Lifeboat News: The Blog Safeguarding Humanity Mon, 16 Sep 2019 02:22:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 12 NLP Researchers, Practitioners & Innovators You Should Be Following Mon, 16 Sep 2019 02:22:41 +0000

Check out this list of NLP researchers, practitioners and innovators you should be following, including academics, practitioners, developers, entrepreneurs, and more.


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We may have a basic form of sign language in common with chimpanzees Mon, 16 Sep 2019 02:03:31 +0000

By Clare Wilson

We can communicate with chimps. When put to the test, people can usually understand the meaning of ten common gestures used by chimpanzees.

Human infants also use some of the same gestures before they can talk, although we don’t yet know if their meanings are the same.

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Auto designer LAZARETH has created a flying motorcycle Mon, 16 Sep 2019 02:03:04 +0000

Auto designer LAZARETH has unveiled its newest motorcycle. It happens to be able to fly with the help of 4 turbine engines.

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Lab chemists and computer scientists are joining forces to find a nerve-agent antidote that will go where today’s antidotes can’t go – the brain Mon, 16 Sep 2019 02:02:26 +0000

Lab chemists and computer scientists are joining forces to find a nerve-agent antidote that will go where today €™s antidotes can €™t go €“ the brain. Read more about in the latest issue of our Science & Technology Review magazine †’

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The Super Power IssueThe Antigravity Underground Mon, 16 Sep 2019 01:22:42 +0000

The fantastic floating device called a lifter has no moving parts, no onboard fuel, and no shortage of wide-eyed admirers. Even inside NASA.

The super power issue being invisible the antigravity underground A user’s guide to time travel 8 super powers.

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Application filed by St. Clair John Quincy Mon, 16 Sep 2019 01:22:26 +0000

This invention relates to a spacecraft propulsion system utilizing thrusters comprised of a motor-driven electrostatically charged cylinder rotating within an electrostatically charged annular ring for the purpose of creating a spacetime curvature stress-energy tension in the horizontal direction. The thrusters are augmented by magnetic vortex generators, either embedded in the cylinders or located above each thruster, for the purpose of increasing the permittivity of space by permeating each thruster with low density hyperspace energy generated by a wormhole created between our space and hyperspace. A combination of three thrusters mounted on the underside of the hull of the spacecraft provide thrust and yaw motion control.

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Hesperos’ multi-organ ‘human-on-a-chip’ found effective for long-term toxicology testing Mon, 16 Sep 2019 01:02:25 +0000

The replacement of animals as test subjects is one step closer to reality with the successful testing of multi-organ “human-on-a-chip” models to recapitulate the 28-day experiments typically used in animals to evaluate the systemic toxicity of drug and cosmetic compounds. As published and featured as a frontispiece in the prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journal Advanced Functional Materials, the microfluidic device with interlinking modules containing human-derived heart, liver, skeletal muscle and nervous system cells was able to maintain cellular viability and record cellular function in real-time for 28 days.

The University of Central Florida (UCF) in collaboration with the Florida biotech firm Hesperos, Inc., has shown that one of its innovative four-organ in vitro (out of body) model systems is able to realistically replicate in vivo (in body) responses to sustained drug dosing of human cells.

“The technology could allow us, in the very near future, to move chronic drug experiments from animal models to these novel human in vitro models,” said Hesperos Chief Scientist James J. Hickman, who is a Professor at UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center.

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Light Article, Photonics Information, Star Creation Facts Mon, 16 Sep 2019 00:22:24 +0000

Read a National Geographic magazine article about light and get information, facts, and more about photonics.

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Brain-computer interface: huge potential benefits and formidable challenges Sun, 15 Sep 2019 21:43:22 +0000

A new Royal Society report called “iHuman: blurring lines between mind and machine” is for the first time systematically exploring whether it is “right” or not to use neural interfaces – machines implanted in or worn over the body to pick up or stimulate nervous activity in the brain or other parts of the nervous system. It also sets out recommendations to ensure the ethical risks are understood, and to set up a transparent, public-driven but flexible regulatory framework which will allow the UK to lead innovative technology in this field.

Neural interfaces, brain-computer interfaces and other devices that blur the lines between mind and machine have extraordinary potential. Image Credit: Iaremenko Sergii / Shutterstock

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Compound Created to Help Reconstruct Myelin in Multiple Sclerosis Sun, 15 Sep 2019 21:22:24 +0000

Another magical flavonoid!

Researchers have created a compound, that when tested in mice, was able to promote the reconstruction of the myelin sheath surrounding neuronal axons. These findings could pave the way to a new treatment for combating demyelinating conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS). The findings were published in Glia. “I think we’ll know in about a year if this is the exact right drug to try in human clinical trials,” explained senior study author Larry Sherman, Ph.D., in a recent press release.

“If it’s not, we know from the mouse studies that this approach can work. The question is, can this drug be adapted to bigger human brains?”

What is myelin?

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This Ingenious System Brings Water to the Chinese Desert Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:02:49 +0000

The Karez is a modern-day engineering marvel and a prime example of a native people working with, not against, the forces of nature to deliver their needs — in this case, water.

From the Series: China From Above: The Living Past

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Fasting for 72 Hours Can Reboot the Entire Immune System, Research Shows Sun, 15 Sep 2019 18:42:27 +0000

Anybody can cook, even if it’s only a fried egg – but not just anyone has the discipline to fast. This ancient practice of abstaining from eating for a day, or sometimes even a week or more has a history of curing a whole host of health problems, but even a brief fast can completely re-boot your immune system.

This practice isn’t without criticism by modern nutritionists and unbelievers, but research implies that when the body is hungry in short spurts, it can kick-start stem cells into producing new white blood cells.

White blood cells, also known as leukocytes, are the cells which the immune system uses to fight against foreign invaders like viruses and bad bacteria.

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Artificial Intelligence and India Sun, 15 Sep 2019 18:22:33 +0000

The competition between the United States and China on artificial intelligence is heating up recently. In the coming AI Race, can India with an abundance of engineering talent really catch up with the US and China?

