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Jan 18, 2016

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years

Posted by in category: futurism

The insect is so large — as big as a human hand — it’s been dubbed a “tree lobster.” It was thought to be extinct, but some enterprising entomologists scoured a barren hunk of rock in the middle of the ocean and found surviving Lord Howe Island stick insects.

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Jan 18, 2016

4 Cosmic Phenomena That Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Light

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space

Hopefully one day soon we’ll be able to add a fifth cosmic phenomena that can travel faster than the speed of light to the list — humanity.


When Albert Einstein first predicted that light travels the same speed everywhere in our universe, he essentially stamped a speed limit on it: 670,616,629 miles per hour — fast enough to circle the entire Earth eight times every second.

But that’s not the entire story. In fact, it’s just the beginning.

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Jan 18, 2016

Lord Howe Island Stick Insect hatching

Posted by in category: entertainment

Is it just me, or does that egg look an awful lot like the ones that hatch out the face huggers in the Alien film franchise?

Well, no matter — a pulse rifle or flamer should do the trick.

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Jan 18, 2016

Serious Wonder Newsletter

Posted by in categories: transhumanism, virtual reality

Exploring the future of Virtual Reality, EVR, and Transhumanism with techno-shaman Jeffrey Lynn Damon! — B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder.

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Jan 18, 2016

Jan Woerner: ESA chief wants to establish a Moon Village

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, materials, robotics/AI, space travel

European Space Agency building a space colony by 2030.


The European Space Agency unveiled plans on Friday to build a “lunar village” by 2030 as a stepping stone to Mars.

ESA chief Jan Woerner said the lunar “village” would be a series of structures made by robots and 3D printers that use moon dust as building material.

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Jan 18, 2016

Canada Opening “International Hub For Stem Cell Therapy”

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

Canada’s federal government believes that ‘regenerative medicine is the future,’ and they’re ready to put money behind this statement.

Stem cells are remarkable. They have the ability to grow into a plethora of different kinds of cells. As the National Institute of Health notes, they are capable of “dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive.” And it is precisely this ability to grow and develop into different cell types that makes stem cells so useful in the fight again a host of diseases and ailments.

Now, Canada’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has just announced that the federal government is set to put in $20 million towards the development of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine. The move is set to support the establishment of a stem-cell therapy development facility in Toronto.

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Jan 18, 2016

Let’s Cure the Disease of Sleeping

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

My latest article for Vice Motherboard. It’s on why I dislike sleeping and how we can get rid of it:


Sleeping is probably the most wasteful thing all humans do.

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Jan 18, 2016

GECKOSYSTGECKOSYST : GeckoSystems to Sign Joint Venture Agreement with Premier Japanese Robotics Co

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, security

Nice venture for GeckoSystems; this is their 2nd venture with another Japanese robotics company in less than 12 months.


Invitation to Japan next month from company’s CEO

CONYERS, GA / ACCESSWIRE / January 15, 2016 / GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (OTC: GOSY) announced that its CEO, Martin Spencer, has been invited by the CEO of a prominent Japanese robotics company to meet for the purpose of signing a joint venture agreement. For over eighteen years GeckoSystems has dedicated itself to development of “AI Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security and Service™.”

“I am pleased to report that due to the continued hard work of one of our Japanese representatives, Mr. Fujii Katsuji, we have again achieved demonstrable progress securing viable joint ventures in Japan. This latest, one of several joint ventures being entertained, is particularly significant due to the breadth and depth of the robotics expertise of this company and their insistence we meet them next month in Japan to sign the JV agreement,” commented Spencer.

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Jan 18, 2016

In Silico

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

https://youtube.com/watch?v=hWUqZmDBJLc

Insilico Medicine utilizing high-performance computing to combat aging and age-related diseases selected for NVIDIA GTC Contest Finals.

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Jan 18, 2016

WhatsApp is now free and promises to stay ad-free

Posted by in category: futurism

WhatsApp is dropping its subscription fees to access the popular messaging service. WhatsApp introduced the fees a few years ago, forcing new users to pay an annual 99 cents subscription after the first year. “As we’ve grown, we’ve found that this approach hasn’t worked well,” admits WhatsApp in a company blog post today.

“Many WhatsApp users don’t have a debit or credit card number and they worried they’d lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we’ll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service.”

If you’ve been using WhatsApp for the six years it has been available then you’ve probably never experienced the subscription fees. Most original users were granted a free lifetime service, but in recent years the company introduced its subscription to new users. Recode reports that if you’ve already paid the 99 cents for the year then there won’t be a refund, but subscription fees will cease immediately.

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