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Jan 13, 2017

D-Wave Just Open-Sourced Quantum Computing

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

This is amazing.


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Jan 13, 2017

Titan Touchdown

Posted by in category: space

If you feel no awe when watching this video, then you are already dead.


On Jan. 14, 2005, ESA’s Huygens probe made its descent to the surface of Saturn’s hazy moon, Titan. Carried to Saturn by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, Huygens made the most distant landing ever on another world, and the only landing on a body in the outer solar system. This video uses actual images taken by the probe during its two-and-a-half hour fall under its parachutes.

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Jan 13, 2017

Making hydrogen from wax

Posted by in categories: chemistry, energy, transportation

This publication suggests that wax could be carried on vehicles and used to create hydrogen gas in situ, the waste carbon being used to make more wax via syngas production and the Fischer-Tropsch process, where carbon monoxide and hydrogen is converted into hydrocarbons as a potential source of petro-chemicals that does not involve releasing fossil carbon into the atmosphere. While this publication is still a long way from a working industrial-scale process, it offers a very hopeful potential avenue for less-polluting technology.


Philip recently attended an event for other Oxford University chemistry alumni, and one of the speakers drew attention to a recent publication from, among others, Oxford chemists, regarding the production of hydrogen from paraffin waxes by microwave degradation using a ruthenium catalyst.

Hydrogen has often been suggested as an environmentally-friendly replacement energy source for fossil fuels in transport vehicles and other applications requiring high energy density. (Note that hydrogen is not a “fuel”, as it must be made using energy from other sources, which can be environmentally-friendly or not.) However, there are significant problems with this, notably involving the safe storage of a highly-inflammable and explosive gas which is much lighter than air.

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Jan 13, 2017

Pentagon Tests ‘Drone Swarm’ Super Weapon

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

Navy test #scifi drone swarm attack horde — video of sci-fi come to life once more!

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Jan 13, 2017

Tech found in your cell phone could cure motion-sickness and save lives

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones

At ease on unsteady seas.

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Jan 13, 2017

How the government is making way for self-driving cars

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI, transportation

Outgoing Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on our robotic future.

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Jan 13, 2017

Wearable Heating System

Posted by in categories: futurism, wearables

This portable heating system means you’ll never be cold again.

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Jan 13, 2017

Need a new ear, nose, or patella? This new 3D printer can create bones and soft tissue

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting

If you were to pick one emerging technology with the potential to have a massive positive impact on humanity in the coming years, there’s a good chance you’d go with 3D bioprinting.

The ability to use “bio-ink” to print out biomaterials ranging from heart tissues to bone and cartilage is incredibly exciting — although at present it’s not exactly the most user-friendly of tech.

One company hoping to change that is Cellink, which this week has announced the launch of its new Bio X printer, which it hopes will bring 3D bioprinting to a whole new audience.

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Jan 13, 2017

A woman in Nevada died from an unstoppable superbug

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Her death is a reminder that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are getting worse, even as they garner little attention.

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Jan 13, 2017

Senescent cell removal could help chemotherapy patients

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Senescent cell therapy for treating age-related diseases could also help people after chemotherapy.


Senescent cell removal therapies could help reduce the damaging impact chemotherapy has on patients as well as being used to address one of the aging processes to treat diseases.

#aging #cancer

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