The Daily Populous

Wednesday February 7th, 2018 morning edition

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The next time a police officer in black-tinted glasses gawks at you, they may be pulling up your personal information.

Security personnel at Zhengzhou East Railway Station donned the new accessories ahead of the Chinese New Year travel rush to help them verify passengers’ identities, spot impostors — and even catch suspected criminals.

Spring Festival, or the lunar new year, is one of the busiest travel periods in China, putting immense pressure on the country’s transportation networks.

The glasses — which resemble Google Glass — are connected to a police database that can match passengers with criminal suspects.

In a similar move, train stations in major Chinese cities including Zhengzhou introduced a “face-swiping” check-in service during the lunar new year holiday in 2017.

China has pursued an ambitious plan to develop its AI sector in recent years, with police departments across the country implementing facial recognition technology.

(A police officer wears glasses equipped with facial recognition technology in Zhengzhou, Henan province, Feb. 5, 2018. »

Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully

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US entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched his new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Falcon Heavy is essentially three of SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 vehicles strapped together.

Image copyright SPACEX Image caption The Falcon Heavy is essentially three Falcon 9s strapped together. »

Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Write and Produce a New Series of Star Wars Films

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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going from Winterfell to a galaxy far, far away.

It was announced today that Benioff and Weiss, creators of the smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning television series Game of Thrones, will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.

These new films will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. »

‘Legion’ Gets Season 2 Premiere Date On FX

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FX has slotted 10 PM, Tuesday, April 3 for the second season premiere of its praised X-Men universe-themed drama series Legion.

Singer had very little creative involvement in Legion limited to the project’s early stages.

Legion is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production. »