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Jun 10, 2018

20 Years of Earth Data Now at Your Fingertips

Posted by in category: satellites

Powerful Earth-observing instruments aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, launched in 1999 and 2002, respectively, have observed nearly two decades of planetary change. Now, for the first time, all that imagery — from the first operational image to imagery acquired today — is available for exploration in Worldview.

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Jun 10, 2018

Isaac Launches New Era of Autonomous Machines

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

ComputexNVIDIA today announced the availability of NVIDIA® Isaac™, a new platform to power the next generation of autonomous machines, bringing artificial intelligence capabilities to robots for manufacturing, logistics, agriculture, construction and many other industries.

Launched at Computex 2018 by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang, NVIDIA Isaac includes new hardware, software and a virtual-world robot simulator.

“AI is the most powerful technology force of our time,” said Huang. “Its first phase will enable new levels of software automation that boost productivity in many industries. Next, AI, in combination with sensors and actuators, will be the brain of a new generation of autonomous machines. Someday, there will be billions of intelligent machines in manufacturing, home delivery, warehouse logistics and much more.”

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Jun 10, 2018

Researchers Have Invented an Awesome And Scary Nuclear Battery Pack

Posted by in categories: materials, nuclear energy

Are we ready?


Batteries powered by radioactive materials have been around for more than a century, but what they promise in power they usually lose in bulk.

Not so with a new kind of power source, which combines a novel structure with a nickel isotope to pack ten times more power than an electrochemical cell of the same size. The only question is, are we ready to go nuclear?

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Jun 10, 2018

Another “missing” component could revolutionize electronics

Posted by in categories: business, computing

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Another “missing” component could revolutionize electronics.

A new theory predicts the existence of an electronic device that works like an inverse transistor. It could make circuits, smaller, faster, and less power hungry.

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Jun 10, 2018

Playing piano with a mind-controlled robotic arm

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI

The arm/hand probably intended for the ATLAS robot. I’d be curious if they are already playing with attaching it on to the robot.


The first person to live with a mind-controlled robotic arm is teaching himself piano. Johnny Matheny has spent the last five months with an advanced prosthetic, designed to replace the human hand and arm.

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Jun 10, 2018

Nucleus of the cell mapped in 3D

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

For the first time, researchers have mapped the cell nucleus in 3D, revealing the packaging and organization of a cell’s DNA in unprecedented detail.


June 8 (UPI) — The nucleus of the cell is where the action happens, but it’s not easy to analyze the behavior of a massive genome inside an area 50 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

Now, for the first time, researchers have mapped the cell nucleus in 3D, revealing the packaging and organization of a cell’s DNA in unprecedented detail.

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Jun 10, 2018

Jurassic World: Can we really resurrect a dinosaur?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment

This summer, the fifth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise will be on the big screen, reinforcing a love of dinosaurs that has been with many of us since childhood. There is something awe inspiring about the biggest, fiercest, and “deadest” creatures that have ever walked the planet. But the films have had an additional benefit – they have sparked an interest in dinosaur DNA.

The “Mr DNA” sequence in the original movie is a great piece of science communication and the concept of extracting DNA from the bodies of “dino” blood-engorged mosquitoes is an outstanding piece of fiction. It is, however, just fiction.

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Jun 10, 2018

A Biotech Entrepreneur Aims To Help Us Stay Young While Growing Old

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Startup, Unity Biotechnology, prevents aging—and it’s not as crazy as it seems.


Now on his fifth startup, Ned David has the blueprint for creating a lucrative biotech. His latest project: a company that will take on the ravages of aging.

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Jun 10, 2018

America is unprepared for the “jobs apocalypse” automation will bring

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, robotics/AI

Millions of low-skilled workers who are already being pushed out will need to adapt to the new economy.

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Jun 10, 2018

India Increases Its Massive 2022 Renewable Energy Target

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

For the last several years, CleanTechnica has covered renewable energy development in India quite closely. Several years ago, India set what seemed like a lofty target of 175 gigawatts of wind and solar energy by March 2022. Few believed that was a practical target, but then India plowed forward and happily impressed the world. This week that goal was increased to 227 gigawatts!

Currently, India has added a little more than 70 gigawatts of that goal. Assessing the progress to date on a linear scale, the trend would seem to indicate the country is behind. However, renewable energy growth is not linear.

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