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Jan 9, 2016

Neanderthals may be to blame for your allergies

Posted by in category: genetics

Wow — now, I know who to blame for my hay fever allergy.

If you want someone to thank for your immunity to a whole host of pathogens — or, someone to blame for your allergies — look no further than Neanderthals.

Humans carry three important genes that hail from two ancient, human-like species: Neanderthals and Denisovans, both of which have been extinct for tens of thousands of years.

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Jan 9, 2016

5 Biotech Predictions for 2016

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Truly a potential bummer for Car-T as a result of the risk in creating immune defiancy disease such as CRS.

A win and loss for marijuana, a big advance in Alzheimer’s disease, and the next big thing are among some of the market-moving things I expect to see happen this year.

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Jan 9, 2016

I became a cyborg to feel older, not stronger

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, humor, life extension

Really nice. I may actually see the day that I can climb Everest or K2 at 100 yrs old with my cyborg body.

I like to joke that I’m technically 33 years old, but on the inside I’m 65. I’m less inclined to make that joke after spending 20 minutes or so inside Genworth’s “Aging Experience” exoskeleton. The R70i, which apparently is a barely coded reference to the fact that 70 percent of Americans will need some sort of long term care as they age, is a full body simulator that lets you experience what its like to lose your sight, hearing and even range of motion as the effects of aging creep in.

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Jan 9, 2016

Pocket-Sized Device Charges Your Phone with Water

Posted by in categories: energy, mobile phones

This is a nice concept especially when you’re on vacation or traveling and need to be mobile.

A new portable fuel cell charger can charge a smartphone or tablet by combining saltwater and oxygen, say while you’re basking in the sun on the beach.

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Jan 9, 2016

USA, Russia and China among early entrants in race for Super Soldiers and Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: biological, military, robotics/AI

Glad folks have awaken to the reality of our dated technology. The real question is will they truly be logical in their approach or believe more nuclear bombs are the answer.

The USA has been researching ways to enhance the biology and performance of soldiers for decades.

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work warned that America would soon lose its military competitive advantage if it does not pursue technologies such as employing artificial intelligence.

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Jan 9, 2016

Why We Need A Legal Definition Of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: governance, law, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Everyone today claims they are a digital disruptor or have AI; even if they have call forwarding on their Skype phone thay claim to have AI. So, I do believe there do needs to be better standardized definitions around some of these terms in order to keep confusion down plus not comprimise the real value that these areas bring into the marketplace.

When we talk about artificial intelligence (AI) — which we have done lot recently — what do we actually mean? AI experts and philosophers are beavering away on the issue. But having a usable definition of AI – and soon — is vital for regulation and governance because laws and policies simply will not operate without one.

Creepy robots image from Shutterstock.

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Jan 9, 2016

Why Martian Concrete Might Be The Best Building Material In The Solar System

Posted by in categories: materials, space

Very interesting.

To colonize Mars, researchers are developing a new kind of concrete that doesn’t require water and is more than twice as strong.

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Jan 9, 2016

Will Artificial Intelligence Read Your Mind? Scientific Research Analyzes Brainwaves To Predict Words Before You Speak

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Mind reading may become a reality with artificial intelligence technology. Squash your fantasies of ESP and telepathy.

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Jan 9, 2016

Hyperloop Technologies‘ test track

Posted by in category: transportation

Take a look at Hyperloop Tech.’s test site in the Nevada desert. This is where it plans to conduct its first full-system, full-scale, full-speed Hyperloop test run this year.

Full video: #CES2016

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Jan 9, 2016

YouTube’s money man says the future is live virtual reality

Posted by in categories: business, media & arts, virtual reality

YouTube is the world’s biggest video platform, and its most popular content is still relatively short video clips. But over the last year Robert Kyncl, the service’s chief business officer, has begun to lay the groundwork for a new era of YouTube. He led the launch of YouTube Red, a subscription service that eliminates ads and brings a bunch of premium features to customers. He’s also created separate apps for YouTube’s three most popular verticals: gaming, kids, and music.

We sat down for a chat with Kyncl at CES. He gave a keynote speech earlier in the week, and one major focus was music. Despite being a video service, YouTube’s massive scale means it’s also the world’s most popular platform for streaming music. The new Music app is optimized for that experience, adding features like offline playlists and background play. We chatted about MTV and why YouTube has the ability to be many different things to different people all at once.

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