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Sep 7, 2015

Ground-penetrating radar reveals huge monument near Stonehenge — By Nick Summers | Engadget

Posted by in category: human trajectories

“Stonehenge is an iconic and mysterious English landmark, but it’s not the only place to attract the interest of local archaeologists. Nearly 100 stone monoliths have been discovered at a site called the Durrington Walls, about two miles north-east of Stonehenge. For the average visitor, there’s little to see at ground level — just the grassy remains of a sloping bank. But with ground-penetrating radar, researchers have mapped the area and discovered evidence of up to 90 stones three feet underground. Around 30 remain intact, measuring up to 4.5 meters tall, while fragments of a further 60 lay beside them.”

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Sep 7, 2015

Space race heating up as Boeing partners with NASA

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

Boeing Space Taxis in a couple of years.

This past Friday, Boeing unveiled its most recent assembly plant in Florida, only the new facility won’t be building commercial jets or fighter aircraft. Instead, it will be building spaceships, yes actual spaceships.

Boeing is aiming to have its soon-to-be-flown spaceships in the air and space by 2017. Dubbed the CST-100 Starliner, the spaceships could potentially be the first commercial spacecrafts on the market, though Boeing is in a tight race with SpaceX.

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Sep 7, 2015

Everyone’s Heard Of The Ice Bucket Challenge For ALS

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Everyone’s Heard Of The Ice Bucket Challenge For ALS, But We’re Just Beginning To Understand What Causes It.

Publicised in the recent ‘ice bucket challenge’, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a crippling, degenerative condition — but what actually causes it? It may be a transport breakdown, created by blocked nuclear pores.

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Sep 6, 2015

Elon Musk spills new details about the most affordable Tesla ever — By Yoni Heisler / BGR

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Tesla Model 3 Price Release

As far as the Model 3 goes, Musk relayed that Tesla’s electric car for the masses will be formally unveiled in March of 2016, whereupon the company will begin taking pre-orders. And if pre-orders for the Model S and Model X are any indication, it’s a safe bet that the Tesla Model 3 — sized at about 80% of the Model S — is poised to be a runaway hit. The only looming question is whether or not Tesla’s Model 3 design resonates with consumers.

Price-wise, Musk reiterated a price point he’s trotted out before, namely that the base price on the Model 3 will check in at $35,000. As far as a release date is concerned, Musk said that production will begin in two years time. Musk explained that Tesla first has to wait until the Gigafactory is fully operational before kicking off Model 3 production. Read more

Sep 6, 2015

LHC spots a consistent oddity in decays with leptons

Posted by in category: particle physics

A glitch. Or maybe a need to revise the Standard Model and add some new particles!

Not statistically robust, but present in three different experiments.

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Sep 6, 2015

Watch These Embryonic Stem Cells Morph Into Neurons

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Watch These Embryonic Stem Cells Morph Into Neurons.

UCSF researchers have developed a method to precisely control embryonic stem cell differentiation with light — transforming them into neurons in response to an external cue. The research also revealed an internal timer within stem cells which can ‘tune out’ regular biological noise, but trigger rapid transformation when there is a strong and persistent signal.

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Sep 6, 2015

The Holy Grail: Machine Learning + Extreme Robotics

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

Two experts on robotics and machine learning will reveal breakthrough developments in humanlike robots and machine learning at the annual SXSW conference in Austin next March, in a proposed* panel called “The Holy Grail: Machine Learning + Extreme Robotics.”

Participants will interact with Hanson Robotics’ forthcoming state-of-the-art female Sophia robot as a participant on the panel as she spontaneously tracks human faces, listens to speech, and generates a natural-language response while participating in dialogue about the potential of genius machines.

This conversation on the future of advanced robotics combined with machine learning and cognitive science will feature visionary Hanson Robotics founder/CEO David Hanson and Microsoft executive Jim Kankanias, who heads Program Management for Information Management and Machine Learning in the Cloud + Enterprise Division at Microsoft. The panel will be moderated by Hanson Robotics consultant Eric Shuss.

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Sep 6, 2015

Dubai’s ‘Aladdin City’ is coming next year

Posted by in category: futurism

Dubai has given the green light to yet another outrageous building project — a 4,000-acre complex of towers inspired by characters from Arabian Nights, including Aladdin and Sinbad the Sailor.

“Aladdin City” will feature six towers, some designed to resemble Aladdin’s magic lamp, linked by air-conditioned bridges with moving walkways (magic carpets?).

Construction will begin next year, and although the total cost has yet to be revealed, Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, told the Future of Dubai website that it had the funds to finance the project.

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Sep 5, 2015

Bill Gates Predicted Today’s Technologies in 1999

Posted by in category: futurism

The Microsoft founder’s forecasts have proved eerily prescient–and a few of them could still turn out to be great startup ideas.

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Sep 5, 2015

7 real NASA technologies in sci-fi movie The Martian

Posted by in categories: food, habitats, space

1. The Habitat.

2. Farming in space.

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