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Feb 2, 2016

Mexico may be the next frontier for medical marijuana

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Could Mexico become the new Amsterdam for US and Canadian tourists?

Marijuana investors are looking at Mexico as a potentially sizable market.

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Feb 2, 2016

Here’s the design that won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Pod design contest

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, transportation

The future of transportation looks awesome.

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Feb 2, 2016

2,000 year old ‘computer’ discovered: How tech and shipwrecks are rewriting human history

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, computing

Researchers are only steps away from bioprinting tissues and organs to solve a myriad of injuries and illnesses. TechRepublic has the inside story of the new product accelerating the process.

If you want to understand how close the medical community is to a quantum leap forward in 3D bioprinting, then you need to look at the work that one intern is doing this summer at the University of Louisville.

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Feb 2, 2016

Artificial Skin

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs

Artificial skin is saving thousands of lives of burn victims.

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Feb 2, 2016

Steven Spielberg Working on a Project “Solely for VR”

Posted by in categories: media & arts, virtual reality

Virtual reality was almost hot enough at Sundance this year to melt the snow, but perhaps the most scorching news of the show was casually dropped during the high profile Technicolor panel. Virtual Reality Company (VRC) co-founder and Maleficent director Robert Stromberg declared his company is working with Steven Spielberg on a project that is “solely for VR.”

Responding to a question about how to take VR filmmaking to the next level, Robert Stromberg said “it is about getting other filmmakers interested of course, from the independent level to getting major players involved as well… I can say here, my company – VRC – we’re working with, for instance, Steven Spielberg on a project that’s solely for VR.”

We previously reported that Steven Spielberg signed on as one of the company’s advisors, but at the time there was no confirmation on his involvement with any projects. But with Spielberg set to direct Ready Player One, a film with VR central to the theme, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would be dipping his fingers into virtual reality at some point in the near future.

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Feb 2, 2016

Smartphones Could Generate Own Power with New Coating

Posted by in categories: computing, materials, mobile phones

A transparent material that can be attached to a smartphone’s touch screen could help the device generate electricity whenever anyone taps it, researchers in China say.

Touch screens are now found on most cell phones and tablet computers. Using a touch screen typically involves finger taps, and scientists at Lanzhou University in China reasoned that the mechanical energy from these motions could be converted into electricity to charge the phone’s batteries, which could significantly extend the working time of these portable devices.

The researchers developed a new material based on a transparent silicone rubber known as PDMS. Scientists embedded wires in this rubber that were made of lead zirconate titanate that were only 700 nanometers, or billionths of a meter, wide. For perspective, this is about 140 times thinner than the average width of a human hair. [Top 10 Inventions That Changed the World].

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Feb 2, 2016

Yamaha, SRI team up on humanoid robot to test motorcycle safety, push performance — and much more

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI, space, transportation

The San Jose Mercury News took a look at SRI’s collaboration with Yamaha to develop Motobot, the first motorcycle-riding humanoid robot. “Consider it a high-tech diagnostic tool for motorcycles that just happens to look like a cyborg.”

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Feb 2, 2016

Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson says technology is causing humans to ‘evolve’

Posted by in categories: evolution, health, materials, quantum physics, robotics/AI

I still get a kick out of these types of articles because it is the classic “Fear of the Unknown” getting folks worked up. A) we don’t have enough information to confirm or not confirm whether humans will totally disappear and morph into a half Human and half machine species. B) it doesn’t scare me at all because I will make the choice if I decide that I want or need an implant. And, if I do, then more than likely it was to help me beat a disease like cancer or to enrich my life somehow just like I would opt for a surgery or procedure today. Nothing more.

However, there is one thing that is certain and that is Quantum Technology itself is going to truly transform everything in our lives. And, I mean EVERYTHING (medical/ healthcare, manufacturing, AI, devices, communications, services, raw materials enrichment, etc.).

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Feb 2, 2016

Warning Space Aliens: Earth’s UFO- Hunting Satellite Is Coming For You

Posted by in categories: alien life, satellites

It seems like every day, a video or image emerges that appears to show a UFO near the International Space Station. And it generally — OK, always — turns out not to be a UFO. It’s normally space debris, light reflections from the station windows, an antenna attached to the station, etc.

But wouldn’t it be interesting if someone actually launched a satellite into Earth orbit (illustrated above), with the specific mission of trying to detect and prove unknown objects are actually out there?

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Feb 2, 2016

Our Galaxy Might Have Already Died — We Just Don’t Know It Yet, Scientist Warns

Posted by in category: space

It sounds fairly alarming — but a scientist claims that our galaxy may not just be in the process of dying, but already be dead. Kevin Schawinski of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, explains that galaxies ‘die’ when they stop forming new stars from gas. ‘This may sound scenic, but refers to the population between the blue star-forming galaxies (the ‘blue cloud’) and the red, passively evolving galaxies (the ‘red sequence’).

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