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Sep 6, 2017

Sun Unleashes Monster Solar Flare, Strongest in a Decade

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Early this morning (Sept. 6), the sun released two powerful solar flares — the second was the most powerful in more than a decade.

At 5:10 a.m. EDT (0910 GMT), an X-class solar flare — the most powerful sun-storm category — blasted from a large sunspot on the sun’s surface. That flare was the strongest since 2015, at X2.2, but it was dwarfed just 3 hours later, at 8:02 a.m. EDT (1202 GMT), by an X9.3 flare, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). The last X9 flare occurred in 2006 (coming in at X9.0).

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Sep 6, 2017

Top Silicon Valley tech exec on cash handouts: Let’s eliminate poverty for all Americans

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, ethics

It’s de rigeur for the many of the richest of the rich to tout the benefits of giving cash handouts to all American citizens, in part as a way to end poverty. The idea, called universal basic income (UBI), is for every individual to be paid a regular sum of money regardless of employment status.

One of the tech elite who has an interest in universal basic income is self-made multimillionaire and Y Combinator President Sam Altman. “Eliminating poverty is such a moral imperative and something that I believe in so strongly,” Altman tells CNBC Make It.

“There’s so much research about how bad poverty is. There’s so much research about the emotional and physical toll that it takes on people.

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Sep 6, 2017

Startup unveils futuristic exoskeletons to help disabled kids walk

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI

The ‘Iron Man’ exoskeleton that can let disabled children walk again.

  • Tréxō Robotics has created and exoskeleton that can help immobile kids walk
  • It attached to walkers and is battery-powered to help them propel themselves
  • It can help kids with Cerebral Palsy, Paraplegia, stroke, spine and brain injuries

By Sage Lazzaro For Dailymail.com

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Sep 6, 2017

Cellular ‘time machine’ could offer Parkinson’s treatment

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

The secret to a long life? A protein that acts as a cellular ‘time machine’ is found to extend the lifespan of fruit flies by 20%.


Biologists have turned back the clock on ageing in the cells of fruit flies, by increasing levels of a protein called Drp1.

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Sep 6, 2017

Robots could soon fly using Iron Man-style jet packs

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa outlined the initial phase of their scheme in a paper published on the online e-print repository Arxiv.org.

A similar design was successfully demonstrated by British inventor Richard Browning back in April.

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Sep 6, 2017

Car navigation tech brings new twists and turns to driving

Posted by in categories: mapping, robotics/AI, transportation

How dumb AI came to run the world

“People are becoming trained to just blindly follow their mapping apps. The concern is the apps aren’t making any distinction between what happens when cars travel on highways and when they travel on city streets by schools and through neighborhoods,” says Hans Larsen, public works director in Fremont, California, a San Francisco Bay area suburb on the fringes of Silicon Valley.”

“The traffic being diverted off clogged highways during the morning and evening commutes became so insufferable in Fremont that city leaders decided about a year ago to try to outwit the apps. The city of about 230,000 people started to ban turns at several key intersections at certain times along the shortcuts being touted by Waze and other mapping services.”

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Sep 6, 2017

Oxford scientists collaborate with A.I firm on ageing related diseases

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

Oxford scientists are collaborating with artificial Intelligence company Insilico Medicine to prevent unnecessary animal sacrifice and derive more data from experiments in age related research.

The MouseAge.org initiative is being managed by UK charity; Biogerontology Research Foundation and will also include researchers from Harvard and Youth Laboratories in the development of tools for cross-species analysis and novel biomarkers of ageing and various diseases in mice.

Insilico Medicine which provides advanced machine learning services to skin care companies, is using the field of ‘omics’ to introduce a broad range of deep-learned biomarkers of ageing and age-related diseases.

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Sep 6, 2017

Reviewing the Potential of Senolytic Drugs on Aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

By treating one of the root causes of aging – senescent cells – a new class of drugs, known as senolytics, has the potential to treat a wide range of age-related diseases rather than the traditional approach of dealing with them one at a time. We all age, but the research suggests that we may not have to suffer from age-related ill health.

So what are senescent cells?

As we age, increasing amounts of our cells enter into a state known as senescence. Normally, these cells destroy themselves by a self-destruct process known as apoptosis and are disposed of by the immune system. Unfortunately, as we age, increasing numbers of these cells evade apoptosis and linger in the body.

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Sep 6, 2017

Made In Space Is Successfully Taking Manufacturing Into The Stars

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space

Manufacturing startup Made In Space takes 3D printing to the final frontier.

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Sep 6, 2017

U.S. to unveil revised self-driving car guidelines: sources

Posted by in categories: government, law, robotics/AI, transportation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump’s administration is set to unveil revised self-driving vehicle guidelines next week in Michigan, responding to automakers’ calls for elimination of legal barriers to putting autonomous vehicles on the road, sources briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was expected to unveil the revised guidelines next Tuesday at a self-driving vehicle testing facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan, four people briefed on the matter said.

A spokesman for Chao did not immediately comment. The White House Office of Management and Budget approved the undisclosed Transportation Department changes to the guidelines on Aug. 31, according a posting on a government website.

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