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Aug 22, 2018

‘Trash is gold’ as Benin community turns waste into biogas

Posted by in category: sustainability

Garbage has never smelled so sweet for a small village in southern Benin since it opened a pilot waste treatment centre to turn household rubbish into gas—and cash.

“Our trash has become gold. We no longer throw it into the bush. We use it to make money,” beams Alphonse Ago, who lives next to the centre in Houegbo village.

ReBin, a Swiss foundation for sustainable development, built the 1.3-hectare (3.2-acre) facility, which every week turns around six tonnes of into 200 cubic metres of biogas—saving some 164 tonnes of wood from being used to make charcoal.

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Aug 22, 2018

Healthy diet linked to healthy cellular aging in women

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

Healthy diet linked to healthy aging and longer telomeres, a new study on 5000 healthy adults. Relationship significant in women. … All four diets emphasize eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant-based protein and limiting consumption of sugar, sodium and red and processed meat. Overall, the findings suggest that following these guidelines is associated with longer telomere length and reduces the risk of major chronic disease…”

Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low in added sugar, sodium and processed meats could help promote healthy cellular aging in women, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

“The key takeaway is that following a healthy can help us maintain healthy cells and avoid certain chronic diseases,” said lead author Cindy Leung, assistant professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. “Emphasis should be placed on improving the overall of your diet rather than emphasizing individual foods or nutrients.”

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Aug 22, 2018

Older adults who get physical can lower their heart disease risk

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A new study showed physical activity might lower cardiovascular disease risk by improving blood vessel function.

Adults in their early 60s, who spend less time sitting and more time engaged in light to vigorous physical activity, benefit with healthier levels of heart and vessel disease markers, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The results from increased physical were found to be particularly good among women.

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Aug 22, 2018

Russian arms firm Kalashnikov unveils 13-ft walking gold killer robot

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Russia’s most famous weapons manufacturer has unveiled a 13ft tall walking killer robot operated by pilots who sit inside it.

Kalashnikov Concern presented the state-of-the-art bulletproof robot along with utility vehicles and new assault rifles at the Army 2018 fair at the Patriot Park just outside Moscow.

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Aug 22, 2018

Facebook implements trust scoring for all users

Posted by in category: futurism

Facebook won’t tell you exactly why it does or doesn’t trust you.

Facebook revealed this week it’s trying to stem the flow of fake news by assigning trust values to users. It insists on keeping its criteria for trustworthiness secret though, in case untrustworthy people try to game the system — and they almost certainly will.

Tessa Lyon, Facebook‘s product manager, told The Washington Post a bit more about the system, in which the company uses several flags to identify which people on the site are more trustworthy than others. It rates users on a scale of zero to one. The only judging metric she would admit to is a person’s history of reports.

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Aug 22, 2018

The pet projects Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other billionaires spend their fortunes on – from space travel to immortality

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Billionaires have the money to make things happen. The ultra rich individuals on this list for the most part have two main subjects on their mind: space travel and immortality. Almost all the ideas appear to be for the benefit of mankind.

If you had a spare US$1 billion or US$100 billion, what would you spend your money on? These men could have anything in the world, but they want more as they push the boundaries of health, science and infrastructure.

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Aug 21, 2018

Artificial General Intelligence Is Here, and Impala Is Its Name

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI, singularity, transportation

One of the most significant AI milestones in history was quietly ushered into being this summer. We speak of the quest for Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), probably the most sought-after goal in the entire field of computer science. With the introduction of the Impala architecture, DeepMind, the company behind AlphaGo and AlphaZero, would seem to finally have AGI firmly in its sights.

Let’s define AGI, since it’s been used by different people to mean different things. AGI is a single intelligence or algorithm that can learn multiple tasks and exhibits positive transfer when doing so, sometimes called meta-learning. During meta-learning, the acquisition of one skill enables the learner to pick up another new skill faster because it applies some of its previous “know-how” to the new task. In other words, one learns how to learn — and can generalize that to acquiring new skills, the way humans do. This has been the holy grail of AI for a long time.

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Aug 21, 2018


Posted by in categories: engineering, satellites

ADDU_Official is opening enrollment for BS in Aerospace Engineering until 25 August 2018. Learn the relationship between the earth and space, such as monitoring the Earth’s atmospheric conditions. Be equipped with the skills to design and develop aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and rockets.

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Aug 21, 2018

The Future of Lab-Grown Meat

Posted by in categories: food, futurism

The creation of lab-grown meat is getting more refined —we visited a lab to see just how close the process is to your plate.

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Aug 21, 2018

Bacteria can be used to turn type A blood into universal type O

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A new family of enzymes found in the human gut has been used to quickly turn type A blood into type O — which can be used for transfusions in anyone.

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