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Jun 16, 2016

Augmented reality comes to phones — and kitchens

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, food, mobile phones

Lenovo brings out the first smartphone using AR. Will consumers bite?

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Jun 16, 2016

Detroit Become Human — E3 2016 Trailer | PS4

Posted by in category: entertainment

Detroit Become Human — E3 2016 Trailer


Detroit: Become Human is the latest game from Quantic Dream — and it’s looking like a knockout.

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Jun 16, 2016

Detroit: Become Human — Official Announcement Trailer

Posted by in category: futurism

Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain, has revealed its ambitious new project. Here’s the full trailer!

http://go.ign.com/0z8mS5M

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Jun 16, 2016

Nanorods could harvest water in dry climates

Posted by in category: climatology

Sometimes it’s the accidental discoveries that make the biggest impact. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have learned that carbon-rich nanorods created in a botched experiment might be ideal for harvesting water. When there’s relatively low humidity (below 50 percent), the rods trap water inside their gaps; if it’s any more humid, however, they promptly expel that water as vapor. It’s a very unusual trait that’s likely caused by water condensing into a “bridge” in the nanorods, whose surface tension forces them to close and eventually kick the water out.

If scientists can refine the shape of these nanorods and get them to spray water on a consistent basis (only 10 to 20 percent do that right now), the implications are huge. They’d be ideal for harvesting and purifying water in dry climates — you could gather ambient moisture until there’s enough to drink. Alternately, you could use it for anti-sweat clothing that soaks up your perspiration and spits it outside. All told, you’d have direct control over just when and how you get water.

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Jun 16, 2016

How to Live to 150

Posted by in categories: genetics, life extension, Peter Diamandis

I’m 55 years old. I’m shooting for a multihundred-year lifespan. That’s my goal. If you don’t shoot for it, you’re not going to hit it, right?”

I guess he’ll want to speak to George Church.

The author of this titles it “to 150” yet Peter here says multi hundred, and included a pic of Venter who has said he doesn’t think people should live past 120.

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Jun 16, 2016

New paper claims that the EM Drive doesn’t defy Newton’s 3rd law after all

Posted by in categories: physics, space travel

Physicists have just published new calculations that suggest the controversial EM drive — or electromagnetic drive — could actually work, and doesn’t defy Newton’s third law after all.

In case you’ve missed the hype, here’s a quick catch-up: a lot of space lovers are freaking out about the EM drive because of claims it could get humans to Mars in just 10 weeks, but just as many are sick of hearing about it, because, on paper at least, it doesn’t work within the laws of physics.

Despite that not-insignificant setback, the EM drive shows no signs of quitting, and test after test — including trials by NASA scientists at the Eagleworks lab, and an independent researcher in Germany — has conceded that the propulsion system, somehow, does produce thrust.

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Jun 15, 2016

This artificial intelligence can understand sound and reproduce it

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

A.I. Is Learning To Fake & Create Sounds Through Video Recognition.

This artificial intelligence can understand sound and reproduce it.

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Jun 15, 2016

Turning CO2 to stone

Posted by in category: futurism

Jun 15, 2016

We’ve picked up another gravitational wave

Posted by in category: physics

The best place to find out what’s new in science – and why it matters.

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Jun 15, 2016

Physicists have mixed matter and light at room temperature for the first time

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

In a lovely demonstration of light’s quantum effects, physicists in the UK have just mixed a molecule with light at room temperature for the first time ever.

Light and matter are usually separate, with totally distinct properties, but now scientists have trapped a particle of light — called a photon — with a molecule in a tiny, golden cage of mirrors.

That’s a big deal, because it creates a whole new way to manipulate the physical and chemical properties of matter, and could change the way we process quantum information.

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