Researchers Say They’ve Mimicked the Voice of a 3,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy – This Week in Tech – 01/26/2020

Researchers Say They’ve Mimicked the Voice of a 3,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy

The sound of a 3,000 year old mummified individual has been accurately reproduced as a vowel-like sound based on measurements of the precise dimensions of his extant vocal tract following Computed Tomography (CT) scanning, enabling the creation of a 3-D printed vocal tract. By using the Vocal Tract Organ, which provides a user-controllable artificial larynx sound source, a vowel sound is synthesised which compares favourably with vowels of modern individuals…


An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus

On January 9, the World Health Organization notified the public of a flu-like outbreak in China: a cluster of pneumonia cases had been reported in Wuhan, possibly from vendors’ exposure to live animals at the Huanan Seafood Market. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had gotten the word out a few days earlier, on January 6. But a Canadian health monitoring platform had beaten them both to the punch, sending word of the outbreak to its customers on December 31…


Porsche’s First Super Bowl Ad Since 1997 Features Car Chase With Its All-Electric Taycan

Porsche is returning to the Super Bowl with its first ad since 1997 — a 60-second car chase that features the German brand’s all-electric Taycan sports car…


Tim Cook Invested in Nebia Shower Head After Stepping Under a Prototype in His Local Gym

Back in 2015, Tim Cook threw his weight behind a water-efficient shower head called Nebia, which sprays in a way that uses less water, but still keeps people warm. It doesn’t have an Apple logo on it, but looks like something the company would design – if it made bathroom hardware…


Samsung’s Next Foldable Phone Could Feature Flexible Glass Which Would Remove the Crease and Improve Durability

Samsung has already demonstrated the vast potential of bendy screen devices with the Galaxy Fold, but there are still a number of improvements needed before foldable gadgets can really go mainstream. And if rumors are true, Samsung may have solved one of the Fold’s biggest shortcomings…


Nuclear Waste Recycled Into Diamond Batteries With ‘Near-Infinite Power’

Scientists are attempting to transform nuclear waste into batteries that can last for thousands of years…


Tesla Overtakes Volkswagen as World’s Second Most Valuable Carmaker

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) has overtaken Germany’s Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) as the world’s second most valuable carmaker behind Japan’s Toyota (7203.T), as the meteoric rise in the U.S. electric vehicle maker’s shares reshuffles the global market…

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