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Jan 14, 2016

How Will Artificial Intelligence Change War?

Posted by in categories: drones, economics, military, robotics/AI

Davos, US military branches, Time Magazine, etc. are all talking about the Robotic Battlefield.


Automated systems have already reshaped modern warfare, most notably with the widespread use of drones in conflict. Now, experts predict that advances in artificial intelligence could further change how we fight battles.

The new frontiers of warfare are not without ethical questions. Many have already challenged whether the United States should use unmanned drones to kill terrorists.

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Jan 14, 2016

‘Spermbots’ to aid fertility treatments

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists have developed motorised ‘spermbots’ by attaching tiny metal helices to sperm cells that can aid poor swimmers to reach an egg, an advance that could improve fertility treatments.

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Jan 14, 2016

RFID Tagging Chip is Here for the Human

Posted by in categories: business, computing, mobile phones

It’s about 12 millimeters in size, and embedded under your skin, most likely in the hand. The RFID chip is here. Swiping cards when we make purchase transactions will be a thing of the past. A ride on public transport, simple tasks such as accessing the photocopier at work or sending a business card to a client’s phone at a literal tap of the finger.

The RFID chip stands for Radio Frequency Identification, and a company in Sweden, Epicenter, is embracing the new technology for their employees. Co-Founder and CEO of the company Patrick Mesterton says their employees have a personal choice to be chipped or not, it’s a voluntary decision.

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Jan 14, 2016

Scientists use polymer nano-shell treatment to order bones to repair themselves

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, nanotechnology, transportation

Was hit by a car when I was younger and broke my leg. This would have been better then a metal rod. Fascinating.


A team of researchers from the University of Michigan has developed a new technique to aid bone repair, using polymer nano-shells to deliver microRNA molecules. The method could one day have a big impact on regenerative medicine, directing cells already present at injury sites to aid healing.

The new study builds on previous research conducted back in 2011, where nanofiber microspheres were used to carry cells to injury sites to help the wounding process. The new work uses the same idea, but rather than transporting foreign cells, focuses on making better use of the cells already at the wound site.

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Jan 14, 2016

NASA to Make Major Space Station Cargo Transport Announcement Today | NASA

Posted by in category: space

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“NASA will make a major announcement today at 4 p.m. EST regarding the future of commercial resupply launches to the International Space Station (ISS). The announcement will be made during a news conference from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv."

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Jan 14, 2016

Ex-NSA Boss Says FBI is wrong on Encryption

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, government, privacy, security, software

Ex-NSA boss says FBI director is wrong on encryption

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Jan 14, 2016

Measuring Consciousness in the Lab

Posted by in categories: cosmology, neuroscience, physics

Max Tegmark about his and others’ attempts to formulate a mathematical theory of consciousness. I find this very interesting, though I try to not think about it too much… I wrote some words about this here http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2014/05/consciousness-and-p…ratch.html

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Jan 14, 2016

The Telomerase Revolution: The Enzyme That Holds the Key to Human Aging and Will Soon Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives: Michael Fossel: 9781941631690: Amazon.com: Books

Posted by in categories: health, life extension

I am reading this right now. I feel like I need to go back and study it when i am finished. It is not only a basic information source but provides some nice history on the R&D of life extension. There are a number of people we can name as the big names in longer life R&D, Fossel is one of them.


The Telomerase Revolution: The Enzyme That Holds the Key to Human Aging and Will Soon Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives [Michael Fossel] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of Wall Street Journal’s Best Books for Science Lovers in 2015Science is on the cusp of a revolutionary breakthrough. We now understand more about aging—and how to prevent and reverse it—than ever before. In recent years.

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Jan 14, 2016

‘Fountain Of Youth:’ New Hormone Prolongs Lifespan, Decreases Negative Effects Of Aging In Mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

I was shocked to learn recently that one of the major reasons longevity drugs haven’t been going to human trials, despite obvious promise, is that the FDA requires that any potential drug trial has to have a disease or condition it treats. Because aging hasn’t been seen as a disease or medical condition, no drug trials have been allowed to go forward to treat it. NONE! Finally, late last year, aging has been OFFICIALLY recognized as a disease and is therefor now a valid target disease for drug trials. **sigh**.


Are we one step closer to developing compounds that can extend our lifespan?

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Jan 14, 2016

The LA Gas Leak Is Scarier Than We Thought

Posted by in categories: energy, habitats

Since a gas leak erupted outside LA on October 23rd, over 83,000 metric tons of methane have escaped to the atmosphere, prompting public officials to evacuate the neighboring community of Porter Ranch. But as a disturbing new analysis shows, a much broader swath of LA is now drowning in methane.

The Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is a Cambridge-based nonprofit that’s been shedding light on leaky natural gas infrastructure for years. Last week, HEET sent Boston University Professor Nathan Phillips and Bob Ackley of Gas Safety out to LA to measure pollution in the air surrounding Porter Ranch.

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