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Jun 10, 2016

The World’s Oldest Computer May Have Been Used to Predict the Future

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, space

Discovered in an ancient shipwreck near Crete in 1901, the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism has been called the world’s first computer. A decades-long investigation into the 2,000 year-old-device is shedding new light onto this mysterious device, including the revelation that it may have been used for more than just astronomy.

The Antikythera Mechanism is one of the most fascinating and important archaeological discoveries ever made, one that reveals the remarkable technological and engineering capacities of the ancient Greeks as well as their excellent grasp of astronomy. This clock-like assembly of bronze gears and displays was used to predict lunar and solar eclipses, along with the positions of the sun, moon, and planets. It wasn’t programmable in the modern sense, but it’s considered the world’s first analog computer. Dating to around 60 BC, nothing quite like it would appear for another millennium.

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Jun 10, 2016

Researchers: 3D Printing Offers Great Benefits for Water Treatment Industry, But Progress is Slow Thus Far

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, sustainability

Interesting; however, I will be interested still how QC and 3D printing can converge and possibly address challenges such as this one, mass production of synthetic diamonds, cell circuitry, etc.

https://3dprint.com/137952/3d-printing-water-treatment-industry/


You might be surprised at how often 3D printing and water intermingle. After all though—as you’ll well remember if you try to go without it for a few hours—water is our life force. And as innovative 3D technology is used at the hands of researchers and innovators around the world to make positive transformations in nearly every industry, surely water should be included.

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Jun 10, 2016

3D bioprinting Pioneer Organovo Announce 2016 financial results

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, finance, health, physics

For every star performing biotech, life sciences or innovative 3D printing company there are another 9 where investors would have been better off keeping their cash under a mattress.

As Organovo report their first full year operating on a commercial basis we look for clues as to which category they might fit into. With more than 25 patents secured and another 80 pending, does the current share price and today’s published financial accounts tell the full story?

Organovo increased total revenue from $570 thousand in 2015 to $1.5 million for 2016. However, losses also increased from $30.8 million to $38.6 million. Although yet to turn a profit, Organovo were always going to generate a sizeable amount of text in the 3D Printing media and beyond. The promise of combining biophysics, developmental biology and of course 3D printing to advance healthcare and life sciences is an attractive proposition.

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Jun 10, 2016

Cody Wilson: the man who wants Americans to print their own 3D guns

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, law, terrorism

Wow — scary. Not scary for law abiding citizens to do this; scary due to criminals & terrorists. And, we have seen the ammo and high quanity gun clip already produced as well.


The 28-year-old is the face of open-source 3D gun design, an online movement of enthusiasts who use 3D printers and machining tools to build their own homemade weapons – ones that can shoot very real, and very deadly bullets.

Wilson isn’t some gun loon on an online soapbox; he is a well-educated, well-spoken, very argumentative young man who’s as responsible for creating his press portrayal as the journalists who’ve written about him. “I’m now more and more of a self-caricature,” he tells me. “I’ve had to become a fanatic over the past three years just to move the ball another three yards.”

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Jun 10, 2016

Sikorsky successfully tests autonomous helicopter flight for DARPA

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Nice.


Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has successfully completed the first phase of an autonomous flight project being developed for DARPA with an autonomous.

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Jun 10, 2016

Why everything will be gone in a century and how to save it

Posted by in category: internet

The “Father of the Internet AL Gore” — (just joking)

Vint Cerfis (known as the real Father of the Internet) is worried about the Digital Age disappearing.


Vint Cerf worries we’ll be no more than an “enigma.”

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Jun 10, 2016

UChicago Physicists First to See Behavior of Quantum Materials in Curved Space

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics, space

Check this out!

UChicago hasthis been able for the first time conduct an experiment shows the behavior of quantum materials in curved space. In their own words, “We are beginning to make our photons interact with each other. This opens up many possibilities, such as making crystalline or exotic quantum liquid states of light. We can then see how they respond to spatial curvature.”


Interplay of light, matter is of potential technological interestQuantum Hall state

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Jun 10, 2016

Google’s developing its own version of the Laws of Robotics

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Google is working on keeping robots from learning the wrong things, filtering their perceptions in a way we’re going to have to do more and more over time.

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Jun 10, 2016

Researchers demonstrate a 100x increase in the amount of information that can be ‘packed into light’

Posted by in categories: futurism, information science

The rise of big data and advances in information technology has serious implications for our ability to deliver sufficient bandwidth to meet the growing demand.

Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are looking at alternative sources that will be able to take over where traditional optical communications systems are likely to fail in future.

In their latest research, published online today (10 June 2016) in the scientific journal, Scientific Reports, the team from South Africa and Tunisia demonstrate over 100 patterns of used in an optical communication link, potentially increasing the of by 100 times.

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Jun 10, 2016

SkinGun helps burn victims quickly regrow skin

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business

RenovaCare is in the organ regeneration business and has a skin stem-cell spray gun that can heal a burn or chronic wound in just a few days.

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