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Feb 6, 2019

A meteorite exploded over Cuba and its boom was captured on video

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, space

Space rocks come crashing down to Earth with somewhat startling regularity, and when they do they often create a big boom. When a meteorite detonates in Earth’s atmosphere it produces an explosion which researchers call bolides, or simply “fireballs.”

Most of the time, a fireball appears and disappears before anyone is quick enough to grab their smartphone and record it, so we’re left with dash cam videos and still images from stationary cameras to give us a glimpse of the event. Last week, a fireball came crashing down in Cuba and, in a rare treat, we actually get to hear it.

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Feb 6, 2019

Morals versus money: How we make social decisions

Posted by in categories: economics, ethics, finance, neuroscience

The researchers found that people have a moral preference for supporting good causes and not wanting to support harmful or bad causes. However, depending on the strength of the monetary incentive, people will at one point switch to selfish behavior. When the authors reduced the excitability of the rTPJ using electromagnetic stimulation, the participants’ moral behavior remained more stable.

“If we don’t let the brain deliberate on conflicting moral and monetary values, people are more likely to stick to their moral convictions and aren’t swayed, even by high financial incentives,” explains Christian Ruff. According to the neuroeconomist, this is a remarkable finding, since: “In principle, it’s also conceivable that people are intuitively guided by financial interests and only take the altruistic path as a result of their deliberations.”

Our actions are guided by moral values. However, monetary incentives can get in the way of our good intentions. Neuroeconomists at the University of Zurich have now investigated in which area of the brain conflicts between moral and material motives are resolved. Their findings reveal that our actions are more social when these deliberations are inhibited.

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Feb 6, 2019

Cleaning up the clutter: How proto-biology arose from the prebiotic clutter

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry

‘’We find selection rules driving interactions in chemistry as a result of environmental conditions; or emergent properties such as catalytic activity, self-assembly and self-replication; or even as a result of the specifics of chemical reactions.’’

Just like the mythical creation stories that depict the formation of the world as the story of order from chaos, the early Earth was home to a chaotic clutter of organic molecules from which, somehow, more complex biological structures such as RNA and DNA emerged.

There was no guiding hand to dictate how the molecules within that prebiotic clutter should interact to form life. Yet, had those molecules just interacted randomly then, in all likelihood, that they would never have chanced upon the right interactions to ultimately lead to life.

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Feb 6, 2019

This Birdlike Robot Uses Thrusters to Float on Two Legs

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Leonardo the lanky robot can sort of hover-walk on two legs—and that could land it on Mars one day.

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Feb 6, 2019

AlphaPilot AI Drone Innovation Challenge

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

Register now! We’re calling on the world’s greatest minds to achieve a new milestone for the future of artificial intelligence and autonomous flight.

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Feb 6, 2019

The Indian government is worried that cryptocurrencies may destabilise the rupee

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, government

A sore point.

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Feb 6, 2019

Ira Pastor — Dr. Michael Lustgarten — IdeaXMe

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, DNA, futurism, genetics, hacking, health, life extension, transhumanism

Very excited to have interviewed Dr. Michael Lustgarten in my role as longevity / aging ambassador for the ideaXme Show — Mike has been at the forefront of studying the 100 trillion organisms present in the human microbiome, their effect on human health and wellness, as well as a major proponent of metabolomics and biologic age tracking — A true future thinker in the area of extending human lifespan and healthspan

Feb 6, 2019

We are happy to announce Dr. Ruth Itzhaki as a speaker for the 2019 Undoing Aging Conference

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience

“Ruth is a shining example of one of the qualities I most admire in a scientist: dogged perseverance in pursuit of one’s thesis, in spite of near-universal rejection of it by the mainstream community, until one finally wins them round.

It’s only an admirable quality if you’re likely to be right, of course, so you’d better be a really good scientist in other ways too — and she sure is. Ruth spoke at a couple of my Cambridge conferences and I was always dismayed that such solid data and logic concerning the involvement of herpes simplex virus in Alzheimer’s disease was so widely ignored or dismissed for what seemed to be totally flimsy reasons. That’s not happening any more!”, says Aubrey de Grey.…aging-2019

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Feb 5, 2019

The Rise of the Robot Reporter

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Fast, accurate and no typos! Bloomberg News, The Washington Post and The Associated Press test out machine-generated journalism.

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Feb 5, 2019

So long, MarCO, and thanks for the radio transmissions

Posted by in category: space travel

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory says it does not expect to receive any more transmissions from the MarCO CubeSats that accompanied the Insight lander to Mars last year. The two tiny spacecraft, which relayed Insight’s descent signal back to Earth in real time, have not been heard from in more than a month.

Mars approach from MarCO-B

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