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Oct 9, 2016

Flipboard on Flipboard

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

California’s department of motor vehicles said late on Friday the most advanced self-driving cars will no longer be required to have a licensed driver, if federal officials deem them safe enough.

The regulator released a revision of draft regulations that opened a pathway for the public to access self-driving cars, prototypes of which automakers and tech companies are testing.

The redrafted regulations will be the subject of a public hearing on 19 October, in Sacramento.

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Oct 9, 2016

A Train Into Space? Startram Project Could Make Colonizing Mars Easier

Posted by in category: space travel

There has been a lot of talk recently about reusable rockets and asteroid mining making space travel cheaper, but a proposed idea for a maglev train into space might be the real answer.

Using existing maglev technology, the Startram project proposes to launch people and cargo down a 1,000-mile long tunnel 12 miles high at 20,000 mph using a superconducting cable.

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Oct 9, 2016

How an Australian College Student Did What NASA Couldn’t

Posted by in categories: innovation, particle physics

Paddy Neumann kind of looks like someone who’s really into brewing beer. But back when he was a third year student at the University of Sydney, the now Dr. Neumann started on a course of experimentation that would see him beat innovations by NASA’s top scientists.

For his final research project, Neumann was working with the university’s plasma discharge, mapping the electric and magnetic charges around it. He noticed the particles moving through the machine were going really fast. In fact, they were clocking in at around 14 miles per second.

“I looked at my numbers from that final year project and thought, You could probably make a rocket out of this,” he says. Particularly when you consider that conventional hydrogen-oxygen rockets only get around 2.8 miles per second.

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Oct 9, 2016

Industrial robots will replace manufacturing jobs — and that’s a good thing

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

If you listen to the wrong people, the North American manufacturing industry is doomed.

There is no denying that the U.S. and Canada have been losing jobs to offshore competition for almost half a century. From 2000 to 2010 alone, 5.6 million jobs disappeared.

Interestingly, though, only 13 percent of those jobs were lost due to international trade. The vast remainder, 85 percent of job losses, stemmed from “productivity growth” — another way of saying machines replacing human workers.

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Oct 9, 2016

No More Secrets: Scientist Says the Earth’s Magnetic Field will Enable Telepathy on a Global Scale

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience

“Suppose you had access to every person’s brain,” asks Dr. Michael Persinger, “and they had access to yours?” Dr. Persinger, cognitive neuroscientist and professor at Laurentian University in Ontario, is convinced that this is not only possible but is immanent in the coming future. Why? How? In short, his pioneering research shows a strong correlation between the Earth’s magnetic field and the human brain.

If Dr. Persinger is correct, the Earth’s magnetic field is constantly interfacing with our own brains in such a manner as to influence our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. This interface, however, seems to have another effect: Dr. Persinger’s research seems to indicate that the geomagnetic field can store and transmit all the information of every human brain in history. And if we can tap into this informational reservoir, there will be no more secrets. In such a scenario, for example, we can know the true intentions of large corporations, regardless of what they may say through the media. We’d be able to feel and experience the pain of starving people in Africa. This is huge! Pay attention and enjoy!

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Oct 9, 2016

Space Elevator

Posted by in category: space

Is this possible?

A Japanese company wants to build a space elevator by 2050.

Soundtrack by: Thomas Lemmer.

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Oct 9, 2016

Panasonic reveals the ‘invisible’ TV: Prototype OLED screen turns into transparent glass when not in use

Posted by in category: electronics

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Oct 9, 2016

Nature article is wrong about 115 year limit on human lifespan

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Even more criticism of the Nature article last week!

Leading scientific journal Nature reported on Wednesday about a maximum lifespan for humans. But are their statistics right?

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Oct 9, 2016

Life Span Is Only Limited Without Intervention

Posted by in categories: futurism, life extension

Further criticism of the Nature article from Wednesday that suggested there was a limit to lifespan.

We’ve known there is a ‘natural’ maximal human life span for a while, but it would be extraordinarily naive to believe it will always be so

In the latest study published in Nature, researchers claim that human life span has a fundamental limit of around 115. This has been widely publicised around various news platforms, and has proved highly controversial, with many taking sides or making rather grandiose claims about future trajectories. After observing trends in survival from 1900 onwards, the team discovered that maximal life span has plateaued; forming a ceiling at around 115–120 years. Jeanne Calment is so far the longest lived (verified) person in history, passing away at an extensive 122 years. Despite dying in 1997, no one has surpassed her title in over 10 years. The research repeats previous observations and analysis suggesting that without intervention there is indeed a limit to human life span, and that it is exceedingly rare to approach this limit at all; explaining why Calment remains unchallenged.

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Oct 9, 2016

Angel eyes😍😍 BMW 335i

Posted by in category: energy

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