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, and The Internet of Things (IoT) are one of the rapidly advancing technological developments. The rate of progress in the field of these is amazingly rapid. From SIRI to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence is changing our daily life in many ways.

India is on course to become the third-largest economy in the world (by GDP) within the next few years according to MIT Technology Review. Indian government released a report on artificial intelligence in 2018 that calls for the country to boost investment and focus on deploying the technology in manufacturing, health care, agriculture, education, and public utilities. Currently, around 400 new companies in India have put resources into work including artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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The Comet: Humanity’s Ongoing Journey as a Spacefaring Species Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:02:25 +0000

Launched into space in 2004, Rosetta embarked on a 10-year journey through the cosmos. By 2014, the spacecraft reached its destination, made orbit, and successfully landed its lander module Philae.

A short film cataloging the Rosetta mission to comet 67P, providing a visual spectacle of its landing on the comet’s surface.

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Hubble’s Brand New Image of Saturn Sun, 15 Sep 2019 10:23:01 +0000

Saturn is so beautiful that astronomers cannot resist using Hubble to take yearly snapshots of the ringed world when it is at its closest distance to Earth.

These images, however, are more than just beauty shots. They reveal a planet with a turbulent, dynamic atmosphere. This year’s Hubble offering, for example, shows that a large storm visible in the 2018 Hubble image in the north polar region has vanished. Smaller storms pop into view like popcorn kernels popping in a microwave oven before disappearing just as quickly. Even the planet’s banded structure reveals subtle changes in color.

But the latest image shows plenty that hasn’t changed. The mysterious six-sided pattern, called the “hexagon,” still exists on the north pole. Caused by a high-speed jet stream, the hexagon was first discovered in 1981 by NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft.

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Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth Sun, 15 Sep 2019 08:02:26 +0000

Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience — and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we’re all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it “reality.” Join Seth for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence.

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Google says its AI detects 26 skin conditions as accurately as dermatologists Sun, 15 Sep 2019 06:22:24 +0000

Researchers at Google claim they’ve developed a skin condition-diagnosing AI that’s on par with dermatologists in terms of accuracy.

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From Salon Marketplace: This LED drone is perfect for night flying Sun, 15 Sep 2019 06:02:26 +0000

Save 20% off a stunt drone that’s easy to fly for all levels of pilots.

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Mathematician reveals the brain exercises that help prevent memory loss Sun, 15 Sep 2019 04:42:27 +0000

A mathematician has shared some of the brain exercises he uses to help people with dementia.

Gareth Rowlands, from St Albans, runs memory workshops at dementia cafes and care homes in Hertfordshire.

He became passionate about helping those with memory loss after he visited a care home which he wife ran in Barnet.

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Gravitational waves detected for first time from newly born black hole: Study Sun, 15 Sep 2019 04:22:32 +0000

Researchers have, for the first time, detected the gravitational waves from a newly born black hole, and found that the ringing pattern of the waves predicts the cosmic body’s mass and spin, providing more evidence for Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

The study, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, increases the possibility that black holes exhibit only three observable properties – mass, spin, and electric charge.

All other properties, the study noted, could be swallowed up by the black hole itself, and are unobservable.

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Meet the 8 Tech Titans Investing in Synthetic Biology Sun, 15 Sep 2019 04:22:18 +0000

“DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created.” Bill Gates wrote this in 1995, long before synthetic biology – a scientific discipline focused on reading, writing, and editing DNA – was being harnessed to program living cells. Today, the cost to order a custom DNA sequence has fallen faster than Moore’s law; perhaps that’s why the Microsoft founder is turning a significant part of his attention, and wallet, towards this exciting field.

Bill Gates is not the only tech founder billionaire that sees a parallel between bits and biology, either. Many other tech founders – the same people that made their money programming 1s and 0s – are now investing in biotech founders poised to make their own fortunes by programming A’s, T’s, G’s and C’s.

The industry has raised more than $12.3B in the last 10 years and last year, 98 synthetic biology companies collectively raised $3.8 billion, compared to just under $400 million total invested less than a decade ago. Synthetic biology companies are disrupting nearly every industry, from agriculture to medicine to cell-based meats. Engineered microorganisms are even being used to produce more sustainable fabrics and manufacture biofuels from recycled carbon emissions.

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This psychologist is making the world’s compassion surplus a powerful tool Sun, 15 Sep 2019 03:23:03 +0000


Making the world kinder.

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MIT Breakthrough: New Aerogel Creates Passive Heat From Sunlight Sun, 15 Sep 2019 03:04:32 +0000


MIT has created this new aerogel which can produce large amounts of heat just from sunlight and could heat buildings free of electricity and fossil fuels.

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Scientists Develop Gel That Can Regrow Tooth Enamel Sun, 15 Sep 2019 03:04:15 +0000


Once tooth enamel breaks or wears away it’s over – it doesn’t grow back. That’s why dentists have to plug in the gaps with artificial fillings. But now, a team of scientists from China’s Zhejiang University and Jiujiang Research Institute says it has finally figured out how to regrow tooth enamel, a development that could totally upend dental care. The team developed a gel that has been found to help mouse teeth regrow enamel within 48 hours. The research has been published in the journal Science Advances.

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What exactly is enamel and why can’t it regrow? It is a mineralized substance with a highly complicated structure that covers the surface of teeth. The structure is made up of enamel rods interwoven with inter-rods in a fish scale pattern which makes it the hardest tissue in the human body. It is initially formed biologically but once mature it becomes acellular, meaning it becomes devoid of the ability to self-repair. This is why cavities (tooth decay) are one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in humans.

Enamel is so complex that its structure has yet to be duplicated correctly artificially. Resins, ceramics and amalgam fillings can mend the problem but they are not a forever fix. The fact that they are made of foreign materials means they can’t achieve a permanent repair. The new gel made by the Chinese scientists is different because it is made of the same material as enamel. It is made by mixing calcium and phosphate ions – both minerals which are found in enamel – with the chemical called triethylamine in an alcohol solution.

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Unique water-filled headphones Sun, 15 Sep 2019 03:03:57 +0000

These water-filled headphones will bring new meaning to ‘soundwaves.’

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China’s is building a supersonic train Sun, 15 Sep 2019 03:03:06 +0000

China is building a supersonic train.

