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Jan 16, 2020

360 Video: Go on a Mission With Zipline’s Delivery Drones

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, drones, mobile phones, virtual reality

With 360 video, IEEE Spectrum takes you behind the scenes with one of the world’s first drone-delivery companies. Zipline, based in California, is using drones to deliver blood to hospitals throughout Rwanda. At an operations center in Muhanga, you’ll watch as Zipline technicians assemble the modular drones, fill their cargo holds, and launch them via catapult. You’ll see a package float down from the sky above a rural hospital, and you’ll get a closeup look at Zipline’s ingenious method for capturing returning drones.

You can follow the action in a 360-degree video in three ways: 1) Watch on your computer, using your mouse to click and drag on the video; 2) watch on your phone, moving the phone around to change your view; or 3) watch on a VR headset for the full immersive experience.

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Jan 16, 2020

Sierra Nevada eyes 2021 launch of Dream Chaser space plane

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Sierra Nevada Corp. is on track for a 2021 launch debut of its robotic Dream Chaser space plane, even as the firm shoots for the moon under NASA’s Artemis program, company representatives said during a media call last week.

Jan 16, 2020

Brain Freeze: Russian Firm Offers Path to Immortality for a Fee

Posted by in categories: cryonics, life extension, neuroscience

The freezing procedure, called cryonics, costs $36,000 for a whole body and $15,000 for the brain alone.

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Jan 16, 2020

The Anti-Deathist: Writings of a Radical Longevity Activist

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones, transhumanism

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Jan 16, 2020

Scientists use CRISPR to treat Muscular Dystrophy in dogs

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Jan 16, 2020

Did the universe design itself?

Posted by in categories: alien life, physics

Many philosophers and scientists believe that we need an explanation as to why the laws of physics and the initial conditions of the universe are fine-tuned for life. The standard two options are: theism and the multiverse hypothesis. Both of these theories are extravagant and arguably have false predictions. Drawing on contemporary philosophy of mind, I outline a form of panpsychism that I believe offers a more parsimonious and less problematic explanation of cosmological fine-tuning.

Jan 16, 2020

Microresonator Measures and Images Nanoparticles with High Degree of Sensitivity

Posted by in categories: biological, food, nanotechnology, particle physics

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ONNA, Japan, Jan. 13, 2020 — Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University have developed a light-based device that can act as a biosensor, detecting biological substances in materials, such as harmful pathogens in food. The scientists said that their tool, an optical microresonator, is 280× more sensitive than current industry-standard biosensors, which can detect only cumulative effects of groups of particles, not individual molecules.

Jan 16, 2020

This New Sensor Could Start Pushing Smart Home Technology From ‘Nice To Have’ To ‘Must Have’

Posted by in categories: habitats, health

Sekisui House has upped its ante in a potentially game-changing, life-altering home health technology at this year’s CES.

Jan 16, 2020

Blue Origin steadily preparing for New Glenn rockets in Brevard

Posted by in category: space travel

In this excerpt from FLORIDA TODAY’s Eye on Brevard, space reporter Emre Kelly talks about Blue Origins’ progress on the Space Coast.


Jan 16, 2020

Cuba found to be the most sustainably developed country in the world

Posted by in categories: economics, education, health, sustainability

Cuba is the most sustainably developed country in the world, according to a new report launched on November 29. The socialist island outperforms advanced capitalist countries including Britain and the United States, which has subjected Cuba to a punitive six-decades-long economic blockade. The Sustainable Development Index (SDI), designed by anthropologist and author Dr Jason Hickel, calculates its results by dividing a nation’s “human development” score, obtained by looking at statistics on life expectancy, health and education, by its “ecological overshoot”, the extent to which the per capita carbon footprint exceeds Earth’s natural limits. [block: views=node_blocks-related].