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Aug 30, 2018

A species of fish has passed the mirror test for the first time

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By Yvaine Ye

The cleaner wrasse is only the size of a human finger but it has become the first fish ever to pass the mirror test – a classic experiment used to gauge self-awareness in animals.

Until now, only relatively intelligent animals – including apes, dolphins, elephants and magpies – have passed the test, which demonstrates whether an individual can recognise itself. But in 2016, two manta rays were filmed checking out their reflections in a mirror in a fish tank, suggesting that fish may be able to …

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Aug 30, 2018

Scientists Discover Possible First Proof of Parallel Universes

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We can’t entirely rule out that the Spot is caused by an unlikely fluctuation explained by the standard model.

A study on the strange Cold Spot in space may prove that we live in a multiverse.

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Aug 30, 2018

China Is Quickly Becoming an AI Superpower

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While the White House report got modest news coverage and a mildly enthusiastic response from the AI community, this was barely a hiccup in comparison to China’s clarion call. When the CCP speaks, everyone listens.

Within a year, Chinese VC investors were pouring record sums into AI startups, surpassing the US to make up 48 percent of AI venture funding globally. Over the past decade, Chinese government spending on STEM research has grown by double digits year on year.

And China’s political system is set up such that local officials are incentivized to outcompete others for leadership in CCP initiatives, each striving to lure in AI companies and entrepreneurs with generous subsidies and advantageous policies.

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Aug 30, 2018

This video is the third and final in a three-part series discussing global internet connectivity

Posted by in categories: economics, internet, satellites

Satellite Constellations to Bring Global Internet Coverage (SpaceX, OneWeb, Boeing,…):

In this video, we’ll be discussing global internet connectivity initiatives based in space, more specifically – low and mid-Earth orbit through the use of satellite constellations.

[0:35–2:30] Starting off we’ll discuss how these satellites will communicate with the ground and the internet providing satellites from Iridium and ViaSat, that act as a proof of concept and validate satellites as a means for internet connectivity.

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Aug 30, 2018

What does “POSTHUMAN” mean? Dr. Ferrando (NYU) — Course “The Posthuman” Lesson n. 1

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Are we human?

This video is part of the online course in the Philosophy of “The Posthuman”, Lesson n. 1, by Dr. Francesca Ferrando (NYU)

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Aug 30, 2018

They want moon landings to be a commercial reality — and that’s just the start

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This article is part of Tech in Asia’s partnership with Disrupting Japan where we publish the revised transcripts from the show’s podcast interviews with Japanese entrepreneurs. This is heavily revised from the original transcripts. For the full interview, go here.

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Aug 30, 2018

Citi Lists Anti-Aging Medicines in Top 10 Disruptive Technologies

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science, internet, life extension, robotics/AI

Citi has produced another of its Disruptive Innovations publications, which takes a look at what it considers to be the top ten disruptive technologies. It is a sign of the changing times that anti-aging medicines are number 2 in its list.

1. All-Solid-State Batteries 2. Anti-Aging Medicines 3. Autonomous Vehicle Networks 4. Big Data & Healthcare 5. Dynamic Spectrum Access 6. eSports 7. 5G Technology 8. Floating Offshore Wind Farms 9. Real Estate Market Disruptors 10. Smart Voice-Activated Assistants.

What was considered fringe science a decade ago is now rapidly becoming a mainstream industry. Our understanding of aging has advanced quickly in the last 10 years, and the tools and innovations seem to come more quickly with each passing year. A variety of therapies that target different aging processes are in development, and some are at fairly advanced stages; if you are interested in their progress, check out the Rejuvenation Roadmap.

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Aug 30, 2018

New tests identify contaminated drinking water in minutes, not weeks

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

Speedy, affordable water tests that can be used in on location and even run continuously will help scientists identify disease-causing bacteria in under an hour and potentially reduce the spread of common illnesses such as diarrhoea, which kills an estimated 842,000 people every year.

Hundreds of millions of samples are tested each year to detect harmful bacteria in drinking and environmental water, food and beverages, but tests can take days or, in some cases, even weeks to provide definitive results. By then, many people may have fallen ill from diseases caused by bacteria such as E. coli or legionella.

Shrinking the laboratory to the size of a home printer – and bringing down times to an hour or less – could help to stop outbreaks in their tracks and keep people safe.

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Aug 30, 2018

Kessler Syndrome: How space debris can destroy modern life

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An increasingly likely catastrophe can cause major disruptions in space flight and our daily lives.

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Aug 30, 2018

The International Space Station is leaking air

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NASA is working to contain a small leak onboard the International Space Station.

The issue appears to be contained and the people on board the station do not appear to be under any immediate threat. But it did trigger a real alarm through the floating lab, which sent astronauts scrambling to find the cause of the problem.

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