Emotion reading apps for kids with autism

A blind person can receive audio or other assistance in reading a screen with text.  A deaf person can read a transcript of what was said in a television broadcast.  Now there may be help for a person with autism.  MIT Technology Review recently reported on the first emotion-reading apps.  In the video below, Above Science reports on an emotion-reading robot.

Proteome Map

According to The Scientist, “Two international teams have independently produced the first drafts of the human proteome. These curated catalogs of the proteins expressed in most non-diseased human tissues and organs can be used as a baseline to better understand changes that occur in disease states.”  The actual map data can be accessed here.  If you are wondering how this research can be of benefit, you might watch the video below and explore companies like Applied Proteomics.

NASA approves several imaginative concepts

JPL reports that “NASA has selected 12 proposals, including three from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact through pioneering technology development.”  All 12 might be NEWWorthy.  At least, I’m rooting for them to be.  A submarine to explore the methane lakes of Titan sounds particularly creative and intriguing.  If you think so too, you might enjoy the video below.

Taxi of the future?

Will Google’s 25 mph self driving city car ever replace taxis?  I’m guessing it or other self driving vehicles might, at least in low-density locations with short commutes in the city, if the price of a ride is competitive with alternative transportation.  For example, say you need to get to the airport, and you are unable to or don’t want to drive.  You could call a shuttle or taxi, but if a self driving rental car service were available, you might choose that instead.