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Oct 28, 2018

DARPA Wants to Build Computers With ‘Common Sense’

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It’s one of the many programs the agency will fund under its $2 billion next-generation artificial intelligence initiative.

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Oct 28, 2018

Hubble telescope is back to normal operations, NASA says

Posted by in category: space

Welcome back, Hubble!


NASA said the Hubble Space Telescope has returned to normal operations after issues with a gyroscope knocked the device into safe mode.

The telescope completed its first observations Saturday, capturing information on a distant, star-forming galaxy, the agency said.

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Oct 28, 2018

PH’s second microsatellite launched into space today

Posted by in category: space

By Pol Justin Marquez and Dhel Nazario

The Philippines will launch today the DIWATA-2 microsatellite, marking the country’s third venture into space under the P840-million PHL-MICROSAT Program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

SPACE-BOUND – A drawing of the DIWATA-2 microsatellite which will be launched by a Japanese rocket today, marking the Philippines’ third venture into space.

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Oct 28, 2018

‘18 Miles’ is full of interesting tales about Earth’s atmosphere

Posted by in category: climatology

The new book ‘18 Miles’ takes readers on a journey through the atmosphere and the history of understanding climate and weather.

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Oct 28, 2018

The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System

Posted by in category: satellites

Scientists hope the world’s smallest satellites will boldly go where no probe has gone before.

Ben Bishop

During an interview at a Boston- area café, Zac Manchester apologized for not bringing along a copy of his latest satellite — one of many duplicates due to enter orbit this fall during a mission to the International Space Station. “Don’t worry,” says Manchester, a Stanford University professor of aeronautics and astronautics. “I’ll put one in an envelope and mail it to you.”

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Oct 28, 2018

Creams remove skin sun spots with minimal pain and may prevent cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Sun spots – or actinic keratoses – are caused by UV light. Now people are using medicated creams to remove them before they have a chance to turn cancerous.

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Oct 28, 2018

Lasers Could Be Used To Store Data

Posted by in category: futurism

A new way to store data could be on the horizon. A team of scientists are hoping to make new storage devices with lasers.

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Oct 28, 2018

Brain’s ‘gatekeeper’ decides which details need attention

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Neuroscientists know a lot about how our brains learn new things, but not much about how they choose what to focus on while they learn. Now, researchers have traced that ability to an unexpected place in the brain.

In order to learn about the world, an animal needs to do more than just pay attention to its surroundings. It also needs to learn which sights, sounds, and sensations in its environment are the most important and monitor how the importance of those details change over time. Yet how humans and other animals track those details has remained a mystery.

Scientists think they’ve figured out how animals sort through the details. A part of the brain called the paraventricular thalamus, or PVT, serves as a kind of gatekeeper, making sure that the brain identifies and tracks the most salient details of a situation. The findings appear in the journal Science.

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Oct 28, 2018

After months searching for match, Edmonton man to receive stem cell transplant this week

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

An Edmonton man battling a rare blood cancer is scheduled to have a potentially life-saving stem cell transplant later this week.

Bille Nguyen is set to receive his transplant in Calgary on Thursday, one day after his sister Susan donates her stem cells.

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Oct 28, 2018

Titanic II to set sail in 2022, following original route

Posted by in category: futurism

The Titanic is back – and it’s ready to complete the voyage its predecessor attempted over 100 years ago.

The Titanic II, a replica of the original “ship of dreams,” will be setting sail in 2022, following the same Southampton, England, to New York route the famed Titanic tried in 1912.

RITZ-CARLTON’S FIRST CRUISE SHIP ENTERS THE WATER

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