IDG Contributor Network: What’s the real goal with Microsoft Garage?

There’s an entire team at Microsoft that just made an app that can identify your dog.

Called Fetch!, it uses AI to determine — based on a photo you snap — if you have a Doberman or a Border Collie. It’s obviously a proof of concept (and, sadly, won’t work with my Border Collie-Lab mix named Abby because she’s not a purebred). You can also take pictures of people and then see which dog they resemble, one of the strangest features in an app Microsoft has ever released.

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New method for bio-designing yeast could improve biofuel production

A new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass has been discovered by researchers. Both the yeast strain and the method of its design could help overcome a significant bottleneck in the biofuels pipeline — namely, that the powerful solvents so good at breaking down biomass also sometimes hinder the next critical step of the process, fermentation.

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New method for bio-designing yeast could improve biofuel production

A new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass has been discovered by researchers. Both the yeast strain and the method of its design could help overcome a significant bottleneck in the biofuels pipeline — namely, that the powerful solvents so good at breaking down biomass also sometimes hinder the next critical step of the process, fermentation.

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