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Oct 18, 2018

Elon Musk says ‘Teslaquila’ is ‘coming soon’ as Tesla files trademark

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Billionaire tweets ‘visual approximation’ of bottle as company applies to use the name for tequila branded after the electric cars.

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Oct 18, 2018

The data revolution: privacy, politics and predictive policing | The Economist

Posted by in category: engineering

Ms. Powell does not have any easy or obvious ideas for how to address tech’s monoculture. She thinks of her book as starting a conversation. But any solution, she said, will involve “a fundamental, bottoms-up cultural change” — and one that we should not expect to see overnight.


In a satirical new novel, a former Google executive identifies the technology industry’s chief issue: its narrow engineering-focused bubble.

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Oct 18, 2018

American tech giants are making life tough for startups

Posted by in category: futurism

The behemoths’ annual conferences, held to announce new tools, features, and acquisitions, always “send shock waves of fear through entrepreneurs”, says Mike Driscoll, a partner at Data Collective, an investment firm. “Venture capitalists attend to see which of their companies are going to get killed next.” But anxiety about the tech giants on the part of startups and their investors goes much deeper than such events. Venture capitalists, such as Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures, who was an early investor in Twitter, now talk of a “kill-zone” around the giants. Once a young firm enters, it can be extremely difficult to survive. Tech giants try to squash startups by copying them, or they pay to scoop them up early to eliminate a threat.


Big, rich and paranoid, they have reams of data to help them spot and buy young firms that might challenge them.

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Oct 18, 2018

Sailesh Prasad added a new photo

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Oct 17, 2018

Stephen Hawking´s words from beyond the grave bring tears to

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Speaking from beyond the grave, Professor Stephen Hawking has told a new generation growing up in an increasingly insular world: ‘Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.’

The eminent cosmologist, who had motor neurone disease and died in March, had his final public thoughts broadcast at a special event to launch his last book, Brief Answers To The Big Questions.

Prof Hawking’s words of advice and defiance, echoing from an Imax screen at London’s Science Museum, brought tears to the eyes of his daughter Lucy.

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Oct 17, 2018

Stephen Hawking left us bold predictions on AI, superhumans, and aliens

Posted by in categories: climatology, genetics, robotics/AI, sustainability

The good news: Humanity will survive climate change. The bad news: The only ones who do will be genetically modified superhumans.

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Oct 17, 2018

Weird state of matter produced in space for first time

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space

Atoms cooled to make a Bose-Einstein condensate during on brief rocket flight.

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Oct 17, 2018

What is the speed of gravity?

Posted by in categories: physics, space

According to Einstein’s General Relativity, gravity travels at the speed of light. Proving it is far from simple, though: unlike light, gravity can’t simply be switched on and off, and is also extremely weak.

Over the years, various attempts have been made to measure the speed using studies of astronomical phenomena, such as the time delay of light as it passes through the huge gravitational field of Jupiter. While the results have been broadly in line with Einstein’s prediction, they’ve lacked the precision needed for compelling evidence. That’s now been provided by the celebrated detection of gravitational waves. Analysis of the signals picked up by the two giant LIGO instruments in the US has confirmed that gravity does indeed travel through space at the speed of light.

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Oct 17, 2018

We can now customize cancer treatments, tumor

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

But can any company afford to manufacture one-off medical care?

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Oct 17, 2018

Organs are not just bystanders, may be active participants in fighting autoimmune disease

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Findings from mouse study suggest organs affected by autoimmune disease suppress immune cells using methods similar to those used by cancer cells to evade detection.

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