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Jun 2, 2016

Kitten With Leg Deformity Gets 3D Printed Prosthetic Paw to Help Him Walk

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, cyborgs, health, transhumanism

A feel good story on 3D printers.

This lil’ kitty named Sonic is now bionic.

The black-and-white cat, who was surrendered to Denver Animal Shelter over three months ago, had been born with a leg deformity called radial agenesis, according to Meghan Hughes, communications director for Denver Environmental Health.

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Jun 2, 2016

Russia Building Robot Super-Soldier: Terminator Meets Avatar

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Ivan made it in the major news this week again.

As if the world didn’t have enough problems, Russia is apparently creating a scary humanoid robotic soldier, affectionately being called “Ivan the Terminator.” Thank God they didn’t call it the T-800. The idea of the robot is to eventually replace humans on the battlefield. For now, these robotic avatars are remote-controlled using special suits worn by a human, but you know that won’t last long. One day they will be doing stuff on their own.

ivan_robot_1zoom in This robot (shown below) will accurately repeat the exact movement of the user by reading the fine motor skills of the neck, shoulder, hands and fingers. So if you raise your rifle to fire and pull the trigger, the robot will do just that. But it isn’t limited to just that kind of work, it can even drive a vehicle by automatically scanning the road for blockages or barriers. So it could give chase to enemies.

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Jun 2, 2016

ISRO To Launch A Record 22 Satellites On One Rocket This Month

Posted by in category: satellites

When space launches become more about breaking Guinesses World Records — the streamlining of satellite launches; a rocket launches 22 mini-satellites at once.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is set to launch a record 22 satellites on one rocket in June. It will be the biggest launch for the prestigious space organization, till date.

The space agency plans to use the workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C34 for the job. The launch is planned for June end.

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Jun 2, 2016

Can Dwave Quantum Computers help save finance and prevent future financial meltdowns from flawed models

Posted by in categories: computing, finance, mathematics, quantum physics

The writer is referring to D-Wave (not Dwave) in his article.

Dwave Systems and 1QB Information Technologies Inc. (1QBit), a quantum software firm, and financial industry experts today announced the launch of Quantum for Quants (, an online community designed specifically for quantitative analysts and other experts focused on complex problems in finance. Launched at the Global Derivatives Trading and Risk Management conference in Budapest, the online community will allow quantitative finance and quantum computing professionals to share ideas and insights regarding quantum technology and to explore its application to the finance industry. Through this community financial industry experts will also be granted access to quantum computing software tools, simulators, and other resources and expertise to explore the best ways to tackle the most difficult computational problems in finance using entirely new techniques.

“Quantum computers enable us to use the laws of physics to solve intractable mathematical problems,” said Marcos López de Prado, Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners and a Research Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Division. “This is the beginning of a new era, and it will change the job of the mathematician and computer scientist in the years to come.”

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Jun 2, 2016

Network security shifting toward machine learning, quantum computing, predicts expert

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, robotics/AI, security

Very true points by Kharam.

At SC Congress Toronto, Evgeniy Kharam, director and network security solutions architect at Herjavec Group predicted that the future network security was in machine learning, quantum computing and the cloud.

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Jun 2, 2016

Scientists trick body’s viral response to combat cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

German researchers on Wednesday presented a Trojan horse method of attacking cancer, sneaking virus impersonators into the human body to unleash an anti-tumour immune offensive.

Tested in only three people so far, the treatment claims to be the latest advance in immunotherapy, which aims to rouse the body’s own immune army against disease.

Made in the lab, this Trojan horse is composed of nanoparticles containing RNA—a form of genetic coding—enclosed by a fatty acid membrane.

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Jun 2, 2016

DoD to launch info-sharing system to protect against insider threats

Posted by in categories: government, military, security

I could see this for those US Gov. non-classified and even some lower risk classified systems. However, when I had worked in government we found for the “Top Secret” and highly “Classified” systems that the best secured method is to continue to leave these systems unconnected and using those floppy disks to transfer information. Yes it’s dinosaur technology; it has been proven time and time again to be the most reliable and safest until we have QC on a massive scale adopted.

The Defense Department is creating an information-sharing platform that will monitor risks posed by government employees and other individuals in possession of high-level U.S. government security clearance.

The program, known as “Department of Defense (DoD) Component Insider Threat Records System” is part of an executive order signed by President Obama in October 2011. The system aims to prevent leaks of classified government information and will monitor individuals who were granted eligibility to access classified information and those “who have exhibited actual, probable, or possible indications of insider threat behaviors or activities.” This includes National Guard and military reserves personnel, employees, DoD contractors.

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Jun 2, 2016

Bacterial RNA-editing tool could disable viruses or halt disease

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Precision medicine’s new friend.

CRISPR gene editing can now target RNA as well as DNA, which could be a way to treat infectious diseases and cancer and track RNA as it moves around cells.

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Jun 2, 2016

Scientists reveal proposal to build human genome from scratch

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

More on the human synthetic genome project — this could greatly benefit medical and tech companies alike as well as governmental efforts.

Initial $100 million plan would support technologies for large-scale DNA synthesis.

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Jun 2, 2016

Tiny lasers enable next-gen microprocessors to run faster, less power-hungry

Posted by in categories: electronics, energy, nanotechnology

More energy efficient, high performance microprocessors on the way.

Abstract: Tiny high-performance lasers grown directly on silicon wafers solve a decades-old semiconductor industry challenge that, until now, has held back the integration of photonics with electronics on the silicon platform,

A group of scientists from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; the University of California, Santa Barbara; Sandia National Laboratories and Harvard University were able to fabricate tiny lasers directly on silicon — a huge breakthrough for the semiconductor industry and well beyond.

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