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May 1, 2017

One Day, a Machine Will Smell Whether You’re Sick

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers are perfecting technology that sniffs out signs of disease in breath, blood and urine.

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May 1, 2017

This Transhumanist Politician Wants to be Governor of California

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, cyborgs, geopolitics, governance, life extension, robotics/AI, transhumanism

A nice new write-up on my governor run: https://humanityplus.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/this-transhuma…alifornia/ #transhumanism


It’s a good time to be a transhumanist politician. As faith in the political establishment declines, new technologies, from gene editing to artificial intelligence, are transforming our lives faster than ever. The transhumanist author and politician Zoltan Istvan agrees. He thinks the time is ripe for pro-science and technology governance, and for leaders who will embrace the technologies that could fundamentally transform our conceptions of what it means to be human.

Istvan is a maverick who appears to thrive in an ‘outsider’ role. He self-published a sci-fi novel, The Transhumanist Wager, in 2013, which became a surprise bestseller on Amazon. In 2016, he made an unlikely run for US president as the leader of the Transhumanist Party. Now, he’s making a bid for Governor of California in the 2018 election under a Libertarian Party ticket.

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May 1, 2017

These two women are finalists to become Germany’s first female astronaut

Posted by in category: space

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May 1, 2017

The future we’re building — and boring

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED’s Head Curator, Chris Anderson.

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Apr 30, 2017

Dubai is to test the feasibility of hyperloop trains

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transportation

FOR years Elon Musk, a South African-born tech entrepreneur, has been telling anyone who will listen that the future of travel is the hyperloop. (Although he thinks it might also be driverless cars. Or perhaps affordable space travel.) Dubai may be about to test the limits of Mr Musk’s imagination.

The hyperloop is a train that moves along a tube that is kept at a thousandth of the normal atmospheric pressure at sea level. Because air resistance is one of the biggest obstacles to high-speed travel, all but eliminating it means that hair-raising velocity becomes possible. The proposed technology could shunt passengers along tunnels at perhaps 745mph, which is faster than a jet plane.

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Apr 30, 2017

These New Quantum Materials Can Conduct Electricity at Nearly the Speed of Light

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Physicists have been testing the properties of new 2D quantum materials that could usurp graphene as the ‘wonder materials’ of the future.

These materials, which can conduct electricity at nearly the speed of light, could replace silicon in the next generation of hyper-speed computers. One could even form the basis of a new “exotic superconductor” that could actually break time-reversal symmetry — or reverse the flow of time.

“Finally, we can take exotic, high-end theories in physics and make something useful,” says one of the researchers, Jing Xia, from the University of California, Irvine.

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Apr 30, 2017

DARPA Funds Brain-Stimulation Research to Speed Learning

Posted by in category: neuroscience

DARPA announced the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training, or TNT, program last March, and work now has begun on the effort to discover the safest and most effective ways to activate a natural process called “synaptic plasticity.”

Plasticity is the brain’s ability to strengthen or weaken its neural connections to adapt to changes in the environment. For TNT Program Manager Dr. Doug Weber, such plasticity is about learning.

“We’re talking about neural plasticity, or how the neurons, which are the working units in the brain, how their function changes over time as we train on new skills,” he said during a recent interview with DoD News.

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Apr 30, 2017

Time travel is ‘possible’ — mathematically anyway

Posted by in categories: materials, time travel

A researcher crunches the numbers on time travel using his own TARDIS. Also, a weird new material could be the real-world version of a flux capacitor.

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Apr 30, 2017

China and Europe May Build A “Moon Village” in the 2020s

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space travel

In recent years, multiple space agencies have shared their plans to return astronauts to the Moon, not to mention establishing an outpost there. Beyond NASA’s plan to revitalize lunar exploration, the European Space Agency (ESA), Rocosmos, and the Chinese and Indian federal space agencies have also announced plans for crewed missions to the Moon that could result in permanent settlements.

As with all things in this new age of space exploration, collaboration appears to be the key to making things happen. This certainly seems to be the case when it comes to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the ESA’s respective plans for lunar exploration. As spokespeople from both agencies announced this week, the CNSA and the ESA hope to work together to create a “Moon Village” by the 2020s.

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Apr 29, 2017

US Marines could use robots with machine guns to lead beach invasions

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

The US Marines could one day use amphibious tanks and robots with machine guns to storm beaches.

Researchers are quietly testing around 50 weaponised robots at the Navy’s Camp Pendleton base in California.

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