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Aug 30, 2017

A THREE MILE wide asteroid is set to graze past Earth this Friday

Posted by in category: asteroid/comet impacts

A massive asteroid estimated to be 2.7 miles wide is set to make a ‘relatively close encounter’ with Earth on 1 September.

Dubbed ‘Florence,’ the huge space rock will pass just 4.4 million miles from our planet on Friday – or, about 18 times the distance between Earth and the moon.

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Aug 30, 2017

Great going everyone

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

Fantastic momentum so far on the MouseAge campaign, which raised over 10% of its goal on the first day! To learn more about how we are speeding up research and helping reduce animal suffering vist the campaign page:

A big thanks to Elena Milova, Thomas Klauset Aurdal, Jim Mellon (Juvenescence), James Joyce, Emanuele Ascani, Louie Helm, Martin Kleman, William DeVore, John D Gauchat, Peter Svensson, Poly Mamoshina, Felix Weimer, Reason (Fight Aging), Gennady Stolyarov (US Transhumanist Party). Alexey Strygin, Aleksandr Popov, Lars Christensen, Matthew Clarke and our Anonymous donors!

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Aug 30, 2017

Explore humanity’s journey through the future, to a time where the lines between human and artificial intelligence have become blurred

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

New # YearMillion starts Saturday at 9pm.

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Aug 30, 2017

Japan’s SoftBank Is Investing Billions in the Technological Future

Posted by in category: futurism

Remember the 1980s movie Brewster’s Millions, in which a minor league baseball pitcher (played by Richard Pryor) must spend $30 million in 30 days to inherit $300 million? Pryor goes on an epic spending spree for a bigger payoff down the road.

One of the world’s biggest public companies is making that film look like a weekend in the Hamptons. Japan’s SoftBank Group, led by its indefatigable CEO Masayoshi Son, is shooting to invest $100 billion over the next five years toward what the company calls the information revolution.

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Aug 30, 2017

Phase two of NASA’s deep space habitat challenge finds a winner in architect & tech firm collaboration

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats, space travel, sustainability

As part of its support for the application 3D printing technology to deep space exploration, NASA has awarded a $250,000 prize to a joint team consisting of members from Foster+Partners California and Branch Technology (based in Chattanooga, Tennessee).

NASA’s competition, which has now reached level three of its second phase, aims to “advance construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond”, most notably with the aim of accommodating astronauts on Mars and building human colonies in outer space.

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Aug 30, 2017

Edited embryos mean U.S. scientists have passed a major milestone

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, government

It is important to note that none of the embryos were allowed to develop for more than a few days, and that the team never had any intention of implanting them into a womb. However, it seems that this is largely due to ongoing regulatory issues, as opposed to issues with the technology itself.

In the United States, all efforts to turn edited embryos into a baby — to bring the embryo to full term — have been blocked by Congress, which added language to the Department of Health and Human Services funding bill that forbids it from approving any such clinical trials.

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Aug 30, 2017

Development plan for robotics gets nod

Posted by in categories: policy, robotics/AI

The cabinet also approved a slew of measures to support the development of robotics and other targeted industries to keep up with the Thailand 4.0 policy.

Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana said the measures are aimed at encouraging the manufacturing and service sectors to increase productivity through the use of robotics and automation systems.

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Aug 30, 2017

Clean-meat or plant-meat

Posted by in category: food

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Aug 29, 2017

A Chicagoland hospital is adding a new test to its annual checkup — and it could be the future of medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

A Chicagoland hospital system has added something new to its patients’ annual checkups: the option to get a genetic test.

Until now, DNA tests have tended to live either in the consumer realm or through referrals to specialists when a patient brings it up.

NorthShore University HealthSystem wants to bring that conversation about genetics into every doctor’s office during annual checkups.

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Aug 29, 2017

Russians Lead the Quantum Computer Race With 51-Qubit Machine

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Russian scientists collaborating with an international team presented their 51-qubit quantum computer processor to the ICQT 2017 in Moscow.

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