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Jan 20, 2016

Solar system may host 9th planet, a distant super-Earth

Posted by in category: space

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 20 (UPI) — Astronomers at Caltech say they’ve discovered significant evidence of a large, hidden body at the edge of the solar system — a 9th planet. The team of researchers have dubbed the body “Planet Nine.”

The scientists haven’t actually seen Planet Nine. No one has. But they’ve inferred its presence by studying the orbits of several icy objects beyond Neptune. Scientists noticed the orbits of these Kuiper belt objects, or KBOs, feature similar anomalies.

The orbital oddities suggested the objects were all being affected by a singular source, the gravity of a large object.

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Jan 20, 2016

Cheap DNA Sequencing Is Here. Writing DNA Is Next

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A new startup wants to make DNA writing cheaper and faster.

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Jan 20, 2016

15 Hottest Models Who Live With Chronic Diseases or Disabilities

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Do you look at models and just think that they are the lucky ones who were just born perfect? Well think again! Models are just like us. Sure, they are super-duper attractive and make a lot of money for posing and wearing expensive clothes…but other than that, many fashion models could be our next-door neighbors! Case in point: these 20 Hottest Models Who Live with Chronic Diseases. Many of these people are breaking boundaries and challenging the long-held norms and beliefs that are attached to the modeling industry.

It truly is an inspiration to see these people changing the landscape of who can be a model. We have people here who have debilitating diseases, have overcome mental illnesses, and have accomplished so much for the marginalized groups of people that have just as much right to happiness as average folks. They span the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and beyond. Their presence and accomplishments range from the past and segue into the future. We can’t wait to see how the modeling scene continues to change.

If you ever thought that you couldn’t be as flawless as a supermodel, think again. The truth is that no one is flawless, and our imperfections and struggles are what make us human!

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Jan 20, 2016

New Breakthrough Material: Graphene Elastomer is More Sensitive Than Human Skin

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, materials, robotics/AI

This new material is remarkably soft, and it could revolutionize robotics and prosthetics.

Researchers from the Monash University have discovered a new sponge-like material called graphene elastomer. This revolutionary material is expected to be used for robots designed to help take care of elderly people.

The graphene-based elastomer is exteremely sensitive to pressure and vibrations. Also called G-elastomer, the material has the ability to bounce back despite the pressure given to it. It is described to be very soft and elastic compared to other substances such as rubber or foam.

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Jan 20, 2016

Open-Source GPU Could Push Computing Power to the Next Level

Posted by in category: computing

Researchers at Binghamton University are using an open-source graphics processor unit (GPU) to push the devices’ performance and application.

Binghamton University computer science assistant professor Timothy Miller, assistant professor Aaron Carpenter, and graduate student Philip Dexterm, along with co-author Jeff Bush, have developed Nyami, a synthesizable GPU architectural model for general-purpose and graphics-specific workloads. This marks the first time a team has taken an open-source GPU design and run a series of experiments on it to see how different hardware and software configurations would affect the circuit’s performance.

According to Miller, the results will help other scientists make their own GPUs and push computing power to the next level.

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Jan 20, 2016

Bionic advances to defeat death

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, finance, life extension, transhumanism

Life extension story in Financial Times:


People have long dreamt of extending the human lifespan from the biblical “three score years and 10” (70) to reach Methuselah’s 969 and beyond.

Demographic statistics show remarkable progress in fending off death, at least in the developed world. In reality, average life expectancy in biblical times was not 70 but about 35 years. In Britain this rose to about 50 in 1900, 76 in 1990 and 82 today.

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Jan 20, 2016

New player Masten eyes Space Coast for launches, research

Posted by in categories: business, space

A scrappy but successful startup in the space industry, Masten Space Systems, is making new moves toward opening an office at Cape Canaveral.

Masten recently hired former NASA engineer Jason Hopkins as a business-development scout at Kennedy Space Center.

“I’m basically paving the way to get us set up here and have an office here,” Hopkins said. “Masten is a very small, efficient company, with about 30 people total at the Mojave (Calif.) Air and Space Port. We are considering another office here with the same capabilities.”

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Jan 20, 2016

These New Nanoscale Robots Make “Molecular Assembly Lines”

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, robotics/AI

UK researchers have developed nanoscale robots that can potentially replicate the traditional factory assembly line, except on a tiny, tiny scale.

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Jan 20, 2016

Monkey ‘has successful head transplant’

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

WARNING: Graphic picture. Dr Sergio Canavero says he carried out the surgery on the monkey “without any neurological injury of whatever kind”

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Jan 20, 2016

Water Repellent Metal

Posted by in category: futurism

Meet the metal that repels water…

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