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May 8, 2018

The Sun Will Produce a Beautiful Planetary Nebula When It Dies

Posted by in category: futurism

A new model of stellar death shows our low-mass star has enough juice to produce a beautiful ring of gas and dust before winking out.

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May 8, 2018

The US Will Fund Another Super-Sensitive and Expensive Dark Matter Experiment

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

The US Department of Energy will fund the most sensitive search yet for theorized dark matter particles. It will sit over a mile underground, in a nickel mine near the Canadian city of Sudbury, according to a release.

The proposed Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search at SNOLAB, or SuperCDMS SNOLAB, would be a detector held at near absolute zero that would be sensitive enough to detect the elusive dark matter with silicon and germanium atoms. It joins a long line of other experiments hunting for “weakly interacting massive particles,” or WIMPs, the most popular dark matter particle candidate.

Throughout the universe, there exist hints of unaccounted-for mass. Galaxies rotate too quickly at their edges, and the seemingly empty regions beside clusters of colliding galaxies warp the shape of space around them as if there were stuff there. The most popular solution to solve this mystery are WIMPs, particles that interact too weakly with regular matter to be detected by our telescopes or any other observing equipment.

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May 8, 2018

Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real World Tasks Over the Phone

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

Take a listen to the recordings. That’s an AI doing that.

A long-standing goal of human-computer interaction has been to enable people to have a natural conversation with computers, as they would with each other. In recent years, we have witnessed a revolution in the ability of computers to understand and to generate natural speech, especially with the application of deep neural networks (e.g., Google voice search, WaveNet). Still, even with today’s state of the art systems, it is often frustrating having to talk to stilted computerized voices that don’t understand natural language. In particular, automated phone systems are still struggling to recognize simple words and commands. They don’t engage in a conversation flow and force the caller to adjust to the system instead of the system adjusting to the caller.

Today we announce Google Duplex, a new technology for conducting natural conversations to carry out “real world” tasks over the phone. The technology is directed towards completing specific tasks, such as scheduling certain types of appointments. For such tasks, the system makes the conversational experience as natural as possible, allowing people to speak normally, like they would to another person, without having to adapt to a machine.

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May 8, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Parents Are Hard To Raise Podcast — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, biotech/medical, DNA, futurism, health, life extension, neuroscience, science

May 8, 2018

Throwing Light on Dark Matter

Posted by in category: cosmology

85% of our universe is made up of Dark Matter and scientists are still trying to figure it out.

Dark Matter has constantly eluded mankind. Did you know that first signs of dark matter were already considered way back in 1930s.

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May 8, 2018

Google Assistant’s one step closer to passing the Turing test

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Experimental technology, rolling out soon in a limited release, makes you think you’re talking to a real person.

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May 8, 2018

UCSD Scientists Using Genome Editing Technology to Cure Genetic Diseases

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Crispr could eliminate Genetic disease.

It’s so small it can’t be seen with the naked eye, but research is showing that CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is bringing sight to the blind.

UC San Diego researchers are using CRISPR, a technology that allows scientists to edit genomes, to cure disease.

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May 8, 2018

Warren Buffett says bitcoin is ‘rat poison’

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, futurism

With the utmost of respect for Mr Buffett, when he calls BTC “rat poison” he is expressing his philosophical viewpoint of the program (i.e. decentralized currency), not making a prediction of its future (not that I, or anyone else can really know what that it).

The Oracle of Omaha is still not a fan of bitcoin. Neither is Warren Buffett’s top lieutenant Charlie Munger. But to be fair to crypto bulls, both have missed out on an amazing rally.

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May 8, 2018

Recoding Human Cells to Make them Virus Proof

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

On May 1, around 200 scientists from the Genome Project-write (GP-write) met in Boston and announced the first target of their project: the creation of cells that cannot be infected by viruses.

What is the Genome Project-write?

GP-write includes sub-projects like the Human Genome Project-write (HGP-write), which was formally announced on June 2, 2016, and is an extension of the Genome Projects, which were launched in 1984. These projects were created to develop ways to read DNA in microbes, plants and multiple animal species, including humans.

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May 8, 2018

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattles Southern California

Posted by in category: futurism

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 shook a large portion of Southern California early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

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