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Jun 16, 2016

Leading astronomer urges Europe to end human space missions

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

This guy is just… wrong.

Just totally and completely WRONG.

PERIOD.

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Jun 16, 2016

All aboard the Immortality Bus: the man who says tech will help us live forever

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

A feature story in The Guardian on my presidential run to grow the transhumanism movement. Thanks for your support!


Zoltan Istvan leads the Transhumanist party and believes that, through science, humans will reverse ageing and eventually death. Can he convert the skeptics?

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Jun 16, 2016

EU May Decide on Apple Tax Probe In July — By Natalia Drozdiak | The Wall Street Journal

Posted by in category: business

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“The European Union may announce its decision in its long-running probe into Apple Inc.’s tax arrangements with Ireland in July, the country’s finance minister said Thursday.”

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Jun 16, 2016

Biological nano-drones can vaccinate against cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, nanotechnology

When cancer hits, your immune system shuts down. Over the past 5–10 years, research into cancer has therefore increasingly focused on helping the immune system start up again. Because if we succeed in that, there is much to indicate that this approach will prove significantly more effective than the aggressive, all encompassing chemotherapy treatments we currently use.

One of the initiatives in this area is the work of Professor Thomas Andresen from DTU Nanotech. He has recently been awarded a grant from Innovation Fund Denmark for a project in which biological nano-drones are used to train the immune system to recognize cancer cells; and kill them.

This is something it cannot do on its own, because cancer cells are adept at concealing themselves. It is true that when chemotherapy or radiotherapy is used to kill cancer cells today, the immune system steps in afterwards to clear away the dead cells, but it doesn’t learn anything from the process. This is what Thomas Andresen is looking to change.

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Jun 16, 2016

Physicists Just Entangled 10 Photon Pairs And Set A New World Record

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

A team from the University of Science and Technology of China has shattered the quantum entanglement record, entangling 10 photon pairs.

Quantum entanglement is one of the strangest occurrences in the already strange world of quantum physics. Basically, entanglement is the state where quantum particles become so deeply linked that they share what is, in essence, the same existence.

The video below delves into the ins and outs of this phenomenon.

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Jun 16, 2016

This robot can 3D-print a pizza in under five minutes

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI

BeeHex has engineered a robotic 3D printer that can make any type of pizza. Here’s how it works.

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Jun 16, 2016

Augmented reality comes to phones — and kitchens

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, food, mobile phones

Lenovo brings out the first smartphone using AR. Will consumers bite?

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Jun 16, 2016

Detroit Become Human — E3 2016 Trailer | PS4

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Detroit Become Human — E3 2016 Trailer


Detroit: Become Human is the latest game from Quantic Dream — and it’s looking like a knockout.

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Jun 16, 2016

Detroit: Become Human — Official Announcement Trailer

Posted by in category: futurism

Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain, has revealed its ambitious new project. Here’s the full trailer!

http://go.ign.com/0z8mS5M

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Jun 16, 2016

Nanorods could harvest water in dry climates

Posted by in category: climatology

Sometimes it’s the accidental discoveries that make the biggest impact. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have learned that carbon-rich nanorods created in a botched experiment might be ideal for harvesting water. When there’s relatively low humidity (below 50 percent), the rods trap water inside their gaps; if it’s any more humid, however, they promptly expel that water as vapor. It’s a very unusual trait that’s likely caused by water condensing into a “bridge” in the nanorods, whose surface tension forces them to close and eventually kick the water out.

If scientists can refine the shape of these nanorods and get them to spray water on a consistent basis (only 10 to 20 percent do that right now), the implications are huge. They’d be ideal for harvesting and purifying water in dry climates — you could gather ambient moisture until there’s enough to drink. Alternately, you could use it for anti-sweat clothing that soaks up your perspiration and spits it outside. All told, you’d have direct control over just when and how you get water.

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