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Google engineer develops tool to spot fake video

VANCOUVER: In an era replete with fake news stories, you might expect video evidence to provide a clearer picture of the truth.  You'd be wrong, according to Google engineer Supasorn Suwajanakorn -- who has developed a tool which, fed with the right input, can create a realistic fake video that mimics the way a person talks by closely observing existing footage of their mouth and teeth to create the perfect lip-sync. Like any technology, it has great potential for both good and mischief.   Suwajanakorn is therefore also…

Gorakh Hill Station to become international standard tourist resort

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday said that he was keen to develop Gorakh Hill Station as a tourist resort of international standard for which he directed to engage an international firm through international tenders. "Chairman planning & development should prepare a master plan of the Gorakh Hill Station and get it approved from the board. The other development of the station would be made according to the master plan," he said while presiding over a meeting on Gorakh Hil Station here at the…

US researchers develop rapid blood test for TB

WASHINGTON: US researchers on Monday said they have developed a fast blood test for tuberculosis that could speed diagnosis and treatment of the serious and sometimes fatal bacterial infection. One of the oldest known diseases, tuberculosis, or TB, has killed an estimated billion people over the past two centuries. A bacterial infection that attacks the lungs and can cause coughing, fever, night sweats and weight loss, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide today. Some 10.4 million people were sickened…

Dar asks CDA to develop housing sector for overseas Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Friday asked Capital Development Authority (CDA) to develop housing sector for overseas Pakistanis to provide them profitable, safe and secure investment and residential opportunities. “Overseas Pakistanis are keen to take advantage of investment opportunities in the country and the government would facilitate them in this regard,” he said while chairing a meeting with senior officials of the CDA to put in their best for development of the federal capital. The minister…

Young Pakistani engineers develop cheap technology to detect illegal bowling action

A group of young Pakistani engineers have developed a cost-effective wearable technology to detect illegal bowling action which is also known as chucking in cricket. Bowlers who are suspected of bending their arms over 15 degrees are tested in biomechanics labs. It is very expensive to get test your action from these labs, hence bowlers used to chucking at grass roots level reach senior level with the same style. CricFlex, which consists of small motion sensors embedded in a wearable sleeve, can measure the elbow flex…