Update: since we did not have the right camera equipment to record the eclipse, we bring you this simulation from Serena on Twitter:
After that, we do our Catch of the Week:
- Shahin reports that researchers at Northwestern University Medicine scientists and engineers have invented a range of bioactive “tissue papers” made of materials derived from organs that are thin and flexible enough to even fold into an origami bird. The new biomaterials can potentially be used to support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing.
- Henry points us to a draft of NIST Standards for the IoT Internet of Things.
- Dan reports that, in front of a crowd of thousands, an AI bot beat a professional human player at Dota 2 — one of the world’s most popular video games. The human champ, the affable Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, threw in the towel after being killed three times, saying he couldn’t beat the unstoppable bot. “It feels a little bit like human,” said Dendi. “But at the same time, it’s something else.”
- Rich is excited for the the folks at Cycle Computing, who were acquired by Microsoft this week.
We’ve already seen explosive growth on Azure in the areas of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and deep learning,” writes Jason Zander from Microsoft. “As customers continue to look for faster, more efficient ways to run their workloads, Cycle Computing’s depth and expertise around massively scalable applications make them a great fit to join our Microsoft team. Their technology will further enhance our support of Linux HPC workloads and make it easier to extend on-premise workloads to the cloud.”