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May 23, 2020

If Rockets were Transparent

Posted by in category: space travel

Video shows four American heavy lift rockets as if they were transparent.

Launch to orbit in real time Fuel Burn and Staging of the Saturn V.
Space Shuttle, Falcon Heavy and the Space Launch System (SLS) rockets Launching from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39.

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May 23, 2020

How This CEO Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Treat Addiction

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Sam Frons, CEO and founder of Addicaid, uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to drive her new app for addiction recovery.

May 23, 2020

This Chinese AI start-up can tell how much you crave drugs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science, robotics/AI, virtual reality

Beijing start-up develops AI algorithm to determine how prone the VR participant is to drug use by tracking their pulse, brainwaves and electrical conductance of the skin.

May 23, 2020

This Lickable Screen Can Recreate Almost Any Taste or Flavor Without Eating Food

Posted by in categories: electronics, food

No matter how they may make you feel, licking your gadgets and electronics is never recommended. Unless you’re a researcher from Meiji University in Japan who’s invented what’s being described as a taste display that can artificially recreate any flavor by triggering the five different tastes on a user’s tongue.

May 23, 2020

Prisoners Could Serve ‘1,000 Year Sentences In 8.5 Hours’ In The Future

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, law enforcement

Future biotechnology could make prison a lot less expensive.

May 23, 2020

Missing Children in America: Unsolved Cases

Posted by in category: futurism

The shocking case of Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 27, and Michele Knight, 32, all of whom were abducted as long as 11 years ago, provides fresh hope for parents still grappling with their own child’s disappearance.

Thousands of people go missing in the United States each year and many are never heard from again.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States — that’s roughly 2,000 per day. Of those, there are 115 child “stranger abduction” cases each year, which means the child was taken by an unknown person.

May 23, 2020

Tattoo electrodes can record brain activity

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Scientists in Austria have developed wafer-thin tattoo electrodes for recording brain activity, which are also “dry” and therefore do not require a gel medium to function.

May 23, 2020

The Great Invader: How COVID Attacks Every Organ

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

It can be a gastrointestinal disease causing only diarrhea and abdominal pain. It can cause symptoms that may be confused with a cold or the flu. It can cause pinkeye, a runny nose, loss of taste and smell, muscle aches, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, whole-body rashes, and areas of swelling and redness in just a few spots.

In a more severe disease, doctors have also reported people having heart rhythm problems, heart failure, kidney damage, confusion, headaches, seizures, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and fainting spells, along with new sugar control problems.

It’s not just a fever and coughing, leading to shortness of breath, like everyone thought at first.

May 23, 2020

Young Mathematician Solves Old, Famous Knot Problem in Barely a Week

Posted by in category: mathematics

Mathematicians were shocked when a graduate student worked through a decades-old problem in just a few days. University of Texas at Austin mathematician Lisa Piccirillo learned about the Conway knot—a knot with 11 crossings, so named for the late mathematician John Horton Conway—from a colleague’s talk during a conference. Within a week, she’d solved the longstanding problem of whether or not the special knot was slice. (It’s not.)

May 23, 2020

Arks of Genetic Diversity in Terrestrial Mammals Uncovered by Scientists

Posted by in categories: climatology, evolution, genetics

Maximizing the protection of life on Earth requires knowledge of the global patterns of biodiversity at multiple dimensions, from genetic diversity within species, to species and ecosystem diversity. Yet, the lack of genetic sequences with geographic information at global scale has so far hindered our ability to map genetic diversity, an important, but hard to detect, biodiversity dimension.

In a new study, researchers from the Universities of Copenhagen and Adelaide have collected and georeferenced a massive amount of genetic data for terrestrial mammals and evaluated long-standing theories that could explain the global distribution of genetic diversity. They found that regions of the world rich in deep evolutionary history, such as Northern Andes, the Eastern Arc Mountains, Amazonia, the Brazilian Atlantic forest, the central America jungles, sub-Saharan Africa and south-eastern Asia are also strongholds of genetic diversity. They also show that the relatively stable climate in these regions during the past 21’000 years contributes significantly to this intraspecific richness.

“Genetic diversity within species is a critical component of biodiversity, playing two important roles at the same time. It reflects species evolutionary history and defines their capacity to adapt under future environmental change. However, and despite the predictions of major biodiversity theories, the actual global distribution of genetic diversity remained, so far, a mystery. Recent collective efforts to populate public databases with genetic sequences and their localities allowed us to evaluate these theories and generate the first global maps of genetic diversity in terrestrial mammal assemblages”, says Spyros Theodoridis, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, GLOBE Institute, and lead author of the study.