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Jun 19, 2016

Microsoft Bringing Outlook and Calendar to HoloLens

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, information science

Wait until you see with Dynamics CRM and AX as well as SharePoint, PowerBI, Skype, PowerPont and Excel just to name a few other ones besides what can be done already with Azure and big data.

Checking you email might not be so bad if you’re using AR.


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Jun 19, 2016

Dark bots: The cat-and-mouse game begins

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI, security

Will the good bots finish last in the war of bots? Dark bots are definitely not that easily stopped by AI in companies.

The bot era is here, and the world has already begun to see its transformative potential. But like any technology, there will be bad bots as predictably as good ones. With every advancement, there are people looking to exploit it. Anticipating what they might do is key so that builders, developers, and users can prevent, preempt, and prepare.

Here are the “dark bots” we’re likely to see:

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Jun 19, 2016

DARPA Begins Development of More Complex A.I

Posted by in category: robotics/AI


DARPA intends to ease the talent gap of data scientists with more complex A.I.

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Jun 19, 2016

DARPA Takes Giant Stride in Creating Weapons that Vaporize and Self-destruct

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

The more that DARPA works on NextGen Military equipment and machines; it feels like 1970s Star Wars is coming to life. Autonomous Jets with Death Lasers, dissovable weapons after usage, etc. Actually, this is good and bad.

DARPA’s transient technology was initially developed under an aptly named DARPA program called VAPR for “Vanishing Programmable Resources.” This program seeks electronic systems capable of physically disappearing in a controlled, triggerable manner.

“These transient electronics should have performance comparable to commercial-off-the-shelf electronics, but with limited device persistence that can be programmed, adjusted in real-time, triggered, and/or be sensitive to the deployment environment,” said DARPA.

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Jun 19, 2016

Self-driving tractors and data science: A visit to a modern farm

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, science, sustainability, transportation

Self driving tractors are a big benefit for farmers and thier families.

Farming isn’t the low-tech endeavour some might think.

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Jun 19, 2016

Anti-cancer compound from tree fungus

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry

I will be interested in seeing the results after more research done.

A team from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, has discovered an anticancer compound, which was isolated from a fungus that can be found in trees and plants. The team from IISc’s biochemistry lab, led by Prof C Jayabaskaran, for over a decade has been working on identification and extraction of natural compounds of pharmaceutical value found in well-known medicinal plants and their fungi. The latest chemical compound discovered is called “Cholestanol glucoside”.

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Jun 19, 2016

World’s First Longevity SIRT Chocolate

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health, life extension

Want to fight aging; eat this new chocolate.

Cambridge UK (PRWEB UK) 19 June 2016 Lycotec Ltd., a biotech company based in Cambridge UK, announces that they have developed the World’s First Longevity SIRT Chocolate, which after ingestion provides a blood level of unmodified trans-Resveratrol, t-RSV, equal to its level after drinking red wine.

T-RSV is the molecule of plant polyphenol class which is typically present in red grapes, some berries, cocoa and nuts. There are a number of beneficial health effects of t-RSV from cardioprotective to antidiabetic. However, one of its intriguing properties is the ability to activate a group of SIRT genes. These genes are responsible for controlling cellular stress protection and longevity.

When t-RSV is consumed as part of food, or a beverage, or as an isolated extract in the form of most supplements, it quickly gets modified and inactivated in the digestive tract. Drinking red wine is the only known exception when t-RSV can reach the blood in an unmodified active form at a detectable level.

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Jun 19, 2016

Bright ideas for bookmarks, toys and apps

Posted by in category: futurism


The tech-savvy may prefer to read e-books from tablets these days, especially since one of the advantages is that the device is often backlit making it easier to see text in dim environments. Printed matter, however, never seems to lose its charm, and there are still plenty of people who prefer to carry a paperback around with them. Keeping a reading lamp at hand, however, is not so convenient.

Kyouei Design’s Bookmark Light is a great idea for bibliophiles. It’s thin enough to be an unobtrusive marker when not in use and when bent in half, it becomes an effective reading light.

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Jun 19, 2016

Physicists Send ‘Twisted Light’ 143 Kilometers, a New Record

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, space

Although I shared an article last week about this new record being acheived; this version of the story seems to have some additional insights.

A recent experiment could open new doors in space-based quantum communication.

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Jun 19, 2016

Long March 7 rocket will revolutionize China’s manned space program

Posted by in category: space

The Long March 7 is a Chinese kerosene fueled carrier rocket, which is being developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. Its maiden flight is scheduled for 26 June 2016.

The Long March 7 is the medium-lift variant of a new generation rocket family that includes the heavier-lift Long March 5 and the small-mid cargo Long March 6. The structure will be based on the reliable, man-rated Long March 2F rocket. It will inherit the 3.35m-diameter core stage and 2.25m-diameter liquid rocket boosters.

China will also be switching from russian Soyuz style capsules to something like the American Apollo capsules.

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