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Nov 4, 2015

As NASA Shrugs, FAA Looks at Leadership Role in Global Moon Village

Posted by in category: space

The idea of an international “Moon village” promoted by the head of ESA has support from a U.S. government official who sees a commercial opportunity.

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Nov 3, 2015

Chile’s Atacama Desert Is Now a Floral Wonderland — By Meredith Carey | Condé Nast Traveler

Posted by in categories: astronomy, climatology, environmental, events, water

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“After Chile’s heaviest rain in 20 years, the Atacama Desert has been transformed into a 600-mile-long bed of flowers.”

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Nov 3, 2015

How Facebook Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Understand Your Entire Social Life

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk, information science, neuroscience, robotics/AI

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: Artificial Intelligence holds a special place in the future of the humanity. Many tech giants, including Facebook, have long been working on improving the AI to make lives better. Facebook has decided to reveal its milestones in Artificial Intelligence Research in the form of a progress report.

It doesn’t matter if you are scared of AI like Elon Musk or Stephen Hawking or if you have an opinion same as that of Google’s chief of Artificial Intelligence that computers are remarkably dumb. Companies are still going through the byzantine process of training the machines and creating human brain algorithms. Meanwhile, Facebook has just announced its progress report.

Facebook’s AI research team (FAIR) will present at NIPS, an Artificial Intelligence conference, its report card and reveal the team’s achievements regarding its state-of-the-art systems. Facebook has been trying to improve the image recognition and has created a system that speeds up the process by 30% using 10 times less training data from previous benchmarks.

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Nov 3, 2015

Professor Kaku strikes again

Posted by in categories: military, mobile phones, nuclear energy, space, supercomputing

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Nov 3, 2015

NASA is making a big announcement about Mars‘ atmosphere this Thursday

Posted by in category: space

NASA is a fan of making announcements about its forthcoming announcements, but so far it hasn’t failed to live up to its hype. First there was the discovery of the most Earth-like exoplanet to date, and just last month researchers shared evidence of salty, flowing water (!!) on the Red Planet.

So suffice it to say that when the US space agency says it’s got something big to share with the world, we’re going to pay attention, and this Thursday at 2pm EST it’s promising to announce “key science findings” about what happened to Mars’ now-thin atmosphere. We’ll be live reporting the announcement as it happens, and you can watch along with us from the comfort of your home or office below via NASA TV.

The question we’re all asking, naturally, is what the hell NASA might have in store for us. So far, we don’t have a whole lot to go on, but what we do know is that the research comes fom the MAVEN (Mars, Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft, which has been orbiting Mars since 2014 and studying its upper atmosphere. These will be the first findings announced from the mission.

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Nov 3, 2015

Finland prepares universal basic income experiment

Posted by in category: economics

Pack a heavy coat, folks, we’re going to Finland. The Finnish Social Insurance Institution, also known as Kela, has begun work on a proposal that would guarantee a basic income to every citizen of the small Nordic nation. This system of a universal state-facilitated payment delivered to every Finnish person would transform the state’s welfare system and potentially provide a blueprint for other countries looking to build a different kind of economy.

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Nov 3, 2015

BeeHives: Innovative Beehive Design

Posted by in category: innovation

A Byron Bay man reveals how his innovative beehive design scooped around $16.8 million in advance orders to more than 130 countries when he launched a crowd funding campaign.

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Nov 3, 2015

Sneak Peek: Altering Genes to Extend Human Lifespan

Posted by in categories: innovation, life extension

I did not see this special, but the usual negative comments follow the vid.


Aging itself IS modifiable. The question now is, is it modifiable in us?

Find out on Breakthrough, premiering Sunday 9/8c.

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Nov 3, 2015

The Cubli is a 15 × 15 × 15 cm cube that can jump up and balance on its corner

Posted by in category: futurism

Reaction wheels mounted on three faces of the cube rotate at high angular velocities and then brake suddenly, causing the Cubli to jump up.

h/t: Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

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Nov 3, 2015

Google’s ‘Project Wing’ commercial drone service to launch in 2017

Posted by in categories: drones, transportation

We’ve seen Project Wing, the air-delivery service from Google, tap NASA to help sidestep reams of bureaucratic red tape and get off the ground before, and it looks like the service could soon launch in earnest. The outfit’s laying the groundwork right now and says that its goal is having the commercial flights up and running in 2017, according to Reuters. The company is one of several working with the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a registry for drones and eventually dedicated air traffic control system. The former would ideally be in place by this December 20th, making sure operators are aware of rules on where, when and how to fly their aircraft.

Google’s David Vos told the audience at an air traffic control covention that his company would want low-altitude space (14,500 feet and below), coincidentally dubbed “Class G,” reserved for UAVs to fly over cities. Rather than continuously doing the hokey pokey to get past the FAA, this is a crucial step to getting more commercial drones in the air. Whether or not that’s a good thing is entirely up to you.

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