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Nov 20, 2020

Physicists built an ‘anti-laser’ to charge your phone from across a room

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, physics

A device demonstrated in a groundbreaking new experiment acts like a laser, only backwards. And someday it might send power invisibly through the air.

Nov 20, 2020

Biological engineer outlines state of robot hands and makes suggestions for the future

Posted by in categories: biological, robotics/AI

Subramanian Sundaram, a biological engineer affiliated with both Boston University and Harvard has been looking into the current state of robot hands and proposed ideas regarding where new research might be heading. He has published a Perspective piece in the journal Science outlining the current state of robotic hand engineering.

By almost any measure, robot hand design has evolved into sophisticated territory—robot hands can not only pick things up and let them go, they can sometimes “feel” things and respond in human-like ways—and in many cases, do it with extreme dexterity. Unfortunately, despite substantial inroads to giving robot hands human-like abilities, they still fall far short. Sundaram notes that one area where they need major improvement is in sensing things the way humans do, namely: feeling pressure, temperature and that hard-to-classify sense, pleasure. You cannot tickle a robot hand, for example, and expect a human-like response. Sundaram explains in great detail what is known about the human hand and how it processes sensations, and suggests that robot analogs might possible. He notes that not everything about a robot hand needs to be done in the same way as the human hand.

Nov 20, 2020

Can damage repair give us indefinite youth? | Dr Aubrey de Grey

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, law, life extension

In the third episode of the Healthy Longevity webinar series, we hear from Dr Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation as he joins Prof Brian Kennedy for a science-backed and inspirational conversation on regenerative medicine and the implications of a population that lives longer and in good health.

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Nov 20, 2020

It Sure Looks Like Humans Have Found a Way to Reverse Aging

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, life extension

A landmark study shows this age-old tech is the key.

The cure for aging has long been the Holy Grail of medicine. Emerging technologies, like the gene editing tool CRISPR, have opened the floodgates to what may be possible for the future of medical science. The key to slowing down aging, however, may lie in a simple and age-old technique.

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Nov 20, 2020

With new ‘elegant chemo,’ Israeli scientists edit genome to destroy cancer DNA

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Tel Aviv University team uses ‘microscopic scissors’ to pinpoint and eliminate cancerous cells; results of animal tests just published, trial in humans expected within 2 years.

Nov 20, 2020

Lift eFoil Electric Surfboard

Posted by in category: futurism

For those who like to surf without waves. 😃

Lift’s electric hydrofoil is a futuristic surfboard that lets you silently soar over the water 😍.

Nov 20, 2020

Sunflower Labs Home Security Drone

Posted by in categories: drones, security

You can now protect your home with this security drone! 😃

This security system deploys a drone when it senses intruders.

Nov 20, 2020

Let Your Robots Off The Leash – Or Lose: AI Experts

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

Its taking a bit more time for soldiers to adjust to their new drones.

  • Land Warfare, Networks / Cyber

Let Your Robots Off The Leash – Or Lose: AI Experts.

In DARPA-Army experiments, soldiers tried to micromanage their drones and ground robots, slowing their reaction times and restricting their tactics. Can AIs earn troops’ trust?

Nov 20, 2020

Getting it just right: The Goldilocks model of cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, genetics, life extension

Senescence in cancer cells


Sometimes, too much of a good thing can turn out to be bad. This is certainly the case for the excessive cell growth found in cancer. But when cancers try to grow too fast, this excessive speed can cause a type of cellular aging that actually results in arrested growth. Scientists at Duke-NUS Medical School have now discovered that a well-known signaling pathway helps cancers grow by blocking the pro-growth signals from a second major cancer pathway.

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Nov 20, 2020

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Assembled From Cubes

Posted by in categories: health, mathematics

An exercise in pure mathematics has led to a wide-ranging theory of how the world comes together.