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Aug 11, 2016

DARPA Wants Artificial Intelligence To Explain Itself

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

If humans can’t understand why AI systems make certain decisions, they probably won’t trust them.

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Aug 11, 2016

Lock picking your way to cybersecurity at Def Con

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet

New method on how to attend Def Con.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lock picking might seem ridiculously old-fashioned at a cybersecurity gathering — but learning it can actually help people protect machines from digital threats.

As security improves to block remote attacks over the internet, hackers look for ways to deliver malicious software physically instead — for instance, by breaking into a company’s data centers. Like cracking a digital system, picking locks involves solving puzzles, along with a certain amount of finesse and skill.

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Aug 11, 2016

Researchers Use E.coli to Engineer Improved Biofuels

Posted by in categories: engineering, sustainability


Although E. coli bacteria is often considered as a bad bug, laboratory-adapted E. coli that do not harm human beings and can multiply fast have been commonly used for various research purposes.

The same property allows the bacteria to rebuild into the smallest of factories when their chemical producing ability is utilized. E. coli possesses the ability to crank out pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and various other useful products.

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Aug 11, 2016

DARPA builds pop-up liquid cooled data center in 29 hours

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, security

Got visitors coming in 2 days to check out your IT operations and need a data center popped up quickly to show off in front of the potential customers; well, now you can do it in 29 hours.

Defense team sets up AI-based security for the Cyber Grand Challenge.

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Aug 11, 2016

Forget concrete and cement. DARPA thinks skin and bone make better building blocks

Posted by in categories: futurism, materials

Have you ever seen the movie called “The Haunting” with Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones? If you have; you will appreciate this article. A living building.

The US’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is attempting to build living, self-healing, programmable buildings.

DARPA’s Engineered Living Materials (ELM) program imagines that materials like bone, skin, bark and coral could form future building blocks as they provide advantages over non-living materials built with today, in that they can be grown where needed, self-repair when damaged and respond to changes in their surroundings.

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Aug 11, 2016

Long-term brain-machine interface use could lead to recovery in paraplegic patients

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, engineering, neuroscience, robotics/AI

I know so many people who will benefit from this.

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, a young Brazilian man, paralyzed from the chest down, delivered the opening kickoff. He used a brain-machine interface, allowing him to control the movements of a lower-limb robotic exoskeleton.

This unprecedented scientific demonstration was the work of the Walk Again Project (WAP), a nonprofit, international research consortium that includes Alan Rudolph, vice president for research at Colorado State University, who is also an adjunct faculty member at Duke University’s Center for Neuroengineering.

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Aug 11, 2016

DNA dominos on a chip: Carriers of genetic information packed together on a biochip like in nature

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, nanotechnology, physics

Abstract: Normally, individual molecules of genetic material repel each other. However, when space is limited DNA molecules must be packed together more tightly. This case arises in sperm, cell nuclei and the protein shells of viruses. An international team of physicists has now succeeded in artificially recreating this so-called DNA condensation on a biochip.

Recreating important biological processes in cells to better understand them currently is a major topic of research. Now, physicists at TU Munich and the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot have for the first time managed to carry out controlled, so-called DNA condensation on a biochip. This process comes into play whenever DNA molecules are closely packed into tight spaces, for example in circumstances that limit the available volume.

This situation arises in cell nuclei and in the protein shells of viruses, as well as in the heads of sperm cells. The phenomenon is also interesting from a physical perspective because it represents a phase transition, of sorts. DNA double helices, which normally repel each other because of their negative charges, are then packed together tightly. “In this condensed state they take on a nearly crystalline structure,” says co-author and TU professor Friedrich Simmel.

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Aug 11, 2016

New Technique Reveals Black Phosphorus’ Properties and How to Control Them

Posted by in category: futurism

Researchers can turn ‘on’ or ‘off’ the mechanical anisotropy of black phosphorus.

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Aug 11, 2016

UW research fuels mini solar cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, solar power, sustainability

Scientist looks to tap the sun to power adjustable contact lenses, other medical devices.

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Aug 11, 2016

Electroluminescent diamonds could serve as the heart of quantum networks

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, space

Believe me there are more things coming in this diamond space.

Doped, carefully point-flawed diamonds are crucial to this quantum communications architecture.

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