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Feb 1, 2017

Space Farming: Satellite’s Greenhouses to Simulate Moon, Mars Gravity

Posted by in categories: food, satellites

A satellite that’s scheduled to launch later this year will conduct plant-growth experiments in both lunar and Martian gravity, as a way to help prepare for future human settlement of these worlds.

The Eu: CROPIS spacecraft will rotate around its own axis in low-Earth orbit, at an altitude of over 370 miles (600 kilometers). The satellite will initially produce the gravitational force of the moon on its inside for six months, and will then replicate Martian gravity for another six months.

During this time, tomato seeds will germinate and grow into small space tomatoes; 16 onboard cameras will document the plants’ progress. [Plants in Space: Photos by Gardening Astronauts].

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Feb 1, 2017

Norwegian robot learns to self-evolve and 3D print itself in the lab

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI

Experts at the University of Oslo, Norway have discovered a new way for robots to design, evolve and manufacture themselves, without input from humans, using a form of artificial evolution called “Generative design,” and 3D printers – although admittedly the team, for now at least, still has to assemble the final product, robot, when it’s printed.

Generative design is something we’ve talked about several times before and it’s where artificial intelligence programs – creative machines, if you will – not humans, innovate new products – such as chairs and even Under Armour’s new Architech sneakers.

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Feb 1, 2017

Fear sells in the computer security business, and quantum computers could be very scary

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, particle physics, quantum physics

Interesting article; however, 2 things missing from it. 1) China has already implemented a QC wireless network and in phase 2 of their work on QC communications which is also involving a QC platform and hacking. 2) Author stated that Mosca believes by 2026 a nation state will have QC. I would suggest Mosca network a little more as China and Sydney are well ahead of schedule plus many of us involved in QC already are testing the scalability of QC on small devices and other platforms v. mammoth servers thanks to much of the new findings last year on proving the reliability and traceability of particles at various complex states of entanglement and information processing as well as the more recent findings of enabling the constant cold temperatures needed to support QC on small servers.

My own estimates is we’re within a 5 year window of being able to see a more pragmatic version of QC as servers and networking for the broader masses. I don’t believe we’re 10 years away or less than 5 years at the moment; however, things could change tomorrow to the point we see the timeline shortened from 5 to 3 years as I do have friends who believe we’re within 3 years.

Even though quantum computers don’t exist yet, security companies are preparing to protect against them.

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Feb 1, 2017

February’s Best Books, Gadgets, and VR Systems

Posted by in categories: transhumanism, virtual reality

This story starts with a review on a new book on the future and transhumanism. This was out in print of Vice Mag:…tems-v24n1 #transhumanism

In this month’s issue of VICE magazine, we review the best VR headsets, Mark O’Connell’s new book on transhumanism, and a new startup working to get digital art on your walls.

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Feb 1, 2017

Proof That the Clothing of the Future Will Likely Come From a Printer

Posted by in category: 3D printing

In Brief 3D printing is making waves in the fashion industry. At the recent New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017, threeASFOUR paraded ‘Oscillation,’ a dazzling 3D printed dress that could very well be the clothing of tomorrow.

Avant-garde fashion collective, threeASFOUR, flaunted their new 3D printed dress at the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017.

The eye-catching plastic dress, named Oscillation, is the highlight of threeASFOUR’s Quantum Vibrations collection. “We got very interested in the geometric shapes which lie beneath vibration,” says designer Gabi Asfour. “We spent a long time researching them and discovered that there are very specific formations that happen under certain frequencies. These formations reminded us of prints and other designs, a bit like tribal tattoos.”

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Feb 1, 2017

Are we simulated beings living in a simulated universe?

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment

Considering how far technology has come in recent years, the idea that we may all just be simulated beings in a simulated game may not be too far off. And microchips might soon become so powerful they can simulate something as complex as the cosmos.

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Feb 1, 2017

These powerful blazars are the most distant ever seen

Posted by in category: cosmology

Monster black holes shooting jets of gamma-ray radiation right at us have been spotted farther away than ever before, dating back to when the universe was nearly one-tenth its current age.

The five distant objects, called gamma-ray blazars, deepen the mystery of how black holes so large could have formed so early in the universe’s history.

Roopesh Ojha, an astronomer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, presented the new results during a press conference today (Jan. 30) at the American Physical Society meeting in Washington, D.C. The results will also be published in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement. [Found: Gamma-Ray Blazars Powered by ‘Supersized’ Black Holes (Video)].

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Feb 1, 2017

Scientists closer to identifying light elements in Earth’s core

Posted by in category: futurism

Researchers have narrowed down the list of light elements likely found in Earth’s core. The missing elements are most likely hydrogen, silicon and sulfur.

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Jan 31, 2017

Humans Successfully Created A Human/Pig Chimera

Posted by in category: bioengineering

Scientists successfully grew a half pig/half human embryo.

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Jan 31, 2017

Help Me, Obi-Wan! New Hologram Technology Mimics ‘Star Wars’

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, holograms, physics

Princess Leia’s holographic plea in the classic film “Star Wars” inspired researchers to work toward a device that could project real-life sci-fi holograms. Now, the futuristic 3D imaging may be one step closer to reality.

A team of physicists at the Australian National University (ANU) invented a tiny device that creates the highest-quality holographic images ever achieved, the scientists said.

Study lead researcher Lei Wang, a Ph.D. student at the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering, said he first learned about the concept of holographic imaging from the “Star Wars” movies. However, these futuristic-looking 3D images could be used for more practical ends than sending messages from a galaxy far, far away. [Photos: Microsoft’s HoloLens Transforms Surroundings with Holographic Tech].

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