across the Greater Toronto Area. When Environics polled 600 Torontonians in February, support for Quayside came in at 55 percent.
Part of the controversy behind Quayside stems from a lack of transparency from Sidewalk Labs. Quayside was initially proposed to take up 12-acres, but a major report from The Star found that Sidewalk plans to make the project far bigger.
However, Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff confirmed dur..

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