King Kong in the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building in New York has opened a museum about the history of the famous building and given King Kong a prominent position in it. Visitors are offered an array of immersive experiences in the exhibition rooms and meet King Kong in a room furnished as a 1930s-style office. The famous movie character appears to be hanging onto the outside of the building, while looking into the room through the skyscraper's windows and trying to grab hold of the museum visitors who, if they wish, can sit in his hand to take a photo.

 September 16, 2019

Gel makes teeth repair themselves

Scientists from Zhejiang University have developed a gel that can be used to make tooth enamel repair itself. It consists of calcium and phosphate, which are also the building blocks of real enamel. In a lab test, the gel stimulated the growth of new enamel and revealed the same crystal arrangement as regular enamel. The new enamel coating was only 3 micrometres thick, which is about 400 times thinner than undamaged enamel, but the gel could be repeatedly applied to build up this repair layer.

 September 16, 2019

App for improved reading experience

The Chinese smartphone brand HONOR has partnered with the social company Eyecoming to develop an app called "EyeVision" which helps the visually impaired to read. The app uses the quad camera technology in the HONOR 20 PRO and AI to enable users to read text more easily. The "Text-to-Speech" feature allows users to have text in a menu, for example, read out to them. The volume buttons make it possible to zoom in on the text to enlarge it, while the "Negative Image" mode provides a range of colour filters to enhance the text for people who struggle to see certain colours.

 September 16, 2019

Criminals use AI for fraudulent purposes

The insurance company Euler Hermes has been confronted with its first case of criminals using artificial intelligence for fraudulent purposes. The case involved the boss of a British subsidiary of a German energy firm apparently receiving a phone call from the German chief executive telling him to make an urgent monetary transfer to a Hungarian supplier. Known as a "boss trick", this type of fraud is usually done by e-mail. In this case, the criminals used commercial voice-generating software which produced a deceptively real recreation of the boss's voice.

 September 16, 2019

Shoe customization contest

The sneaker brand Vans has launched a "Global Custom Culture" contest and invited people to take part with their very own sneaker designs. For this purpose, participants have to download and print a stencil of a Vans shoe and put their own creative spin on it. People then have to photograph the design and upload it to the campaign website to see it on a Vans shoe in 3D. The submitted entries are displayed in an online gallery and Vans fans can vote on it. After a series of rounds, the overall winner is chosen, their design is implemented and they receive a prize of $25,000.

 September 16, 2019

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