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The self-healing car! Sun, 15 Sep 2019 02:45:11 +0000

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Can this headpiece help you lose weight? Sun, 15 Sep 2019 02:44:17 +0000

The makers of this Star Trek-looking device say it can help you lose weight without diet or exercise.

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The first observation of a stable torus of fluid’s resonance frequencies Sun, 15 Sep 2019 02:43:14 +0000

A team of researchers at Laroche Laboratory, Université Paris Diderot and Université de Lyon has recently collected the first measurements of the resonance frequencies of a stable torus of fluid. The method they used to collect these observations, outlined in a paper published in Physical Review Letters, could enable the modeling of a variety of large-scale structures that transiently arise in vortex rings.

Vortex rings are torus-shaped vortexes that can appear in both liquids and gases in a variety of settings. In nature, there are several examples of these vortex rings, including underwater bubble rings produced by divers or dolphins, smoke rings, and blood rings in the human heart.

“Although it has been shown that the dynamics of a vortex ring are dominated by large-scale structures at its periphery, the mechanisms governing their appearance are not well understood, reflecting to a large extent the experimental difficulties in generating a stable liquid torus under well-controlled conditions,” Eric Falcon, one of the researchers who carried out the recent study, told “It is in this context that we wanted to make a fluid ring stable.”

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Using an optical tweezer array of laser-cooled molecules to observe ground state collisions Sun, 15 Sep 2019 02:42:58 +0000

A team of researchers from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found that they could use an optical tweezer array of laser-cooled molecules to observe ground state collisions between individual molecules. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their work with cooled calcium monofluoride molecules trapped by optical tweezers, and what they learned from their experiments. Svetlana Kotochigova, with Temple University, has published a Perspective piece in the same journal issue outlining the work—she also gives an overview of the work being done with arrays of optical tweezers to better understand molecules in general.

As Kotochigova notes, the development of optical tweezers in the 1970s has led to groundbreaking science because it allows for studying atoms and at an unprecedented level of detail. Their work involves using to create a force that can hold extremely tiny objects in place as they are being studied. In more recent times, have grown in sophistication—they can now be used to manipulate arrays of molecules, which allows researchers to see what happens when they interact under very controlled conditions. As the researchers note, such arrays are typically chilled to keep their activity at a minimum as the molecules are being studied. In this new effort, the researchers chose to study arrays of cooled calcium monofluoride molecules because they have what the team describes as nearly diagonal Franck-Condon factors, which means they can be electronically excited by firing a laser at them, and then revert to an after emission.

In their work, the researchers created arrays of by diffracting a single beam into many smaller beams, each of which could be rearranged to suit their purposes in real time. In the initial state, an unknown number of molecules were trapped in the array. The team then used light to force collisions between the molecules, pushing some of them out of the array until they had the desired number in each tweezer. They report that in instances where there were just two molecules present, they were able to observe natural ultracold collisions—allowing a clear view of the action.

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Testing quantum mechanics in a non-inertial reference frame using a rotating interferometer Sun, 15 Sep 2019 02:42:43 +0000

A team of researchers from the University of Glasgow and the University of Southampton has devised a novel way to test quantum mechanics in a non-inertial reference frame by using a rotating interferometer. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes studying the Hong-Ou-Mandel interference using fiber coils on a rotating disk, and what they found.

As physicists struggle with the problem of uniting and , they devise new ways to both. In this new effort, the researchers noted that the two theories are consistent under some conditions—such as when gravity is very weak, or when modest acceleration is involved. In their experiment, they chose to test the Hong-Ou-Mandel interference, in which entangled photons are sent on different paths along a circular track—one clockwise, the other counterclockwise. Theory suggests that when such entangled photons are reunited, they should bunch together and move toward one detector or the other. Conversely, non-entangled photons should travel toward either detector randomly.

In their experiment, the researchers set fiber cables on a rotating disk along with sensors for reading where the photons went after passing through the cables. They then sent a stream of entangled photons through the fiber cables (one clockwise, the other counterclockwise) and noted how they behaved as the disk was rotated—a means of applying a non-inertial reference frame. The researchers report that, as expected, the entangled photons did, indeed, bunch up and march off to a sensor together after being reunited with a beam splitter. More importantly, they noted that applying a non-inertial reference frame resulted in one of a pair of photons arriving a little later than the other, which in turn had an impact on the bunching signals the team recorded.

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Healthy Life Extension / Physical Immortality – The Mass Possibility Sun, 15 Sep 2019 01:42:41 +0000 ‘Healthy Life Extension / Physical Immortality – the mass possibility ‘is presented as ’a symphony of voices’.


Throughout the ages, pioneers have been questioning the accepted belief systems of the populace, and producing major evolutionary leaps: “The Earth is the centre of the Universe” gave way to the understanding that the earth revolves around the sun. “The Earth is flat” fell away when Columbus did not fall over the edge. The Wright Brothers also flew us into another reality as have countless others. I will be suggesting in the words to follow that the belief system “physical death is inevitable” may have a similar fate.

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Human or hybrid? The big debate over what a species really is Sun, 15 Sep 2019 00:42:25 +0000

Humans once mated with Neanderthals so are we hybrids? How we see ourselves and the rest of nature is changing, raising the question of whether species even exist.

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Trampoline mirror may push laser pulse through fabric of the Universe Sat, 14 Sep 2019 21:44:23 +0000

Simply changing a mirror may allow physicists to poke a hole in the universe.

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World’s First Surviving Septuplets Sat, 14 Sep 2019 21:43:43 +0000

Many of us would love to have a baby, some of us even two or three. But what about having seven of them? It might sound manageable, but now think about having all seven of them at the same time. In the age of medical innovation, fertility treatment has aided many women in getting pregnant. This is the story of a couple who couldn’t have a baby, and then had seven. The years have passed, and now those little septuplets are young adults, making them the oldest surviving septuplets. What a journey it has been for the McCaughey family.

