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Aug 23, 2016

Artificial Intelligence Could Now Help Us End Poverty

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The new tool reads satellite images, identifies underserved areas and what they need most.

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Aug 23, 2016

Paralyzed Man Regains Hand Movement, Thanks to First-Ever Nerve-Transfer Surgery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, habitats

Beginning with a twitch in his fingers about six months ago, a Canadian man has successfully re-animated his paralyzed hand after undergoing a nerve transfer surgery.

Tim Raglin regularly dove, headfirst, into the water at his family’s lake house. The 45-year old Canadian man had done so thousands of times without incident. In 2007, though Raglin hit his head on a rock in the shallow water, shattering a vertebra in his cervical spine.

His family pulled him to safety, saving him from drowning. However, for nine years, both his hands and feet were left paralyzed.

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Aug 23, 2016

Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20% the speed of light?

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space travel

Brace for impact —

Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20% the speed of light?

Breakthrough Starshot has examined the impact of stray atoms, cosmic dust.

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Aug 23, 2016

U of California: Nano submarines could change healthcare, says nanoengineer professor

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, entertainment, nanotechnology

Rebirth of the 1960s cult classic “Fantastic Voyage”; however, this time its not a movie.

When asked what exactly a “nano submarine” was, University of California San Diego chair of nanoengineering professor Joseph Wang described it as like something taken from the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, where medical personnel board a submarine were shrunk to microscopic size to travel through the bloodstream of a wounded diplomat and save his life.

Professor Wang said his team was getting closer to the goal of using nano submarines in a variety of ways, minus the shrunken humans and sabotage of the 1966 film.

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Aug 23, 2016

Brain dead brainstorming

Posted by in categories: innovation, neuroscience

Interesting perspective.

James Dyson is an evangelist for the creative process of change, quoting ‘People think of creativity as a mystical process. Creativity is something that has to be worked at, and it has specific characteristics. Unless we understand how it happens, we will not improve our creativity, as a society or as a world’. Creativity in corporates often defaults to ‘brainstorming’.

If brainstorming sessions are nothing more than an excuse for people to sit in a room, say they are not really sure what to do and then discuss last night’s television, then yes they are a waste of time. In fact, they are worse than that, they are a force for stagnation and serve only to reinforce the idea that there are no original thinkers in the team and that those present are incapable of coming up with any ideas that are interesting, innovative, exploratory or adventurous.

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Aug 23, 2016

Brain Malware — Here’s How Hackers Can Get Inside Your Head

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, mobile phones, neuroscience, policy

I have share my own risks on BMI a while back especially that which is connected (net, cloud, etc.)

brain malware 1Short Bytes: For a moment, forget computer and smartphone malware. There’s even a bigger danger in town in the form of brain malware. By exploiting brain-computer interfaces (BCI) being used in medical and gaming applications, hackers can read your private and sensitive data. Recently, a team of researchers from the University of Washington shed more light on the subject, demanding a policy-oriented regulation on BCIs.

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Aug 23, 2016

Long-Term, Intensive Robot-Assisted Therapy Helps Paraplegic Patients Walk Again

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, internet, neuroscience, robotics/AI

NORWELL, Mass.—()— Last week, Nature Publishing Group sent the scientific areas of the Internet into a frenzy by publishing a groundbreaking study that proves the positive effects of long-term training with Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI) on patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI).

The study titled “Long-Term Training with a Brain-Machine Interface-Based Gait Protocol Induces Partial Neurological Recovery in Paraplegic Patients” was conducted by an international group of scientists, led by the Duke University neurobiologist Miguel Nicolelis and demonstrates that it’s never too late to start intensive therapy.

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Aug 23, 2016

Russia Kicks Up Arctic Oil Drilling As Polar Ice Caps Melt

Posted by in category: futurism

A few months ago I warned folks about the resettlement and expansion across Siberia; well this was one of the reasons I listed. So, here we are.

Russia has increased its Arctic oil production despite limitations imposed by Western sanctions and a more than two-year plunge in global oil prices, causing angst with environmentalists that warn of serious environmental degradation in case of a mishap.

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Aug 23, 2016

Russia to design new rocket

Posted by in category: evolution

Russia has begun designing a new super-heavy carrier rocket, which will be made using the accomplishments of the Energy-Buran program. This was reported by Russian newspaper, Izvestia. According to the General Director of RSC Energia, Vladimir Solntsev, it is expected that the existing RD-171 engine will be used.

“At this moment, we are not considering using hydrogen circuits on the first and second stages of this launch vehicle. In the third stage, we hope to use circuits from Angara, which is already flying,” he explained.

The rocket will launch a capacity of approximately 80 tons into low Earth orbit (LEO). Its further evolution, based on RD-171 technology, may make it possible to increase its carrying capacity to 120 tons and, if necessary, up to 160 tons due to changes in the rocket engine layout, and the expansion of the capabilities of the engines.

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Aug 23, 2016

The End of Meaningless Jobs Will Unleash the World’s Creativity

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

And, AI gets a new Spin.

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 April 1, 2015. We hope you enjoy it!

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