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Apr 22, 2016

How Science Will Make Cows Obsolete

Posted by in category: science

Moove over.

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Apr 22, 2016

Scientists Closing in on Theory of Consciousness

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Probably for as long as humans have contemplated their navels, they have sought to understand consciousness. Now, neuroscientists are making strides in developing theories to explain the phenomenon.

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Apr 22, 2016

Stephen Hawking: “History and memories could be illusions” because of black holes

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Welcome to our imaginary existential nightmare…


Stephen Hawking recently discussed black holes and the often contradictory properties associated with them during a lecture at Harvard. The Harvard Gazette said recently that Hawking specifically explained that, if information is really lost in black holes, then we will have been misunderstanding not only black holes, but the science of determinism, for the last 200 years.

Hawking said that particles that fall into a black hole “can’t just emerge when the black hole disappears.” Instead, “the particles that come out of a black hole seem to be completely random and bear no relation to what fell in. It appears that the information about what fell in is lost, apart from the total amount of mass and the amount of rotation.”

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Apr 22, 2016

Moon Express Wants to Commercialize the Moon

Posted by in category: space

Real-life space-mining could be a reality next year.

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Apr 22, 2016

Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks there’s a ‘very high’ chance the universe is just a simulation

Posted by in category: space

I suppose that us being in a simulation would answer Fermi’s Paradox very (disturbingly) neatly…


(Business Insider)

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Apr 22, 2016

NASA seeks industry ideas for an advanced Mars satellite | Phys.org

Posted by in categories: satellites, space, space travel

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“NASA is soliciting ideas from U.S. industry for designs of a Mars orbiter for potential launch in the 2020s. The satellite would provide advanced communications and imaging, as well as robotic science exploration, in support of NASA’s Journey to Mars.”

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Apr 22, 2016

Breathtaking Visualization of the Universe Will Make You Feel Like an Ant

Posted by in categories: information science, neuroscience, space

Ever notice how maps of the large structures of the Universe look like maps of the brain or a Pollock painting?


On the grandest scale, our universe is a network of galaxies tied together by the force of gravity. Cosmic Web, a new effort led by cosmologists and designers at Northeastern’s Center for Complex Network Research, offers a roadmap toward understanding how all of those tremendous clusters of stars connect—and the visualizations are stunning.

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Apr 21, 2016

First gene therapy successful against human aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

American woman gets biologically younger after gene therapies.

Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of Bioviva USA Inc. has become the first human being to be successfully rejuvenated by gene therapy, after her own company’s experimental therapies reversed 20 years of normal telomere shortening.

Telomere score is calculated according to telomere length of white blood cells (T-lymphocytes). This result is based on the average T-lymphocyte telomere length compared to the American population at the same age range. The higher the telomere score, the “younger” the cells.

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Apr 21, 2016

Patents remind us that Magic Leap is powered by tiny projectors, not magic

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, computing, neuroscience

Over the past few days, Wired has published some articles that give us the closest look yet at the ambitious, enigmatic augmented reality company called Magic Leap. They’ve left us with both a lot of fascinating possibilities and a lot of questions, because most of Magic Leap’s technological explanations are couched in the language of either science fiction or, well, magic. As poetic as “[talking] to the GPU of the brain” and “dreaming with your eyes open” sounds, this is probably the clearest and most interesting description of Magic Leap’s work in the piece:

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Apr 21, 2016

Meet the Nanomachines That Could Drive a Medical Revolution

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology, particle physics

Nice


A group of physicists recently built the smallest engine ever created from just a single atom. Like any other engine it converts heat energy into movement — but it does so on a smaller scale than ever seen before. The atom is trapped in a cone of electromagnetic energy and lasers are used to heat it up and cool it down, which causes the atom to move back and forth in the cone like an engine piston.

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