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May 10, 2018

Looking for E.T. with TESS

Posted by in category: alien life

TESS is out of this world!

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May 10, 2018

Booming cities, unintended consequences

Posted by in categories: economics, transportation

Roadways clogged by commercial vehicles and intense competition for affordable housing are imposing costs on prosperous cities and their most vulnerable residents.

Cities are the hubs of the emerging digital economy, attracting knowledge workers with higher pay and alluring lifestyles. One consequence of this concentrated prosperity is rising rents and a scramble for housing that places disadvantaged citizens in peril—as seen in the increasing rates of homelessness in cities such as Seattle. More people living in urban cores also means more commercial vehicles are needed to serve them, which is fueled by a surge in online deliveries. The resulting congestion is burdening cities with surprisingly high costs. The social stresses of the new growth should be on your radar.

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May 10, 2018

Touring the Transhuman House, Sustainable Technologies and our Future

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transhumanism

In this special edition we are going on a tour of the Foundation’s ‘Transhuman House’.

Set in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, let’s fly in and take a look…

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May 10, 2018

He Made Science Easy!

Posted by in categories: science, space

Imagine if your teacher looked like Gandalf from Space and explained everything about the universe in the most simplest way possible…

That’s when everyone decides to be a scientist!

The way Greg got to become an Astronomer is quite amazing!
You can find him here in Broome, Australia at Greg Quicke’s Astro Tours. He’s as earthy as he looks!

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May 10, 2018

How to Leverage the Power of Science Fiction for Exponential Innovation

Posted by in categories: futurism, innovation

Science fiction is powerful because it brings the future to life. Using a methodology called SciFi D.I., we can leverage science fiction to look 10 to 15 years into the future to redefine what’s possible today. When we can clearly imagine what the future might be like, we can begin to see a path to it.

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May 10, 2018

Light could make semiconductor computers a million times faster or even go quantum

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

A technique to manipulate electrons with light could bring quantum computing up to room temperature.

A team of researchers in Germany and at the University of Michigan have demonstrated how can shift electrons between two different , the classic 1 and 0, in a thin sheet of semiconductor.

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May 10, 2018

China’s working on the next generation of military exoskeleton. Here’s what it can do

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, military

China’s defense contractors are entering the field in a major way. Here’s the next generation of military exoskeletons.

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May 10, 2018

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers can now send secret audio instructions undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant.

Credit Lynn Scurfield

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May 10, 2018

Self-navigating AI learns to take shortcuts: study

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

A computer programme modelled on the human brain learnt to navigate a virtual maze and take shortcuts, outperforming a flesh-and-blood expert, its developers said Wednesday.

While artificial intelligence (AI) programmes have recently made great strides in imitating human brain processing—everything from recognising objects to playing complicated board games—spatial navigation has remained a challenge.

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May 10, 2018

The first smallpox treatment is one step closer to FDA approval

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, terrorism

Upcoming anti-viral medication for smallpox…

As bioterrorism fears grow, the first treatment for smallpox is nearing approval.

Called tecovirimat, the drug stops the variola virus, which causes smallpox, from sending out copies of itself and infecting other cells. “If the virus gets ahead of your immune system, you get sick,” says Dennis Hruby, the chief scientific officer of pharmaceutical company SIGA Technologies, which took part in developing the drug. “If you can slow the virus down, your immune system will get ahead.”

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