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Nov 11, 2018

What makes us? Nature or nurture? The DNA debate comes back to life

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment

An extraordinary new film about identical triplets throws doubt on the dominance of DNA.

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Nov 2, 2018

20th Century Fox is using AI to analyze movie trailers and find out what films audiences will like: Movie Trailer

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Even AI likes a trip to the movies.

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Oct 12, 2018

‘Dying to Survive’ gets real: China cuts price of life-saving cancer drugs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment

China has included 17 life-saving cancer drugs in its national public insurance after negotiations drastically cut their prices, in response to their cost fuelling the smuggling of cheap drugs from abroad in an echo of the popular Chinese film Dying to Survive.


Costs slashed by over half on average, in wake of hit movie featuring the plight of those unable to afford prohibitively priced medicines and forced to look abroad.

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Oct 9, 2018

How mirrors work in video games

Posted by in category: entertainment

Have you ever wondered how mirrors are possible in video games? 🤔✅

(Turn sound on 🔊)

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Oct 3, 2018

Winners, losers and the low-cost energy future

Posted by in categories: entertainment, futurism

The game is changing as prices ‘race to the bottom’ and in some places renewables are the cheapest option, finds Dave Elliott.

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Oct 1, 2018

Scientists Think They’ve Finally Found The Crushing Limits of Gravity Humans Could Survive

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space

They don’t call Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson ‘The Mountain’ for nothing.

In 2015, the strong man and Game of Thrones actor broke a millennium-old record by taking – or more accurately, staggering – five steps with a 650 kilogram (1,430 pound) log on his back.

To most of us, this was simply an extraordinary example of heroic strength. To scientists, this feat marked a crushing limit to the gravitational pull any mortal could ever hope to endure, setting a boundary on the mass of planets we might expect to colonise.

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Sep 21, 2018

What Will Quantum Computer Games Be Like?

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment, quantum physics

You’ve just booted up a game on a state-of-the-art quantum computer. You’re running 19 superconducting quantum bits on a processor held at near absolute zero. Anticipating its sheer power, you press start and…

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Sep 20, 2018

World’s Oldest Animal Discovered, Looks Weird

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The oldest known animal in history has been discovered thanks to some well-preserved animal fat that’s been sitting in northwest Russia for the past 558 million years. The find expands the confirmed existence of animals by three million years.

The ancient animal is a Dickinsonia, which looks more like a creature from a sci-fi movie than something you’d expect to run into on Earth. Dickinsonia were oval-shaped creatures spread flat like pancakes that could grow up to four and a half feet long. Previously, the oldest macroscopic animal in the geological record was the mollusc-like Kimberella from 555 million years ago.

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Sep 15, 2018

Demonstrate Your Knowledge

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Shall we play a game?

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Sep 14, 2018

Ryff lets advertisers place any virtual object into commercials and films

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Ryff has a big idea that it says could turn the $23 billion product placement market upside down. Product placement is the advertising tactic of placing a branded object, like a bottle of Coca-Cola, in a scene in a movie or a TV show.

Los Angeles-based Ryff has figured out how to do this digitally with cloud technology. Ryff figures out the places in video content where virtual objects can be placed in a scene where they seem like they are a natural part of the environment. That means the objects have to be rendered realistically enough so they can be mistaken for being part of a real scene, as recorded in a movie or TV show or a commercial, said Roy Taylor, CEO of Ryff, at an event on Thursday evening.

“We are on a new platform that makes images intelligent,” Taylor said. “Ryff is the world’s first image technology company using AI and visual computing to change the way we experience entertainment.”

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