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Dec 12, 2016

Zuckerberg is Spending Millions To Map All the Cells in Your Body

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

In Brief

  • Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg recently opened his wallet in order to create BioHub, a $600 million center that will focus on working to create a human cell directory.
  • By mapping the trillions of cells in the human body, experts would be able to develop new drugs and vaccines to combat — and potentially end — disease.

Last month, we reported on the Human Cell Atlas, a project that plans to provide a detailed reference map of the human body’s trillions of cells. Yes, trillions. Once completed, the project could revolutionize healthcare by giving doctors and researchers a better way to predict, diagnose, and treat diseases.

Initiatives like this need funding – so Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg opened his wallet and founded BioHub, a $600 million center that will focus on helping create a human cell directory. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, plan to give away $3 billion over 10 years to fight disease, and BioHub is the couple’s first initiative.

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Dec 12, 2016

Violent Space Collisions May Have Naturally Produced ‘Impossible’ Quasicrystal

Posted by in category: space

A pretty epic recipe to creating a new kind of substance.

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Dec 11, 2016

Proof that Moore’s Law has been replaced by a Virtual Moore’s Law that is Accelerating and Bringing the Singularity With It

Posted by in categories: computing, singularity, supercomputing

Introduction

Moore’s Law says that the number of transistors per square inch will double approximately every 18 months. This article will show how many technologies are providing us with a new Virtual Moore’s Law that proves computer performance will at least double every 18 months for the foreseeable future thanks to many new technological developments.

This Virtual Moore’s Law is propelling us towards the Singularity where the invention of artificial superintelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.

Going Vertical

In the first of my “proof” articles two years ago, I described how it has become harder to miniaturize transistors, causing computing to go vertical instead. 2 years ago, Samsung was mass producing 24-layer 3D NAND chips and had announced 32-layer chips. As I write this, Samsung is mass producing 48-layer 3D NAND chips with 64-layer chips rumored to appear within a month or so. Even more importantly, it is expected that by the end of 2017, the majority of NAND chips produced by all companies will be 3D. Currently Samsung and its competitors are working 24/7 to transform their 2D factories to 3D factories causing a dramatic change in how NAND flash chips are created.

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Dec 11, 2016

A customized cancer vaccine is showing promising results in leukemia patients

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Nice. Personalized Cancer Vaccine showing promise.


A majority of patients in a small clinical trial have been in remission from a deadly type of cancer for more than four years.

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Dec 11, 2016

Connecting through the brain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, neuroscience

Excellent overview on BMI technology.


Less than a century ago, Hans Berger, a German psychiatrist, was placing silver foil electrodes on his patients’ heads and observing small ripples of continuous electrical voltage emerging from these. These were the first human brain waves to ever be recorded. Since Hans Berger’s first recordings, our knowledge on the brain structure and function has developed considerably. We now have a much clearer understanding of the neuronal sources that generate these electrical signals and the technology that is now available allows us to get a much denser and accurate picture of how these electrical signals change in time and across the human scalp.

The recording and analysis of brain signals has advanced to a level where people are now able to control and interact with devices around them with the use of their brain signals. The field of brain-computer interfaces has in fact garnered huge interest during the past two decades, and the development of low-cost hardware solutions together with the continuously evolving signal analysis techniques, have brought this technology closer to market than ever before.

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Dec 11, 2016

China Set To Launch It’s Satellite Missile Test, What Does This Mean?

Posted by in categories: military, satellites

With the ongoing number of China’s space mission, how important is this missile test that is believed to be capable of destroying enemy communications? If all goes according to plan, what will happen then? Find out what authorities have to say.

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China is once again being put to the spotlight after it has revealed that they are preparing to launch their anti-satellite missile that is believed to have the ability of destroying satellites in space. Authorities of the said project says that this is definitely one of Beijing’s most potent asymmetric warfare weapons. one of Beijing’s most potent asymmetric warfare weapons. It was found that the US intelligence officials have already detected preparations for a test launch of the Dong Neng-3 which is due to take place at a military facility in central China. However, despite these information, riva; countries said that little is known about the missile and the satellite.

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Dec 11, 2016

New Program Awards Points to Computer Hackers

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

United offers up to a million miles in its bug bounty program but it’s not just white hat hackers being offered points.

There’s a new program that will award hackers with points for participating in DDoS attacks.

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Dec 11, 2016

Smart contact lens is discussed at electron devices meeting

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, innovation

Cannot wait to get my AR Contacts.


(Tech Xplore)—Can we look at a future smart contact lens for those with eye problems? The iris, a key part of our eyes, modulates the amount of light reaching the retina, said researchers, and an estimated 200,000 individuals worldwide suffer from iris deficiencies.

These deficiencies bring discomfort and extreme photosensitivity, such as aniridia and leiomyoma.

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Dec 11, 2016

Tiny barcodes are huge help in personalized cancer therapy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

In process similar to allergy testing, small quantities of different ‘barcoded’ drugs are tested inside patient’s tumor to determine effectiveness.

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Dec 11, 2016

Yale Neuroscientists Can Now Determine Human Intelligence Through Brain Scans

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Safeguards must be put into place before a Minority Report scenario crops up.

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