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Feb 13, 2016

DARPA’s New Autonomous Submarine-Hunter Could Change Naval Combat Forever

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI, transportation

In 2010, DARPA announced it was creating an autonomous, submarine-hunting war machine that would be manned with exactly zero people. Now, that vehicle is ready for action.

The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV, is now scheduled to be launched April 17 from the Vigor Shipyards in Oregon. The ACTUV will continue sea-trials for 18 months following its maiden voyage, where it will be tested for its long-range tracking and self-driving functions.

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Feb 13, 2016

Interesting Futurism Animation 22

Posted by in category: food

Rice planting machine.

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Feb 13, 2016

A New Technique Makes GPS Accurate to an Inch

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, military, satellites, space

GPS is an utterly pervasive and wonderful technology, but it’s increasingly not accurate enough for modern demands. Now a team of researchers can make it accurate right down to an inch.

Regular GPS registers your location and velocity by measuring the time it takes to receive signals from four or more satellites, that were sent into space by the military. Alone, it can tell you where you are to within 30 feet. More recently a technique called Differential GPS (DGPS) improved on that resolution by adding ground-based reference stations—increasing accuracy to within 3 feet.

Now, a team from the University of California, Riverside, has developed a technique that augments the regular GPS data with on-board inertial measurements from a sensor. Actually, that’s been tried before, but in the past it’s required large computers to combine the two data streams, rendering it ineffective for use in cars or mobile devices. Instead what the University of California team has done is create a set of new algorithms which, it claims, reduce the complexity of the calculation by several order of magnitude.

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Feb 13, 2016

Into a black hole

Posted by in category: cosmology

Turn off the lights and maximize this image, you can thank me later.

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Feb 13, 2016

Grail | Pan-cancer blood screening test for circulating tumor DNA

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Powered by Illumina sequencing technology, GRAIL will develop a pan-cancer screening test by directly measuring circulating nucleic acids in blood.

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Feb 13, 2016

Bill Nye: Could Genetic Engineering And Replicators Be The Key To Colonizing Mars?

Posted by in categories: engineering, genetics, space

Speaking to packed house of journalists, scientists and members of The Planetary Society, Bill Nye the Science Guy, along with some very, very smart people, discussed how human beings might survive for long periods of time on Mars.

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Feb 13, 2016

Mind Uploading

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, neuroscience

Minduploading.org is a collection of pages and articles designed to explore the concepts underlying mind uploading. The articles are intended to be a readable introduction to the basic technical and philosophical topics covering mind uploading and substrate-independent minds. The focus is on careful definitions of the common terms and what the implications are if mind uploading becomes possible.

Mind uploading is an ongoing area of active research, bringing together ideas from neuroscience, computer science, engineering, and philosophy. This site refers to a number of participants and researchers who are helping to make mind uploading possible.

Realistically, mind uploading likely lies many decades in the future, but the short-term offers the possibility of advanced neural prostheses that may benefit us.

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Feb 13, 2016

Interesting Futurism Animation 21

Posted by in category: futurism

Be kind to the hardware.

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Feb 13, 2016

NASA Offers Space Tech Grants to Early Career University Faculty

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific high-priority areas of interest to America’s space program.

Aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research Council, the agency has identified topic areas that lend themselves to the early stage innovative approaches U.S. universities can offer for solving tough space technology challenges.

“These grants will allow us to support university faculty in conducting research and technology development to solve some of the challenges that we face on our journey to Mars,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington. “Engaging the creative and innovative researchers at universities across the country provides opportunities to develop space technologies that drive robotic and human exploration of the solar system and beyond.”

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Feb 13, 2016

Global Healthspan Policy Institute

Posted by in categories: health, policy

The world’s most prestigious thinktank dedicated to advancing the most productive and quality years of life.

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