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Apr 19, 2024

Daniel Dennett (1942−2024)

Posted by in categories: evolution, neuroscience

Saddened by the news of Prof. Daniel Dennett’s passing. a brilliant philosopher with with such great influence in cognitive science. It’s such a great loss.


Daniel Dennett, professor emeritus of philosophy at Tufts University, well-known for his work in philosophy of mind and a wide range of other philosophical areas, has died.

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Apr 19, 2024

Scientists are one step closer to knowing the mass of ghostly neutrinos — possibly paving the way to new physics

Posted by in category: particle physics

By precisely measuring the mass of neutrinos — ghostly particles that stream through your body by the billions each second — physicists could find some glaring holes in the Standard Model of particle physics. A new experiment has taken them one step closer.

Apr 19, 2024

Spider-like robot could crawl into Mars’ congested caves to hunt life

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

ReachBot is inspired by the movement of the Harvestman spider, also known as a daddy-long-legs. The current model boasts a small body and long, extendable legs equipped with grippers. Moreover, the booms will allow the robot to move ahead.

These appendages allow ReachBot to navigate through the narrow passages of Martian caves to hunt for signs of life and other key resources, like water. The multiple extendable boom limbs have a three-finger gripper that clutches onto the rocks and uses them as anchor points.

Apr 19, 2024

Skyrmions move at record speeds: A step towards the computing of the future

Posted by in categories: computing, futurism

An international research team led by scientists from the CNRS has discovered that the magnetic nanobubbles known as skyrmions can be moved by electrical currents, attaining record speeds up to 900 m/s.

Apr 19, 2024

Intel Completes Assembly of World’s First High-NA Lithography Machine

Posted by in category: futurism

The company says it’s now calibrating the device so it can begin cranking out wafers.

Apr 19, 2024

Neom — The Line — The Rise and Fall of Saudi Arabia’s Linear City

Posted by in category: government

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Saudi Arabia’s plan to build a 170km long, 500m tall, mirrored city in the desert, filled with 9 million people has been curtailed to 2.4km long.

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Apr 19, 2024

HELIOS advanced solar sail concept

Posted by in categories: innovation, space

HELIOS is an advanced solar sail concept being evaluated by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).

NASA’s STMD rapidly develops, demonstrates, and infuses revolutionary, high-payoff technologies through transparent, collaborative partnerships, expanding the boundaries of the aerospace enterprise.

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Apr 19, 2024

Prometheism, by Jason Jorjani (updated review)

Posted by in category: transhumanism

Who could tolerate “being the plaything of fifth-dimensional gods?” Jorjani answers: “No one other than the Prometheist who joins their ranks himself…”

“It is possible that this means something like hacking through the coding matrix of a simulation and becoming one of its programmers… to access and recode this matrix… to embark on a cosmic conquest to recode the matrix of what has been mistaken for ‘reality.’”

And this is visionary transhumanism at its best, on steroids. This is my philosophy. I’ll forgive Jorjani for mixing it with conspiracy theories and some proposals that I dislike.

Apr 19, 2024

Unexpectedly uneven distribution of functional trade-offs explains cranial morphological diversity in carnivores

Posted by in category: futurism

Functional trade-offs can affect phenotypic variation. Here, the authors examine trade-offs between bite force and speed in 132 carnivore species, finding that optimising for velocity can be obtained in more ways than optimising for force, and this may impact morphological variability.

Apr 19, 2024

The big idea of Grand Unified Theories of physics

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

I found this on NewsBreak: The big idea of Grand Unified Theories of physics.

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