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Aug 7, 2022

Contactless Building Construction Could Happen With This New Levitation Device

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats

In a world where 3D printing is being applied to everything from houses to rockets to guns 0, the question comes up as to where manufacturing might be headed next.

A new device, called LeviPrint, adds a unique feature to the manufacturing process: acoustic levitation. By trapping small objects in high frequency sound waves, LeviPrint can be used to build a variety of different structures without touching any of the pieces.

In a video released by researchers from Spain’s Universidad Publica de Navarra, or UPNA, LeviPrint can be seen building a variety of different things, including a bridge, a hoop made out of liquid glue droplets and a cat’s ears.

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Aug 7, 2022

Transhumanists want to upload their minds to a computer. They really won’t like the result

Posted by in categories: computing, life extension, transhumanism

Uploading your mind is not a pathway to immortality. Instead, it will create a possibly hostile digital doppelgänger.

Aug 7, 2022

China’s AI-driven power grid can recover from a blackout in 3 seconds

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

State company tested how artificial intelligence could minimise electricity disruptions and now looks to expand the technology.

Aug 7, 2022

Researcher is studying materials whose traits resemble those of the human brain

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, quantum physics, supercomputing

In its heyday, UIUC’s Blue Waters was one of the world’s top supercomputers. Anyone who was curious could drop by its 30,000-square-foot machine room for a tour, and spend half an hour strolling among the 288 huge black cabinets, supported by a 24-megawatt power supply, that housed its hundreds of thousands of computational cores.

Blue Waters is gone, but today UIUC is home to not just one, but tens of thousands of vastly superior computers. Although these wondrous machines put Blue Waters to shame, each one weighs just three pounds, can be fueled by coffee and sandwiches, and is only the size of its owner’s two hands curled together. We all carry them between our ears.

The fact is that humanity is far from having artificial computers that can match the capabilities of the human , outside a narrow range of well-defined tasks. Will we ever capture the brain’s magic? To help answer that question, MRL’s Axel Hoffmann recently led the writing of an APL Materials “Perspectives” article that summarizes and reflects on efforts to find so-called “quantum materials” that can mimic .

Aug 7, 2022

Helium-ion-beam nanofabrication: Extreme processes and applications

Posted by in categories: biological, nanotechnology

Helium ion beam (HIB) technology plays an important role in the extreme fields of nanofabrication. Due to high resolution and sensitivity, HIB nanofabrication technology is widely used to pattern nanostructures into components, devices, or systems in integrated circuits, materials sciences, nano-optics, and bio-sciences applications. HIB-based nanofabrication includes direct-write milling, ion beam-induced deposition, and direct-write lithography without the need to resist assistance. Their nanoscale applications have also been evaluated in the areas of integrated circuits, materials sciences, nano-optics, and biological sciences.

In a new paper published in the International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing, a team of researchers, led by Dr. Deqiang Wang from Chongqing Key Laboratory of Multi-scale Manufacturing Technology, Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PR China, have summarized comprehensively the extreme processes and applications of HIB .

The main aim of this review is to address the latest developments in HIB with their extreme processing capabilities and widespread applications in nanofabrication. Based on the introduction of the HIM system with GFIS, the performance characteristics and advantages of HIB technology have been discussed first. Thereafter, certain questions about the extreme processes and applications of HIB nanofabrication have been addressed: How many extreme processes and applications of HIB technology have been developed in nanofabrication for integrated circuits, materials sciences, nano-optics, and bio-sciences applications? What are the main challenges in the extreme nanofabrication with HIB technology for high resolution and sensitivity applications?

Aug 7, 2022

Kirigami/origami: unfolding the new regime of advanced 3D micro-/nanofabrication with ‘folding’

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, space

3D micro-/nanofabrication holds the key to building a large variety of micro-/nanoscale materials, structures, devices, and systems with unique properties that do not manifest in their 2-D planar counterparts. Recently, scientists have explored some very different 3D fabrication strategies such as kirigami and origami that make use of the science of cutting and folding 2-D materials/structures to create versatile 3D shapes. Such new methodologies enable continuous and direct 2-D-to-3D transformations through folding, bending and twisting, with which the occupied space can vary “nonlinearly” by several orders of magnitude compared to the conventional 3D fabrications. More importantly, these new-concept kirigami/origami techniques provide an extra degree of freedom in creating unprecedented 3D micro-/nanogeometries beyond the imaginable designs of conventional subtractive and additive fabrication.

In a new paper published in Light: Science & Applications, Chinese scientists from Beijing Institute of Technology and South China University of Technology made a comprehensive review on some of the latest progress in kirigami/origami in micro-/nanoscale. Aiming to unfold this new regime of advanced 3D micro-/nanofabrication, they introduced and discussed various stimuli of kirigami/origami, including capillary force, residual stress, mechanical stress, responsive force and focused-ion-beam irradiation induced stress, and their working principles in the micro-/nanoscale region. The focused-ion-beam based nano-kirigami, as a prominent example coined in 2018 by the team, was highlighted particularly as an instant and direct 2-D-to-3D transformation technique. In this method, the focused ion beam was employed to cut the 2-D nanopatterns like “knives/scissors” and gradually “pull” the nanopatterns into complex 3D shapes like “hands”.

Aug 7, 2022

Scientists Create World’s First Synthetic Embryo!

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists Have Created the World’s First Synthetic Embryo with the beginnings of a Brain: 30 Second video.


For the first time ever #scientists have created a #synthetic #embryo using the #stemcell of mice!

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Aug 7, 2022

Artemis without SLS

Posted by in category: space travel

New video I released today.


The space launch system is very expensive, and may cost $4.1 billion per launch. And according to the current NASA plan it can only be launched once per year at best.

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Aug 7, 2022

A New Method for Making Graphene has an Awesome Application: A Space Elevator!

Posted by in categories: information science, space travel

The material of the future could make an imaginative concept of the past real.


Brief history of the space elevator

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Aug 7, 2022

SpaceX is training astronauts for the world’s first commercial spacewalk

Posted by in category: space travel

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