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Jun 25, 2015

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, environmental, futurism, military, space

The Pentagon is working on technology that will allow it to engineer a new organism within a day of it being found in the wild.

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Jun 25, 2015

Google wants to bring free wifi to the world.… and it’s starting NOW

Posted by in category: internet

*fist pumps*

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Jun 25, 2015

The Living, Breathing ‘Human on a Chip’ Is Coming

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers are combining human cells and polymers to make a very trippy contraption for medical testing.

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Jun 25, 2015

Some People Can’t Conjure Mental Images. Are You One of Them?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Mentally count the windows in your home. Did you close your eyes? Visualize your house’s layout in your head? I did, when I tried this task. But some people, researchers have discovered, seem to be incapable of producing and holding such images in their mind’s eye. (They’re also perfectly capable of answering the window question.)

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Jun 25, 2015

OS Fermentation Salon Series — By EcoArtTech

Posted by in categories: biological, chemistry, food, health

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“OS FERMENTATION events have included installations, workshops, prints, and tastings. The installation includes digital prints created by custom electronics and software that allow microbes to take their own “selfies” and add image manipulation effects to their images based on the shifting pH levels, oxygen, and color values of the fermentation process.”

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Jun 25, 2015

We Are 100%, For Sure, in the Middle of a Major Extinction Event — Kaleigh Rogers | Motherboard

Posted by in categories: environmental, existential risks, human trajectories

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“Even using conservative estimates, the researchers found that the rate of extinction in the last 115 years is as high as 50 times what it would be under normal circumstances.” Read more

Jun 24, 2015

NASA Plans To Use Nukes On Potential Doomsday Asteroid

Posted by in categories: existential risks, space

If NASA has its way, the human race won’t be going the way of the dinosaurs any time soon.

The space agency is teaming up with the National Nuclear Security Administration to work on a planetary defense plan to deflect a potential doomsday asteroid so it doesn’t strike Earth, according to The New York Times.

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Jun 24, 2015

Water splitter produces clean-burning hydrogen fuel 24/7

Posted by in category: energy

Unlike conventional water splitters, the Stanford device uses a single low-cost catalyst to generate hydrogen on one electrode and oxygen on the other (credit: L.A. Cicero/Stanford University)

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Jun 24, 2015

3 New Kinds of Battery That Just Might Change the World

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, energy, futurism

The search for smaller and more powerful batteries continues.

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Jun 24, 2015

Brain-to-text: decoding spoken phrases from phone representations in the brain — Frontiers of Neuroscience

Posted by in category: neuroscience

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“Here, we show for the first time that continuously spoken speech can be decoded into the expressed words from intracranial electrocorticographic (ECoG) recordings.” Read more