It seems natural to have a baby, and recently it has become natural to take advantage of medical innovation to help you get there. In the case of women who can’t fall pregnant, there are some different methods of getting there. Fertility treatment isn’t uncommon and it is practiced in many countries across the globe. Even though it is an accepted method in many places, there are those that aren’t in favor of it. Some religious groups believe that it is against God’s will to interfere with the natural course of creating life. Their claim is that if God wants to give life he will, and if it is not meant to be then it will not materialize.

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Rho Ophiuchi’s Colorful Cosmic Clouds Glisten in Starry Deep-Space Photo Sat, 14 Sep 2019 21:43:27 +0000

A new photo of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex by astrophotographer Miguel Claro reveals colorful nebulas and dark dust lanes near the bright star Antares.

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Devices onboard Chandrayaan-2 orbiter gamechangers Sat, 14 Sep 2019 21:43:12 +0000

Former chairman of Isro A S Kiran Kumar on Thursday described the Chandrayaan-2 mission as a success, despite the loss of the Vikram lander on the lunar surface.

“Yes, there is sadness because we came so close to making a landing on the moon, but the mission itself cannot be called a failure because, for one, it is still ongoing,” Kumar said, speaking at the convocation of IISc.

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Google Earth finds remains of man missing since 1997 Sat, 14 Sep 2019 21:42:57 +0000

For 22 years, a missing person case in Florida went unsolved. Until, someone saw something strange on Google Earth. Manuel Bojorquez explains.

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Drinking a cup of tea each day is good for your brain Sat, 14 Sep 2019 21:22:54 +0000

Three dozen adults who were all aged 60 or above were asked to take part a range of cognitive tests for the study.

Researchers led by a team based at the National University of Singapore also took MRI scans of the volunteers.

All of the participants, from Singapore, were also asked about how often they drink green, black or oolong tea, as well as coffee.

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Switzerland: Hub of a new ‘Longevity Valley’? Sat, 14 Sep 2019 21:22:37 +0000

Aging Analytics Agency special case study reveals how Switzerland could become the new European Longevity hotspot.

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You Can Now Prove a Whole Blockchain With One Math Problem – Really Sat, 14 Sep 2019 21:02:41 +0000

The Electric Coin Company (ECC) says it discovered a new way to scale blockchains with “recursive proof composition,” a proof to verify the entirety of a blockchain in one function. For the ECC and zcash, the new project, Halo, may hold the key to privacy at scale.

A privacy coin based on zero-knowledge proofs, referred to as zk-SNARKs, zcash’s current underlying protocol relies on “trusted setups.” These mathematical parameters were used twice in zcash’s short history: upon its launch in 2016 and first large protocol change, Sapling, in 2018.

Zcash masks transations through zk-SNARKs but the creation of initial parameters remains an issue. By not destroying a transaction’s mathematical foundation – the trusted setup – the holder can produce forged zcash.

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Artificial Intelligence Detects Heart Failure From One Heartbeat With 100% Accuracy Sat, 14 Sep 2019 21:02:15 +0000

Amazing 100% I hope it is real and next we can detect more diseases easier and more accurate.

Doctors can detect heart failure from a single heartbeat with 100% accuracy using a new artificial intelligence-driven neural network.

That’s according to a recent study published in Biomedical Signal Processing and Control Journal, which explores how emerging technology can improve existing methods of detecting congestive heart failure. 

Led by researchers at the Universities of Surrey, Warwick and Florence, it shows that AI can quickly and accurately identify CHF by analyzing one electrocardiogram (ECG) heartbeat. 

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New cinematic trailer for Occupy Mars simulation game released Sat, 14 Sep 2019 18:22:30 +0000

The Martian frontier is yours in Occupy Mars — the upcoming (as of today: Coming soon) highly technical open world simulation game about Mars colonization from Polish indie game developer Pyramid Games. In the game you will be able to “build and upgrade your base, discover new amazing regions, conduct mining operations, retrieve water and generate oxygen, grow crops, fix broken parts, learn how to survive on Mars!”

Here is the newest cinematic trailer of the game and beautiful HD images from it. Note the SpaceX’s Starman style spacesuit and ITS v2016 Starship.

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NASA Nabs Emmy Nominations for SpaceX Launch, Mars Landing Sat, 14 Sep 2019 18:02:25 +0000

NASA coverage of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon test flight and the InSight landing on Mars have nabbed two Emmy nominations for 2019.

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Uncovering how the body ages is leading to drugs to reverse it Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:42:27 +0000

Young blood not required

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International Space Station Streaks Across Jerusalem’s Night Sky (Photo) Sat, 14 Sep 2019 16:22:26 +0000

Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. As a European Southern Observatory Photo Ambassador, a member of The World At Night and the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, he specializes in astronomical “skyscapes” that connect Earth and the night sky. Join him here as he takes us through his photograph “A Sky Without Religious Boundaries Shows the ISS Above the Historic Old City of Jerusalem.”

The image shows the path of the International Space Station (ISS) crossing a sky free of any religious, cultural or ethnic boundaries above the beautiful and historic city of Jerusalem.

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10 Unsolved Mysteries In The Universe Sat, 14 Sep 2019 15:23:57 +0000

We have come so far…yet so far to go… More videos on our YouTube channel 👇

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Is there life on Saturn’s Moon? Sat, 14 Sep 2019 15:23:09 +0000

The ingredients for the development of life are present on Saturn’s moon, Enceladus…But did life actually appear? Encelus is a priority target for future missions. Credit: NASA.

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Bigelow’s next-generation inflatable space habitat is shooting for the Moon Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:47:12 +0000

Welcome to your new home, the B330.

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Ahead of SpaceX moon mission, billionaire Yusaku Maezawa sells a $2.3 billion stake in his fashion company to Yahoo Japan Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:23:02 +0000

Yusaku Maezawa, a key investor in SpaceX’s next-generation rocket system, called Starship, plans to sell a 30% stake in his online fashion-retail company, Zozo, to Yahoo Japan.

As part of the $3.7 billion tender offer, Maezawa will resign as CEO of Zozo, receive about $2.3 billion in cash, and maintain a 6% stake in the company he founded, according to Forbes.

