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Jun 4, 2016

A Disk of Dark Matter Might Run Through Our Galaxy

Posted by in category: cosmology

In the new, free-for-all era of dark matter research, the controversial idea that dark matter is concentrated in thin disks is being rescued from scientific oblivion.

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Jun 4, 2016

The Next Genetics Moonshot: Building a Human Genome from Scratch

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Yes, it’s true that a group of leading geneticists is calling for the construction of a synthetic human genome. That means they want to take 3 billion chemical building blocks and assemble them into one complete package of DNA, encoding all the body parts and life processes that make up a functional human being.”

“But the organizers want to make one thing very clear: ‘We’re not planning to make synthetic people,’ says a somewhat exasperated Jef Boeke, one of the champions of this proposal. ‘We never were.’


The Human Genome Project-Write could bring down the cost of DNA manufacturing.

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Jun 4, 2016

Switzerland basic income: Landmark vote looms

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, finance, robotics/AI

“Supporters point to the fact that 21st-Century work is increasingly automated, with more and more traditional jobs, in factories, retail and even in finance and accounting, being done by machines. And they do not need salaries.”

(I highly recommend this article, with all kinds of pros and cons, spare a couple of minutes and read it)


Switzerland is holding a landmark vote on whether to give each citizen a guaranteed basic income, the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes reports.

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Jun 4, 2016

A Guaranteed Income for Every American

Posted by in category: employment

The WSJ comes out in favor of UBI.


Replacing the welfare state with an annual grant is the best way to cope with a radically changing U.S. jobs market—and to revitalize America’s civic culture.

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Jun 4, 2016

3 Reasons To Believe The Singularity Is Near

Posted by in categories: Ray Kurzweil, singularity

Not near…

HERE.


The crazy predictions Ray Kurzweil made a decade ago don’t seem so outlandish now.

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Jun 4, 2016

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Posted by in category: futurism

“Digital Embodiment: Feminism, Technology, and the Self” starts on Tuesday, June 7! Course is strictly capped at 20 students. For more information and to enroll:

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Jun 4, 2016

Studio Ghibli’s Animation Software Is Now Free

Posted by in category: futurism

Are you the next Hayao Miyazaki? Now you’ll have the tools to find out.

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Jun 4, 2016

‘Fountain of Youth’ Pill Could Be a Reality Sooner Than You’d Think

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Scientists may have discovered the Fountain of Youth in this anti-aging supplement.

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Jun 4, 2016

Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World

Posted by in categories: business, education, Elon Musk, health, internet, space travel

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Legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet in Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World. Herzog conducted original interviews with cyberspace pioneers and prophets such as PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and famed hacker Kevin Mitnick. These provocative conversations reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.

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Jun 4, 2016

Flat lens promises possible revolution in optics

Posted by in category: nanotechnology

A flat lens made of paint whitener on a sliver of glass could revolutionise optics, according to its US inventors.

Just 2mm across and finer than a human hair, the tiny device can magnify nanoscale objects and gives a sharper focus than top-end microscope lenses.

It is the latest example of the power of metamaterials, whose novel properties emerge from their structure.

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