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Sep 23, 2019

World’s richest man cuts health benefits for 1,900 Whole Foods workers

Posted by in categories: food, health

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, is cutting health benefits for part-time workers at Whole Foods. The move will leave 1,900 people without health insurance.

The cuts don’t affect full-time employees, but will hurt those who work around 20 hours a week.

“I am in shock,” said one employee, according to Salon. “I’ve worked here 15 years. This is why I keep the job — because of my benefits.”

Sep 23, 2019

The Context S01E14 Thinking With X

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Thinking With X ~ David Orban


We are convinced, through the collective narrative leveraging our scientific understanding, that we think with our brains. While that is true, there is much more: some of us think with our stomach, an sculptor will think with her hands, a ballet dancer with her entire body. Our proprioception extends feedback loops outside of the body, extending what we are, how we think and decide, to to tips of an airplane we are piloting. As we are going to be more and more thinking with AI systems, that will support us in interpreting and acting on the world, the responsibility of user interaction designers is huge. They are shaping the systems that are going to shape what we are.

Sep 23, 2019

Space-tech startups in India are gaining ground

Posted by in categories: government, space

India’s space programme has thus far been a government-backed effort. But now that is changing, with the emergence of a clutch of space technology startups. From propulsion and rocket technology ventures such as Bellatrix, to satellite makers such as Dhruva Space and Team Indus that aspire to bid for entire programmes rather than supply piece-meal components, there are now about two dozen startups in this field compared to only a handful three years ago.


India’s space programme has, so far, been a government backed effort with Isro. With new technology and falling costs, a clutch of space technology startups are garnering domestic and global clients.

Sep 22, 2019

Novel anti-cancer nanomedicine for efficient chemotherapy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology

Researchers at the University of Helsinki in collaboration with researchers from Åbo Akademi University (Finland) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) have developed a new anti-cancer nanomedicine for targeted cancer chemotherapy. This new nano-tool provides a new approach to use cell-based nanomedicines for efficient cancer chemotherapy.

Sep 22, 2019

A deepfake pioneer says ‘perfectly real’ manipulated videos are just 6 months away

Posted by in category: futurism

Deepfake artist Hao Li said that soon we will get to the point where there is no way to actually detect deepfakes.

Sep 22, 2019

Feast your eyes on this ‘dead’ nearby galaxy, thanks to Hubble

Posted by in category: space

Galaxies come in all shapes and sizes, and the galaxies most pleasing to the eye are always in the most recognizable shapes. Dramatic spirals with outstretched arms, bursting with newborn stars are always a jaw-dropping sight, after all. Messier 110 is most definitely not in that group.

Messier 110 is what is known as an elliptical galaxy. It doesn’t have well-formed features, and it’s not a swirling mass of eye candy. It’s just a big blob of stars hanging out around the nearby Andromeda galaxy. As far as galaxies go, it’s rather small, but NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has a certain knack for making even “small” destinations in space look larger than life.

As NASA explains, this photo of Messier 110 reveals the galaxy’s true personality. It’s not particularly flashy or fun, but it is absolutely packed with stars, and while there are no obvious star nurseries to be seen, scientists think new stars are still being born here.

Sep 22, 2019

Mike Adams: Google Close To Cracking All Cryptocurrency With 256 Bit Encryption, Including Bitcoin…US Military Secrets Also Breakable

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, encryption, military

Other companies are even closer than Google, and it’s about more than just cracking cryptocurrency. Mike has the details in this breaking report…

Sep 22, 2019

Honey I shrunk the kids! Real life ‘shrink ray’ reduces 3D structures to 1/1000th their original size

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, robotics/AI

SCIENTISTS have created a “shrink ray” that can reduce objects to one-thousandth of their original size.

The mind-blowing gizmo could one day be used to create nano-robots that are smaller that we can physically produce today.

This brings us a step closer to making 1989 sci-fi comedy Honey, I Shrunk the Kids a reality.

Sep 22, 2019

Neil deGrasse Tyson: How to Stop the Sun from Burning Out

Posted by in categories: futurism, internet

What could we do to stop our Sun from eventually expanding and burning out? In this Cosmic Query, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how we can prolong the life of a star. Co-host Chuck Nice offers his sci-fi option for Earth’s future.

This “Behind the Scenes” video was shot during the recording of our episode, “Cosmic Queries: The Sun and other Stars.” If you’d like to listen to the full podcast, click here: http://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-the-sun-and-other-stars/.

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Sep 22, 2019

A Sputnik Moment For The U.S. As China Forges Ahead In Tech Innovation

Posted by in category: innovation

A new Council on Foreign Relations Report concludes that the U.S. better put in place a national innovation strategy if it is to keep its world-leading position against its number one challenger, China.