Maezawa spoke about the deal during an emotional two-hour-long press conference on Thursday. Although he raised misgivings about how he managed the company in recent years, saying he regretted mistakes that hurt the company’s bottom line, Forbes reported that he rationalized his departure in another and far more personal way: a need to prepare for his 2023 flight around the moon inside Starship.

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How fast is the universe expanding? The mystery endures Sat, 14 Sep 2019 08:42:30 +0000

Scientists have known for decades that the universe is expanding, but research in the past few years has shaken up calculations on the speed of growth — raising tricky questions about theories of the cosmos. Current latest trending Philippine headlines on science, technology breakthroughs, hardware devices, geeks, gaming, web/desktop applications, mobile apps, social media buzz and gadget reviews.

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Rhetoric aside, what do China’s semiconductor insiders really think about the nation’s self-reliance drive? Sat, 14 Sep 2019 08:03:26 +0000

This is the second in a series of in-depth articles examining China’s efforts to build a stronger domestic semiconductor industry amid rising trade tensions.

China has to strike a balance between the heavy investment that the industry requires and the returns that such spending may, or may not, yield.

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Universe might be 2 billion years younger, shocking study says Sat, 14 Sep 2019 08:02:25 +0000

The universe is assumed to be roughly 13.7 billion years old, but a stunning new study says it could be significantly younger than that — by a couple of billion years.

According to the study, researchers used new calculations that took different approaches to figure out just how old the universe really is.

“We have large uncertainty for how the stars are moving in the galaxy,” the study’s lead author, Inh Jee, of the Max Planck Institute, told the Associated Press. The research has been published in Science.

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ResearchGate: O.o Sat, 14 Sep 2019 07:03:33 +0000

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Radiation shift of the electron mass in a magnetic field (Higgs boson contribution) Sat, 14 Sep 2019 06:02:24 +0000

The single-loop contribution of Higgs bosons to the radiation shift of the energy of an electron moving in a homogeneous permanent magnetic field is calculated. On the basis of this contribution, the appropriate contribution to the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron and the probability of magnetic-braking radiation of Higgs bosons by an electron are found. The dependence of the mentioned quantities on the electron energy and the external field intensity is investigated.

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New vibration sensor detects buried objects from moving vehicle Sat, 14 Sep 2019 05:42:27 +0000

Detecting landmines can be a challenging and slow process. Detecting them from a moving vehicle would make the process more speedy, but at the expense of accuracy.

At the Optical Society’s (OSA) Laser Congress, held 29 September—3 October 2019 in Vienna, Austria, researchers from the University of Mississippi, U.S.A., will report a new laser-based sensor that effectively detects buried objects even while the detector is in motion. This new device offers a significant improvement over existing technologies, which cannot be operated on the go and lose accuracy in the presence of external sources of sound or vibration.

Laser Doppler vibrometers (LDVs) combined with vibration excited in the ground have shown promise for detecting landmines and other buried objects, but their sensitivity to environmental vibrations mean they must be operated from a special stable platform. The device, called a Laser Multi Beam Differential Interferometric Sensor (LAMBDIS), provides comparable detection capabilities but is far less sensitive to motion, allowing it to be used aboard a moving vehicle.

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New augmented reality head mounted display offers unrivaled viewing experience Sat, 14 Sep 2019 05:03:07 +0000

Cambridge engineers have developed a new augmented reality (AR) head mounted display (HMD) that delivers a realistic 3D viewing experience, without the commonly associated side effects of nausea or eyestrain.

The device has an enlarged eye-box that is scalable and an increased field of view of 36º that is designed for a comfortable viewing experience. It displays images on the retina using pixel beam scanning which ensures the image stays in focus regardless of the distance that the user is fixating on. Details are reported in the journal Research.

Developed by researchers at the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) in collaboration with Huawei European Research Centre, in Munich, the HMD uses partially reflective beam splitters to form an additional “exit pupil” (a virtual opening through which light travels). This, together with narrow pixel beams that travel parallel to each other, and which do not disperse in other directions, produces a high quality image that remains unaffected by changes in eye focus.

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New health monitors are flexible, transparent and graphene enabled Sat, 14 Sep 2019 05:02:26 +0000

New technological devices are prioritizing non-invasive tracking of vital signs, not only for fitness monitoring, but also for the prevention of common health problems such as heart failure, hypertension and stress-related complications, among others. Wearables based on optical detection mechanisms are proving an invaluable approach for reporting on our bodies inner workings and have experienced a large penetration into the consumer market in recent years. Current wearable technologies, based on non-flexible components, do not deliver the desired accuracy and can only monitor a limited number of vital signs. To tackle this problem, conformable non-invasive optical-based sensors that can measure a broader set of vital signs are at the top of the end-users’ wish list.

In a recent study published in Science Advances, ICFO researchers have demonstrated a new class of flexible and transparent devices that are conformable to the skin and can provide continuous and accurate measurements of multiple human vital signs. These devices can measure heart rate, respiration rate and blood pulse oxygenation, as well as exposure to UV radiation from the sun. While the device measures the different parameters, the read-out is visualized and stored on a mobile phone interface connected to the wearable via Bluetooth. In addition, the device can operate battery-free since it is charged wirelessly through the phone.

“It was very important for us to demonstrate the wide range of potential applications for our advanced light sensing technology through the creation of various prototypes, including the flexible and transparent bracelet, the health patch integrated on a mobile phone and the UV monitoring patch for sun exposure. They have shown to be versatile and efficient due to these unique features,” reports Dr. Emre Ozan Polat, first author of this publication.

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LAMY 2000 Fountain pen Sat, 14 Sep 2019 04:22:28 +0000 The LAMY 2000 has been writing design history since 1966. As a timeless classic it is still one of the most modern writing instruments today. Made of fibreglass polycarbonate, exclusive woods or matt stainless steel. The LAMY 2000 is available as a piston.

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Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us Sat, 14 Sep 2019 03:24:56 +0000

“No organisms are more important to life as we know it than algae. In Slime, Ruth Kassinger gives this under-appreciated group its due. The result is engaging, occasionally icky, and deeply informative.”

Elizabeth Kolbert, New York Times-bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winner The Sixth Extinction

“A book full of delights and surprises. Algae are the hidden rulers of our world, giving us oxygen, food, and energy. This is a beautiful evocation of the many ways that our past and future are entangled in their emerald strands.”

