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Sep 30, 2018

[EuroVis 2018] Maps and Globes in Virtual Reality (VR)

Posted by in categories: transportation, virtual reality

How to solve the problem of which map to use, without distortion.

Check out more details at our EuroVis 2018 paper at:

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Sep 30, 2018

The World Bank and tech companies want to use AI to predict famine

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

A new tool using data and AI is hoping to better predict famine and help millions experiencing food insecurity.

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Sep 30, 2018

My Journey With Cancer and Hope for the Future!

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

My Journey With Cancer and the Hope for the Future

I would like to share a story. A story about sadness, depression, anger, and frustration. But most of all this is my personal story about triumphing over the death sentence of #cancer. I hope this story will give others who went through and are going through hope for the future.

My story started about 5 years ago on a cold winter day. Up until this point my life seemed invincible. That all changed. At the time I was working at the plasma center and we were preparing for an audit by the FDA. Before an audit we would have the floors waxed and make the center look as nice as possible. A few co-workers and I stayed late to help move the donor beds. I knew I had been feeling pain in my neck/shoulder area for a few weeks so I really didn’t want to. I figured it must have been from repetitive motions at work. I decided to just ignore it and help anyways: this decision changed my life dramatically.

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Sep 30, 2018

Early clinical trials showing promise for new kind of cancer vaccine

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Promising early results are in from a phase 1 clinical trial into the safety and efficacy of a new cancer vaccine. The new treatment is designed to stimulate the immune system into attacking certain cancers known to overexpress a specific protein.

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Sep 30, 2018

Settle down, guys. A skull-shaped asteroid is not headed for Earth this Halloween

Posted by in category: space

In 2015, the asteroid missed Earth by just 300,000 miles and was visible to those with good telescopes. This year, the closest it will come is 25 million miles — which is way too far to tell what it looks like.

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Sep 30, 2018

360 Video: Inside Boeing’s Starliner space capsule

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

The gumdrop-shaped capsule is designed to function essentially as a space taxi, ferrying up to seven astronauts and their cargo to and from the International Space Station. Boeing is expected to conduct the spacecraft’s first crewed test flight to the ISS next year. (SpaceX is putting the finishing touches on its Crew Dragon capsule, which is also scheduled to carry its first crew in 2019.)

Recently, NBC News MACH visited a Starliner mock-up at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to get an insider’s look at the spacecraft — and a sense of what it would be like to fly aboard the futuristic capsule. [Editor’s note: Boeing is a sponsor of MACH’s Making of an Astronaut series.]

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Sep 30, 2018

Scientists Pinpoint Where Dark Matter Is Hiding in the Universe

Posted by in category: cosmology

A new map of dark matter all over the universe could reveal things scientists don’t know about dark energy.

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Sep 30, 2018

The Impact Of Artificial Intelligence Is Already Here, It’s Just Not Very Evenly Distributed

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

With apologies to author” target=”_blank” rel=” nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=” ExternalLink:”>William Gibson, who originally pointed out that “the future is already here, it’s just not very distributed,” we can say that the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) is here, but that’s just not so very evenly distributed either. But that’s okay, for now. That’s because when it comes to AI, every industry has a different story to tell.

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Sep 30, 2018

SpaceX restores a Falcon 1 rocket for 10th anniversary of first launch success

Posted by in category: space travel

With plans to give the historic rocket its own place on display inside the company’s Hawthorne factory, SpaceX has refurbished the last remaining Falcon 1 rocket booster and an old Merlin 1C engine to create a model representative of the same Falcon 1 that saved SpaceX and made history on September 28th, 2008, becoming the first privately-developed liquid-fuel rocket to reach Earth orbit.

In the process of celebrating the tenth anniversary of that crowning achievement, one is reminded just how meteoric SpaceX’s rise has been over the course of that decade, marked by relentless progress with Falcon 1, Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, Cargo Dragon, Crew Dragon, and even the early phases of BFR construction.

Ten years ago today, Falcon 1 became the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to achieve Earth orbit. Here are a few of our SpaceX employees who helped us achieve this historic milestone!

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Sep 30, 2018

Commonwealth Fusion stronger magnet tokomak gets billionaire funding

Posted by in categories: government, nuclear energy

Commonwealth Fusion Systems a spinout from MIT has received additional funding from Breakthrough Energy Ventures (which investment from billionaires Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani, and Richard Branson).

Commonwealth Fusion Systems will use new superconducting materials to make far stronger magnets for a smaller Tokamak fusion system. The planned fusion experiment, called Sparc, is set to be far smaller – about 1/65th of the volume – than that of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, an international collaboration.

Breakthrough Energy Ventures’ portfolio company @CFS_energy is building on decades of government-funded research to accelerate the path toward clean, limitless commercial fusion energy. #cleanenergy

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