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Jan 17, 2020

Google’s Sycamore beats top supercomputer to achieve ‘quantum supremacy’

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, supercomputing

The achievement is an important milestone in quantum computing, Google’s scientists said.

Jan 17, 2020

Damon’s Hypersport AI Boosts Motorcycle Safety

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

For all its pure-electric acceleration and range and its ability to shapeshift, the Hypersport motorcycle shown off last week at CES by Vancouver, Canada-based Damon Motorcycles matters for just one thing: It’s the first chopper swathed in active safety systems.

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Jan 17, 2020

Microsoft’s AI bot XiaoIce to create 999 virtual women

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

After Samsung’s artificial humans, Microsoft is experimenting with customized social bots as emotional companions.

Jan 17, 2020

Avoiding ageing’s 4 deadly killers — Cardiovascular Disease (Part 1)

Posted by in category: aging

If you’re like me — you’re excited about the imminent increases to our healthspan that longevity technologies will soon offer us. However, if you want to stick around long enough to take advantage of all of the soon-to-be available lifespan and healthspan boosting technologies, you need to make sure you don’t die in the process!

How will you die? The four deadly killers

Ever since science effectively cured infectious disease through antibiotics, vaccinations and the like, there has been a distinct shift in what kills humans to the four deadly killers, which are considered ‘age related diseases’. These are — cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease, metabolic disease and cancer. If you manage to escape the most likely causes of death as a young person, which are largely accidental accidental death (mostly car accidents), homicide or mental illness related (suicide) — then it is most likely that one of those four deadly killers will end your life.

But here’s the good news — there’s a growing body of immediately actionable longevity technologies that you can engage with to offset your risk of dying of these diseases. In a series of posts on the topic, I’m going to cover a few key resources at your disposal for minimising your risk for each of these four categories. First-up, cardiovascular disease.

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Jan 17, 2020

Belgian brain doctor awarded for easing coma survivors’ return

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Not all patients who fall into a coma return, and when they do it can mark a moment of joy for their loved ones—but their troubles are rarely over.

Often, brain damage leaves them paralysed or unable to communicate.

Belgian neurologist Steven Laureys has dedicated himself to the question of how to improve the lives of the formerly comatose, and of their families.

Jan 17, 2020

Cows talk to each about how they feel, study finds

Posted by in category: futurism

Academic dubs research similar to ‘Google translate’ for cattle.

Jan 17, 2020

Strange Objects Found at The Galactic Centre Are Like Nothing Else in The Milky Way

Posted by in category: cosmology

There’s something really weird in the centre of the Milky Way.

The vicinity of a supermassive black hole is a pretty weird place to start with, but astronomers have found six objects orbiting Sagittarius A that are unlike anything in the galaxy. They are so peculiar that they have been assigned a brand-new class — what astronomers are calling G objects.

The original two objects — named G1 and G2 — first caught the eye of astronomers nearly two decades ago, with their orbits and odd natures gradually pieced together over subsequent years. They seemed to be giant gas clouds 100 astronomical units across, stretching out longer when they got close to the black hole, with gas and dust emission spectra.

Jan 17, 2020

Cold fusion: A potential energy gamechanger

Posted by in categories: energy, humor

Think it’s a failure, a joke? Think again. Big investors are positioning themselves, Japan & US in the lead.

Jan 17, 2020

Massive asteroid ‘could be dangerous to life on Earth’ if it breaks up

Posted by in category: space

A massive mile-long double asteroid linked to a one-inch meteor that streaked a fireball over Japan three years ago could threaten humanity in millions of years if it eventually breaks up, scientists wrote in a report published Monday.

“The potential breakup of the rock could be dangerous to life on Earth,” Toshihiro Kasuga, a visiting scientist at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and Kyoto Sangyo University, said in a release Wednesday, according to CNET. “Those resulting asteroids could hit the Earth in the next 10 million years or so.”

The findings were first reported in The Astronomical Journal Monday.

Jan 17, 2020

Google to phase out ‘cookies’

Posted by in category: internet

WASHINGTON: Google is planning to “render obsolete” a key tool advertisers use to track people around the web, increasing user privacy but also disrupting the marketers and publishers who rely on the search giant’s ad products.

“Over the next two years Google intends to stop supporting third-party cookies in its Chrome browser,’’ the Alphabet Inc unit said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Cookies are little bits of code that stick in peoples’ browsers and follow them around the web and are a core part of the online advertising landscape. They allow advertisers to target people with ads for websites they previously visited and make it easier to determine how effective certain ads were in getting internet surfers to buy something.