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Aug 28, 2016

Bionics Consultant Will Rosellini Predicts ‘Deus Ex’-Style Human Augmentation in Our Lifetime

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, transhumanism

I recently had the pleasure to speak with Eidos Montreal’s primary bionics consultant for the Deus Ex series, Will Rosellini.

Will has been involved with the franchise since the development of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and has had a major influence on the developer’s depiction of future human augmentation. It was a fascinating conversation, and likely not our last: Will is pushing a lot of new technology, both in and outside the world of Deus Ex.

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Aug 28, 2016

The Cyborgs Are Coming: Mankind Is On The Cusp Of Human Brain Augmentation With BrainGate Technology

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, computing, cyborgs, neuroscience

BrainGate technology is no longer the stuff of science fiction. The science of interfacing human brains and other biological neurons with computers has been developing for well over a decade and now, the progress is amazing. While the human mind is an amazing organ, that surpasses any computer ever made. Many fantasize about improving on natural skills and abilities using technology in the form of some sort of brain implant. That dream is about to become a reality. In some ways, it already has according to the BrainGate website.

“BrainGate Company’s current and planned intellectual property (the technology) is based on technology that can sense, transmit, analyze and apply the language of neurons. BrainGate consists of a sensor that is implanted on the motor cortex of the brain and a device that analyzes brain signals.”

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Aug 28, 2016

Physicist finds entanglement instantly gives rise to a wormhole

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

Quantum entanglement is one of the more bizarre theories to come out of the study of quantum mechanics — so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein famously referred to it as “spooky action at a distance.”

Essentially, entanglement involves two particles, each occupying multiple states at once — a condition referred to as superposition. For example, both particles may simultaneously spin clockwise and counterclockwise. But neither has a definite state until one is measured, causing the other particle to instantly assume a corresponding state.

The resulting correlations between the particles are preserved, even if they reside on opposite ends of the universe.

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Aug 28, 2016

Meet “Solar Express” That can Take- Humans to Mars in presently 37 Hours

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel


Earlier this year, Charles Bombardier dreamt up a way to tour between continents at hypersonic speed (think New York to Dubai in 22 minutes). However now he’s set his sights on something much larger. Pushing the limits of his mind out of this world, the Montreal-based leader has envisioned Solar Express—a futuristic train intended to ferry goods and passengers between celestial bodies and space station.

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Aug 28, 2016

Uncovering the genetic basis of ALT (Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres) — Harold Silva

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

Dr Haroldo Silva from SENS talks about ALT cancer in this short film.

As normal cells divide, the ends of their chromosomes (telomeres) progressively shorten until eventually the cells reach senescence or undergo apoptosis. Cancers, which disproportionally kill more individuals in the 65 years or above age group, often overcome this built-in replication limit by expressing the enzyme telomerase.

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Aug 28, 2016

Menopause reversed as scientists successfully ‘rejuvenate women’s ovaries’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Time people rethought outdated ideas about biology and accepted that development and aging are not one way processess and they are amenable to intervention.

Scientists have announced they can now reverse the menopause in what is thought to be a major scientific breakthrough.

Trials claim to have ‘rejuvenated’ women’s ovaries using a blood treatment normally used to help wounds heal faster and have reversed menstrual cessation in multiple women, including 40-year-old woman who underwent the menopause five years ago.

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Aug 28, 2016

Pal-V One Flying Car

Posted by in category: transportation

This is hands down the most impressive flying car I’ve seen to date.

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Aug 28, 2016

Flirtey flies pies for Domino’s in New Zealand

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises has demonstrated delivery of hot pizzas by drone in Auckland, New Zealand.

The company has a long history of embracing high-tech concepts. Last year, they tested out a four-wheeled, driverless pizza delivery vehicle. And in 2012, Domino’s launched a casual build-a-pizza game that also let players order the pizza they built digitally for real life delivery.

The company also uses e-bikes and electric scooters for delivery. In a press statement, Domino’s Group CEO and Managing Director Don Meij said:

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Aug 28, 2016

The Cosmic Speed Limit

Posted by in category: futurism

Einstein’s theory of special relativity establishes the cosmic speed limit, which is the speed of light. However, some things in our universe don’t really follow this rule to the letter…

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Aug 27, 2016

Quantum correlations do not imply instant causation

Posted by in category: quantum physics

A research team led by a Heriot-Watt scientist has shown that the universe is even weirder than had previously been thought.

In 2015 the universe was officially proven to be weird. After many decades of research, a series of experiments showed that distant, entangled objects can seemingly interact with each other through what Albert Einstein famously dismissed as “Spooky action at a distance”.

A new experiment by an international team led by Heriot-Watt’s Dr Alessandro Fedrizzi has now found that the universe is even weirder than that: entangled objects do not cause each other to behave the way they do.

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