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Oct 15, 2021

US links $5.2 billion worth of Bitcoin transactions to ransomware

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cybercrime/malcode, finance

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has identified roughly $5.2 billion worth of outgoing Bitcoin transactions likely tied to the top 10 most commonly reported ransomware variants.

FinCEN identified 177 CVC (convertible virtual currency) wallet addresses used for ransomware-related payments after analyzing 2,184 SARs (Suspicious Activity Reports) filed between January 1 2011, and June 30 2021, and reflecting $1.56 billion in suspicious activity.

Based on blockchain analysis of transactions tied to the 177 CVC wallets, FinCEN identified roughly $5.2 billion in outgoing BTC transactions potentially tied to ransomware payments.

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Oct 15, 2021

Spine Nevada’s Dr. James Lynch country’s first surgeon to reach 100 cases using augmented reality

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) — Over the last 15 months, some of the world’s most advanced spinal care has taken place in Northern Nevada.

In July of 2,020 Spine Nevada’s Dr. James Lynch was the first surgeon in the country to use Augmedics Xvision in a community hospital. He’s now the first to reach 100 cases using the cutting-edge technology, which essentially allows surgeons to look through a patients’ skin using a pre-loaded CT scan and virtual headset.

“A long fusion that would’ve taken us an hour before can be done in about 15 minutes,” said Dr. Lynch. “The proof is in the pudding. The last 100 patients, most of them have done very well and benefited from this technology.”

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Oct 15, 2021

A Self-Operating Time Crystal Model of the Human Brain: Can We Replace Entire Brain Hardware with a 3D Fractal Architecture of Clocks Alone?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI, singularity

So there is no practical application of Time Crystal for human cells?


Time crystal was conceived in the 1970s as an autonomous engine made of only clocks to explain the life-like features of a virus. Later, time crystal was extended to living cells like neurons. The brain controls most biological clocks that regenerate the living cells continuously. Most cognitive tasks and learning in the brain run by periodic clock-like oscillations. Can we integrate all cognitive tasks in terms of running clocks of the hardware? Since the existing concept of time crystal has only one clock with a singularity point, we generalize the basic idea of time crystal so that we could bond many clocks in a 3D architecture. Harvesting inside phase singularity is the key. Since clocks reset continuously in the brain–body system, during reset, other clocks take over. So, we insert clock architecture inside singularity resembling brain components bottom-up and top-down.

Oct 15, 2021

Researchers develop fast, low-energy artificial synapse for advanced AI systems

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Brain-inspired computing is a promising candidate for next-generation computing technologies. Developing next-generation advanced artificial intelligence (AI) systems that can be as energy-efficient, lightweight, and adaptable as the human brain has attracted significant interest.

However, mimicking the brain’s neuroplasticity, which is the ability to change a neural network connection, in traditional artificial synapses using ultralow energy is extremely challenging.

Oct 15, 2021

Moscow Metro launches pay per face recognition | DW News

Posted by in categories: privacy, robotics/AI

Passengers on the Moscow metro can now pay for their commute using facial recognition technology. The system is called “Face Pay” — and connects passengers’ biometric data with their credit cards.
It’s been rolled out across all 241 stations in the Russian capital — but privacy activists are sounding the alarm.

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Oct 15, 2021

UK to launch space missions from Scotland next year

Posted by in category: space

This is the first agreement Skyrora has made with a Scottish Spaceport. If successful, this could be the first commercial rocket to go to space from the UK.

The multi-launch agreement with SaxaVord will run for the next decade, giving Skyrora the ability to build towards their target of 16 launches a year by 2030.

#Skyrora is delighted to announce we’ve officially signed an LOI to launch our orbital vehicle, #SkyroraXL, from @Saxavord_Space at the end of 2022!

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Oct 15, 2021

Watch this M.C. Esher-like simulation teach 4,000 robots how to walk

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers from ETH Zurich collaborated with Nvidia develop a novel method for teaching robots how to walk before they ever take a step in real life.

Oct 15, 2021

VanMoof unveils 31 mph ‘hyperbike’ electric bicycle with two motors and full suspension

Posted by in category: transportation

VanMoof has just announced a new high-speed electric bicycle model known as the VanMoof V, which will reach speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km/h). The company is referring to it as a “hyperbike,” which makes sense considering it is faster than just about any other e-bike available in the US or Europe.

VanMoof is largely known as an elegant, tech-forward electric bicycle brand. The Dutch company’s sleek, classy-looking e-bikes are heavy on the tech side but don’t attempt to win any awards on performance.

That makes today’s announcement of a high-speed electric bicycle all the more suprising.

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Oct 15, 2021

How solar rockets can bring Uber to Musk’s Mars city

Posted by in categories: satellites, solar power, sustainability

One emergent company, Virgin Orbit wants to switch from a fuel-burning upper stage to solar energy, a move that could support future human habitats on other planets.

The satellite launch company has made a name for itself with its visually striking rocket launches. Strapped to the wing of a Boeing 747 the LauncherOne rocket doesn’t need the same launch pads and infrastructure as its competitors.

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Oct 15, 2021

Ex-SpaceX Engineers Are Building a Cheap, Portable Nuclear Reactor

Posted by in categories: military, nuclear energy

Nuclear power is going portable in the form of relatively lightweight, cost-effective microreactors. A team of former SpaceX engineers is developing the “world’s first portable, zero-emissions power source” that can bring power to remote areas and also allows for quick installation of new units in populated areas, a press statement revealed.

Last year, the team secured $1.2 million in funding from angel investors for their startup Radiant to help develop its portable nuclear microreactors, which are aimed at both commercial and military applications.

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