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Sep 24, 2016

11 Most Fascinating 3D Printed Houses In The World

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats

A 3D printed house, does it really exist? Here are the most fascinating 3D printed houses in the world, from tiny town cabins to an entire village.

“What’s wrong with brick and mortar, glass and concrete?”, you might ask. “Why to build a 3D printed house?” Apart from the obvious answer – because we can -, there are various good reasons for using 3D printing methods in constructing buildings:

Sep 20, 2016

‘Radiation shield’ found hidden in water bear genome

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, habitats

Tardigrades, tiny aquatic creatures found in habitats from backyard ponds to Antarctic glaciers, are tough enough to survive the radiation-fraught perils of space. But for a long time, scientists couldn’t agree on why the animals—also known as water bears—are so hardy. Now, researchers have identified a gene that protects the tardigrades’ DNA from radiation, BBC reports. The gene, called Dsup, showed its importance when researchers inserted it into human DNA strands and blasted them with x-rays. The modified genetic material suffered significantly less damage, they report today in. Scientists hope this finding will help them one day protect another animal—us—against radiation.

Sep 16, 2016

MRI scanner sees emotions flickering across an idle mind

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, habitats, neuroscience

As you relax and let your mind drift aimlessly, you might remember a pleasant vacation, an angry confrontation in traffic or maybe the loss of a loved one.

And now a team of researchers at Duke University say they can see those various emotional states flickering across the human brain.

“It’s getting to be a bit like mind-reading,” said Kevin LaBar, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke. “Earlier studies have shown that functional MRI can identify whether a person is thinking about a face or a house. Our study is the first to show that specific emotions like fear and anger can be decoded from these scans as well.”

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Sep 8, 2016

Elon Musk is Looking to Kickstart Transhuman Evolution With “Brain Hacking” Tech

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, evolution, habitats, neuroscience, robotics/AI, singularity, sustainability, transhumanism

Elon Musk has recently hinted that he may be working on a “neural lace,” a mesh of electronics that will allow AI and the brain to work together. This could help human brains keep up with future enhancements in AI.

There’s no doubt that Elon Musk is one busy individual. When not playing on the Tesla factory floor, he may be bringing electric roofs to electric vehicles, or dreaming up the Hyperloop, or toying with the future of AI.

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Sep 7, 2016

The first ever copies of the ‘world’s most mysterious book’ are about to be released

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A Spanish publishing house has finally been given permission to make exact copies of the Voynich Manuscript — a 15th century book written in a mysterious coded language that no one has cracked.

For centuries, scientists have been trying to decipher the text. Some of the world’s best cryptographers have dedicated their lives to solving the puzzle — but no one’s even gotten close. Now, with almost 900 copies about to go into circulation, we might finally get some answers.

“The Voynich Manuscript has led some of the smartest people down rabbit holes for centuries,” Bill Sherman from the Folger Shakespeare Library told The Washington Post in 2014, when he was about to open an exhibit on the text.

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Sep 7, 2016

Quantum Physics Proves That Death Is An Illusion

Posted by in categories: habitats, quantum physics

Hmmm; a walk on the bizarre side.


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Sep 5, 2016

Star Possibly Housing a ‘Dyson Sphere’ Discovered

Posted by in categories: alien life, habitats

European and American scientists discover a star that may possibly be orbited by alien megastructures.

Senior Astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)  Institute says that receiving messages from alien civilizations would have profound consequences for human civilization on earth.

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Sep 4, 2016

VR real estate tours

Posted by in categories: habitats, virtual reality

Realtors are taking home sales beyond glossy pictures and into virtual reality.


Realtors are taking home sales beyond glossy pictures and into virtual reality: http://cnnmon.ie/2bSdIjt

Sep 1, 2016

Disrupted Housing — new materials for 3D and 4D printing bring disruption to the construction business

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, 4D printing, business, habitats

Self printed, self healing houses now possible.

Disrupted Commentary.

We’ve been writing about the positive disruption potentially caused by 3D printing since we started this blog in 2014. The key to making it commercial viable has been materials science developments and such is the rate of advance 3D printing is now being used to print car parts. Now we’re moving into materials science that allows self healing buildings – from 3dprint; “Magic is a recurring thing in the 3D printing industry. It’s quite challenging—and exhilarating all at once—the first time you put one of the machines into action for yourself, watching a project go from start to finish. To see that you can decide on something you want, and then have it appear in front of you is startling, euphoria-inducing, and downright addicting. Add to that the sheer simplicity of how it all works, and the brain is further boggled. But none of this compares to the true magic of this technology—all emanating from human minds.

Sep 1, 2016

Engineers give new meaning to the phrase ‘cool clothes’

Posted by in categories: climatology, energy, engineering, habitats, sustainability

Cannot wait for this material so that I can finally enjoy my run in the park near my US home in August.


WASHINGTON — Engineers have created clothing for a warming world — a fabric that allows your body heat to escape far better than other materials do.

It hasn’t been worn or tested by humans, so outside experts caution this is far from a sure thing, but a team at Stanford University engineered a fabric using nano technology that not only allows moisture to leave the body better, but helps infrared radiation escape better. As a result, they say in Thursday’s journal Science, the body should feel around 4.8 degrees (2.7 degrees Celsius) cooler than cotton and 3.8 degrees (2.1 degrees Celsius) chillier than commercially available synthetics.

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