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Solving the Schrödinger equation with deep learning Sat, 14 Sep 2019 03:22:30 +0000

The code used below is on GitHub.

In this project, we’ll be solving a problem familiar to any physics undergrad — using the Schrödinger equation to find the quantum ground state of a particle in a 1-dimensional box with a potential. However, we’re going to tackle this old standby with a new method: deep learning. Specifically, we’ll use the TensorFlow package to set up a neural network and then train it on random potential functions and their numerically calculated solutions.

Why reinvent the wheel (ground state)? Sure, it’s fun to see a new tool added to the physics problem-solving toolkit, and I needed the practice with TensorFlow. But there’s a far more compelling answer. We know basically everything there is to know about this topic already. The neural network, however, doesn’t know any physics. Crudely speaking, it just finds patterns. Suppose we examine the relative strength of connections between input neurons and output. The structure therein could give us some insight into how the universe “thinks” about this problem. Later, we can apply deep learning to a physics problem where the underlying theory is unknown. By looking at the innards of that neural network, we might learn something new about fundamental physical principles that would otherwise remain obscured from our view. Therein lies the true power of this approach: peering into the mind of the universe itself.

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This AI can pass a 12th-grade standardized science test Sat, 14 Sep 2019 02:42:26 +0000

But no, it’s not as smart as a high school student.

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Hacking at Quantum Speed with Shor’s Algorithm Fri, 13 Sep 2019 22:42:27 +0000


Classical computers struggle to crack modern encryption. But quantum computers using Shor’s Algorithm make short work of RSA cryptography. Find out how.

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The new genetics of intelligence Fri, 13 Sep 2019 22:22:36 +0000

Recent genome-wide association studies have catapulted the search for genes underlying human intelligence into a new era. Genome-wide polygenic scores promise to transform research on individual differences in intelligence, but not without societal and ethical implications, as the authors discuss in this Review.

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More than 500 Intelligence Genes Discovered Fri, 13 Sep 2019 22:03:07 +0000

Are humans born with “intelligence” genes, or is human intelligence determined by environmental factors, such as economic status or easy access to education?

When a team of researchers set out to answer this question, they discovered that more than 500 genes were associated with intelligence. The results, published in Nature Genetics, indicate that intelligence is much more complex than previously thought.

Intelligence, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the ability to learn new information and apply it to different situations. Despite this simple definition, many elements of intelligence are difficult to nail down.

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Cryotechnology in Diagnosing and Treating Lung Diseases Fri, 13 Sep 2019 22:02:27 +0000”>* Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.”>†Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Section of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest or other disclosures.

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Meet the pioneers running Kyrgyzstan’s all-woman space agency Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:43:42 +0000

In a country where women are seen first and foremost as wives and mothers, Kyrgyzstan’s all-female space agency defies expectations. Aged between 18 and 24, the eight-woman team are building a one-kilo satellite that will be the country’s first foray into the cosmos as an independent state. Based in Bishkek, they told The Calvert Journal what this project means for them— and thousands of girls like them.

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New gene therapy helps stroke patients develop new neurons Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:43:11 +0000

Ischemic stroke is a condition in which parts of the brain lose their blood supply, causing nerve damage. Once brain tissue suffers irreparable harm, the patient will experience irreversible disability or death, depending on the extent of neuronal loss. However, glial cells surrounding the neurons are activated by the injury and multiply. Now, scientists have found out how to insert genes into glial cells to convert them into neurons, thus filling in for some of the lost functioning cells to improve motor functions.

There are about 86 billion neurons in the brain, but billions of them can be lost with one moderate-sized stroke. About 800,000 new strokes occur each year in the US alone. The need is to regenerate new brain cells to replace the ones that die, at least partially. This is the only known way to restore motor functions that have been impaired or destroyed by a stroke or other brain injury.

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Will Your Uploaded Mind Still Be You? Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:42:26 +0000

The day is coming when we will be able to scan our entire consciousness into a computer. How will we coexist with our digital replicas?

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Atomic Lighter Reviews Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:23:48 +0000

Atomic Lighter is a type of plasma lighter that creates ignition using two electrical arcs, without the need for potentially dangerous fluids or open flames.

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Under Armour Fat Tire GTX Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:23:31 +0000

The Under Armour Fat Tire GTX uses cutting-edge technology to help you tackle any trail. Taking design inspiration from off-road fat tire bikes, these boots are built on a Michelin outsole with a Wild Gripper rubber compound for excellent traction on a wide variety of terrain. A breathable GORE-TEX membrane provides total waterproof protection, and the UA Charged foam cushioning system delivers ultimate energy return and impact protection. The BOA speed closure system uses a unique click and turn dial and stainless steel laces to lock your feet in place faster than regular laces. These boots also feature a Cupron copper-infused sockliner that wipes out odor-causing bacteria to keep feet fresh. Built with composite textile and foam construction, these comfortable boots won’t let anything stand in your way on the trail.

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Panasonic Introduces Vacuum-Insulated Refrigerator Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:03:29 +0000

Panasonic has introduced what may be the first vacuum-panel-insulated refrigerator in the world. The 17.7 ft3 (501 l) NR-F503TE refrigerator-freezer, introduced in late 2008 in Japan, is insulated with Panasonic’s U-VacuaIV vacuum panels that consist of multiple layers of glass fibers and aluminum films sealed into a vacuum panel. The refrigerator-freezer uses 350 kWh per year, according to the company’s Japanese website (about 25% better than the U.S. federal standard). A larger, 21.3 ft3 (603 l) model, the NR-F603T, uses 440 kWh per year. EBN was unable to learn what type of refrigerant is used except that it is “non-CFC.” Whether the product will be introduced in North America is also not known.

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Bringing light to a halt: Physicists freeze motion of light for a minute Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:03:05 +0000 Circa 2013 o.o

Physicists have been able to stop something that has the greatest possible speed and that never really stops: light. A decade ago, physicists stopped it very for a short moment. In recent years, this extended towards stop times of a few seconds for simple light pulses in extremely cold gases and special crystals. But now the same researchers extended the possible duration and applications for freezing the motion of light considerably. The physicists stopped light for about one minute. They were also able to save images that were transferred by the light pulse into the crystal for a minute — a million times longer than previously possible.


