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Jan 20, 2016

Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered

Posted by in categories: computing, space

Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles). In fact, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun.

The researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, discovered the planet’s existence through mathematical modeling and computer simulations but have not yet observed the object directly.

“This would be a real ninth planet,” says Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy. “There have only been two true planets discovered since ancient times, and this would be a third. It’s a pretty substantial chunk of our solar system that’s still out there to be found, which is pretty exciting.”

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Jan 20, 2016

Weak electrical field found to carry information around the brain

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Researchers have identified slow-moving brainwaves they say could be carried only by the brain’s gentle electrical field, a mechanism previously thought to be incapable of spreading neural signals on its own.

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Jan 20, 2016

Globalization is dead: what now?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, genetics, robotics/AI

Interesting perspective of the world and globalization.

It is my belief that we are heading toward a blend of Islandization and Commonization. World transformation is powered first and foremost by the mega-driver of technology, which in turn is central to both of these worlds. The most significant change in the past seven years of world history is that we have entered into a period of sustained technological progress. I fully expect in coming years further breakthroughs in areas including alternative energy, biotechnology and artificial intelligence that dramatically change our economies and our societies.

Unfortunately, I am less sure that technological change will be positive. The exploitation by violent extremists of social media is a case in point of the double-edge that new technologies can bring. This is an extremely disruptive and dislocating time for individuals, organizations and governments alike. The net gain of technology will almost certainly be positive, but there will be winners and losers, and losers will not necessarily go quietly. Nor will the winners necessarily perceive objective gain as actual gain. And some new technologies, such as the gene-editing powers of CRISPR, point to a highly uncertain future.

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Jan 20, 2016

Electromagnetic properties of graphene-boron nitride materials

Posted by in categories: materials, nanotechnology

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The electromagnetic properties of graphene and boron nitride hybrids has been defined by new research. The results provide a roadmap for new nano-engineered applications.” id=” metasummary.

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Jan 20, 2016

Switchable material could enable new memory chips

Posted by in categories: computing, materials

Retaining information even when loss of power.

Small voltage can flip thin film between two crystal states — one metallic, one semiconducting — new research indicates. The research involves a thin-film material called a strontium cobaltite, or SrCoOx.”

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Jan 20, 2016

Self-heating lithium-ion battery could beat the winter woes

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

A lithium-ion battery that self heats if the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit has multiple applications, but may have the most impact on relieving winter “range anxiety” for electric vehicle owners, according to a team of researchers from Penn State and EC Power, State College.

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Jan 20, 2016

Copper deposition to fabricate tiny 3D objects

Posted by in category: 3D printing

A new 3-D microprinting process allows scientists to easily manufacture tiny, complex metal components. The used technology was designed by ETH researchers years ago for biological research and has now been further developed for a completely different application.

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Jan 20, 2016

Quantum computing is coming — are you prepared for it?

Posted by in categories: business, computing, economics, quantum physics

2 weeks ago, I posted a big announcement was coming; well we have officially received it. Now, the question is “WILL YOU BE READY?” Within less than 4 years (2020) Quantum will be available. Everyone needs to be planning and getting budgets and resources in place for this massive transformation that is coming within 4 years. It will be expensive, time consuming, and a lot of prep work around business and it needs to be assessed, planned, and position to onboard quickly to quantum because other countries (including hackers) are going to be on quantum as well meaning more powerful network and platforms to attack older systems.

Quantum computing will change lives, society and the economy and a working system is expected to be developed by 2020 according to a leading figure in the world of quantum computing, who will talk tomorrow Jan. 21, 2016 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

Professor O’Brien, Director of the Centre for Quantum Photonics at the University of Bristol and Visiting Fellow at Stanford University, is part of a European Research Council (ERC) Ideas Lab delegation who have been invited to talk at the annual meeting to industrial and political leaders of the world, including Prime Minister David Cameron. The session will discuss the future of computing and how new fields of computer sciences are paving the way for the next digital revolution.

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Jan 20, 2016

WordsEye Will Show What You Describe

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

Amazing stuff!

Image-analyzing software has been a possibility for a while now. It’s how Google’s reverse image search works. It’s how you are able to deposit a check via ATM or even smartphone. Image creation is a newer development. Google’s Deep Dream, released last year, recreates images that are fed to it by compositing other images, shapes, and colors into a twisted version of the original. The obvious next step here is software that can create an image from a description, which WordsEye has gotten to first.

WordsEye is a new software that converts language to 3-D images. In its current beta state, WordsEye’s images are constructed from pre-existing, manipulatable 3-D models, textures, and light sources. The results are surreal, cartoon-y and a little unsettling. But don’t let this detract from such an advancement in artificial intelligence.

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Jan 20, 2016

WordsEye: WordsEye lets you type a picture!

Posted by in category: futurism

Create 3D scenes simply by describing them and share your creations with friends. A new world of visual expression and a new way to communicate and express yourself online.

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