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May 21, 2018

Loss of marine habitats is threatening the global fishing industry – new research

Posted by in categories: food, habitats, security, sustainability

Seafood consumption is both a love and a necessity for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. And its supply is a key part of maintaining food security for the whole planet. But during a time of rapid population growth and increasing demand, stocks of wild fish and invertebrates (such as mussels and prawns) are declining.

The problem is that policies and plans designed to make sure there are enough fish and invertebrates almost exclusively target fishing activity. But we also need to protect the critical habitats that are essential for the sustainability of these stocks and fisheries.

Most species that are fished require more than a single to live and thrive. Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), for example, spends its adult life shoaling in deep water where it lives, feeds and spawns. But juveniles require more stable habitat such as . So, if we want to manage fish and invertebrate stocks for sustainability reasons, it is essential to protect the supporting habitats of targeted species.

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May 21, 2018

Inside the training camp where Google shares its A.I. secrets with companies Alphabet invested in

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The chairs were filled not with Gerard’s fellow Google employees but, instead, more than 100 engineers from about a dozen big privately held companies that Google’s Alphabet had invested in.


As it battles to stand out in late-stage investing, Alphabet’s CapitalG is throwing a new machine learning marathon for its portfolio companies.

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May 21, 2018

China takes a critical first step toward landing on the far side of the Moon

Posted by in category: space travel

Anyone home?

China takes a critical first step toward landing on the far side of the Moon.

The Queqiao spacecraft is now on its way toward L2.

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May 20, 2018

Why NAD+ Declines With Age

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), a nucleotide, is critical for life to exist. From the most simple bacteria to complex multicellular organisms such as humans, NAD is a vital component of cellular function and thus life.

An increased level of NAD+ appears to convey health and longevity, and a decrease is associated with aging and disease. Today, we are going to look at NAD+, why it declines with age, and what science might do about it.

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May 20, 2018

The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live

Posted by in categories: biological, life extension

You may have forgotten about the nucleolus since you took biology class, but scientists think this structure inside every cell in your body may play an important role in aging.

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May 20, 2018

Terrorists Are Going to Use Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: encryption, robotics/AI, terrorism

Machine-learning technology is growing ever more accessible. Let’s not have a 9/11-style ‘failure of imagination’ about it.

There is a general tendency among counterterrorism analysts to understate rather than hyperbolize terrorists’ technological adaptations. In 2011 and 2012, most believed that the “Arab Spring” revolutions would marginalize jihadist movements. But within four years, jihadists had attracted a record number of foreign fighters to the Syrian battlefield, in part by using the same social media mobilization techniques that protesters had employed to challenge dictators like Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak, and Muammar Qaddafi.

Militant groups later combined easy accessibility to operatives via social media with new advances in encryption to create the “virtual planner” model of terrorism. This model allows online operatives to provide the same offerings that were once the domain of physical networks, including recruitment, coordinating the target and timing of attacks, and even providing technical assistance on topics like bomb-making.

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May 20, 2018

Urban Aero moves forward with innovative VTOL aircraft

Posted by in categories: innovation, transportation

The development of Israel-based Urban Aeronautics’ Cormorant prototype is well underway, with hopes of launching a full-scale development of the aircraft in the near future.

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May 20, 2018

A.I. could be the harbinger of a global socialist revolution

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence and automation stand poised to put millions out of work and make inequality even more pronounced. Is it possible to solve one problem with another?

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May 20, 2018

When Thoughts Control Machines

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment, neuroscience

Efforts to connect human brains to computers have taken big leaps forward in recent years. Melding our minds with machines could provide the biggest single upgrade to human intelligence since our species evolved. But are we ready?

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May 20, 2018

This Is What It’s Like to Be a Space Rocket Launcher in Alaska

Posted by in category: futurism

After a massive explosion puts everything at risk, workers at Kodiak Island’s spaceport prepare to launch a new rocket into orbit.

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