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Aug 18, 2016

From Sci Fi to reality: Unlocking the secret to growing new limbs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Many lower organisms retain the miraculous ability to regenerate form and function of almost any tissue after injury. Humans share many of our genes with these organisms, but our capacity for regeneration is limited. Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, are studying the genetics of these organisms to find out how regenerative mechanisms might be activated in humans.

The ability of animals to regenerate body parts has fascinated scientists since the time of Aristotle. But until the advent of sophisticated tools for genetic and computational analysis, scientists had no way of studying the genetic machinery that enables regeneration. Using such tools, scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory have identified genetic regulators governing regeneration that are common across species.

In a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, MDI Biological Laboratory scientists Benjamin L. King, Ph.D., and Voot P. Yin, Ph.D., identified these common genetic regulators in three regenerative species: the zebrafish, a common aquarium fish originally from India; the axolotl, a salamander native to the lakes of Mexico; and the bichir, a ray-finned fish from Africa.

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Aug 18, 2016

Maiden flight for world’s largest aircraft

Posted by in category: transportation

Neat craft!


The world’s largest aircraft has taken to the skies for the first time in its new guise as the Airlander 10. On Wednesday afternoon local time, the airship from Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) made its short maiden voyage at a UK airfield, after a technical issue grounded a previous attempt on Sunday.

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Aug 18, 2016

Neuromorphic computing mimics important brain feature

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, robotics/AI

(Phys.org)—When you hear a sound, only some of the neurons in the auditory cortex of your brain are activated. This is because every auditory neuron is tuned to a certain range of sound, so that each neuron is more sensitive to particular types and levels of sound than others. In a new study, researchers have designed a neuromorphic (“brain-inspired”) computing system that mimics this neural selectivity by using artificial level-tuned neurons that preferentially respond to specific types of stimuli.

In the future, level-tuned neurons may help enable systems to perform tasks that traditional computers cannot, such as learning from their environment, pattern recognition, and knowledge extraction from big data sources.

The researchers, Angeliki Pantazi et al., at IBM Research-Zurich and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, both in Switzerland, have published a paper on the new neuromorphic architecture in a recent issue of Nanotechnology.

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Aug 18, 2016

China’s Scientists Propose the Human ‘Quantum Brain’ –“The Source of Our Dominance on the Planet: More Complex Than a Galaxy”

Posted by in categories: engineering, neuroscience, quantum physics

The human brain has Quantum consciousness according to China. Why a cogitative thinking system that truly mimics the human brain will require QC.


Chinese scientists have proposed a new theory that explains why humans are so much more intelligent than animals even though our brains are often much smaller than those of other species. Researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Neuroscience and Neuro-engineering have previously carried out studies backing the theory that the brain not only processes and passes on information not only through electrical and chemical signals, but also with photons of light.

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Aug 18, 2016

Why China’s Quantum Satellite Is Incredible—And Will Surely Be Overhyped

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics, satellites

Sure some things may be hyped up; however, not everything including hacking. And, I would not wish to see others make the mistake of believing that they will not be hacked by state funded hackers with access to a quantum network. Especially, when you understand China’s advances in QC and close partnerships with Australia’s QC labs and researchers.


A word of caution so we can all be excited for the right reasons.

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Aug 18, 2016

Video: The Coming Quantum Computing Revolution

Posted by in categories: engineering, finance, quantum physics, supercomputing

In this video, D-Wave Systems Founder Eric Ladizinsky presents: The Coming Quantum Computing Revolution.

“Despite the incredible power of today’s supercomputers, there are many complex computing problems that can’t be addressed by conventional systems. Our need to better understand everything, from the universe to our own DNA, leads us to seek new approaches to answer the most difficult questions. While we are only at the beginning of this journey, quantum computing has the potential to help solve some of the most complex technical, commercial, scientific, and national defense problems that organizations face. We expect that quantum computing will lead to breakthroughs in science, engineering, modeling and simulation, financial analysis, optimization, logistics, and national defense applications.”

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Aug 18, 2016

I’m the presidential candidate who wants us to live forever

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

My new article on transhumanism in New Scientist. Look for it in the print edition too:


Forget Trump and Clinton, I’m campaigning for the US to embrace technology with the potential to make us immortal, says White House contender Zoltan Istvan.

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Aug 18, 2016

Can An Algorithm Diagnose Better Than A Doctor?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science, robotics/AI

Will artificial intelligence solve doctor shortages? Will it be able to replace the art of making a correct diagnosis? Not anytime soon.

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Aug 18, 2016

New Startup Aims to Commercialize a Brain Prosthetic to Improve Memory

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, neuroscience

Kernel wants to build a neural implant based on neuroscientist Ted Berger’s memory research.

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Aug 18, 2016

Why This Company Is Betting That Reddit Can Make Artificial Intelligence Smarter

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, supercomputing

Stephen Hawking’s AI company is letting its new supercomputer read huge collections of messages.

By Kevin J. Ryan.

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