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Feb 1, 2017

February’s Best Books, Gadgets, and VR Systems

Posted by in categories: transhumanism, virtual reality

This story starts with a review on a new book on the future and transhumanism. This was out in print of Vice Mag:…tems-v24n1 #transhumanism

In this month’s issue of VICE magazine, we review the best VR headsets, Mark O’Connell’s new book on transhumanism, and a new startup working to get digital art on your walls.

This story appeared in the February Issue of VICE magazine. Click HERE to subscribe.

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Feb 1, 2017

Proof That the Clothing of the Future Will Likely Come From a Printer

Posted by in category: 3D printing

In Brief 3D printing is making waves in the fashion industry. At the recent New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017, threeASFOUR paraded ‘Oscillation,’ a dazzling 3D printed dress that could very well be the clothing of tomorrow.

Avant-garde fashion collective, threeASFOUR, flaunted their new 3D printed dress at the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017.

The eye-catching plastic dress, named Oscillation, is the highlight of threeASFOUR’s Quantum Vibrations collection. “We got very interested in the geometric shapes which lie beneath vibration,” says designer Gabi Asfour. “We spent a long time researching them and discovered that there are very specific formations that happen under certain frequencies. These formations reminded us of prints and other designs, a bit like tribal tattoos.”

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Feb 1, 2017

Are we simulated beings living in a simulated universe?

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment

Considering how far technology has come in recent years, the idea that we may all just be simulated beings in a simulated game may not be too far off. And microchips might soon become so powerful they can simulate something as complex as the cosmos.

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Feb 1, 2017

These powerful blazars are the most distant ever seen

Posted by in category: cosmology

Monster black holes shooting jets of gamma-ray radiation right at us have been spotted farther away than ever before, dating back to when the universe was nearly one-tenth its current age.

The five distant objects, called gamma-ray blazars, deepen the mystery of how black holes so large could have formed so early in the universe’s history.

Roopesh Ojha, an astronomer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, presented the new results during a press conference today (Jan. 30) at the American Physical Society meeting in Washington, D.C. The results will also be published in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement. [Found: Gamma-Ray Blazars Powered by ‘Supersized’ Black Holes (Video)].

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Feb 1, 2017

Scientists closer to identifying light elements in Earth’s core

Posted by in category: futurism

Researchers have narrowed down the list of light elements likely found in Earth’s core. The missing elements are most likely hydrogen, silicon and sulfur.

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Jan 31, 2017

Humans Successfully Created A Human/Pig Chimera

Posted by in category: bioengineering

Scientists successfully grew a half pig/half human embryo.

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Jan 31, 2017

Help Me, Obi-Wan! New Hologram Technology Mimics ‘Star Wars’

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, holograms, physics

Princess Leia’s holographic plea in the classic film “Star Wars” inspired researchers to work toward a device that could project real-life sci-fi holograms. Now, the futuristic 3D imaging may be one step closer to reality.

A team of physicists at the Australian National University (ANU) invented a tiny device that creates the highest-quality holographic images ever achieved, the scientists said.

Study lead researcher Lei Wang, a Ph.D. student at the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering, said he first learned about the concept of holographic imaging from the “Star Wars” movies. However, these futuristic-looking 3D images could be used for more practical ends than sending messages from a galaxy far, far away. [Photos: Microsoft’s HoloLens Transforms Surroundings with Holographic Tech].

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Jan 31, 2017

Earth And Moon May Be On Long-Term Collision Course

Posted by in categories: energy, evolution, space

Nothing to fret about, but it is interesting that our Earth and Moon may end up colliding in the end. That’s long after our Sun has expanded as a Red Giant, but the implications for other earth-moon type systems are interesting.

For now, our anomalously large Moon is spinning away from us at a variable rate of 3.8 centimeters per year. But, in fact, the Earth and Moon may be on a very long-term collision course — one that incredibly some 65 billion years from now, could result in a catastrophic lunar inspiral.

“The final end-state of tidal evolution in the Earth-Moon system will indeed be the inspiral of the Moon and its subsequent collision and accretion onto Earth,” Jason Barnes, a planetary scientist at the University of Idaho, told me.

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Jan 31, 2017

A New Alliance Could Give Humanity the World’s First Cancer Vaccine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy has partnered with dozens of organizations to develop a cancer vaccine to prevent the disease which is expected to grow by an additional 21.7 million through 2030. The plan is to target genetic markers specific to tumors to allow the body to generate an immune response to combat the cancer before it ever takes hold.

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Jan 31, 2017

Soft robotic sleeve developed to aid failing hearts

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

A soft robotic sleeve placed around the heart in a pig model of acute heart failure. The actuators embedded in the sleeve support heart function by mimicking the outer heart muscles that induce the heart to beat. (credit: Harvard SEAS)

An international team of scientists has developed a soft robotic sleeve that can be implanted on the external surface of the heart to restore blood circulation in pigs (and possibly humans in the future) whose hearts have stopped beating.

The device is a silicone-based system with two layers of actuators: one that squeezes circumferentially and one that squeezes diagonally, both designed to mimic the movement of healthy hearts when they beat.

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