The world’s first electrically powered freight train has landed on the rails in the USA. Here are the highlights of the new train.
In order to zero carbon emissions and prevent climate change, more investments are made in electric vehicles and fossil fuel vehicles are abandoned. Although there are electric train lines in many parts of the world, all of them served as passenger trains.
However, the train named FLXdrive started to serve as the world’s first fully electric freight train.
100X MORE ENERGY
The electric freight train, developed by the Pittsburgh-based US railway company Wabtec, can store 100 times more energy than a Tesla car and uses a 7 megawatt battery. A quarter of the carbon emissions created by transportation in the USA is rail freight transportation. For this reason, it is very important that trains become fully electrified.
The first time FLXdrive hits the rails, while not a big leap forward in tackling the climate crisis, offers hope for the future.
As more railroad companies move to new technologies in the future, it could enable the world’s most preferred travel and freight transport to become fully electrified.
iPhone will be able to detect depression and anxiety
Data such as sleep patterns, typing speed, walking habits and facial expressions from iPhones and Apple Watches will be used to diagnose problems such as cognitive decline that can lead to depression.
According to the news of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which is based on the documents received from Apple and the statements of its employees, the US technology giant announced that it is working on a new technology that can detect mental health problems. Accordingly, users’ data stored on their devices will be used to diagnose cognitive decline problems. The researchers emphasized the importance of detecting serious problems early in this way.
IT WILL DETECT DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
Experts said they will use data from iPhone sensors to look for digital signals linked to certain mental health conditions and process them with an algorithm.
Details on the new study came from two research projects that involved using the technology on devices like the iPhone and Apple Watch to predict mental health outcomes.
The first of these projects is led by researchers from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and is investigating stress, anxiety, and depression in partnership with Apple. The other project is working on cognitive disorders with the pharmaceutical company Biogen.
However, to effectively diagnose a mental health problem, patients must be closely monitored, the researchers said. It was noted that changes in phone usage behavior could be exploited, especially in areas where experts are not widely available.
REVIEWING DATA FROM CAMERA, KEYBOARD AND MICROPHONE
UCLA has announced that its research into symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression began in 2020 with a pilot application using fall-tracking features on the Apple Watch and iPhone. The team expanded the project this year to use data from 3,000 people.
In this context, data from the camera, keyboard and sound sensors of iPhones are monitored. It then combines it with data on movement, sleep, and vital signs. Experts involved in the study also told the WSJ that they looked at users’ typing speed, the frequency of typos, the content they typed, and other digital signals. EARLY WARN AGAINST SERIOUS SITUATIONS
Biogen, on the other hand, has been working with a group of 20,000 participants who have been using iPhones and Apple Watches to monitor users’ cognitive function for two years. It is hoped that data from the study can be used to identify cognitive impairments that can lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Within the scope of Apple’s new project, it has been announced that people who are determined to be at risk will be warned, so that they will be treated early.
On the other hand, with the release of watchOS 8, Apple introduced the Mindfulness app, designed to help people breathe with the Apple Watch. He said he spoke with enthusiasm.
Williams also talked about how his devices could be used to support other brain disorders and cognitive decline. On the other hand, it’s not clear how much tracking and personal data will be required for the new technology to work, but it’s likely that users need to trust Apple with important and highly sensitive personal information.