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Jun 16, 2016

DARPA Eyes ‘Very Low Frequency’ Signals For PNT Systems as GPS Backup

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Government GPS now has a new backup approach.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to demonstrate a positioning, navigation and timing system that will use very low frequency band signals as backup in case military forces lose access to GPS networks.

Lin Haas, DARPA strategic technology officer, discussed the Spatial, Temporal and Orientation Information in Contested Environments project at DARPA Demo Day, the U.S. Army said May 19.

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Jun 16, 2016

Aust’n researchers discover immune cells to fight Legionella bacteria

Posted by in category: biotech/medical


A team of Melbourne researchers believe they have discovered a new immune cell which is able to fight the infectious and potentially lethal bacteria, Legionella.

A team of specialist immunologists and microbiologists from the University of Melbourne and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity conducted a study which was able to determine a new cell type responsible for combating the attack of the bacteria.

The team was able to break down the impact of the legion of immune cells in the lung, which communicate to destroy the legionella bacteria.

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Jun 16, 2016

First Tools 3D Printed Aboard Space Station

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space

Cool — 1st tools 3D printed in space.

The Additive Manufacturing Facility, or 3D printer, on-board the ISS has made its first tool.

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Jun 16, 2016

Meet Olli, a self-driving 3D printed mini bus controlled by IBM Watson that talks to you

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI, transportation

Cool — could definitely chance manufacturing for Kia, VW, GM, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Ford.

Local Motors 3D printed an autonomous mini bus that IBM Watson will drive around the streets of Washington DC.

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Jun 16, 2016

Leading astronomer urges Europe to end human space missions

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

This guy is just… wrong.

Just totally and completely WRONG.


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Jun 16, 2016

All aboard the Immortality Bus: the man who says tech will help us live forever

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

A feature story in The Guardian on my presidential run to grow the transhumanism movement. Thanks for your support!

Zoltan Istvan leads the Transhumanist party and believes that, through science, humans will reverse ageing and eventually death. Can he convert the skeptics?

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Jun 16, 2016

EU May Decide on Apple Tax Probe In July — By Natalia Drozdiak | The Wall Street Journal

Posted by in category: business


“The European Union may announce its decision in its long-running probe into Apple Inc.’s tax arrangements with Ireland in July, the country’s finance minister said Thursday.”

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Jun 16, 2016

Biological nano-drones can vaccinate against cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, nanotechnology

When cancer hits, your immune system shuts down. Over the past 5–10 years, research into cancer has therefore increasingly focused on helping the immune system start up again. Because if we succeed in that, there is much to indicate that this approach will prove significantly more effective than the aggressive, all encompassing chemotherapy treatments we currently use.

One of the initiatives in this area is the work of Professor Thomas Andresen from DTU Nanotech. He has recently been awarded a grant from Innovation Fund Denmark for a project in which biological nano-drones are used to train the immune system to recognize cancer cells; and kill them.

This is something it cannot do on its own, because cancer cells are adept at concealing themselves. It is true that when chemotherapy or radiotherapy is used to kill cancer cells today, the immune system steps in afterwards to clear away the dead cells, but it doesn’t learn anything from the process. This is what Thomas Andresen is looking to change.

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Jun 16, 2016

Physicists Just Entangled 10 Photon Pairs And Set A New World Record

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

A team from the University of Science and Technology of China has shattered the quantum entanglement record, entangling 10 photon pairs.

Quantum entanglement is one of the strangest occurrences in the already strange world of quantum physics. Basically, entanglement is the state where quantum particles become so deeply linked that they share what is, in essence, the same existence.

The video below delves into the ins and outs of this phenomenon.

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Jun 16, 2016

This robot can 3D-print a pizza in under five minutes

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI

BeeHex has engineered a robotic 3D printer that can make any type of pizza. Here’s how it works.

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