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Sep 2, 2018

As Florida’s toxic red tide stretches on, residents report health problems

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

The red tide that is choking Florida’s southwest coast is causing symptoms including coughs, headaches and shortness of breath, local doctors say.

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Sep 2, 2018

When Will We Get 5G?

Posted by in categories: futurism, internet

This video is the second in a two-part series discussing 5G. In this video, we’ll be discussing the transition from fourth to fifth generation mobile networks along with the timeline for deployment of 5G infrastructure we can expect to see.

[0:35–5:15] First we’ll take a look at how 4G networks have been evolving and their future trajectory, as well as the organizations in charge of setting the standards for a mobile generation.

[5:15–9:55] Following that, we’ll look at how 4G networks will ease the transition to 5G, unlimited data plans and some of the use cases opened up by 4.5G/5G.

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Sep 2, 2018

The future is here! Russia successfully tests exosuit enabling wearer to shoot machine gun 1-handed

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, military, surveillance

The passive exoskeleton is already part of the Russian Army’s Ratnik (warrior), or ‘future combat system’, which also includes a range of surveillance, communications, and defensive equipment. The active exoskeleton may become part of Ratnik by 2025, according to Military-Scientific Committee Chair of the Ground Forces Aleksandr Romanyuta.

Russia has tested a battery-powered electric motor exoskeleton. The ‘Iron Man’ suit enables the wearer to accurately hit a target with a machine gun one-handed.

Soldiers wearing the high-tech exosuit can run faster and wield heavier equipment and weapons, Oleg Faustov – the chief designer of military industry company TsNIITochMash, which developed the exoskeleton – told TASS.

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Sep 2, 2018

Here we go again: Newly discovered Android vulnerability can be used to spy on you

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

We write often here about the security vulnerabilities of Android devices that are due, at least in part, to how much of a delay there can be in the latest software updates making the rounds. Which can leave some handsets dangerously vulnerable if the device manufacturer is slow on the uptake.

Which means we’re constantly writing posts like this one: Researchers from Nightwatch Cybersecurity this week put out an advisory about an Android vulnerability that purportedly exposes information about a user’s device to all applications running on the device. There’s a fix for it, but not if you’re running a too-old version of Android.

According to the advisory, the information includes “the Wi-Fi network name, BSSID, local IP addresses, DNS server information and the MAC address. Some of this information (MAC address) is no longer available via APIs on Android 6 and higher, and extra permissions are normally required to access the rest of this information. However, by listening to these broadcasts, any application on the device can capture this information thus bypassing any permission checks and existing mitigations.”

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Sep 1, 2018

66% of Cancers Are Caused by DNA Error, Not Environment or Lifestyle, Finds Johns Hopkins Study

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Two-thirds of all cancers are caused by DNA replication errors, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. But don’t light a celebratory cigarette just yet.

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Sep 1, 2018

Artificial intelligence spots obesity from space

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, robotics/AI, space

Satellite images could help target public health interventions.

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Sep 1, 2018

Ageing in Human Cells Successfully Reversed in the Lab

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

The ability to reverse ageing is something many people would hope to see in their lifetime. This is still a long way from reality, but in our latest experiment, we have reversed the ageing of human cells, which could provide the basis for future anti-degeneration drugs.

Ageing can be viewed as the progressive decline in bodily function and is linked with most of the common chronic diseases that humans suffer from, such as cancer, diabetes and dementia. There are many reasons why our cells and tissues stop functioning, but a new focus in the biology of ageing is the accumulation of “senescent” cells in the tissues and organs.

Senescent cells are older deteriorated cells that do not function as they should, but also compromise the function of cells around them. Removal of these old dysfunctional cells has been shown to improve many features of ageing in animals such as the delayed onset of cataracts.

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Sep 1, 2018

Turning Old Beer Bottles Into Sand

Posted by in category: futurism

I think this is a great idea and I would invest in it for here. But I would create it as a vending machine also and for $1 and a beer (and soda) bottle you would get…? what? I need some ideas. What do beer drinkers want? How about for soft drinks?

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Sep 1, 2018

Scientists clone virus to help stop overwhelming grape disease

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A new discovery by Washington State University scientists could help grape growers roll back a devastating virus that withers vines and shrivels harvests.

Named for how it curls the leaves of infected plants, grapevine leafroll disease costs growers millions of dollars in lost vines and productivity. Until now, no one has been able to replicate one of the main culprits behind the disease, a called grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3—leafroll 3, for short.

For the first time, researchers in WSU’s Department of Plant Pathology have found a way to clone leafroll 3, opening the door for experiments and treatments to protect valuable Washington vineyards.

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Sep 1, 2018

Mars Opportunity rover will have 45 days to phone home

Posted by in categories: solar power, space, sustainability

As a planet-wide dust storm enveloped Mars, many were concerned about the fate of the Opportunity rover. After all, Opportunity is dependent on solar panels; the opacity of the dust storm meant that she wasn’t getting enough light to stay powered. The team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory last heard from Opportunity on June 10th. Now, the storm is lifting, and once its opacity reaches a tau level of 1.5, the little rover will have 45 days to respond to the team’s signals. Otherwise, NASA will stop actively listening for the rover.

The tau measures the amount of dust and particulate in the Martian atmosphere. The team hopes that, once the skies have cleared enough and the rover has recharged its batteries, Opportunity will be able to hear and respond to the signals that Earth is sending its way. If 45 days have passed without a response, the team will cease its active efforts to recover the rover. “If we do not hear back after 45 days, the team will be forced to conclude that the Sun-blocking dust and the Martian cold have conspired to cause some type of fault from which the rover will more than likely not recover,” said John Callas, Opportunity’s project manager, in a statement.

That doesn’t mean NASA will have fully given up on Opportunity, though. After all, the rover was originally tasked with a 90-day mission and is still working almost 15 years later. The team will continue “passive listening efforts” — presumably stop sending the rover active signals through the Deep Space Network, but monitor in case Opportunity reaches out first — for an additional several months.

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