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Jan 28, 2016

Astronomers generate image equivalent to telescope 63,000 miles wide

Posted by in category: cosmology

The cosmos came into sharper focus this week with astronomers releasing the highest resolution astronomical image yet. The product of 15 earthbound radio telescopes and a Russian satellite, the image of a black hole in a galaxy 900 millions light years away is detailed enough to show the equivalent of a US 50-cent piece on the Moon.

According to Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), which is leading the project, the image is the product of six European radio telescopes, the nine dishes of the US National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), and the Spektr-R satellite of the RadioAstron mission.

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Jan 28, 2016

Australian Scientists Will Soon Begin Trials for a Fully Implantable Bionic Eye

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, neuroscience, transhumanism

Finally. Bionic eye technology that could give sight back to millions of individuals worldwide is set to start trials.

Adding to the recent buzz surrounding the development of bionic eye systems is news of scientists from Australia who are set to begin trials on The Phoenix99 bionic eye—a fully implantable system that marks a significant breakthrough in neural stimulation technology.

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Jan 28, 2016

Why the Internet is the Greatest Invention in a Very Long Time

Posted by in categories: innovation, internet

The greatest invention of our era? The internet.

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Jan 28, 2016

Scientists use big data to discover a genetic cause for schizophrenia

Posted by in category: genetics

It’s not a smoking gun. But in this week’s Nature, there’s a study that strongly links schizophrenia with a double-agent gene involved in the immune system.

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Jan 28, 2016

Oculus’ New Tool Lets You Animate Films Inside of VR

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

The company’s new program, called Quill, allows an illustrator to create work directly in VR—and then turns the drawings into animations.

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Jan 28, 2016

How To Improve Internet Security — 20th Century Radio Technology

Posted by in categories: internet, quantum physics, security

Quantum Internet — this has been in development and testing for a while now at Los Alamos and I am looking forward to it been expanded to the commercial sector. It has seen some challenges; however, every month we’re seeing the challenges knocked out such as the Quantum Light Source technology.


Imagine communicating with your bank, the IRS or your doctor by way of an Internet that was actually secure, where if any bad actor were to try to eavesdrop you would know immediately. Such is the promise of secure quantum communication, and has been since it was ‘almost ready’ starting in the 1990s.

For quantum communication to become the standard, technical challenges still lie ahead. To make progress toward devices that can send and receive quantum data, researchers at Stanford University have created a novel quantum light source.

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Jan 28, 2016

Exclusive: Inside Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” VR Project

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

We’re going to see many more of these types of announcements coming — Inside Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” VR Project.


The ILMxLab expects to make many more VR experiences for “Star Wars” and other films, and for every VR platform.

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Jan 28, 2016

AMD’s Director Of VR Believes Console VR Is Positive For PC Front

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, virtual reality

I agree with AMD; Microsoft has released its VR for developers. A Console VR should prove to be very interesting over the next year.


AMD’s director of VR, Daryl Sartain, believes that virtual reality for consoles, is positive for the PC Front and to get VR into the market.

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Jan 28, 2016

Light Chaser Animation Releases First VR Story Short “Sent”

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, virtual reality

BEIJING, Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Light Chaser Animation released Sent, its second work in virtual reality and its first VR story short.

Lately, some key figures in the movie industry have questioned the viability of narrative storytelling in the VR medium. Sent is Light Chaser’s first attempt in answering the question.

The 5-minute, 40-second short tells the story of an emoji “Goodbye.” The narrative begins inside the phone of a boy who is having a quarrel with his girlfriend. Behind the chat screen, all kinds of emoji characters are gathered and vie to be chosen and applied to the conversation. When the boy selects “Goodbye,” the emoji embarks upon a magical journey that would turn things in surprising ways for all.

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Jan 28, 2016

Noted futurist predicts disease-fighting computers as small as blood cells in 25 years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

Definitely, we’re already seeing the research releases on microbots.


A famed futurist who foresees a day when and human and artificial intelligence merge and nanobots battle disease spoke to CBC’s Duncan McCue about what lies ahead.

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