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Oct 23, 2016

Physicist says our Universe could have spawned from a black hole

Posted by in categories: cosmology, mathematics, physics, singularity

According to our best understanding of the Universe, if you travel back in time as far as you can, around 13.8 billion years or so, you’ll eventually reach a singularity — a super-dense, hot, and energetic point, where the laws that govern space-time breakdown.

Despite our best attempts, we can’t peer past that singularity to see what triggered the birth of our Universe — but we do know of only one other instance in the history of our Universe where a singularity exists, and that’s inside a black hole. And the two events might have more in common than you’ve ever considered, as physicist Ethan Siegel explains over at Forbes.

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Oct 23, 2016

Researchers solve the problem of the dimensions of space-time in theories relating to the LHC

Posted by in categories: mathematics, physics

Researchers at the universities of Valencia and Florence propose an approach to the experimental data generated by the Large Hadron Collider that solves the infinity problem without breaching the four dimensions of space-time.

The theories currently used to interpret the data emerging from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which have so far most notably led to the discovery of the Higgs boson, are poorly defined within the four dimensions of space-time established by Einstein in his Theory of Special Relativity. In order to avoid the infinities resulting from the calculations that these theories inspire, new dimensions are added in a mathematical trick which, although effective, does not reflect what we now know about our Universe.

Now though, a group of researchers at the Institute of Corpuscular Physics (IFIC, CSIC-UV) in Valencia has devised a way to side-step the infinity issue and keep the theory within the bounds of the four standard dimensions of space-time.

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Oct 23, 2016

New Synthetic Biology Factory Will Design, Build, and Test Custom Organisms

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological

In Brief:

  • A company is combining innovative concepts of engineering and biology to manufacture unique organisms for a wide variety of applications.
  • Aside from being exciting science, these organisms can also make a difference to a company’s bottom line.

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Oct 23, 2016

Elon Musk’s Mars colony would have a horde of mining robots

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, space

The SpaceX founder has shed more light on his ambitious plans for the Red Planet.

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Oct 23, 2016

‘Every aspect of our lives will be transformed’ — exploring the future of AI

Posted by in categories: computing, law, robotics/AI

A new centre has opened to study the positive and negative implications of AI and ethical quandaries it poses.

“The rise of powerful AI will be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity,” Professor Stephen Hawking said in Cambridge, at the launch of the Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI).

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Oct 23, 2016

MORGAN STANLEY: It is ‘under appreciated’ how devastating the world’s ageing population could be for the global economy

Posted by in categories: economics, life extension

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Oct 23, 2016

Our Dark-Energy-Dominated Accelerating Universe –“Flimsier Than Previously Thought”

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

Five years ago, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three astronomers for their discovery, in the late 1990s, that the universe is expanding at an accelerating pace. Their conclusions were based on analysis of Type Ia supernovae — the spectacular thermonuclear explosion of dying stars — picked up by the Hubble space telescope and large ground-based telescopes. It led to the widespread acceptance of the idea that the universe is dominated by a mysterious substance named ‘dark energy’ that drives this accelerating expansion.

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Oct 23, 2016

Cartilage from nose is used to repair bum knees

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Using cells from the cartilage in patients’ noses, Swiss doctors have successfully made patches to treat 10 adults whose knee cartilage was damaged by injury.

Two years after the transplants, most of the patients grew new cartilage in their knees and reported improvements in pain, knee function and quality of life.

“We have developed a new, promising approach to the treatment of articular cartilage injuries,” said lead researcher Ivan Martin, a professor of tissue engineering at the University of Basel. The articular cartilage is the tissue that covers and protects the ends of the knee bones, and injuries to it can lead to degenerative joint conditions like osteoarthritis.

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Oct 23, 2016

Why Space Elevators Could Be the Future of Space Travel

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

In Brief:

  • Expensive, unsustainable rockets have served as our primary means to exit Earth, but space elevators present a cheaper way to enter outer space.
  • Although new materials are needed, space elevator missions are in motion and we could see the first elevator constructed in the next several decades.

Getting into space with rockets is ridiculously expensive. A NASA Inspector General report says the agency will pay Russia $491.2 million to send six astronauts into space in 2018. That’s almost $82 million a seat.

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Oct 23, 2016

America’s most popular voting guide for elections, political issues, candidates, and poll data

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, transhumanism

Last week my presidential candidacy (an openly nonreligious and transhumanist one) got a big boost when it was added to ISideWith, the most popular site for helping to match you with your best candidate. They currently only have 8 candidates featured still running. Take the 3-minute survey on their site to see who you side with now that I’ll be in the results. https://www./ And, I also participated alongside Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Eric McMullin and others in their online debate in real time that tracked the 3rd Clinton/Trump debate last Wed. (I didn’t give many answers as I was in the middle of a campaign event that exact same moment in Baltimore, but I still chimed in some supporting science and reason). My answers start about 15 min into the debate:

ISideWith shows which political parties, candidates, and ballot initiatives match your beliefs based on the 2016 issues that are most important to you.

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