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Jan 17, 2020

Elon Musk Says He’ll Put A Million People on Mars By 2050

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, employment, space travel

Musk: “There will be a lot of jobs on Mars!”

According to Musk, you’ll need a crazy amount of cargo capacity to build a human colony on a faraway planet.

“Megatons per year to orbit are needed for life to become multiplanetary,” he tweeted.

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Jan 17, 2020

DeepMind found an AI learning technique also works in human brains

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers at tech firm DeepMind have found that a learning technique used by AI is also used by dopamine neurons in the brain.

Jan 17, 2020

Antiaging Treatments that are Closest to FDA Approval

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

There are a few dozen antiaging rejuvenation treatments that are progressing through pre-clinical and clinical trials. is tracking the antiaging rejuvenation treatments on a rejuvenation roadmap.

Two treatments are in phase 3 clinical trial.

Jan 17, 2020

The CIA’s Secret Quest For Mind Control: Torture, LSD And A ‘Poisoner In Chief’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

‘Poisoner In Chief’ Details The CIA’s Secret Quest For Mind Control Journalist Stephen Kinzer reveals how CIA chemist Sidney Gottlieb worked in the 1950s and early ’60s to develop mind control drugs and deadly toxins that could be used against enemies.

Jan 17, 2020

Quantum properties of water discovered — water is like a hologram

Posted by in categories: holograms, quantum physics

Water is special even based on its simple physical properties since it is the only substance on earth that can be found in all three states (liquid, solid, gas). However, scientists at the US Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have discovered new properties of water that go beyond the known laws of classical physics says the scientific news portal.

Passes through solid walls.

Jan 17, 2020

Common foods can help ‘landscape’ the jungle of our gut microbiome

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers at San Diego State University have found a new way to harness food as medicine, which has far reaching implications to control harmful microbes in our gut while balancing microbial diversity by fostering the growth of beneficial bacteria.

Foods we eat commonly affect our gut microbiota. New research shows they do so by triggering the production of bacteriophage—viruses that infect and replicate inside bacteria. Compounds in these foods have an antimicrobial effect which causes the phage to replicate.

The researchers began by identifying which foods were antimicrobial, then analyzed them before narrowing it down to a shortlist. When examining growth curves of bacteria, they observed that while bacteria multiply over time, eventually their numbers plateau. However, if phages are activated, then bacterial growth stops altogether and their numbers drop dramatically until they’re depleted.

Jan 17, 2020

Microscopy technique reveals cells’ 3D ultrastructure in new detail

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Inside a cell, tentacled vesicles shuttle cargo for sorting. DNA rearranges in the nucleus as stem cells differentiate into neurons. Neighboring neurons cling to one another through a web-like interface. And a new microscopy technique shows it all, in exquisite detail.

The technique, called cryo-SR/EM, melds images captured from and super-resolution light microscopes, resulting in brilliant, clear detailed views of the inside of —in 3D.

For years, scientists have probed the microscopic world inside cells, developing new tools to view these basic units of life. But each tool comes with a tradeoff. Light microscopy makes it simple to identify specific cellular structures by tagging them with easy-to-see fluorescent molecules. With the development of super-resolution (SR) , these structures can be viewed with even greater clarity. But fluorescence can reveal only a few of the more than 10,000 proteins in a cell at a given time, making it difficult to understand how these few relate to everything else. Electron microscopy (EM), on the other hand, reveals all cellular structures in high-resolution pictures—but delineating one feature from all others by EM alone can be difficult because the space inside of cells is so crowded.

Jan 17, 2020

SpaceX will intentionally blow up rocket Saturday

Posted by in category: space travel

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WTHR) — SpaceX plans to intentionally blow up a rocket on Saturday morning.

The test is being conducted in advance of a piloted flight.

The test, which is scheduled for Saturday morning, will demonstrate the spacecraft’s capabilities to safely separate from the rocket in the event of an in-flight emergency.

Jan 17, 2020

Fossils of largest theropod to date found in Australia

Posted by in category: futurism

A team of researchers from the University of New England, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum and Swinburne University of Technology, all in Australia, has identified fossils found near Winton as remains of the largest theropod found to date in Australia. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes the bones they found and its likely species.

In 2017, a farmer in the central-western Queensland town of Winton discovered several fragmented bones on his property. Suspecting they might be , he contacted the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum. A team was assembled, and a dig was established. The researchers found 15 more limb and vertebrae fossils.

The fossils closely resembled Australovenator wintonesis—a species that was discovered in Australia in 2006. Theropods are a group of large, bipedal, —included in the group are both Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor. The newly found fossils are bigger than those of the specimen found in 2006, making it difficult to determine if the two specimens are the same species. The size suggests the creature was approximately two meters tall and five to seven meters long. The researchers are not ruling out the possibility that the fossils belong to an undiscovered species. But the larger size indicates that the find represents the largest known carnivore to have lived in Australia.

Jan 17, 2020

The Boring Company’s Las Vegas tunnel is nearly 50% done

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has made plenty of progress with its Las Vegas Convention Center people mover. The underground tunnel is now about 50% complete and around six football fields in length, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The Boring Company officially started tunneling for the people mover after a ceremonial groundbreaking event on November 15. In just two months, the project is nearly halfway completed.

The company’s Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) has been 40 feet underground for months and is working to drill two, one-mile-long tunnels. Boring Company began shipping portions of the TBM to the site in Las Vegas in September. Since then, the project has really started to take shape.