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Sep 17, 2016

This physicist says consciousness could be a new state of matter

Posted by in categories: cosmology, neuroscience, physics

Consciousness isn’t something scientists like to talk about much. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it, and despite the best efforts of certain researchers, you can’t quantify it. And in science, if you can’t measure something, you’re going to have a tough time explaining it.

But consciousness exists, and it’s one of the most fundamental aspects of what makes us human. And just like dark matter and dark energy have been used to fill some otherwise gaping holes in the standard model of physics, researchers have also proposed that it’s possible to consider consciousness as a new state of matter.

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Sep 17, 2016

Physicists Are Close to Producing Metallic Hydrogen, And It Could Change Everything

Posted by in categories: evolution, physics, space

The implications of the discovery of hydrogen in a metallic form make it a subject of great fervor. Teams are racing toward its use as a superconductor as well as a means of better understanding the universe.

The simplest and most common element, first in the periodic table, shouldn’t be difficult to crack, right? “What could be more simple than an assembly of electrons and protons?” asks Neil Aschcroft, a theoretical physicist at Cornell University. Yet, its supposed metallic form is quite the opposite. Apparently, the physics of hydrogen becomes more complex at high pressures. A sort of mega-evolution.

Hydrogen is naturally at a gaseous state, at room temperature and under atmospheric pressure. But hydrogen becomes solid, given enough of a forceful squeeze or at low temperatures. It also can transform into a liquid, if heat is added while squeezing. What is more confounding is the supposed ability of hydrogen, theoretically, to transform into metal if more extreme conditions are applied.

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Sep 17, 2016

Coming soon: high-end virtual-reality headsets that don’t tie you down with cables

Posted by in categories: computing, virtual reality

Qualcomm’s design for a virtual-reality headset that’s totally untethered sets it apart from the rest of the market.

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Sep 17, 2016

Japanese Scientists Create Lab-Grown Eyes

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists have learned how to grow human eyes in the lab.

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Sep 17, 2016

Westworld Review: HBO’s New Series Is Bold, Compelling

Posted by in categories: entertainment, transhumanism

Fantastic review! I will DEFINITELY be giving this series a go when it premieres very early next month!

This show, like the novel it’s based on, will explore many major transhumanist (and humanist, for that matter) themes. What do you think? Will you be watching too?


Allison Keene reviews the first four episodes of the upcoming HBO drama Westworld, which stars Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, and Anthony Hopkins.

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Sep 17, 2016

Limitless Travel Avatar

Posted by in categories: economics, transportation

As our worldwide transportation network becomes less and less able to support the demands of a global economy, more and more individuals and communities will either spend too much time on the road or become isolated.

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Sep 17, 2016

Could We Build A Real Warp Drive?

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

Warp Drives. Science fiction or future reality?

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Sep 17, 2016

Spaceflight Startup Wants to Launch Rockets out of the Ocean

Posted by in category: space travel

Don’t even need a launch pad.

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Sep 17, 2016

EcoHelmet: This foldable bike helmet is made from paper

Posted by in category: futurism

http://cnnmon.ie/2cR4Mfo

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Sep 17, 2016

Small Canadian town will give land, a job to anyone willing to move

Posted by in category: futurism

Cape Breton is a small island at the eastern end of Nova Scotia. It features all four seasons, the population (as or 2001) is just under 150,000 and the community is true to its small town roots.

The Farmer’s Daughter Country Market, a bakery and general store, is a staple of this hidden paradise and it is looking to expand. They have everything they need, except people.

NOT SURE ABOUT CANADA? New Zealand is proposing a similar but different proposal.

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