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Sep 15, 2016

Programmable Biology Has Begun

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, life extension, singularity

Scientists have completed reprogramming DNA on the largest scale ever, making the concept of superhumans a reality while advancing Singularity.


Cloned embryo.

Most of us like the idea of superpowers. Though we may never have the strength of Superman, we could be made stronger, faster, and even better-looking, with total control over our genome, or genetic makeup. What about becoming disease-resistant, weight gain resistant, and even slowing down the aging process? This might be possible in decades to come, as geneticists are now getting ever closer to, not just removing and replacing genes, but rewriting entire genomes. It sounds like the realm of science fiction. Yet, consider that geneticists at Harvard recently recoded the genome of a synthetic E. coli bacteria. Prof. George Church and colleagues conducted the study.

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Sep 15, 2016

Indian Delegation to Visit Russia For Leasing Yasen Class Submarine

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

One of the world’s deadliest nuclear powered attack submarines, the Yasen-class’s inclusion will add deeper strategic depth to Indian Navy’s Blue Water Naval ambitions.

India is interested in renting the multi-purpose Project 885 Yasen class submarine from Russia. This is being seen as a sign of another forthcoming India-Russia collaborative venture for the construction of six new SSN for Indian Navy.

NEW DLEHI — A high-level Indian delegation will be visiting Russia shortly to finalize an agreement on renting the Yasen class submarine for the Indian Navy.

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Sep 15, 2016

Burning Man meets TED: Silicon Valley’s creative tech parties arrive in Southeast Asia

Posted by in category: media & arts

Exciting times in China.


Three stages, colorful lasers, live performances, video projections, and a secret after party. This is no music festival, it’s a technology event.

Slush, a non-profit movement that originated in Finland, has made a name for itself across the world for annual events that it describes as “Burning Man meets TED.” Speaker presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and pitches are held in a festival-esque setting instead of the traditional conference hall to urge greater engagement between start-ups, venture capital (VC) funds and investors.

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Sep 15, 2016

China Suspected of Cyberwar Recon; Huawei Fears Linger

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet

Hmmm; Chinese antitrust regulators are investigating Microsoft, and Huawei has been shut out of the U.S. telecommunications-equipment market over concerns it might be a front for cyberspying.


Alleged Chinese hacking of American companies may have diminished since tensions over the issue came to a head during Xi Jinping’s state visit to the U.S. last year. At Lawfare, however, security technologist Bruce Schneier describes a recent series of attacks which appear to show “someone […] learning to take down the internet.” “The data I see suggests China,” he writes, “an assessment shared by the people I spoke with.”

Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the . These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don’t know who is doing this, but it feels like a large a large nation state. China or Russia would be my first guesses.

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Sep 15, 2016

Stronger US-India ties unnerving China

Posted by in category: futurism

Beijing needs to reflect on the reasons behind the growing bonhomie between India and the US. The country has needled India and pushed the latter into Washington’s embrace.


By manik mehta, special to gulf news

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Sep 15, 2016

For first time, individual atoms seen keeping away from each other or bunching up as pairs

Posted by in categories: climatology, particle physics, quantum physics

Scientists have identified a new method in understanding superconductors, and what one should do to make higher-temperature superconductors even at room temperature. This is certainly a huge deal as we continue to look at ways to build QC machines and devices. Something that my friends at Google should be interested in.


“Learning from this model, we can understand what’s really going on in these superconductors, and what one should do to make higher-temperature superconductors, approaching hopefully room temperature,” says Martin Zwierlein, professor of physics and principal investigator in MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics. Credit: Illustration: Christine Daniloff/MIT

If you bottle up a gas and try to image its atoms using today’s most powerful microscopes, you will see little more than a shadowy blur. Atoms zip around at lightning speeds and are difficult to pin down at ambient temperatures.

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Sep 15, 2016

Levitating nanoparticle improves ‘torque sensing’

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics, quantum physics

Researchers have levitated a tiny nanodiamond particle with a laser in a vacuum chamber, using the technique for the first time to detect and measure its “torsional vibration,” an advance that could bring new types of sensors and studies in quantum mechanics.

The experiment represents a nanoscale version of the torsion balance used in the classic Cavendish experiment, performed in 1798 by British scientist Henry Cavendish, which determined Newton’s gravitational constant. A bar balancing two lead spheres at either end was suspended on a thin metal wire. Gravity acting on the two weights caused the wire and bar to twist, and this twisting — or torsion — was measured to calculate the gravitational force.

In the new experiment, an oblong-shaped nanodiamond levitated by a laser beam in a vacuum chamber served the same role as the bar, and the laser beam served the same role as the wire in Cavendish’s experiment.

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Sep 15, 2016

Lockheed Executive Blows Lid Off of Secret Government Space Travel (Quantum Entanglement)

Posted by in categories: government, particle physics, quantum physics, space travel

Another (more in depth) on Lockheed’s efforts on Space Travel leveraging Quantum Entanglement.


It’s called quantum entanglement, it’s extremely fascinating and counter to what we believe to be the known scientific laws of the universe, so much so that Einstein himself could not wrap his head around it. Although it’s called “quantum entanglement,” though Einstein referred to it as “spooky action at a distance.”

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Sep 15, 2016

‘Impossible’ Quantum Space Engine That Breaks Laws Of Physics Is About To Be Tested In Space

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, space travel

A couple of years ago, researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre discovered a thruster system which actually generates thrust, despite requiring absolutely no propellant. The implications of this discovery are far-reaching; applications for space flight and other technologies which require propulsion could one day become far cheaper, allowing space exploration to expand exponentially. The existence of this technology also further validates the fact that energy can be derived from tapping into the quantum vacuum, also known as “zero-point.”

Bottom line is that space is not empty, and the energy which lies within it can be used. This was experimentally confirmed when the Casimir Effect illustrated zero point or vacuum state energy, which predicts that two metal plates close together attract each other due to an imbalance in the quantum fluctuations (source)(source).

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Sep 15, 2016

Google’s Quantum Dream Machine Might Be A Reality Sooner Than You Expected

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, supercomputing, transportation

If all goes according to the plan, tech giant Google might be able to present the world with a phenomenally powerful quantum computer by the end of 2017.

Googler John Martinis and his team of researchers have been working on how quantum computers could be worked out for a long duration of 30 years. And now, it seems, they’re finally on the verge of making the wonder computer a reality. Since the computer would harness the unusual properties of quantum physics that take birth in extreme circumstances like those on the ultra-cold chip, the wonder computer would allow a Google coder to run the calculations he/she requires in a short interval of time like in the duration of a tea/coffee break. This would be quite impressive as the supercomputers of today would take millions of years to run the same calculations. This means, the quantum computer would be able to outperform conventional computers—a concept known as quantum supremacy. But, the Google software, which has been developed on ordinary computers to answer questions or drive cars, is still capable of becoming more intelligent.

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