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Aug 17, 2016

Russia’s Led Zeppelins: Country To Sink Billions In Balloon Ships?

Posted by in category: futurism

It does make you wonder.


This may be Russia’s worst investment decision, ever.

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Aug 17, 2016

Adults acting like toddlers because of technology obsession, warns neuroscientist

Posted by in category: entertainment

Adults are starting to behave like toddlers as social media and video games lead to a craving for instant gratification, a leading neuroscientist fears.

Baroness Susan Greenfield, who is a senior research fellow at Oxford University, said the obsession with games like Pokémon Go is causing the “infantilisation” of adulthood.

The trend of shunning the outdoors and live social contact in favour of social media is also contributing to grown-ups exhibiting traits associated with toddlers, including neediness and a short attention span, she added.

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Aug 17, 2016

Earth-based telescopes to be used in Quantum Experiments at Space Scale

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, satellites

Researchers display an earth-based telescope in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Aug. 17, 2016. China successfully launched the world’s first quantum satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gobi Desert at 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday. Five earth-based telescopes distributed across the country will be used in the Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), four of which were developed by the Institute of Optics and Electronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Chengdu. (Photo/Xinhua)

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Aug 17, 2016

Interscatter enables first implanted devices, contact lenses, credit cards to ‘talk’ WiFi

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

Engenheiros da Universidade de Washington introduziram uma nova forma de comunicação que permite que dispositivos como implantes cerebrais, lentes de contato, cartões de crédito e pequenos eletrônicos vestíveis falar com aparelhos de uso diário, como smartphones e relógios.

Este novo” Comunicação interscatter” funciona convertendo sinais Bluetooth em transmissões Wi-Fi através do ar. Usando apenas reflexões, um dispositivo interscatter como uma inteligente de lentes de contato converte sinais Bluetooth a partir de um SmartWatch, por exemplo, em transmissões Wi-Fi que podem ser apanhados por um smartphone.

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Aug 17, 2016

Apple’s Tim Cook arrives in China bearing gifts: A new research center and environmental help — By Chris O’Brien | VentureBeat

Posted by in categories: business, environmental, law

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”“We want to show the world that you can manufacture responsibly, and we’re working alongside our suppliers to help them lower their environmental impact in China,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives …”

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Aug 17, 2016

Brasileiros criam nanopartícula que pode inativar vírus HIV

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Pesquisadores de brasileiros pode permitir que vírus HIV sejam desativados com nanotecnologia.

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Aug 17, 2016

A new ‘Einstein’ equation suggests wormholes hold key to quantum gravity

Posted by in categories: information science, quantum physics

There’s a new equation floating around the world of physics these days that would make Einstein proud.

It’s pretty easy to remember: ER=EPR.

You might suspect that to make this equation work, P must be equal to 1. But the symbols in this equation stand not for numbers, but for names. E, you probably guessed, stands for Einstein. R and P are initials — for collaborators on two of Einstein’s most intriguing papers. Combined in this equation, these letters express a possible path to reconciling Einstein’s general relativity with quantum mechanics.

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Aug 17, 2016

Space Robotics Challenge Prepares Robots for the Journey to Mars

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, and NineSigma, a global innovation consultant organization, has opened registration for a new competition — the Space Robotics Challenge. This event seeks to develop the capabilities of humanoid robots to help astronauts on the journey to Mars.

The Space Robotics Challenge is a $1 million prize competition designed to push the boundaries of robotic dexterity. Teams must program a virtual robot, modeled after NASA’s Robonaut 5 (R5) robot, to complete a series of tasks in a simulation that includes periods of latency to represent communications delay from Earth to Mars.

Though some dexterity has been developed for Earth-based robotics systems using hydraulics, such robots cannot be used in space because of the below-freezing temperatures and the harsh environment of planetary surfaces. The R5 uses elastics technology instead of hydraulics – an innovative way of addressing the problems of operating in space. This technology could also benefit humankind on Earth, as they could operate under dangerous or extreme environments on our home planet.

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Aug 17, 2016

Ultrasound Implants

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Doctors are now using ultrasound implants to treat brain tumors.

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Aug 17, 2016

How Today’s Jungle of Artificial Intelligence Will Spawn Sentience

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, robotics/AI, transportation

From time to time, the Singularity Hub editorial team unearths a gem from the archives and wants to share it all over again. It’s usually a piece that was popular back then and we think is still relevant now. This is one of those articles. It was originally published August 10, 2010. We hope you enjoy it!

You don’t have a flying car, jetpack, or ray gun, but this is still the future. How do I know? Because we’re all surrounded by artificial intelligence. I love when friends ask me when we’ll develop smart computers…because they’re usually holding one in their hands. Your phone calls are routed with artificial intelligence.

Every time you use a search engine you’re taking advantage of data collected by ‘smart’ algorithms. When you call the bank and talk to an automated voice you are probably talking to an AI…just a very annoying one. Our world is full of these limited AI programs which we classify as “weak” or “narrow” or “applied.”

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