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New York Uncovers $1 Billion in Sackler Family Wire Transfers Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:02:50 +0000


In a court filing, the state attorney general’s office says that it has found new account transfers by family members who own Purdue Pharma, the maker of opioids.

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Brain chips could soon give people superintelligence Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:42:49 +0000

Brain-to-computer interfaces and intelligence boosting chips implanted in the brain could soon make their way out of the realms of science fiction and into reality.

Already, some of the biggest tech giants in the industry like Elon Musk and Facebook are working to create brain-computer interfaces.

CBS Chicago recently spoke to Dr. Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University, who is currently developing a non-invasive computer chip that when implanted in the brain could give an individual super intelligence.

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The missing ‘puzzle’ page of Einstein’s unified theory of everything found Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:42:30 +0000

Over 100 new pages of Einstein’s writings, including long-lost calculations, have been made public.

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This New Dye Changes Color When Exposed to UV Light Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:23:05 +0000

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New A.I. application can write its own code Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:02:44 +0000

Circa 2018

Teaching artificial intelligence to code and create software has been a holy grail of the field. The new system, which you can see in action for yourself, is a step in that direction.

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Everything you need to know about superintelligence Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:02:28 +0000

Basically when the superintelligence happens essentially it could solve m theory in almost seconds.

The concept of superintelligence, the brainchild of Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom, has been predicted to change humanity as we know it today. Here’s all you need to know about superintelligence.

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Explore 100 Billion Realistic Galaxies with Space Engine Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:42:34 +0000

Space Engine is a free-to-download, procedurally generated simulator that’s ten years in the making. Despite the incomprehensible size of the game’s universe, it was developed by one man. But now, he says, he can’t do it alone.

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Newly discovered comet is likely interstellar visitor Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:24:01 +0000

A newly discovered comet has excited the astronomical community this week because it appears to have originated from outside the solar system. The object—designated C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) — was discovered on Aug. 30, 2019, by Gennady Borisov at the MARGO observatory in Nauchnij, Crimea. The official confirmation that comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar comet has not yet been made, but if it is interstellar, it would be only the second such object detected. The first, Oumuamua, was observed and confirmed in October 2017.

The new comet, C/2019 Q4, is still inbound toward the Sun, but it will remain farther than the orbit of Mars and will approach no closer to Earth than about 190 million miles (300 million kilometers).

After the initial detections of the comet, Scout system, which is located at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, automatically flagged the as possibly being interstellar. Davide Farnocchia of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at JPL worked with astronomers and the European Space Agency’s Near-Earth Object Coordination Center in Frascati, Italy, to obtain additional observations. He then worked with the NASA-sponsored Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to estimate the comet’s precise trajectory and determine whether it originated within our or came from elsewhere in the galaxy.

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Scientists create a nanomaterial that is both twisted and untwisted at the same time Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:23:24 +0000

A new nanomaterial developed by scientists at the University of Bath could solve a conundrum faced by scientists probing some of the most promising types of future pharmaceuticals.

Scientists who study the nanoscale—with molecules and materials 10,000 smaller than a pinhead—need to be able to test the way that some molecules twist, known as their , because mirror image molecules with the same structure can have very different properties. For instance one kind of molecule smells of lemons when it twists in one direction, and oranges when twisted the other way.

Detecting these twists is especially important in some high-value industries such as pharmaceuticals, perfumes, food additives and pesticides.

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A cancer-linked chemical has been found in heartburn medications. Here’s what you need to know Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:22:57 +0000

Heartburn drug Zantac has been found to be contaminated with low levels of a cancer-linked chemical. This is the same contaminant that lead to multiple recalls of blood pressure drugs.

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A Mother-Daughter Duo Develops What Could Be The World’s First Alzheimer’s Vaccine Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:22:42 +0000

Mei Mei Hu vowed to never work with her mother, Chang Yi, but she knew this was bigger than the both of them.

Having a loved one not recognize you, or forget a shared experience can be heartbreaking but that’s what Alzheimer’s does to you. We are, ultimately, nothing but the sum of our memories and experiences, so to lose the ability to remember is to lose one’s identity. Alzheimer’s is currently the sixth-largest cause for death in the United States with over 5.8 million Americans diagnosed with the memory loss disease. After 200 unsuccessful attempts worldwide to find a drug that treats Alzheimer’s, a mother-daughter duo is now close to finding a vaccine, according to Wired.

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Mysterious waves have been pulsing across Oklahoma Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:04:54 +0000

A buzz that rocked the state all summer sent geologists on a labyrinthine chase—and unearthed new mysteries about how energy moves through land and air.

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A space elevator to the moon could be doable — and surprisingly cheap Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:02:24 +0000

Proposed “Spaceline” space elevator to the moon could be feasible, and could simplify efforts to mine raw materials from the lunar surface.

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Toyota Wants to Slather Solar Panels All Over Its Prius Hybrid Fri, 13 Sep 2019 18:42:24 +0000

Since July, Toyota has been working on a brand-new design. It features special, much higher efficiency solar panels that are mounted on the hood, roof and even hatchback of the car, charging the car’s batteries even when it’s moving.

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The new solar system could allow the Prius to cover 50 kilometers, four days a week, on solar alone, Bloomberg reports.

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Felix does it AGAIN! Another epic WORLD RECORD from the 53 year old strongman! Fri, 13 Sep 2019 18:24:38 +0000

53 year old Felix does it again! 3 world records in one year! What an absolute legend! Competing against guys half his age, it’s another win for old man strength!

Come and see Felix compete LIVE on the Giants Live World’s Strongest Man Qualifying Tour! Tickets:

The full livesteam of the show will be available to watch only on

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Toyota Is Trying to Figure Out How to Make a Car Run Forever Fri, 13 Sep 2019 18:24:23 +0000 Put together the best solar panels money can buy, super-efficient batteries and decades of car-making know-how and, theoretically, a vehicle might run forever.

