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Oct 31, 2015

Robots, Bioprinting, and the Future of Food [Video]

Posted by in categories: drones, energy, food, health, robotics/AI, singularity

Emerging technologies are shaking up how we grow food, distribute it, and even what we’re eating. We are seemingly on the cusp of a food revolution and undoubtedly, technologies including artificial intelligence will play a huge role in helping people grow healthier, more resilient food faster and with less energy than ever before.

Rob Nail, Singularity University’s CEO and Associate Founder, provides a few examples of how robotics, automation, and drones are transforming agriculture in this short video:

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Oct 31, 2015

New Horizons spots a mysterious crater on Pluto’s largest moon

Posted by in category: space

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has found ammonia ice in a crater on Charon, Pluto’s largest moon.

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Oct 31, 2015

Why is the universe flat?

Posted by in category: space

Cosmic inflation is a theory that was proposed in the 1980s by cosmologist Alan Guth to answer some of the most fundamental questions of the origins of our universe. It also solved the Horizon Problem and the Flatness Problem.

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Oct 31, 2015

Heat-triggered ‘grenades’ hit cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists have designed microscopic “grenades” that can explode their cancer-killing payload in tumours.

The team will present its findings at the National Cancer Research Institute conference next week.

They plan to use liposomes — tiny bubbles of fat which carry materials round the body — to release toxic drugs when their temperature is raised.

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Oct 31, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Oncology dietitian reveals the foods YOU can eat to prevent cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health

THIS week we learnt red meat can give you cancer from the World Health Organisation, but is your diet linked to illness?

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Oct 31, 2015

Sounds Gross, But Intestinal Worms Can Actually Be Good For You

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Intestinal worms that can reduce inflammation. Could we GMO a probiotic worm to help reduce aging?


Intestinal worms have an incredibly bad reputation. The thought of them sneaking around inside our bodies and eating us from the inside is pretty unpleasant. But for decades, results coming out of lab after lab have shown that some kinds of helminths can be extremely beneficial to their host, and aren’t parasites at all.

Just 100 years ago, before toilets and running water were commonplace, everybody had regular exposure to intestinal worms. Thanks in part to modern plumbing, people in the industrialized world have now lost almost all of their worms, with the exception of occasional pinworms in some children.

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Oct 31, 2015

Artificial intelligence is coming to a surveillance camera near you

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence being made at Carnegie Mellon University, computers may soon be able to give timely warnings when video surveillance cameras detect unusual activity.

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Oct 31, 2015

Why Focusing On The Obesity Epidemic Distracts Us From The Aging Epidemic

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

Large amounts of precious resources are being spent on encouraging weight loss and healthy living. While the intention of trying to reinforce healthy living is laudable, the evidence is that our resources are being wasted on minimal benefits.

Society considers obesity a big threat that needs to be overcome, but being thin is seen as a panacea

The diseases caused by biological aging carry on incessantly taking the lives of 100 000 people every day. While age 87 is the most common age of death for people in the western world, little progress has occurred during the past decades.

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Oct 31, 2015

11 Calculators That Show How Far Computing Has Come in the Past 2,000 Years

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

Before there were smartphones, there were two millennia of calculators.

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Oct 31, 2015

What if some celestial bodies were closer to us

Posted by in category: space

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