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Nov 26, 2022

Physics of Emergent Behaviour III: from origin of life to multicellularity, 2nd July 2021 (part 1)

Posted by in categories: biological, physics

Workshop supported by the Imperial College Physics of Life Network of Excellence.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/physics-of-life.

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Nov 26, 2022

Futuristic Weapons

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

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This series looks at devices and concepts we may see in future conflicts, and we will look at both hypothetical technologies and those limitations placed on us by fighting in space, for instance, rather than on the ground.

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Nov 26, 2022

Quantum computing pioneer D-Wave looks at the technology’s past, present and future

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

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Quantum computing could be a disruptive technology. It’s founded on exotic-sounding physics and it bears the promise of solving certain classes of problems with unprecedented speed and efficiency. The problem, however, is that to this day, there has been too much promise and not enough delivery in the field, some say. Perhaps with the exception of D-Wave.

The company that helped pioneer quantum computing over 15 years ago has clients such as BASF, Deloitte, Mastercard and GlaxoSmithKline today. Alan Baratz went from running D-Wave’s R&D to becoming its CEO, taking the company public while launching products and pursuing new research directions.

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Nov 26, 2022

Why this Solution to the Fermi Paradox Is Terrifying

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, existential risks

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Nov 26, 2022

Scientists Accidentally Discover Weight Loss Therapy After Mice Start Sweating Fat From Their Skin

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Accidental science is the best. One of the greatest lifesaving drugs in history – penicillin – was discovered purely by accident, and such experiments truly show how intricate and unpredictable science is.

So, when researchers from the University of Pennsylvania began their journey looking for a type 2 diabetes treatment and stumbled across a potentially incredible weight-loss treatment, needless to say, they were more than surprised.

The researchers describe their new results in a paper in the journal Science, in which they applied a treatment to a group of lab mice in the pursuit of counteracting type 2 diabetes. Instead of performing as expected, the experiment took a surprising turn – the mice started secreting a slimy substance through their skin.

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Nov 26, 2022

Psychedelics: Chemicals, Consciousness, and Creativity

Posted by in categories: chemistry, neuroscience

Could psychedelics make you more creative? Shift your mind, connect you to others, and help you access a younger, more malleable version of yourself? Activist Rick Doblin, neuroscientist Gül Dölen, and musician Reggie Watts join Brian Greene for a mind-bending and multidisciplinary conversation about the promises and pitfalls of these “magic” molecules and their impact on creativity, connection, and consciousness.

This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

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Nov 26, 2022

A cutting-edge radar system could be a front-line tool to fight dangerous space junk

Posted by in categories: mapping, satellites

Plenty of potential solutions have been put forward to deal with the problem, but they all face a similar problem at the first step: how to track the debris they’re attempting to eliminate. Enter a new idea from researchers in Iran — using a novel type of radar to detect and track space debris before it becomes a danger.

The novel type of radar is called inverse synthetic aperture radar, or ISAR. As one might expect from the name, it’s the opposite of synthetic aperture radar (SAR). SAR has become much more prominent lately, especially by satellites attempting to collect data about the Earth, especially terrain data that might be useful for geospatial mapping.

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Nov 26, 2022

Breakthrough study reveals that human and octopus brains have common features

Posted by in categories: evolution, neuroscience

The study’s findings could play a crucial role in developing a complex brain.

A common feature that connects humans and octopuses has only recently been revealed. It may sound a little bit quirky to you, but not to scientists.

Published very recently in Science Advances today, a team led by Nikolaus Rajewsky of the Max Delbrück Center has now shown that their evolution is linked to a dramatic expansion of their microRNA repertoire.

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Nov 26, 2022

Banned: Huawei and ZTE telecommunications ‘threat’ to national security, says US

Posted by in category: security

Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications Corp., Hikvision, and Dahua have made it to the list.

United States has prohibited selling and importing new Huawei and ZTE telecommunications devices due to “national security concerns.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new regulations that forbade the sale and import of new Huawei and ZTE, according to the documents released by the agency on Friday.

Nov 26, 2022

Tesla phones an ‘alternative’ if Apple and Google ‘boot’ Twitter, Musk responds

Posted by in categories: business, Elon Musk, mobile phones, sustainability, transportation

The business mogul’s opening up to more ‘free speech’ on Twitter may have ruffled some feathers.

Elon Musk might have just hinted at making Tesla phones (Tesla Pi) a reality if Apple and Google were to “boot” Twitter from their app stores.

“If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone,” Liz Wheeler, a video podcaster, said in a Twitter thread on Friday.

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