That’s the audacious motivation behind a project by Toyota Motor Corp., Sharp Corp. and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan, or NEDO, to test a Prius that could revolutionize transportation.

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Morgan Levine at Ending Age-Related Diseases 2019 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:24:40 +0000

Today, we’re offering another talk from Ending Age-Related Diseases 2019, our highly successful two-day conference that featured talks from leading researchers and investors, bringing them together to discuss the future of aging and rejuvenation biotechnology.

In her talk, Morgan Levine of the Yale School of Medicine discussed epigenetic biomarkers in detail, discussing the ways in which co-methylation networks provide insight into senescent cells and other facets of biological age.

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Getting Ready for Launch Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:24:14 +0000

In the 50 years since the moon landing, humanity has made tremendous leaps in technology. But how close are we to turning our sci-fi aspirations—from space colonies to asteroid mining—into reality? (Partner content)

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Lab-Grown Human Mini Brains Show Brainy Activity Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:22:23 +0000

As the little structures grow, their constituents specialize into different types of brain cells, begin to form connections and emit brain waves. They could be useful models for development and neurological conditions.

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It’s not easy to study the early development of the human brain.

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Researchers Have Issued A Serious Bitcoin Security Warning Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:02:15 +0000

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency adoption has failed to live up to expectations over recent years and fears around scams, fraud, and theft have not helped.

The bitcoin price, after its epic 2017 bull run, slumped last year– though has rebounded in 2019, climbing back above $10,000 per bitcoin.

Now, researchers have warned a staggering four out of the first five results returned when asking Google for a “bitcoin qr generator” led to scam websites–potentially furthering negative public perception around bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

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The Brave New World of Sports Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:42:39 +0000

I’m excited to share my new article for The New York Times on the brave new world of #cyborg ability and coming #transhumanism sports:

I wonder whether the sporting industry might create some new competitions where — just like technology — performance-enhancing drugs are encouraged. Innovations like the new oxygen-infused injection, which might one day allow humans to hold their breath for 15 to 30 minutes, could allow competitive free divers to reach new depths, showing just how far the human body can go.

Critics will complain that the human body was not designed to compete using enhancements and that it violates the code given to us by the ancient Greeks and their first Olympics Games, where “arête,” or excellence and moral virtue, was cherished. As a longtime competitive athlete, I appreciate the sportsmanship angle; but I also think that in the 21st century we can develop both the drugs and the technology to see humans compete in new sporting events that are even more exciting than their predecessors.

It’s hard to imagine the public wouldn’t want to see swimmers with fingers surgically webbed together to act like paddles, or weight lifters using short-lasting adrenaline shots, or 150-mile-per-hour baseball pitches thrown from bionic limbs.

Drugs and performance-enhancing technology would not have to challenge any existing sporting competitions and their cultures. It would simply be a new category of sports with different athletes. And like the Cybathlon, these types of competition do more than just entertain — they lead the way forward for the medical and transhumanist industries seeking to improve the human being. Competitions would be pilgrimages for medical professionals and entrepreneurs looking to buy and possibly mass produce the latest unique technologies.

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Doug Ethell at Ending Age-Related Diseases 2019 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:42:26 +0000

We’re continuing to release talks from Ending Age-Related Diseases 2019, our highly successful two-day conference that featured talks from leading researchers and investors, bringing them together to discuss the future of aging and rejuvenation biotechnology.

Today, we’re releasing a talk from Dr. Doug Ethell, who announced his company’s efforts to combat Alzheimer’s disease, describing where and how this neurodegenerative disease starts and discussing his company’s work on developing therapies for the cribiform plate, which naturally clears amyloid-forming proteins from the brain before they aggregate.

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Prof. Dr. Collin Ewald — ETH Zürich — Extracellular Matrix and Healthy Aging — IdeaXme Show — Ira Pastor Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:13:15 +0000 ]]> 0 Dr. Anthony Atala — Wake Forest School of Medicine — Organ Bio-Printing — IdeaXme Show — Ira Pastor Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:09:23 +0000 ]]> 0 Over Next Three Years, Employees will Need Reskilling as AI Takes Jobs Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:02:32 +0000

IBM HR Director Diane Gherson says that over the next three years, 120 million workers will need retraining as artificial intelligence continues to take jobs.

Artificial intelligence is obviously ready to get started. Over the next three years, about 120 million workers from the 12 largest economies in the world may need to undergo retraining due to advances in artificial intelligence and intelligent automation, according to a study published on Friday by the IBM Institute of Business Value. However, less than half of the CEOs surveyed by IBM said they had the resources needed to bridge the skills gap caused by these new technologies.

Concerns about how AI successes will affect work are not new. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said last month that AI could make many jobs “pointless”. In one report earlier this year, it was discovered that robots could replace people with a quarter of US jobs by 2030.

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New Test to Measure The Expansion of Our Universe Provides Even More Puzzling Results Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:42:37 +0000

Advances in astronomical observation over the past century have allowed scientists to construct a remarkably successful model of how the cosmos works. It makes sense – the better we can measure something, the more we learn.

But when it comes to the question of how fast our Universe is expanding, some new cosmological measurements are making us ever more confused.

Since the 1920s we’ve known that the Universe is expanding – the more distant a galaxy is, the faster it is moving away from us. In fact, in the 1990s, the rate of expansion was found to be accelerating.

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Brain-inspired computing could tackle big problems in a small way Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:22:25 +0000

While computers have become smaller and more powerful and supercomputers and parallel computing have become the standard, we are about to hit a wall in energy and miniaturization. Now, Penn State researchers have designed a 2-D device that can provide more than yes-or-no answers and could be more brainlike than current computing architectures.

“Complexity scaling is also in decline owing to the non-scalability of traditional von Neumann computing architecture and the impending ‘Dark Silicon’ era that presents a severe threat to multi-core processor technology,” the researchers note in today’s (Sept 13) online issue of Nature Communications.

The Dark Silicon era is already upon us to some extent and refers to the inability of all or most of the devices on a computer chip to be powered up at once. This happens because of too much heat generated from a . Von Neumann architecture is the standard structure of most modern computers and relies on a digital approach—” yes” or “no” answers—where program instruction and data are stored in the same memory and share the same communications channel.

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