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May 16, 2018

Hawaii goes on RED ALERT for ‘major eruption’ of Kilauea volcano

Posted by in category: futurism

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could have a major devastating eruption at ‘any time’, the US Geographical Survey has said.

The volcano has been erupting for 10 days, and more than 2000 residents have already been evacuated.

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May 16, 2018

European Space Agency receives prototype microgravity 3D printer

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space

After two years in development, Project MELT (Manufacturing of Experimental Layer Technology) has resurfaced with a prototype microgravity 3D printer.

Made for the European Space Agency (ESA) the Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) breadboard machine is designed to 3D print high performance polymers aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and other off-world locations.

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May 16, 2018

‘Westworld’ and the Question of Immortality

Posted by in categories: life extension, robotics/AI, sex

Westworld’s first season was largely focused on the abuse of artificial life, given that the park hosts’ purpose almost exclusively revolved around sex, violence, and suffering. The freedom Dolores and her ilk were fighting for was simple consciousness—a right to their own memories and self-awareness. In just the first four episodes, Westworld’s second season has exploded that basic quest into all kinds of fascinating directions, but “The Riddle of the Sphinx” was the first to really grapple with one of the most obvious questions in AI, which is: Isn’t artificial intelligence the key to immortality?

Three Atlantic staffers discuss “The Riddle of the Sphinx,” the fourth episode of Season 2.

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May 15, 2018

An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty is set to narrowly miss Earth tonight

Posted by in category: space

Don’t panic.

An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty is set to narrowly miss Earth on Tuesday evening. Luckily, it won’t actually smack into our planet or cause any da.

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May 15, 2018

The fastest-growing black hole in the universe eats a sun every 48 hours — and astronomers have found it

Posted by in category: cosmology

It’s growing so rapidly that it’s shining thousands of times more brightly than an entire galaxy.

A “supermassive” black hole swallowing up the mass of our sun every two days has been found by Australian astronomers.

Astronomers at the Australian National University (ANU), led by Dr Christian Wolf of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, found the fastest-growing black hole known in the universe by looking back more than 12 billion years to what they call “the early dark ages of the universe.”

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May 15, 2018

Key part of human gene activation revealed by new study

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

May 15 (UPI) — Until now, scientists weren’t sure how gene activation mechanisms avoided nucleosomes, the bodyguards tasked with keeping DNA turned off.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, however, have pinpointed a key factor responsible for unraveling nucleosome structures and allowing genes to be activated.

Geneticists described the newly identified nucleosome destabilizing factor, or NDF, this week in the journal Genes and Development.

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May 15, 2018

Brain Computer Interface Virtual Reality with EEG signals

Posted by in categories: computing, health, neuroscience, virtual reality

By combining virtual reality with a brain-based computer interface, researchers hope to create more immersive, lifelike experiences for gaming and health care applications.

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May 15, 2018

Radio Waves and Real-Time Monitoring Help Destroy Brain Tumors

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

The University of Southern California is developing the means to control and direct radio frequency energy to destroy cancer tumors…

A new technique from the University of Southern California uses radio-frequency waves to burn away tumors as doctor’s monitor the procedure in real-time.

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May 15, 2018

The USD is Tulip Mania—BTC is not

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, rants

Please don’t pay any attention to this posting. It is not for you… *

This graph presents indisputable fact: It compares US dollar growth as reported by the US government and Bitcoin growth (for all time), extrapolated by pure math.

I wish that this would put to bed the fake news, conspiracy theories, and “nothing backs it” nonsense. Unfortunately, seismic shifts in architecture or process take time for society to understand and accept. Early adopters will be the fortunate buckos. Timid or clueless denizens will complain bitterly about the unfair advantage of those who wise up before it hits a 6 figure exchange rate. Eventually, comparisons with legacy currencies will be utterly meaningless. It will become the currency. It will be the gold-pressed latinum of universal recognition and intrinsic value.

15 years from now, some will look back on our era and claim that the Winkelvoss twins were lucky. Risk, patience and an understanding of economics is not ‘luck’. They have the gift of prescience.

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May 15, 2018

Gigantic telescope to hunt for universe’s birth

Posted by in category: space

When it’s complete, the Giant Magellan Telescope will be as tall as the Statue of Liberty. On this podcast episode, an astronomy expert explains what the enormous telescope can teach us about the universe.

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