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May 6, 2018

Landing on Mars

Posted by in category: space

NASA Langley researchers are experts in modeling and simulations for entry, descent and landing, working on missions since the Viking lander in 1976. In this episode, we explore the challenges of guiding landers like Mars InSight through the Martian atmosphere for a safe landing. Watch InSight launch as early as May 5, 2018! NASA Technology #JourneytoMars

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May 6, 2018

This company is creating a product with ‘Superman vision’ that can ‘see’ through solid objects

Posted by in category: electronics

Vayyar is an Israel-based company that’s developed a sensor that can “see” through solid objects using radio frequencies.

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May 6, 2018

How To Turn Mars Into A Green Paradise

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May 6, 2018

Race of the war machines: Russian battlefield robots rise to the challenge

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI, surveillance

The battlefields of the future look set to be the province of robots duking it out on the field as their operators sit pretty, miles away. Russia is moving in leaps and bounds towards fielding its own unmanned forces.

Modern robots are nothing like the Terminator: Fielding human-shaped automatons for combat is much more trouble than it’s worth, so most ground robots are more or less tank- or car-shaped. They aren’t fully controlled by an artificial intelligence, either – not just yet, at least.

With its enormous war budgets and military industrial sector, it’s no surprise the US has been at the forefront of unmanned combat vehicle development. Its Predator drones have been raining death on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen for over 15 years now, and it has been employing small, ground-based firing platforms like SWORDS for years, not to mention the multitude of bomb disposal and surveillance robots.

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May 6, 2018

The Post-Human Generation–An Engineered Evolution

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

On a recent BBC World Service program (News Hour Extra, 12.18.15), a group of space scientists were gathered to discuss these and other aspects of the post-human era. “What about the human soul”, the moderator asked, wondering whether or not these post-humans would still be human. None of the participants were particularly troubled by the question, since they all had assumed that the soul was no more than the particular configurations of DNA which resulted in varying degre…es of insight, intelligence, creativity, and sensitivity. Post-humans will be no different, they all agreed. Only their individual genomes will have been altered to produce a very different human reality – in other words a different human soul.


Once the human genome was completely sequenced; once efforts to recombine DNA had become a reality; and once a mind-computer interface had been realized, there was never any doubt that a post-human era was coming.

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May 6, 2018

Massive dust storms are robbing Mars of its water

Posted by in categories: climatology, space

Additional challenges for those who want to colonize Mars…


Mars was once lush with water. A new analysis of Martian climate data shows a mechanism that might have helped dehydrate the planet.

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May 6, 2018

AI Robotic Plant

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This intelligent plant can offer inspirational quotes.

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May 5, 2018

11-year-old Tennessee girl finds rare 475-million-year-old fossil

Posted by in category: futurism

Ryleigh Taylor found a rare, 475-million-year-old trilobite fossil while fishing with her family in Dandridge, Tennessee.

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May 5, 2018

Are we about to see the end of universities as we know them?

Posted by in category: internet

The University of Everywhere is on the horizon.

It’s going to emerge while the current generation of young people mature into adulthood.

This is what it will look like and what attending it will mean:

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May 5, 2018

How to create a malevolent artificial intelligence

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI

Computer security specialists must understand the beast they are up against before they can hope to defeat it.


If cybersecurity experts are to combat malevolent artificial intelligence, they will need to know how such a system can emerge, say computer scientists.

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