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Mar 22, 2017

Breaking the Supermassive Black Hole Speed limit

Posted by in categories: computing, cosmology

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials. “Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow,” said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, “The relatively recent discovery of supermassive black holes in the early development of the universe raised a fundamental question, how did they get so big so fast?”

Using computer codes developed at Los Alamos for modeling the interaction of matter and radiation related to the Lab’s stockpile stewardship mission, Smidt and colleagues created a simulation of collapsing stars that resulted in supermassive black holes forming in less time than expected, cosmologically speaking, in the first billion years of the universe. “It turns out that while supermassive black holes have a growth speed limit, certain types of massive stars do not,” said Smidt. “We asked, what if we could find a place where stars could grow much faster, perhaps to the size of many thousands of suns; could they form supermassive black holes in less time?” A video about the discovery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD4xECbHx_I&feature=youtu.be

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Mar 22, 2017

Aerospace start-ups pitch futuristic concepts to military defense, private companies in El Segundo

Posted by in categories: business, drones, military, space

Ten of the most promising new regional aerospace start-up companies descended on El Segundo on Tuesday to pitch their futuristic concepts for the next wave of industry advancement, from orbiting cell towers in space to drones that communicate with each other.

The event, organized by new-tech business support company Starburst Accelerator, was held at The Aerospace Corp., the research and development arm of the adjacent Los Angeles Air Force Base.

Such meetings between legacy aerospace companies and energetic up-and-comers are becoming commonplace, as the industry works to keep up with a flood of technological advancements propelling the commercialization of low-Earth orbit.

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Mar 22, 2017

Polyurea Coating Makes Things Unbreakable

Posted by in category: futurism

This coating makes things nearly indestructible.

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Mar 22, 2017

This Mesmerising Time-Lapse of Cell Division Is Real, and It’s Spectacular

Posted by in category: futurism

This is life.

BEC CREW

22 MAR 2017

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Mar 22, 2017

Europe has a five year project to scale up molecular biocomputers which could outperform quantum computers

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, security

Electronic computers are extremely powerful at performing a high number of operations at very high speeds, sequentially. However, they struggle with combinatorial tasks that can be solved faster if many operations are performed in parallel.


The EU Horizon 2020 has launched Bio4Comp, a five-year €6.1M project to build more powerful and safer biocomputers that could outperform quantum computing.

The Bio4Comp project has the ambitious goal of building a computer with greater processing speed and lower energy consumption than any of the most advanced computers existing today. Ultimately, this could translate into enabling large, error-free security software to be fast enough for practical use, potentially wiping out all current security concerns.

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Mar 22, 2017

Web-based counseling lowers blood pressure as much as meds: study

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

People who received regular lifestyle counseling online were able to lower their blood pressure as much as a medication would, researchers said Saturday.

Their study involved 264 people with and an average age of 58.

The subjects’ average blood pressure began at around 140/90 mmHg, meaning they had what is clinically known as stage 1 hypertension.

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Mar 22, 2017

Researchers find a way to reverse antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

A team of researchers from Sweden, France, Belgium and Switzerland has found a way to reverse resistance to an antibiotic drug used to treat tuberculosis. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they screened compounds that activated different pathways to activate ethionaide, a compound used to treat tuberculosis.

The researchers are currently working with GlaxoSmithKline and Biotech Bioversys to further develop the small prototype molecule into a drug that can be mass produced and sold.


(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers from Sweden, France, Belgium and Switzerland has found a way to reverse resistance to an antibiotic drug used to treat tuberculosis. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they screened compounds that activated different pathways to activate ethionaide, a compound used to treat tuberculosis.

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Mar 22, 2017

A map of open innovation practices — By Eugene Ivanov | Innovation Observer

Posted by in category: innovation

“A problem that I see with the current literature on open innovation is that while focusing predominantly on theoretical aspects of the concept (value proposition, strategic alignments, governance and management, human capital and culture), it pays little attention to the description of specific open innovation practices.”

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Mar 22, 2017

You Can Watch the First Five Minutes of Ghost in the Shell Right Here

Posted by in category: entertainment

So, what does everyone think so far?


Whatever else might be true of the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, it’s also true that the filmmakers have put as much of the budget on the screen as humanly possible. And as you can tell when you watch the film’s opening scene—available here and now for your viewing pleasure—it has paid off, at least in in the visuals department.

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Mar 22, 2017

Of man and machine: The evolution of transhumanism

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution, transhumanism

Really good article by Dr. Kristin Kostick at Bayor College of Medicine. I’m excited to see #transhumanism spreading!


Dr. Kristin Kostick discusses LVADs, transhumanism, and how the integration of our bodies with technology can lead to longer, healthier lives.

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