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Jul 22, 2015

The 8 most innovative scientists in tech and engineering

Posted by in categories: engineering, innovation

Based on our list of the 50 groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world.

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Jul 22, 2015

Deep neural network program recognizes sketches more accurately than a human

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The Sketch-a-Net program successfully identified a seagull, pigeon, flying bird and standing bird better than humans. (Credit: QMUL, Mathias Eitz, James Hays and Marc Alexa)

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Jul 22, 2015

Stephen Hawking aliens theory may be right | Newsday

Posted by in category: alien life

Looking for aliens is really, really cool. But more cool would be finding them. And this obviously leads to the question, what if we catch E.T. watching “Guardians of the Galaxy” in a dark corner of our galaxy? What if we’re not alone? The philosophical consequences are worth intense contemplation.

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Jul 22, 2015

Star Wars VR Pitch Looks Like The Perfect Star Wars Game

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

Pitch accepted.

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Jul 22, 2015

Inside Windows Cortana: The Most Human AI Ever Built

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Microsoft wants Cortana to be the Alfred to your Batman — handling your communications and attending to your needs. We get up close and personal with one of the most human-like artificial-intelligence interfaces ever made.

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Jul 22, 2015

How Brain Implants (and Other Technology) Could Make the Death Penalty Obsolete

Posted by in categories: futurism, law, neuroscience

A new story on how coming technology may change our attitudes on the death penalty. This story was a feature on Vice yesterday, as well as Motherboard:.

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Jul 22, 2015

The Genesis Engine

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

This is the story of the most important biological discovery of the last 10 years. Will it be used for good, or evil, or everything in between?

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Jul 22, 2015

Renewable energy boom will mean vastly cheaper electricity

Posted by in categories: energy, solar power, sustainability

Renewable energy boom will mean vastly cheaper electricity

Renewable energy, combined with prolific battery storage, will soon result in vastly cheaper electricity — and solar power that’s less expensive than what fossil fuel-based power plants can produce.

Additionally, solar power with lithium-ion and flow-battery storage systems will make the combination of renewable energy so inexpensive that it will surpass nuclear power and obviate the need for futuristic power sources such as fusion, according to Tesla CTO JB Straubel.

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Jul 22, 2015

What Are The Roadblocks To More Renewables? — Bob Stojanovic and Dennis McKinley | CleanTechnica

Posted by in category: energy

“We have the technology to successfully integrate distributed, renewable energy with the grid to provide a reliable, seamless power source. That includes software that helps renewable-power providers better predict their output throughout the day and feed that information upstream to utilities so they can blend that power with their traditional generation portfolio…The real barrier to greater renewable use is less technological and more philosophical. People worry that connecting all these renewable sources to the grid will bring it down.” Read more

Jul 22, 2015

Research papers will be free to access, eventually – Nature’s Philip Campbell

Posted by in category: open access

Knowledge is Power and soon it’s going to be free and available to all. #Awesome

As university students we often take for granted the massive luxury of having access to unprecedented amounts of scientific articles. But accessing journals and papers can be prohibitively expensive for individuals or small organizations.

In the coming decade, science will become increasingly open-sourced. This will further democratize science and pave the way for powerful innovation.

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