How to Build Your Own Siri or Sirius?

How about building your own virtual assistant with an open-source computing system using your voice the way Apple’s Siri is designed? A new generation of “intelligent personal assistants” for wearables and other devices can be made custom-ready with additional advancements in the datacenter infrastructure to support them, according to researchers. Sirius, built by University of Michigan engineering researchers, is similar ...

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627,000 die every year due to particles’ air pollution: Sunita Narain

Pollution in air particles causes about 627,000 deaths every year on Earth, said environmentalists. Known as Particulate air pollution where the microscopic solid and liquid matter suspended in our atmosphere, environmentalists it leads to hundreds of thousands of deaths or loss of 18 million healthy life years. The experts said the grave situation caused by carbon or the dark core of ...

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Forget Beijing, Clean Up Delhi Fast, says Greenpeace

Global climate awareness agency Greenpeace, citing the Central Pollution Control Board report, said Delhi’s average pollution at PM2.5 level in 2013 as 153μg/m3, based on hourly measurements at 6 different stations. “This is 15 times the World Health Organization guideline and 3.8 times the national standar,” it said. Delhi’s average is also 80 percent higher than the average in Beijing, ...

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Sports Ministry Announces New Selection Criteria for Global Events

India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has formulated the selection criteria for sports teams in international sports events such as Olympic Games, Winter Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Indoor Games, Asian Beach Games, Youth Olympics, Asian Youth Games, Commonwealth Youth Games, Paralympics and Para-Asian Games, among others. The performance of the sportspersons in the individual events during the ...

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How India’s new Rotavirus Vaccine brings down price to $1 from $20

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Rotavirus vaccine Rotavac, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech today in Hyderabad, making it the first indigenously developed vaccine for diarrhoea that will help reduce infant deaths due to Rotavirus diarrhoea significantly in the country and other parts of the world. Krishna Ella, MD of Bharat Biotech, said it was a dream come through to make the ...

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Poor public delivery systems hindrance to vaccine benefits

Unless Indian public vaccine delivery systems are upgraded, most of the children living in the states with poorly performing public sectors will not benefit from introduction of the pentavalent vaccine, said a study released on Tuesday. As India moves towards upgrading its Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) by introducing newer and more expensive vaccines, “public sector vaccination service delivery systems will ...

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Is exercise hormone ‘irisin’ just a myth?

Humans cannot produce the “exercise hormone” irisin as reported by previous studies three years ago, said a new study. The hormone irisin, discovered three years ago, travels from muscle to fat tissue after exercise to tell fat cells to start burning energy instead of storing it. The finding ignited hope and press coverage that irisin could hold the key to ...

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