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May 23, 2016

Military Spider Man-like technology

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The military just unveiled a device that turns soldiers into Spider-Men.

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May 23, 2016

Senescent Cells, Cancer, and Aging — Dr. Judith Campisi

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Dr. Judith Campisi, a professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, focuses her lecture on senescent cells and their role in cancer and aging. She explains how cancer is an age-related disease by describing the many conditions beyond DNA mutations that must generally be met for a malignant tumor to form. Dr. Campisi acknowledges that while cellular senescence is a powerful anti-cancer mechanism and while senescent cells may even play a key role in wound healing, senescent cells can nonetheless cause inflammation in their local environment and actually support the formation of tumors.

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May 23, 2016

Is the World Ready for Synthetic Life? Scientists Plan to Create Whole Genomes

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Last weekend, an invite-only group of about 150 experts convened privately at Harvard. Behind closed doors, they discussed the prospect of designing and building an entire human genome from scratch, using only a computer, a DNA synthesizer and raw materials.

The artificial genome would then be inserted into a living human cell to replace its natural DNA. The hope is that the cell “reboots,” changing its biological processes to operate based on instructions provided by the artificial DNA.

In other words, we may soon be looking at the first “artificial human cell.”

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May 23, 2016

Airbus has filed a patent for the world’s fastest helicopter — By Cailey Rizzo | Mashable

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“Airbus has filed a patent for the world’s fastest helicopter.”

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May 23, 2016

Interesting Futurism Animation 31

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May 23, 2016

Google’s Superhuman Computer Can Tell Where Nearly Any Photo Was Taken

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PlaNet, made by a team led by Google computer vision specialist Tobias Weyand, can determine the location of photos just by studying its pixels.

You can usually tell where a picture was taken by recognizing certain location cues within the photo. Major landmarks like the Great Wall of China or the Tower of London are immediately recognizable and fairly easy to pinpoint, but how about when the photo lacks any familiar location cues, like a photo of food, of pets, or one taken indoors?

People do fairly well on this task by relying on all sorts of knowledge about the world. You could figure out where a photo was taken by looking at any words found on the photo, or by looking at the architectural styles or vegetation.

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May 23, 2016

New Chips Propel Machine Learning

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Advances in microchips—particularly the graphics-processing units pioneered by Nvidia—are fueling growth in machine learning, a programming approach in which computers teach themselves without explicit instructions.

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May 23, 2016

Lockheed Martin joins the space race to Mars

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This week, Lockheed Martin revealed its Mars Base Camp concept, a space station that will orbit the Red Planet and help astronauts prepare for landing.

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May 23, 2016

New Evidence Could Overthrow the Standard View of Quantum Mechanics

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An experiment claims to have invalidated a decades-old criticism against pilot-wave theory, an alternative formulation of quantum mechanics that avoids the most baffling features of the subatomic universe.

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May 22, 2016

The Odds That We’re the Only Advanced Species in the Galaxy Are One in 60 Billion

Posted by in categories: information science, space

A modified version of the Drake Equation, and what it tells us.

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