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Jun 14, 2019

Boston Dynamics: New Robots Now Fight Back

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Haha this is great!

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Jun 14, 2019

AI Superpowers

Posted by in categories: humor, robotics/AI

Turns out that last one was a CGI joke but this one isn’t. Facebook wouldn’t let me delete the post.

Recently, I picked up Kai-Fu Lee’s newest book, AI Superpowers.

Kai-Fu Lee is one of the most plugged-in AI investors on the planet, heading management of over $2 billion AUM between six funds, and over 300 portfolio companies in the U.S. and China.

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Jun 14, 2019

Next Month’s Total Solar Eclipse Will Pass Right Over a Space Observatory

Posted by in categories: physics, space

Next month, a total solar eclipse will pass over a slice of the South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina—and directly over an observatory in the Andes run by the National Science Foundation.

Astronomers and physicists are now preparing the experiments they plan to run during the eclipse. As with past eclipses, these experiments will focus on observing the Sun, as well as the effects of eclipses on Earth.

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Jun 14, 2019

Electron (or ‘hole’) pairs may survive effort to kill superconductivity

Posted by in categories: energy, materials

Scientists seeking to understand the mechanism underlying superconductivity in “stripe-ordered” cuprates—copper-oxide materials with alternating areas of electric charge and magnetism—discovered an unusual metallic state when attempting to turn superconductivity off. They found that under the conditions of their experiment, even after the material loses its ability to carry electrical current with no energy loss, it retains some conductivity—and possibly the electron (or hole) pairs required for its superconducting superpower.

“This work provides circumstantial evidence that the stripe-ordered arrangement of charges and magnetism is good for forming the charge-carrier pairs required for superconductivity to emerge,” said John Tranquada, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Tranquada and his co-authors from Brookhaven Lab and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University, where some of the work was done, describe their findings in a paper just published in Science Advances. A related paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by co-author Alexei Tsvelik, a theorist at Brookhaven Lab, provides insight into the theoretical underpinnings for the observations.

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Jun 14, 2019

A new rubber source could save water, preserve rain forests and even prevent allergic reactions

Posted by in category: futurism

And it’s made in America.

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Jun 14, 2019

Quantum physics experiment shows Heisenberg was right about uncertainty, in a certain sense

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Heisenberg’s famous Uncertainty Principle is put to the test to see if things really are uncertain in the quantum world.

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Jun 14, 2019

Bioinformation Within the Biofield: Beyond Bioelectromagnetics

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, quantum physics

This review article extends previous scientific definitions of the biofield (endogenous energy fields of the body) to include nonclassical and quantum energy fields. The biofield is defined further in terms of its functional property to act as a resonance target for external forms of energy used as treatment modalities in energy medicine. The functional role of the biofield in the body’s innate self-healing mechanisms is hypothesized, based on the concept of bioinformation which, mediated by consciousness, functions globally at the quantum level to supply coherence, phase, spin, and pattern information to regulate and heal all physiologic processes. This model is used to explain a wide variety of anomalies reported in the scientific literature, which can not be explained by traditional biophysics and bioelectromagnetics.

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Jun 14, 2019

Here’s a look at what Uber Air drones, skyports may look like

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There’s less traffic in the skies, right?

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Jun 14, 2019

Microsoft Is Building an All-In-One DNA Data Storage Device

Posted by in categories: computing, genetics

The modern world is facing a tsunami of data. DNA is emerging as an ultra-compact way of storing it all, and now researchers supported by Microsoft have created the first system that can automatically translate digital information into genetic code and retrieve it again.

In 2018 we created 33 zettabytes (ZB)—33 trillion gigabytes—of data, according to analysts at IDC, and they predict that by 2025 that figure will rise to 175 ZB. It’s been estimated that if we were to store all our information in flash drives, by 2040 it would require 10 to 100 times the global supply of chip-grade silicon.

DNA, on the other hand, is so compact it could shrink a data center to the size of a few dice. But for that to become practical we need a DNA-based equivalent of a hard drive that lets you upload and download data in a simple and intuitive way.

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Jun 14, 2019

How Area 51 Works

Posted by in categories: government, military

Less than 100 miles from Las Vegas, is the most famous secret military installation on the planet: Area 51. For decades, the U.S. government refused to acknowledge it existed. But now, the secret is out.

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