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Jul 20, 2019

Alphabet-Backed Space Launch Company Wins Pentagon Contract

Posted by in categories: military, space

How big is the contract? When will it launch? And who the heck is “SpinLaunch” anyway?

Jul 20, 2019

Lyme disease: is a solution on the way?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The tick-borne illness, which is on the rise, can have chronic side-effects. So why hasn’t more effort been put into a cure?

Jul 20, 2019

China has deorbited its experimental space station

Posted by in category: space

The Tiangong-2 came down a year after Tiangong-1 fell into the Pacific.

Jul 20, 2019

How close are we to achieving the transhumanism seen in ‘Years and Years’?

Posted by in category: transhumanism

As Mark O’Connell points out in his book To Be a Machine, the leading figures in our tech industry – from Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel to Google CEO Eric Schmidt – are resolute that we will live in “a future in which techno-capitalism will survive its own inventors”. Sooner rather than later, it seems, the next update to worry about will be which part of our body to integrate with the newest technology. Just ask Bethany Lyons.

A new study suggests the bridge between human and machine is closing faster than we thought.

Jul 20, 2019

AAPM 2019: medical physicists assemble in Texas

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

At this year’s meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the temperature was scorching and the physics was exceptional.

Jul 20, 2019

Astronauts Will Launch to Space Station 50 Years After Apollo 11 Moon Landing: Watch Live!

Posted by in category: space

Liftoff is at 12:28 p.m. EDT (1628 GMT).

Jul 20, 2019

Human brains naturally tuned to hear music

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

Compared to macaques, human brains respond much more strongly to music.

Jul 20, 2019

My Compliments to the Chef, Er, Robot

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

Robots are making their way into New York City’s restaurants.

A growing number of dining spots throughout town are using machines to prepare all manner of food and drink, in many cases replacing the employees who would normally handle the task. Think gizmos that can do everything from slice a sushi roll into eight uniform pieces to mix the perfect happy-hour cocktail.

Jul 20, 2019

Jeff Hawkins: Thousand Brains Theory of Intelligence | Artificial Intelligence (AI) Podcast

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

I listened to the first hour. it takes time… and the right frame of mind, but it’s worth it.

Jeff Hawkins is the founder of Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience in 2002 and Numenta in 2005. In his 2004 book titled On Intelligence, and in his research before and after, he and his team have worked to reverse-engineer the neocortex and propose artificial intelligence architectures, approaches, and ideas that are inspired by the human brain. These ideas include Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) from 2004 and The Thousand Brains Theory of Intelligence from 2017. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast. Audio podcast version is available on

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Jul 20, 2019

Air Force Does Not Want People to ‘Storm Area 51’

Posted by in category: futurism

Will your ‘Naruto run’ work there?