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Dec 31, 2018

Tesla Model 3 Build Video Shows Why Elon Musk Thinks Humans Are Underrated

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

They play a key role in the process.

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Dec 31, 2018

We wish you all a happy and exciting new year this 2019

Posted by in category: futurism

Happy new year!

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Dec 31, 2018

Blue Rays: New Horizons’ High-Res Farewell to Pluto

Posted by in categories: environmental, space travel

This is the highest-resolution color departure shot of Pluto’s receding crescent from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken when the spacecraft was 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away from Pluto. Shown in approximate true color, the picture was constructed from a mosaic of six black-and-white images from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), with color added from a lower resolution Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) color image, all acquired between 15:20 and 15:45 UT — about 3.5 hours after closest approach to Pluto — on July 14, 2015. The resolution of the LORRI images is about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) per pixel; the sun illuminates the scene from the other side of Pluto and somewhat toward the top of this image.

The image is dominated by spectacular layers of blue haze in Pluto’s atmosphere. Scientists believe the haze is a photochemical smog resulting from the action of sunlight on methane and other molecules in Pluto’s atmosphere, producing a complex mixture of hydrocarbons such as acetylene and ethylene. These hydrocarbons accumulate into small haze particles, a fraction of a micrometer in size, which preferentially scatter blue sunlight — the same process that can make haze appear bluish on Earth.

As they settle down through the atmosphere, the haze particles form numerous intricate, horizontal layers, some extending for hundreds of miles around large portions of the limb of Pluto. The haze layers extend to altitudes of over 120 miles (200 kilometers). Pluto’s circumference is 4,667 miles (7,466 kilometers).

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Dec 31, 2018

Injection to halt the progress of Alzheimer’s ‘available within decade’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

An injection capable of halting the progress of Alzheimer’s could be available to patients within a decade, Britain’s leading dementia organisation predicts.

The Alzheimer’s Society says a series of recent breakthroughs in treatments that disrupt harmful genes has brought scientists to a “tipping point” in their fight against the disease.

For decades, researchers have sought without success a treatment for Alzheimer’s based on targeting damaging proteins that build up in the brain.

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Dec 31, 2018

How long will the International Space Station be habitable?

Posted by in category: space

With each module having a planned lifetime of about 10 years and a continual programme of maintenance, the ISS is likely to be habitable for awhile.

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Dec 31, 2018

New Beetle Species Named After ‘Game of Thrones’ Dragons

Posted by in category: entertainment

The fate of Westeros will soon be revealed.

In the meantime, entomologist Brett Ratcliffe has found three new contenders for the throne.

The University of Nebraska professor named three of his eight newest beetle discoveries after a trio of dragons in George R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series (known more popularly as HBO’s Game of Thrones).

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Dec 31, 2018

Five Trends Set to Impact the Chip Industry in 2019

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

From autonomous things, to edge computing, and 5G, these five trends are expected to have a deep impact on the semiconductor sector in the year ahead.

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Dec 31, 2018

5.8-magnitude quake hits Bengkulu

Posted by in category: futurism

Rahmat Triyono, the head of the tsunami and earthquake division at the BMKG, said the quake had been felt strongly in Bengkulu city, Kepahiang and Central Bengkulu.

“Based on our modelling, the earthquake does not have the potential to cause a tsunami,” he said in a statement.

There were no reports of casualties or damage at the time of writing. (kmt)

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Dec 31, 2018

The under-the-radar Google company chasing immortality

Posted by in category: life extension

Calico will be conducting research until 2022, when it will enter “Phase 2a studies” — or as experts have hinted, human testing — and finally the “late-stage development activities.”

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Dec 31, 2018

2019 China tech look ahead: trade war likely to cast a shadow as AI, e-commerce, smartphone progress continues

Posted by in categories: economics, mobile phones, robotics/AI

While a 90-day ceasefire period is in place for negotiators to end the war, major Chinese technology companies and national initiatives are expected to continue to face challenges in 2019 as the world’s two largest economies remain at loggerheads over global leadership in hi-tech innovation.

Here we take a look at the views of analysts, executives, and experts to see which sectors and companies will likely be in the spotlight in 2019 and what the big issues are expected to be.

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