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Apr 25, 2019

Brains of blind people adapt to sharpen sense of hearing, study shows

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Now, a pair of research papers published the week of April 22 from the University of Washington — one in the Journal of Neuroscience, the other in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — use functional MRI to identify two differences in the brains of blind individuals that might be responsible for their abilities to make better use of auditory information.

“There’s this idea that blind people are good at auditory tasks, because they have to make their way in the world without visual information. We wanted to explore how this happens in the brain,” said Ione Fine, a UW professor of psychology and the senior author on both studies.

Instead of simply looking to see which parts of the brain were most active while listening, both studies examined the sensitivity of the brain to subtle differences in auditory frequency.

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Apr 25, 2019

What Happens Underwater During a Tidal Wave?

Posted by in category: futurism

We’ve seen the destruction a powerful tidal wave can cause above water. But what happens underwater?

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Apr 25, 2019

There’s a new $200,000,000 ‘Vessel’ building in NYC

Posted by in category: habitats

The ‘Vessel’ says it owns every photo taken on the grounds.

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Apr 25, 2019

Researchers use 3D printer to print glass

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

For the first time, researchers have successfully 3D printed chalcogenide glass, a unique material used to make optical components that operate at mid-infrared wavelengths. The ability to 3D print this glass could make it possible to manufacture complex glass components and optical fibers for new types of low-cost sensors, telecommunications components and biomedical devices.

In The Optical Society (OSA) journal Optical Materials Express, researchers from the Centre d’Optique, Photonique et Laser (COPL) at Université Laval in Canada, Patrick Larochelle and his colleagues, describe how they modified a commercially available 3D printer for glass extrusion. The new method is based on the commonly used technique of fused deposition modeling, in which a plastic filament is melted and then extruded layer-by-layer to create detailed 3D objects.

“3D printing of optical materials will pave the way for a new era of designing and combining materials to produce the photonic components and fibers of the future,” said Yannick Ledemi, a member of the research team. “This new method could potentially result in a breakthrough for efficient manufacturing of infrared optical components at a low cost.”

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Apr 25, 2019

New technique uses power anomalies to ID malware in embedded systems

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Texas at Austin have developed a technique for detecting types of malware that use a system’s architecture to thwart traditional security measures. The new detection approach works by tracking power fluctuations in embedded systems.

“Embedded systems are basically any computer that doesn’t have a physical keyboard – from smartphones to Internet of Things devices,” says Aydin Aysu, co-author of a paper on the work and an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State. “Embedded systems are used in everything from the voice-activated virtual assistants in our homes to industrial control systems like those used in . And that targets those systems can be used to seize control of these systems or to steal information.”

At issue are so-called micro-architectural attacks. This form of malware makes use of a system’s , effectively hijacking the hardware in a way that gives outside users control of the system and access to its data. Spectre and Meltdown are high-profile examples of micro-architectural malware.

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Apr 25, 2019

The Kaufmann Protocol: Why we age and how to stop it

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

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Dr. Sandra Kaufmann

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Apr 25, 2019

Triple Battery Density in 3–5 Years for Triple Electric Car Range

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Innolith AG, Swiss maker of rechargeable Inorganic Battery Technology, says they have the world’s first 1000 Wh/kg rechargeable battery. This would triple the range of electric cars. The Innolith Energy Battery would radically reduce costs by not using exotic and expensive materials.

Innolith will make an initial pilot production in Germany and then create licensing partnerships with major battery and automotive companies. Development and commercialization of the Innolith Energy Battery is anticipated to take between three and five years.

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Apr 25, 2019

Blue Origin: everything you need to know about the Amazon.com of space

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Jeff Bezos is hot on Elon Musk’s heels.

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Apr 25, 2019

This Is Why Quantum Field Theory Is More Fundamental Than Quantum Mechanics

Posted by in category: quantum physics

And why Einstein’s quest for unification was doomed from the start.

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Apr 25, 2019

This Video Game Detects Alzheimer’s Earlier Than Lab Tests

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment, neuroscience

Researchers say a new video game can tell researchers whether someone is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

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