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Nov 18, 2020

Abacus.AI raises another $22M and launches new AI modules

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

AI startup RealityEngines. AI changed its name to Abacus.AI in July. At the same time, it announced a $13 million Series A round. Today, only a few months later, it is not changing its name again, but it is announcing a $22 million Series B round, led by Coatue, with Decibel Ventures and Index Partners participating as well. With this, the company, which was co-founded by former AWS and Google exec Bindu Reddy, has now raised a total of $40.3 million.

Nov 18, 2020

Life on Mars? Elon Musk says Starship rockets ‘designed to make life multiplanetary’

Posted by in categories: alien life, Elon Musk

Leave it to Elon Musk to think of putting life on other planets before we’ve even gone back to the moon.

Musk said the capability of SpaceX’s Starship rockets is “designed to make life multiplanetary,” before eventually building a city on Mars.

Nov 18, 2020

Six questions physicists ask when evaluating scientific claims

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

Not all scientific claims are equal. How can you tell if a discovery is real?

Extremely massive fundamental particles could exist, but they would seriously mess with our understanding of quantum mechanics.

Handedness—and the related concept of chirality—are double-sided ways of understanding how matter breaks symmetries.

Nov 18, 2020

Ransomware attack forces web hosting provider to take servers offline

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Ransomware attack on appears to have taken place on Monday, November 16.

Nov 18, 2020

Bioethicist: We Should Give Sex Robots to Lonely Seniors

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, ethics, robotics/AI, sex

Newfound Autonomy

There are ways that a robot companion could outperform humans, Jecker says, by providing sympathetic and patient support free of judgment and condescension around the clock.

“It relates to issues of dignity,” Jecker told the Times. “The ability to be sexual at any age relates to your ability to have a life. Not just to survive, but to have a life, and do things that have value. Relationships. Bodily integrity. These things are a matter of dignity.”

Nov 18, 2020

Human ageing process biologically reversed in world first

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Fantastic news for a change!

The ageing process has been biologically reversed for the first time by giving humans oxygen therapy in a pressurised chamber.

Scientists in Israel showed they could turn back the clock in two key areas of the body believed to be responsible for the frailty and ill-health that comes with growing older.

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Nov 18, 2020

Lurking in Genomic Shadows: How Giant Viruses Fuel the Genetic Evolution of Organisms

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution, genetics

Viruses are tiny invaders that cause a wide range of diseases, from rabies to tomato spotted wilt virus and, most recently, COVID-19 in humans. But viruses can do more than elicit sickness — and not all viruses are tiny.

Large viruses, especially those in the nucleo-cytoplasmic large DNA virus family, can integrate their genome into that of their host — dramatically changing the genetic makeup of that organism. This family of DNA viruses, otherwise known as “giant” viruses, has been known within scientific circles for quite some time, but the extent to which they affect eukaryotic organisms has been shrouded in mystery — until now.

“Viruses play a central role in the evolution of life on Earth. One way that they shape the evolution of cellular life is through a process called endogenization, where they introduce new genomic material into their hosts. When a giant virus endogenizes into the genome of a host algae, it creates an enormous amount of raw material for evolution to work with,” said Frank Aylward, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the Virginia Tech College of Science and an affiliate of the Global Change Center housed in the Fralin Life Sciences Institute.

Nov 18, 2020

First fast radio burst discovered in the Milky Way is now repeating

Posted by in categories: energy, space

The first radio burst discovered in the Milky Way is now repeating as it travels from a magnetar – a neutron star with a strong magnetic field – 32,616 light-years away.

The initial flash of energy was first detected in April and scientist have identified two more, confirming fast radio bursts ‘are emitted by magnetars at cosmological distances.’

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Nov 18, 2020

Telegram Still Hasn’t Removed an AI Bot That’s Abusing Women

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A deepfake bot has been generating explicit, non-consensual images on the platform. The researchers who found it say their warnings have been ignored.

Nov 18, 2020

Acids, Bases, PH, Buffers

Posted by in category: futurism

This video explains acids, bases, PH and buffers.

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