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HARMATTAN SAFETY

WHAT IS HARMATTAN?  The Harmattan is a cold-dry and dusty trade wind, blowing over the West African subcontinent. This northeasterly wind blows from the Sahara Desert into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March. It consists of fine dust particles between 0.5 and 10 micrometres.

A college dropout bedridden for 11 years invented a surgery and cured himself

Source: CNN In 2017 Lindsay shared his story to graduates at his alma mater, De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis. Doug Lindsay was 21 and starting his senior year at Rockhurst University, a Jesuit college in Kansas City, Missouri, when his world imploded. After his first...

How hackers could use Wi-Fi to track you inside your home

by Rob Mitchum, University of Chicago As connected devices such as voice assistants, security cameras, and smart appliances grow in popularity, the homes and offices where they are installed become increasingly filled with a dense web of Wi-Fi signals. A new study from University of Chicago and University of California, Santa Barbara researchers finds that external attackers can use inexpensive technology...

Engineers invent smartphone device that detects harmful algae in 15 minutes

A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a highly sensitive system that uses a smartphone to rapidly detect the presence of toxin-producing algae in water within 15 minutes. This invention can generate test results on-site, and findings can be reported in real-time using the smartphone’s wireless communications capabilities. This technological breakthrough could play a...

Artificial Intelligence Imitates Engineers to Construct Effective New Designs Using Visual Cues

AI Learns to Design Using Visual Cues As Humans Do Trained AI agents can adopt human design strategies to solve problems, according to findings published in the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. Big design problems require creative and exploratory decision making, a skill in which humans excel. When engineers use artificial intelligence (AI), they have traditionally applied it to a problem...

Artificial Intelligence breakthrough: Google has taught an AI to discern different smells

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) has been taught to discern different smells by researchers at Google, the Silicon Valley tech giant has announced according to  TOM FISH in Express Google researchers have revealed they ave taught an artificial intelligence machine how to smell, bring the cyber-sense up to the standards of sight and hearing. Google’s Brain Team described how they used machine-learning to...

Warning: Smart Light Bulbs Could Open Up Your Personal Information to Hackers

Smart bulbs are expected to be a popular purchase this holiday season. But could lighting your home open up your personal information to hackers? Earlier this year Amazon’s Echo made global headlines when it was reported that consumers’ conversations were recorded and heard by thousands of employees. Now researchers at UTSA have conducted a review of the security holes that exist...

Young Filipina inventor wants $3 million: How her work may change the way you cool your room

...AC that uses no refrigerant could revolutionise the way we cool closed spaces Maria Yzabell Angel Palma, 20, from Naga City, 408km south of Manila, was a Grade 10 student at the elite Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Bicol campus in 2016 when she "accidentally" came up with her revolutionary AC invention that uses a disc-shaped compressor. Now, a Filipina, think...

Nigeria’s space technology ‘a model for developing nations’ – NASRDA

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) says the success story of the agency in space technology is a model for other developing countries to emulate. Felix Ale, Head, Media and Corporation Communications, NASRDA, said this in a paper he presented at the 2nd International Conference of Science Communication and Development in Africa in Abuja. Mr Ale, who spoke on...

Developing engineering identity may be key to student success by Christie Delfanian

Students who identify themselves as engineers early in their educational careers are more likely to complete their college degrees. That's the premise behind a new research project aimed at increasing the diversity of engineering students at South Dakota State University. "When you personally buy into becoming an engineer, your chances of success go up," said civil and environmental engineering professor...