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Jan 10, 2019

Making Superhumans Through Radical Inclusion and Cognitive Ergonomics

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

These dated interfaces are not equipped to handle today’s exponential rise in data, which has been ushered in by the rapid dematerialization of many physical products into computers and software.

Breakthroughs in perceptual and cognitive computing, especially machine learning algorithms, are enabling technology to process vast volumes of data, and in doing so, they are dramatically amplifying our brain’s abilities. Yet even with these powerful technologies that at times make us feel superhuman, the interfaces are still crippled with poor ergonomics.

Many interfaces are still designed around the concept that human interaction with technology is secondary, not instantaneous. This means that any time someone uses technology, they are inevitably multitasking, because they must simultaneously perform a task and operate the technology.

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Jan 10, 2019

It’s official: SpaceX’s first commercial crew test flight delayed until February

Posted by in category: space travel

[p]NASA has officially postponed SpaceX’s first test flight of the commercial crew program to February or later so that officials can complete “hardware testing and joint reviews.”[/p].

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Jan 10, 2019

Elon Musk Says Next-Gen Tesla Roadster Will Hover in the Air Using SpaceX Tech

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

The feature will be part of a SpaceX add-on package that uses thrusters to aid in acceleration and cornering.

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Jan 10, 2019

Scientists Could Soon Develop ‘Mosquito Birth Control’ to Prevent Diseases

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Mosquitoes are some of the deadliest creatures on Earth. Now, scientists have taken a major step toward developing a “mosquito birth control” drug that can help prevent diseases responsible for several million human deaths annually around the world.

Researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) discovered a protein in mosquitoes that is critical to the insects’ process of producing viable eggs. When researchers selectively blocked the activity of the protein in female mosquitoes, the mosquitoes laid eggs with defective egg shells, leading to the death of the embryos inside.

In a report published in the open access journal PLoS Biology on Tuesday, the researchers said the protein — which they named Eggshell Organizing Factor 1, or EOF-1 — exists only in mosquitoes, so any drug developed to control mosquito populations would not affect other organisms, such as beneficial honey bees.

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Jan 10, 2019

2-D materials may enable electric vehicles to get 500 miles on a single charge

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones, transportation

Lithium-air batteries are poised to become the next revolutionary replacement for currently used lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles, cell phones and computers.

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Jan 10, 2019

This AI food truck could bring fresh produce directly to you

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

Check out the SPACe_C eMart, the ice cream truck-style food delivery service of the future that offers fresh food and educates consumers on farm-to-table eating.

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Jan 10, 2019

Hungry Black Hole Shines Light on Astronomical Phenomenon

Posted by in category: cosmology

Astronomers have been watching a very hungry black hole devour the gases of a nearby star for almost a year.

A specialized instrument aboard the International Space Station in March detected an enormous explosion of X-ray light nearly 10,000 light years from Earth.

The source: a black hole called MAXI J1820+070, caught in an outburst, spewing surges of X-ray energy as it devours inhales celestial dust and gas.

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Jan 10, 2019

There’s a glitch at the edge of the universe that could remake physics

Posted by in categories: biological, chemistry, particle physics

One mysterious number determines how physics, chemistry and biology work. But controversial experimental hints suggest it’s not one number at all.

By Michael Brooks

IT IS a well-kept secret, but we know the answer to life, the universe and everything. It’s not 42 – it’s 1/137.

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Jan 10, 2019

Steam-Powered Asteroid Hoppers Developed through UCF Collaboration

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Using steam to propel a spacecraft from asteroid to asteroid is now possible, thanks to a collaboration between a private space company and the University of Central Florida.

UCF planetary research scientist Phil Metzger worked with Honeybee Robotics of Pasadena, California, which developed the World Is Not Enough spacecraft prototype that extracts water from asteroids or other planetary bodies to generate steam and propel itself to its next mining target.

UCF provided the simulated asteroid material and Metzger did the computer modeling and simulation necessary before Honeybee created the prototype and tried out the idea in its facility Dec. 31. The team also partnered with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, to develop initial prototypes of steam-based rocket thrusters.

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Jan 10, 2019

Peter Boghossian: Professor faces sack over hoax that fooled academic journals

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The leading academics Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker have defended a hoaxer who sought to expose politically correct “nonsense” in social sciences.

Peter Boghossian, an assistant professor of philosophy, faces losing his job at Portland State University in Oregon after he helped create spoof academic papers. These lampooned scholarship in various fields, including the studies of gender, homosexuality and obesity.

He and two collaborators dashed off 20 papers, each deliberately ridiculous and spiked with what the authors later described as “a little bit of lunacy”. Seven were accepted by peer-reviewed journals. One, titled “Our Struggle is My Struggle: Solidarity feminism as an intersectional reply to neoliberal and choice feminism”, was a rewrite of chapter 12 of Hitler’s Mein Kampf with feminist “buzzwords switched in”.

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