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Apr 25, 2019

DARPA Pursues Swarming Capabilities

Posted by in category: futurism

AUSTIN, Texas — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is examining ways to equip a small unit with swarming capabilities.

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Apr 25, 2019

China’s ‘artificial sun’ project to harness nuclear fusion energy

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

China’s “artificial sun” will achieve nuclear fusion by the middle of this century, one of the project leaders said Wednesday.

HL-2M Tokamak, the modified Chinese-designed “artificial sun” and a device to harness energy from fusion, will be completed this year. It is expected to increase the electricity intensity from one mega amperes to three mega amperes, an important step to achieve nuclear fusion, a spokesperson surnamed Liu with the press office of the Southwestern Institute of Physics (SWIP), affiliated with China National Nuclear Corporation, told the Global Times. An ampere is a standard measurement of electric current.

For instance, the deuterium (also known as heavy hydrogen) extracted from one liter of seawater releases the energy equivalent of burning 300 liters of gasoline in a complete fusion reaction, Liu said.

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Apr 25, 2019

German scientists create see-through human ORGANS in step toward 3D-printed body parts

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, neuroscience

German scientists create see-through ORGANS in a step toward 3D-printed parts that could be transplanted in the human body…


Researchers in Germany have created transparent human organs using a new technology that could pave the way to print three-dimensional body parts such as kidneys for transplants.

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Apr 25, 2019

Scientists Say They’ve Found The Annoying Gene Mutation That Turns Us Into Night Owls

Posted by in category: genetics

Any night owls reading this will be familiar with the struggle of constantly trying to fit into a morning person’s world. And researchers might have finally identified the genetic typo that causes this social jetlag.

A 2017 study revealed that many people who stay up late and struggle to wake up in the morning aren’t lazy, their internal clock is simply genetically programmed to run between 2 and 2.5 hours slower than the rest of the population, thanks to a mutation in a body clock gene called CRY1.

“Carriers of the mutation have longer days than the planet gives them, so they are essentially playing catch-up for their entire lives,” said lead researcher Alina Patke from The Rockefeller University in New York.

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Apr 25, 2019

How to hide from the AI surveillance state with a color printout

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI, surveillance

AI-powered video technology is becoming ubiquitous, tracking our faces and bodies through stores, offices, and public spaces. In some countries the technology constitutes a powerful new layer of policing and government surveillance.

Fortunately, as some researchers from the Belgian university KU Leuven have just shown, you can often hide from an AI video system with the aid of a simple color printout.

Who said that? The researchers showed that the image they designed can hide a whole person from an AI-powered computer-vision system. They demonstrated it on a popular open-source object recognition system called YoLo(v2).

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Apr 25, 2019

Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, internet, policy

Chinese technology companies are increasingly important and dynamic international actors. They are making critical contributions in a range of areas, from cutting edge research to enabling connectivity for developing countries. Yet, their rapid expansion and growing influence also bring a range of strategic and policy challenges. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre has created a public database to map the global expansion of 12 key Chinese tech companies working across the telecommunications, internet & biotech sectors. It’s a tool for journalists, researchers, NGOs, policymakers and the interested public to better understand the enormous scale, complexity and increasing reach of some of China’s tech giants. On this website you’ll find:

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Apr 25, 2019

Scientists have found a way to decode brain signals into speech

Posted by in category: neuroscience

It’s a step towards a system that would let people send texts straight from their brains.

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Apr 25, 2019

The Future of Shopping Is Already Happening in China

Posted by in categories: futurism, mobile phones

China’s Gen Z isn’t impressed by glitzy brand names and traditional advertising campaigns. Many are looking beyond the physical stores and e-commerce portals their predecessors preferred. They’re buying goods suggested by social media influencers known as wanghong. And they’re using messaging, short videos, livestreaming, and social media apps as gateways to making those purchases.


Traditional retail and e-commerce hold little interest for consumers who are wedded to smartphones and take their cues from influencers.

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Apr 24, 2019

When can we finally get rid of passwords?

Posted by in category: futurism

The tech exists to replace them, but adoption is lagging behind.

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Apr 24, 2019

Genetically modified virus may shrink incurable brain cancers

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

By Michael Le Page

People with incurable melanomas and brain or breast cancers are to get injections of tumour-fighting viruses.

The trial will test the safety of a virus that has been engineered to shrink tumours – an approach that holds promise for a range of cancers, including deadly brain tumours.

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