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Nov 13, 2018

When Silicon Valley gets religion — and vice versa

Posted by in categories: life extension, Ray Kurzweil, transhumanism

Some of the tech world’s brightest luminaries hope to postpone the unpleasantness of death, or avoid it entirely. Calico, a secretive company founded by Google, is looking for ways to lengthen human lifespans. Billionaires Larry Ellison, Peter Thiel, and Jeff Bezos have all contributed huge sums for research into anti-aging treatments. Ray Kurzweil, one of the tech industry’s leading futurists, has described three scientific and technological “bridges” that might lead to radically longer life.

Devotees of many religions believe in a soul that lives forever. In transhumanism, techies have found their own version of eternal life — and it’s finding unlikely fans.

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Nov 12, 2018

How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?

Posted by in category: business

What you do on the Internet is nobody’s business but yours. At, we stand between your web use and anyone who tries to sneak a peek at it. Instead of connecting directly to a website, let us connect to the website and send it back to you, and no one will know where you’ve been. Big Brother (or other, less ominous snoops) won’t be able to look over your shoulder and spy on you to see what you’re reading, watching or saying.

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Nov 12, 2018

Ray Kurzweil — The Path to The Singularity

Posted by in categories: Ray Kurzweil, singularity

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Nov 12, 2018

How solar panels could cool our homes while harvesting energy

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Warm on top, cool on bottom.

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Nov 12, 2018

Scientists predict a ‘dark matter hurricane’ will collide with the Earth

Posted by in categories: climatology, cosmology, particle physics

Yes, here’s the story of the dark matter hurricane — a cosmic event that may provide our first glimpse of the mysterious, invisible particle.


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Nov 12, 2018

We Just Got Closer Than Ever to Unlocking Graphene’s Superconducting Powers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

Scientists are now closer than ever to being able to use graphene as a superconductor – to conduct electricity with zero resistance – making it useful for developing energy efficient gadgets, improving medical research, upgrading power grids, and much more besides.

The key to the new approach is heating a silicon carbide (SiC) crystal, itself a superconductor, until the silicon atoms have all evaporated. This leaves two graphene layers on top of each other in a way that, in certain conditions, offers no resistance to electrical current.

A similar dual-layer approach was also successfully used to turn graphene into a superconductor earlier this year. The difference here is the layers don’t have to be carefully angled on top of each other, which should make it easier to reproduce at scale.

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Nov 12, 2018

Quantum leap for mass as science redefines the kilogramme

Posted by in category: science

Sealed in a vault beneath a duke’s former pleasure palace among the sycamore-streaked forests west of Paris sits an object the size of an apple that determines the weight of the world.

Forged against a backdrop of scientific and political upheaval following the French Revolution, a single, small cylinder of platinum-iridium alloy has laid largely undisturbed for nearly 130 years as the world’s benchmark for what, precisely, is a kilogramme.

The international prototype of the kilogramme, or “Le Grand K” as it is tenderly known, is one of science’s most hallowed relics, an analogue against which all other weights are compared and a totem of the metric system that accompanied the epoch of liberty, equality and fraternity.

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Nov 12, 2018

Space photos show smoke smothering a burning California

Posted by in category: space

This deadly fire season continues.

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Nov 12, 2018

UK companies microchip employees, sparking fears from unions

Posted by in categories: business, computing

Microchips could be implanted into employees of UK firms to track worker efficiencies.


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Nov 12, 2018

Physicists wrangled electrons into a quantum fractal

Posted by in category: quantum physics

The tiny, repeating structure could reveal weird behavior of electrons in fractional dimensions.

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