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Oct 20, 2017

PBS’s Documentary ‘The Gene Doctors’ Arrives Amid A Gene Therapy Boom

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A new PBS film educates viewers about gene therapy at a time when the once controversial field of research is starting to bear fruit.

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Oct 16, 2017

Game on! Police play Gran Turismo Sport to improve driving skills

Posted by in categories: education, virtual reality

The four drivers received specialist training, including a new virtual reality mode…


Lincolnshire police officers have been receiving extra lessons in high-speed car chases — by playing a video game.

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Oct 13, 2017

Ion Thruster Prototype Breaks Records in Tests, Could Send Humans to Mars

Posted by in categories: education, engineering, particle physics, space travel

A thruster that’s being developed for a future NASA mission to Mars broke several records during recent tests, suggesting that the technology is on track to take humans to the Red Planet within the next 20 years, project team members said.

The X3 thruster, which was designed by researchers at the University of Michigan in cooperation with NASA and the U.S. Air Force, is a Hall thruster — a system that propels spacecraft by accelerating a stream of electrically charged atoms, known as ions. In the recent demonstration conducted at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio, the X3 broke records for the maximum power output, thrust and operating current achieved by a Hall thruster to date, according to the research team at the University of Michigan and representatives from NASA.

“We have shown that X3 can operate at over 100 kW of power,” said Alec Gallimore, who is leading the project, in an interview with Space.com. “It operated at a huge range of power from 5 kW to 102 kW, with electrical current of up to 260 amperes. It generated 5.4 Newtons of thrust, which is the highest level of thrust achieved by any plasma thruster to date,” added Gallimore, who is dean of engineering at the University of Michigan. The previous record was 3.3 Newtons, according to the school.

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Oct 12, 2017

Contrasting Human Futures: Technotopian or Human-Centred?*

Posted by in categories: complex systems, cyborgs, education, homo sapiens, human trajectories, philosophy, posthumanism, robotics/AI, singularity, Singularity University, transhumanism

[*This article was first published in the September 2017 issue of Paradigm Explorer: The Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network (Established 1973). The article was drawn from the author’s original work in her book: The Future: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017), especially from Chapters 4 & 5.]

We are at a critical point today in research into human futures. Two divergent streams show up in the human futures conversations. Which direction we choose will also decide the fate of earth futures in the sense of Earth’s dual role as home for humans, and habitat for life. I choose to deliberately oversimplify here to make a vital point.

The two approaches I discuss here are informed by Oliver Markley and Willis Harman’s two contrasting future images of human development: ‘evolutionary transformational’ and ‘technological extrapolationist’ in Changing Images of Man (Markley & Harman, 1982). This has historical precedents in two types of utopian human futures distinguished by Fred Polak in The Image of the Future (Polak, 1973) and C. P. Snow’s ‘Two Cultures’ (the humanities and the sciences) (Snow, 1959).

What I call ‘human-centred futures’ is humanitarian, philosophical, and ecological. It is based on a view of humans as kind, fair, consciously evolving, peaceful agents of change with a responsibility to maintain the ecological balance between humans, Earth, and cosmos. This is an active path of conscious evolution involving ongoing psychological, socio-cultural, aesthetic, and spiritual development, and a commitment to the betterment of earthly conditions for all humanity through education, cultural diversity, greater economic and resource parity, and respect for future generations.

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Oct 9, 2017

Building the Blockchain to End All Blockchains

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Sep 30, 2017

Germany Is Now Offering Free Tuition To All Canadian Students

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Das ist great news!

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Sep 30, 2017

This new app brings 3D body parts into your living room

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, education, health

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Sep 27, 2017

Investors should wake up to Japan’s robotic future

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, habitats, robotics/AI

Out of necessity, Japan has been pushing on the robotics frontier for years. As a result, the proliferation and embrace of robots goes well beyond the Japanese factory floor to include schools, hospitals, nursing homes, airports, train stations and even temples.


Unfavourable demographics are spurring innovation — and investment opportunities.

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Sep 24, 2017

Letting teens sleep in would save the country roughly $9 billion a year

Posted by in categories: economics, education, policy

The United States would realize roughly $9 billion a year in economic gains by instituting a simple, nationwide policy change: starting public school classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

That’s according to an exhaustive new study by the Rand Corporation, the first of its kind to model the nationwide costs and benefits of later school start times.

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Sep 17, 2017

M. Fossel — How to Reverse Aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, ethics, life extension, neuroscience

Full Interview ► https://goo.gl/PvUjjU

Michael B. Fossel, M.D., Ph.D. (born 1950, Greenwich, Connecticut) was a professor of clinical medicine at Michigan State University and is the author of several books on aging, who is best known for his views on telomerase therapy as a possible treatment for cellular senescence. Fossel has appeared on many major news programs to discuss aging and has appeared regularly on National Public Radio (NPR). He is also a respected lecturer, author, and the founder and former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine (now known as Rejuvenation Research).

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