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Oct 15, 2015

Efficiency Of Solar-Powered Electrolysis Doubled

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Researchers have reached an all time solar-to-hydrogen efficiency high of 24 percent.


Having reached a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of more than 24 percent, it may soon be feasible to harness the sun to split water.

| October 13, 2015 | In the Lab.

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Oct 15, 2015

First Primitive Kidneys Grown From Stem Cells

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

Scientists have managed to grow a miniature brain, and there’s a whole bunch of other so called ‘organoids’ we’re currently learning to perfect. We can now add kidneys to the tick box.


There have been a few mini-organ breakthroughs lately, and now we can grow simple kidneys in the lab too.

Regenerative medicine has incredible promise and provides hope that one day virtually any injury could be corrected. Scientists have managed to grow a miniature brain, and there’s a whole bunch of other so called ‘organoids’ we’re currently learning to perfect. We can now add kidneys to the tick box.

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Oct 15, 2015

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Posted by in category: alien life

Potential


Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.

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Oct 15, 2015

Astronomers have spotted something in space that looks like it could have been made

Posted by in category: alien life

The reporting is actually more responsible than the title — it’s a star with something blocking its light in an odd way, which might be due to a bunch of dust inherited from a smaller star that recently passed by. It may also be a Dyson Sphere under construction…


Scientists have no idea what’s going on.

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Oct 15, 2015

“Goodbye Selfie Goodbye NIXIE Welcome” Lily — Lily is the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera

Posted by in category: electronics

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Oct 15, 2015

The creature with the key to immortality?

Posted by in category: life extension

Hello, everyone. i got a nice invite to join and post a few items from elsewhere. I already see a few familiar folks who frequent the same pages. So excuse me while I “spam” things up a bit. First up:

The last line is an interesting one. If you look up the limits of memory you get a variety of answers. Hundreds of years perhaps? I think maybe some other technology will take care of that. I don’t know that it’ll be smart dust, a neural net, artificial neurons dedicated to memory or some combination. Can’t wait to find out.


Sea anemones may not look like humans but it seems they have a common ancestor, and they may also hold the key to eternal youth.

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Oct 14, 2015

JetBlue wants to be the only airline with free Wi-Fi on every flight

Posted by in category: internet

The airline has made progress to offering free Wi-Fi on all flights.

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Oct 14, 2015

Tesla is mapping the Earth, ‘cause your GPS won’t cut it for self-driving cars

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

Self-driving cars require an incredible amount of information to operate safely. Tesla and Elon Musk know this well.

Tesla Motors formally launched its long-awaited Autopilot feature on Wednesday, which is not quite a self-driving car, but rather a higher degree of autonomy. One of the new features of Autopilot: Tesla is creating high-precision digital maps of the Earth using GPS.

See also: I went hands-free in Tesla’s Model S on Autopilot, even though I wasn’t supposed to.

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Oct 14, 2015

Tesla’s New Software Does the Lane-Changing and Parallel Parking For You

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Tesla Motors Inc.’s newest software brings elements of autonomous driving to some of its Model S cars. With updated software, the vehicles can help drivers stay in their highway lane or change lanes for them.

The car can also parallel park for the driver or warn when an object such as another car is too close the side of the Model S, the company said in post on its website.

The maker of luxury electric vehicles has highlighted many high-tech features on its models, such as the industry’s largest touch screen and robust wireless access that allows for software upgrades, such as this update to version 7.0. But it has lagged some rival high-end automakers and even a few mainstream brands in its use of driver-assist technology such as lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control. Tesla’s new system is the first to include automated lane changing.

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Oct 14, 2015

Qualcomm enters the server race with 24-core CPU

Posted by in category: computing

Qualcomm is prepping a massive, 24-core server chip to take on Intel — and says this is just the prototype.

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