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May 2, 2019

Ira S. Pastor — CEO, Bioquark Inc. — Midnight In The Desert Show — Dave Schrader

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, cryonics, DNA, genetics, health, life extension, singularity

May 2, 2019

Get ready for tens of millions of climate refugees

Posted by in category: climatology

Researchers are creating models of where people will move when climate shocks hit, but so far we’re just making educated guesses.

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May 2, 2019

Sleep frees up the hippocampus for new memories

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Two regions of our brain are central for storing memories: the hippocampus and the neocortex. While the hippocampus is primarily responsible for learning new information and its short-term storage, the neocortex is able to store large amounts of information for a long time. Lea Himmer, Dr. Monika Schönauer and Professor Steffen Gais of the Institute of Medical Psychology at the University of Tübingen and their team investigated how these brain areas interact during the consolidation of new memories and which role sleep plays in that process. The team of researchers used functional neuroimaging to show that repeated rehearsal can lead to the establishment of memory traces in the neocortex within a short timeframe. However, these traces are only sufficiently stable if a sleep phase follows learning – otherwise the brain continuously needs to call on the hippocampus to help with long-term storage of new memories. The new study is published in Science Advances.

In this new study, the researchers had their participants study a list of words, which was repeated seven times. While they conducted this task, their brain activity was recorded by an MRI scanner. Twelve hours later, the participants repeated the task with the learned words and a new word list. Half of the subjects had slept in the meantime, while the other half had remained awake. Repeated practice led to increased involvement of the posterior parietal cortex, a region of the neocortex, within an hour. At the same time, the became less and less engaged in the process.

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May 2, 2019

AI Evolved These Creepy Images to Please a Monkey’s Brain

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

So why not ask the neurons what they want to see?

Read: The human remembering machine

That was the idea behind XDREAM, an algorithm dreamed up by a Harvard student named Will Xiao. Sets of those gray, formless images, 40 in all, were shown to watching monkeys, and the algorithm tweaked and shuffled those that provoked the strongest responses in chosen neurons to create a new generation of pics. Xiao had previously trained XDREAM using 1.4 million real-world photos so that it would generate synthetic images with the properties of natural ones. Over 250 such generations, the synthetic images became more and more effective, until they were exciting their target neurons far more intensely than any natural image. “It was exciting to finally let a cell tell us what it’s encoding instead of having to guess,” says Ponce, who is now at Washington University in St. Louis.

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May 2, 2019

The search for the kryptonite that can stop CRISPR

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Powerful gene-editing tools have the potential to heal—or to harm. Now there’s a race to develop the antidote to the next bioweapon.

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May 2, 2019

Amazon Says It Could Have Fully Automated Warehouses in 10 Years

Posted by in category: futurism

But right now, humans are still better merch pickers.

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May 2, 2019

Breakthroughs in neuromorphic computing demonstrate high computing efficiency, performance

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

LIVERMORE, Calif. As the demands on computers are rapidly changing to more data-centric tasks — such as image processing, voice recognition or autonomous driving functions — there quickly arises a need for greater computing efficiencies.

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May 2, 2019

Breakthrough Flu Vaccine Could Soon Eradicate The Virus Forever: One-shot Immunity For Life!

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Researchers in Australia are on the verge of discovering a universal flu vaccine — one which would be effective against all strains of the virus. When they do, we won’t have to take a new flu shot every year anymore. We’ll just get this one shot, and never more. It’s a finding that is being heralded as an “extraordinary breakthrough.” It could even end the flu and influenza epidemic once and for all.

The Epidemic

Girl with the flu

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May 2, 2019

Blue Origin launches and lands record mission of the rocket Bezos wants for flying space tourists

Posted by in category: space travel

Blue Origin, the space company of Jeff Bezos, completed a record breaking launch of its New Shepard rocket on Thursday.

Lifting off from Blue Origin’s facility in West Texas, the mission was the first time the company launched and landed one of its rockets five times. Additionally, the rocket sent a company record 38 research and development experiments to the edge of space.

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May 2, 2019

The Best Code is No Code At All

Posted by in category: futurism

A blog by Jeff Atwood on programming and human factors.

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