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Jul 24, 2015

HUMANS

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

A reminder: HUMANS premieres in the U.S. Sunday June 28, 2015 at 9PM EDT on AMC. This eight-part drama series takes place in a parallel present, featuring the Synth — a highly developed, artificially intelligent android servant.

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Jul 24, 2015

NASA discovers first near-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone around a Sun-like star

Posted by in category: space

This artist’s concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter (credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)

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Jul 24, 2015

The CRISPR craze: genome editing technologies poised to revolutionize medicine and industry

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Genome editing by engineered Cas9 systems (credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers) CRISPR/Cas systems for genome editing have revolutionized biological research over the past three years, and their ability to make targeted changes in DNA sequences in living cells with relative ease and affordability is now being applied to clinical medicine and will have a significant impact on advances in drug and other therapies, agriculture, and food products.

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Jul 24, 2015

Car Hacking Forces Recall Of 1.4 Million Jeeps, Rams, Dodges and Chryslers

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Fiat-Chrysler said today it was launching a voluntary recall of 1.4 million vehicles after a Jeep Cherokee was hacked remotely for the first time.

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Jul 24, 2015

New Horizons says goodbye to Pluto with beautiful high-resolution photos

Posted by in categories: space, space travel

Our time with Pluto may have come to end for now, but NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft still has a few parting shots for us. The probe sent back these breathtaking photographs of Pluto in even higher resolution, as well as one final image of the planet in silhouette. These are the last images we’ll get from Pluto until September, as it will take NASA a few months to downlink the bulk of the data gathered by the spacecraft.

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Jul 24, 2015

What would happen if a massive comet crashed into the sun?

Posted by in category: futurism

Most comets that brush past the sun end with a whimper, but if a big one plunges into the sun it could go out with a bang.

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Jul 24, 2015

What is water worth? — By Giorgis Kallis | Forbes India

Posted by in categories: economics, environmental, policy

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The traditional framing of the issue is a choice between accepting the power of markets and ‘playing their game’ to win environmental concessions vs. the purist perspective of saying No to any hint of money or markets in environmental policy.
In this article we will describe the positions of two relatively new fields of study—Ecological Economics and Political Ecology—in an effort to redefine the terms of the choice and chart a path for a pragmatic approach.

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Jul 24, 2015

Japan is building solar energy plants on abandoned golf courses—and the idea is spreading — Steve Mollman | Quartz

Posted by in category: solar power

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“[Kyocera] announced an even larger project that will begin construction next year in the Kagoshima prefecture on land that had been designated for a golf course more than 30 years ago but subsequently abandoned. The 92-megawatt plant will include more than 340,000 solar modules and is expected to generate nearly 100,000 megawatt hours per year, or enough to power about 30,500 households when it goes operational in 2018.” Read more

Jul 24, 2015

Smart Bricks

Posted by in category: habitats

Kite Bricks is developing a revolutionary product that will change the way we build houses, buildings, bridges and sidewalks. From now on structures will be real thermal, much stronger and very cheap & fast to build.

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Jul 24, 2015

You’ll soon get 10TB SSDs thanks to new memory tech

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics, engineering

SSDs and other flash memory devices will soon get cheaper and larger thanks to big announcements from Toshiba and Intel. Both companies revealed new “3D NAND” memory chips that are stacked in layers to pack in more data, unlike single-plane chips currently used. Toshiba said that it’s created the world’s first 48-layer NAND, yielding a 16GB chip with boosted speeds and reliability. The Japanese company invented flash memory in the first place and has the smallest NAND cells in the world at 15nm. Toshiba is now giving manufacturers engineering samples, but products using the new chips won’t arrive for another year or so.

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