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Oct 3, 2016

Acne sufferers live longer, research suggests

Posted by in category: life extension

Interesting article that suggests Acne sufferers may live longer.


Spotty teenagers may have the last laugh over their peers with perfect skin after research found that those who suffer from acne are likely to live longer.

Their cells have a built-in protection against ageing which is likely to make them look better in later life, a study has found.

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Oct 3, 2016

Robot Nurses Will Make Shortages Obsolete

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

By 2022, one million nurse jobs will be unfilled—leaving patients with lower quality care and longer waits. But what if robots could do the job?

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Oct 3, 2016

Can we build AI without losing control over it?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris — and not just in some theoretical way. We’re going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven’t yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.

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Oct 2, 2016

A Global Monopoly Just Took Over The Internet, And No One Even Noticed

Posted by in categories: government, internet

Hmmmm.


By: Claire Bernish / (The Free Thought Project) On Saturday, the United States ceded oversight of one of the Internet’s most basic and fundamental functions — the so-called “root zone,” which governs new domain names and addresses — handing it over to a small non-profit group by allowing a 47-year contract to expire.

For decades, the U.S. Commerce Department held a contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — whose executives and board of directors must now report to an Internet “stakeholder community,” loosely comprised of academics, activists, engineers, government officials, and corporate interests.

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Oct 2, 2016

What does your skin say about you? Apparently, it says what you say

Posted by in category: futurism

Plain wild.


Your skin can say a lot about you — from your age to the last time you saw the sun. Now, an Israeli startup called VocalZoom wants to examine skin to make much more complicated analyses: comprehending what we say.

When we talk, the skin on our faces make subtle vibrations, too slight to be noticed with the human eye. While experimenting with an instrument known as an interferometer, VocalZoom CEO Tal Bakish and his team noticed it could detect peculiar measurements. “When it measures the face, we found out that the vibrations were caused only by the speaker’s voice and were not affected at all by any background voice,” he told Digital Trends. “At this point we realized that we have a disruptive technology to extract the voice of speaker in any noisy condition.”

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Oct 2, 2016

When Taking Robots Global, One Size Does Not Fit All

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Even robots can get lost in translation. PCMag talks to Dr. Selma Sabanovic about the challenges of taking them global.

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Oct 2, 2016

Low-Cost Gene Editing Could Breed a New Form of Bioterrorism

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, terrorism

What would happen if gene editing fell into the wrong hands?

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Oct 2, 2016

Virtual reality helps net last Auschwitz criminals

Posted by in category: virtual reality

3D model allows German investigators to ‘walk through’ death camp and ‘see’ what Nazi suspects would have known about the killings.

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Oct 2, 2016

Swiss manufacturer Küng brings the sauna tradition to the living room

Posted by in category: futurism

A sauna in the living room; I want one.


London Design Festival 2016: Swiss company Küng has designed a series of saunas that can be installed in the living room to take advantage of limited living space.

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Oct 2, 2016

Split-Ring Resonators Add to SIW Bandpass Filter

Posted by in category: materials

Nice read.


When square CSRR cells were cascaded (Fig. 12), a compact SIW circuit was achieved with bandpass response, with low return and insertion losses from 7.2 to 10.0 GHz. This compact bandpass filter has dimensions of 34 × 18 mm2 and is formed from three cascaded CSRR cells. It was simulated from 4 to 10 GHz with simulated results of −33.1-dB minimum return loss and 0.3-DB insertion loss at 8.8 GHz (Fig. 13).

The miniature CSRR-loaded SIW bandpass filter shows reasonable insertion and return losses from 7.2 to 9.8 GHz. This technology, of fabricating CSRR cells with SIW transmission lines on low-loss microwave substrate materials, shows great promise for the creation of compact bandpass filters at microwave frequencies.

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