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Apr 28, 2016

Parallel Universes: Theories & Evidence

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, singularity

The concept is known as a “parallel universe,” and is a facet of the astronomical theory of the multiverse. There actually is quite a bit of evidence out there for a multiverse. First, it is useful to understand how our universe is believed to have come to be.

Around 13.7 billion years ago, simply speaking, everything we know of in the cosmos was an infinitesimal singularity. Then, according to the Big Bang theory, some unknown trigger caused it to expand and inflate in three-dimensional space. As the immense energy of this initial expansion cooled, light began to shine through. Eventually, the small particles began to form into the larger pieces of matter we know today, such as galaxies, stars and planets.

One big question with this theory is: are we the only universe out there. With our current technology, we are limited to observations within this universe because the universe is curved and we are inside the fishbowl, unable to see the outside of it (if there is an outside.)

Apr 28, 2016

Private Mars Missions: A Red Planet Exploration Roundup

Posted by in category: space travel

Here’s a brief look at the plans private organizations such as SpaceX and Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One have hatched to explore the Red Planet.

Apr 28, 2016

Tesla planning cheaper EV that ‘most people can afford’

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Turns out the Model 3 isn’t going to be Tesla’s most affordable model.

Teslas can cheaper?

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Apr 28, 2016

Researchers Identify Potential HIV Vaccine Possibility With ‘Looped’ Antibodies

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, computing

Scientists are now one step closer to neutralizing HIV.

In a study conducted at Vanderbilt University and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers isolated antibodies with a loop-like structure that binds tightly to HIV and disables it. Unlike traditional vaccines, which jump-start an immune response by exposing the patient to a pathogen, this newly discovered method could work even in people who have not previously been exposed to by the virus.

Using computer modeling, the researchers identified the amino acid sequences that bound most tightly to HIV and re-engineered them in an optimal sequence that simulated vaccination.

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Apr 28, 2016

At last: Non-toxic and cheap thin-film solar cells for ‘zero-energy’ buildings

Posted by in categories: engineering, entertainment, solar power, sustainability

‘Zero-energy’ buildings — which generate as much power as they consume — are now much closer after a team at Australia’s University of New South Wales achieved the world’s highest efficiency using flexible solar cells that are non-toxic and cheap to make.

Until now, the promise of ‘zero-energy’ buildings been held back by two hurdles: the cost of the thin-film solar cells (used in façades, roofs and windows), and the fact they’re made from scarce, and highly toxic, materials.

That’s about to change: the UNSW team, led by Dr Xiaojing Hao of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics at the UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, have achieved the world’s highest efficiency rating for a full-sized thin-film solar cell using a competing thin-film technology, known as CZTS.

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Apr 28, 2016

The Hover Camera will follow you around and record your entire life

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Zero Zero Robotics’ Hover Camera is a flying camera that can follow you around in the air and record your life.

Apr 28, 2016

Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

OpenAI wants to give away the 21st century’s most transformative technology. In the process, it could remake the way people make tech.

Apr 28, 2016

What lies beyond face-to-face and self-checkouts?

Posted by in category: futurism

Nice; however, would like to see intelligent shopping bags. Bags that are reusable and the digital fabric enables the screening & paying each item using this technology in this article as the item is placed in the bag. If you’re like me; I hate going to stores and malls; and only go to accomplish a pre-defined list of items and “you’re in then out” no wasting of time. So, having a bag that quickly captures the item and processes payment as your loading your bag is ideal.

The old checkout process is out and the new is in, via new apps that have the potential to transform the retail industry.

Apr 28, 2016

Chinese Search Engine Giant Baidu Intent On Bringing Self-Driving Cars To Reality

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Originally published on EV Obsession.

While it’s now widely realized that Google has been putting substantial amounts of its money into the development of autonomous driving technology over the last few years, it’s probably far less widely known that the Chinese equivalent of Google — Baidu, the top search engine company in China — has begun to do so as well.

Late last week, the company announced that it had formed a new self-driving vehicle team to be based in Silicon Valley — right in the same general “neighborhood” as Google, interestingly. The new team will be focused on the research, development, and real-world testing of autonomous technologies, according to a new press release.

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Apr 28, 2016

India to require panic buttons on phones

Posted by in categories: computing, economics, law enforcement, mobile phones, policy, security

New requirement if you’re a Smartphone device provider and trying to sell in India.

Starting next year, all mobile phones sold across India must include a panic button, local news outlets are reporting. In addition, by 2018, all cell phones need to come with a built-in GPS chip, so a person in trouble can be more easily found.

“Technology is solely meant to make human life better and what better than using it for the security of women,” communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a statement, according to The Economic Times. “I have taken a decision that from January 1, 2017, no cell phone can be sold without a provision for panic button and from January 1, 2018, mobile sets should have in-built GPS.”

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