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Feb 4, 2016

Do Computer Scientists Hold the Key to Treating Cancer?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

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By David Patterson Professor of Computer Science University of California, Berkeley This ancient assassin, first identified by a pharaoh’s physician, has been killing people for more than 4,600 years. As scientists found therapies for other lethal diseases–such as measles, influenza, and heart disease–cancer moved up this deadly list and will soon be #1; 40% of Americans will face cancer during their lifetimes, with half dying from it. Most of us ignore cancer until someone close is diagnosed, but instead society could zero in on this killer by recording massive data to discover better treatments before a loved one is in its crosshairs.

Cancer is unlimited cell growth caused by problems in DNA. Some people are born with precarious DNA, and others acquire it later. When a cell divides, sometimes it miscopies a small amount of its DNA, and these errors can overwhelm a cell’s defenses to cause cancer. Thus, you can get it without exposure to carcinogens. Cigarettes, radiation, asbestos, and so on simply increase the copy error rate. Speaking figuratively, every time a cell reproduces, we roll the dice on cancer, with such mutagens loading the dice to raise cancer’s chances.

Most cancer studies today use partial genomic information and have fewer than 1,000 patients. One wonders whether their conclusions would still hold if they used complete genomes and increased the number of patients by factors of 10–100.

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Feb 4, 2016

A new budget exoskeleton could help paraplegics walk at a drastically lower price

Posted by in category: cyborgs

A new type of powered exoskeleton aims to extend the benefits of the technology to people at a much lower price tag.

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Feb 3, 2016

NSA Says it “Must Act Now” Against the Quantum Computing Threat

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, privacy, quantum physics, security

NSA states it must act now against the “Quantum Computing Threat” due to hackers can possess the technology. I wrote about this on Jan 10th. Glad someone finally is taking action.


The National Security Agency is worried that quantum computers will neutralize our best encryption – but doesn’t yet know what to do about that problem.

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Feb 3, 2016

NASA: Earth may be buzzed by an asteroid in March

Posted by in category: asteroid/comet impacts

There’s little data on asteroid 2013 TX68, leaving doomsayers predicting a cataclysmic collision. But the space agency is far less concerned.

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Feb 3, 2016

First test-tube meatball revealed and tester confirms ‘it tastes good’

Posted by in category: food

Memphis Meats, which grows meat from animal cells, will make its debut this week and plans to have its animal-free products on the market in three to four years. To show just how busy they’ve been in the lab, they unveiled the first meatball grown from beef cells.

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Feb 3, 2016

Germany is getting closer to nuclear fusion—the long-held dream of unlimited clean energy

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, particle physics

German scientists today will set about the first steps towards what has become the Holy Grail of energy—nuclear fusion, which has the potential for unlimited amounts of clean power. There are a number of challenges to harnessing this power —researchers need to build a device that can heat atoms to temperatures of more than 100 million °C (180 million °F).

After almost nine years of construction work and more than a million assembly hours, researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald are set to do just that by heating a tiny amount of hydrogen until it becomes as hot, hopefully, as the center of the Sun.

Researchers are keen to tap into the incredible amount of energy released when atoms join together at extremely high temperatures in the super-hot gas known as plasma. Today’s test will not produce any energy, just the plasma—a different state of matter created at extremely high temperatures. German chancellor Angela Merkel, who has a doctorate in physics, will reportedly attend.

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Feb 3, 2016

How Bertrand Russell Made Us Stupid, Fearful, and Evil

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Dumbing down the population and now bring in the robots.


The most notable individual who resisted the pretended reduction of science to logic was Albert Einstein.

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Feb 3, 2016

The X-37b’s big brother revealed:Boeing bags $6.6m contract to design reusable XS-1 robot spaceplane

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

“Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away”

A Boeing’s new Robot Spaceplane; interesting.

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Feb 3, 2016

Little Known Pentagon Office Key to U.S. Military Competition with China, Russia

Posted by in category: military

Anyone, want to work for the SCO?


A little known Pentagon office tasked with tweaking existing U.S. military weapons is a key player in staying ahead of Russian and Chinese capabilities.

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Feb 3, 2016

Hisense to Add HDR, Quantum Dot Technologies to 2016 UHD TVs

Posted by in categories: electronics, quantum physics

Q-Dots in your TV in 2016.


Hisense-H10.jpgHisense plans to introduce a total of 22 TVs to the U.S. market in 2016, including 720p, 1080p, and UHD models. All of Hisense’s 2016 UHD TVs (eight models total) will support High Dynamic Range, and screen sizes will range from 43 to 65 inches. The flagship 65-inch H10 (shown here) will feature both HDR and quantum dot technologies and have a full-array LED backlighting with local dimming. The 65H10C will be available in the second half of 2016 for $2,799.99

From Hisense Dedicated to continually pushing the envelope with innovative design, technology and value to the consumer, the number-three TV manufacturer globally is looking to achieve the same position within the U.S. with its groundbreaking, affordable, high-quality televisions.

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