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Jul 30, 2016

Norway to build world’s first floating underwater traffic tunnels

Posted by in category: transportation

Norway has hatched ambitious plans to install the world’s first floating underwater tunnels to help travelers easily cross the nation’s many fjords. At present, the only way to travel across the bodies of water involves taking a series of ferries – an inconvenient and time-consuming process. The “submerged floating bridges” would consist of large tubes suspended under 100 feet of water, and each one will be wide enough for two lanes of traffic.

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Jul 30, 2016

Pancreatic cell transplantation: a breakthrough for type 1 diabetes?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

In a new study, pancreatic islet cell transplantation has shown promise as an effective treatment alternative for type 1 diabetes patients with severe hypoglycemia.

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Jul 30, 2016

An artificial pancreas is crowdfunding’s first $100 million unicorn

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, internet, transhumanism

When Beta Bionics needed idealistic investors it found them on the Web.

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Jul 30, 2016

Researchers find a male hormone that reversed cell aging in a clinical trial — “Cellular elixir of youth”

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

Telomerase, an enzyme naturally found in the human organism, is the closest of all known substances to a “cellular elixir of youth.” In a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Brazilian and US researchers show that sex hormones can stimulate production of this enzyme.

The strategy was tested in patients with genetic diseases associated with mutations in the gene that codes for telomerase, such as aplastic anemia and pulmonary fibrosis.

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Jul 30, 2016

Afonso Silva from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke gave a great talk at #NeuroFutures16 on multimodal neuroimaging of brain anatomy and function

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience

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Jul 29, 2016

Google Fiber plans to use cheap wireless tech to beat the cable guys

Posted by in category: futurism

CFO Ruth Porat gives the unit a shout-out.

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Jul 29, 2016

Smart bricks would enable walls capable of generating electricity, clean water and oxygen

Posted by in categories: biological, habitats, robotics/AI

A lot of things are becoming “smart” these days, but bricks might not be something you’d expect to be added to the list. On the way to buildings that act like “large-scale living organisms,” scientists at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are developing smart bricks that would make use of microbes to recycle wastewater, generate electricity and produce oxygen.

Microbial fuel cells (MFCs), which will be embedded in the bricks to give them their “smart” capabilities, have proven handy in the past, with researchers demonstrating how they can be used to generate electricity from human urine, dead flies or just plain old mud.

“Microbial fuel cells are energy transducers that exploit the metabolic activity of the constituent microbes to break down organic waste and generate electricity,” says Ioannis Ieropoulos, professor at UWE Bristol’s Robotics Laboratory. “This is a novel application for MFC modules to be made into actuating building blocks as part of wall structures. This will allow us to explore the possibility of treating household waste, generating useful levels of electricity, and have ‘active programmable’ walls within our living environments.”

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Jul 29, 2016

The Hyperloop is bringing some of its futuristic tech to Europe’s biggest railway

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, business, transportation

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced today that it will build an “innovation train” for Germany’s Deutsche Bahn, the largest railway operator in Europe. The train will not be a super-fast hyperloop, in which pods are propelled through aluminum tubes at speeds of up to 760 mph, but a conventional train that includes some of the futuristic technologies the startup has been showcasing at tech conferences around the world.

As a startup that relies on crowdsourcing and volunteer engineers, the collaboration with Deutsche Bahn may allow HTT to start generating revenue while it works toward the larger goal of building passenger-ready hyperloop systems. Indeed, HTT’s CEO Dirk Ahlborn said in a statement that the partnership will help create “new monetization strategies and business models” for his company.

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Jul 29, 2016

Demonetized Cost of Living

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

People are concerned about how AI and robotics are taking jobs and destroying livelihoods… reducing our earning capacity, and subsequently destroying the economy.

In anticipation, countries like Canada, India and Finland are running experiments to pilot the idea of “universal basic income” — the unconditional provision of a regular sum of money from the government to support livelihood independent of employment.

But what people aren’t talking about, and what’s getting my attention, is a forthcoming rapid demonetization of the cost of living.

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Jul 29, 2016

The U.S. Presidential Candidate Who Loves Science, Technology, And…Immortality?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, geopolitics, health, life extension, science, transhumanism

A new story with lots of transhumanism in it:


Zoltan Istvan is in the running for President of the United States. You may not have heard of him, but if elected, he hopes to put an end to death. All of it. (Yes, seriously).

There are people right now walking around with artificial hearts – something that many people believed would not happen for another decade (or even longer). There are quadriplegics no longer bound to a wheelchair, but walk with exoskeleton technology. There are hundreds of thousands of people with brain implants that help them with various ailments. In short, recent technological breakthroughs like these open up the possibility for humans to enhance themselves and their health—and perhaps to even become immortal (someday).

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