Facebook this evening announced it intends to buy Ctrl-labs, a New York-based startup developing a wristband that translates musculoneural signals into machine-interpretable commands. The acquisition hasn’t yet closed, and the terms weren’t revealed publicly.
(CNBC pegs the deal at approximately $1 billion, half the amount Facebook paid to acquire virtual reality company Oculus VR in 2014.) But the Menlo Park company said it plans to fold Ctrl-labs into its Reality Labs division, whose principal work concerns virtual and augmented reality technology.
The newest cancer sniffer might not be as cute as a sharp-nosed canine, but it could give doctors a new way to determine the best treatment for patients using just the melange of compounds in their breath.
The eNose can detect with 85 percent accuracy if a person will respond to immunotherapy, say researchers in a paper published today in Annals of Oncology. That could make it an alternative to current methods of determining which cancer treatment is best suited to different patients.
To further incriminate his wife, the Texas Rangers staged photographs, featuring an apparently dead Mr Sosa lying in a grave. Mr Sosa’s face was painted to give the impression that he had been shot in the head.
“That picture, to this day, reflects one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life,” he said. An undercover police officer, posing as a hitman, later showed Ms Sosa the photographs. She reportedly smiled and shook his hand.
Spain’s prime minister has offered to give Catalonia a referendum on greater autonomy as he seeks to pre-empt a new drive for independence from Barcelona’s separatists.
Pedro Sánchez said he was ready to give more powers to Spain’s wealthiest region but would not entertain any vote on independence. “It is a referendum for autonomy, not for self-determination,” he told Spanish radio.
Catalonia already has a high degree of autonomy, controlling its own police service, schools, health service and prisons.
Divided after their failed 2017 secession bid, Catalonia’s separatists will hold a rally in Barcelona on Wednesday that will test their strength before a Spanish court in October serves verdicts against the leaders of the independence push.
Since 2012, separatists have held massive rallies on September 11, Catalonia’s “national day”, which marks the fall of Barcelona to Spain in 1714. Organisers say a million people took part in past “Diada” rallies.
This year’s demonstration will get underway at 17:14 (1514 GMT) – a nod to the year – on Barcelona’s central Plaza Espana.
The Hill’s political correspondent Reid Wilson explains why strategists say the Presidential Election will come down to 10 counties.
Dead bodies are visible in the rubble days after Hurricane Dorian swept ashore as a Category 5 storm, reports Steve Harrigan. #ShepSmith #FoxNews
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA — Apple issued a strongly worded statement on September 6 calling into question Google’s recently published research about a widespread hacking operation targeting iPhones.
It began with a short series of tweets Saturday in which President Trump revealed he had invited the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan to Camp David for secret talks to wrap up a deal that would have traded the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan for a promise from the Taliban to negotiate in good faith with the Afghan government.
In the tweets, Trump also revealed he pulled the plug at the last minute, outraged over continued Taliban attacks, the latest last week killing an American soldier serving with Operation Freedom’s Sentinel counterterrorism mission.
The simmering showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Britain’s Parliament over Brexit came to a head as lawmakers delivered three defeats to the government’s plans for leaving the European Union, before being sent home early Tuesday for a contentious five-week suspension of the legislature.
In a session that ran well past midnight, Parliament enacted a law to block a no-deal Brexit next month, ordered the government to release private communications about its Brexit plans and rejected Johnson’s call for a snap election to break the political deadlock.… Source