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Jul 23, 2015

Astronomers discover most Earth-like planet yet

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By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) — A planet believed to be remarkably similar to Earth has been discovered orbiting a distant sun-like star, bolstering hopes of finding life elsewhere in the universe, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. The planet, which is about 60 percent bigger than Earth, is located 1,400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. It was discovered by astronomers using NASA’s Kepler space telescope and circles a star that is similar in size and temperature to the sun, but older.

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Jul 23, 2015

4 Key Problems With Measuring EV Pollution vs. Gas Cars — Eric Jaffe | CityLab

Posted by in category: environmental

“People basically have to buy a new gas car to get a cleaner gas car. If you own an EV for a decade, on the other hand, it has the potential to get cleaner every year as the electricity grid gets cleaner—in a sense, updating itself in real-time. ‘Only electric cars get cleaner as you drive them.’” Read more

Jul 22, 2015

NASA’s making a big exoplanet announcement this week, watch it live!

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NASA has had a pretty big month already, but apparently the US space agency’s not done yet. The Ames Research Centre team has revealed that they’ll be making a big announcement on Thursday at 4pm UTC (9am PDT on Thursday, or 2am AEST on Friday) about the exoplanet-hunting Kepler mission. And speculation is already running wild that they may be about to announce the discovery of a new Earth-like planet in the habitable zone of a star… in other words, a potential new home for humanity (or prime spot to look for extraterrestrial life).

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Jul 22, 2015

10 Technologies That Could Make Humans Immortal

Posted by in categories: life extension, robotics/AI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=192&v=cIJ2GRWCCyE

Will humans ever live forever? With these technological advancements maybe one day. From Robot Avatars to Scientists Manipulating Molecules Alltime10s proudly presents 10 Technologies That Could Make Humans Immortal.

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Jul 22, 2015

The 8 most innovative scientists in tech and engineering

Posted by in categories: engineering, innovation

Based on our list of the 50 groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world.

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Jul 22, 2015

Deep neural network program recognizes sketches more accurately than a human

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The Sketch-a-Net program successfully identified a seagull, pigeon, flying bird and standing bird better than humans. (Credit: QMUL, Mathias Eitz, James Hays and Marc Alexa)

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Jul 22, 2015

Stephen Hawking aliens theory may be right | Newsday

Posted by in category: alien life

Looking for aliens is really, really cool. But more cool would be finding them. And this obviously leads to the question, what if we catch E.T. watching “Guardians of the Galaxy” in a dark corner of our galaxy? What if we’re not alone? The philosophical consequences are worth intense contemplation.

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Jul 22, 2015

Star Wars VR Pitch Looks Like The Perfect Star Wars Game

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

Pitch accepted.

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Jul 22, 2015

Inside Windows Cortana: The Most Human AI Ever Built

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Microsoft wants Cortana to be the Alfred to your Batman — handling your communications and attending to your needs. We get up close and personal with one of the most human-like artificial-intelligence interfaces ever made.

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Jul 22, 2015

How Brain Implants (and Other Technology) Could Make the Death Penalty Obsolete

Posted by in categories: futurism, law, neuroscience

A new story on how coming technology may change our attitudes on the death penalty. This story was a feature on Vice yesterday, as well as Motherboard:.

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