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Jul 3, 2016

This is How Your Desktop Will Look In Virtual Reality

Posted by in category: virtual reality

Soon, this tech will move your entire PC interface to virtual reality.

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Jul 3, 2016

Podo Camera

Posted by in category: electronics

Podo is a small HD camera capable of attaching to a variety of surfaces.


Selfie sticks are about to go bye-bye.

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Jul 3, 2016

These people are seeing in color for the first time!

Posted by in category: futurism

What it’s like to see color for the first time.

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Jul 3, 2016

This 4,000 Pound Elephant Just Got A New Prosthetic Leg

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs

10 years ago, this beautiful animal stepped on a landmine. Now, thanks to a new prosthetic leg, she can walk again. http://voc.tv/29e6yb5

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Jul 3, 2016

‘Growing’ drones is under research

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, drones, military

It sounds like an idea for a science fiction film, but here in the UK scientists and engineers are spending time and money to see if they can do exactly that.

British warplanes are already flying with parts made from a 3D printer. Researchers are already using that same technology to build drones.

The military advantage is obvious — building equipment quickly and close to the battlefield — without long waits and long supply chains — gives you an enormous advantage over any enemy.

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Jul 3, 2016

You May Never Have To Go Grey!

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Jul 3, 2016

Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Majorana Fermions Exist

Posted by in categories: computing, cosmology, particle physics, quantum physics

Not only could they transform quantum computing, they’re a candidate for dark matter.

A team of Chinese physicists from Shanghai’s Jiaotong University have proof beyond a reasonable doubt of the existence of the Majorana fermion — a special particle that could potentially revolutionize quantum computing.

“The search for this particle is for condensed-matter physicists what the Higgs boson search was for high-energy particle physicists,” said Leonid Rokhinson, an associate professor of physics at Purdue University, who was the first to detect the signature of the fermion in 2012 but was not involved in this study, in a 2012 press release. “It is a very peculiar object because it is a fermion yet it is its own antiparticle with zero mass and zero charge.”

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Jul 3, 2016

Heavy Metal and Natural Language Processing — Part 1

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In this post I refer to lyrics of certain bands as being “Metal”. I know some people have strong feelings about how genres are defined, and would probably disagree with me about some of the bands I call metal in this post. I call these band “Metal” here for the sake of brevity only, and I apologise in advance.

Introduction

Natural language is ubiquitous. It is all around us, and the rate at which it is produced in written, stored form is only increasing. It is also quite unlike any sort of data I have worked with before.

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Jul 3, 2016

New research considers ‘growing’ drones

Posted by in categories: drones, military

The BBC’s defence correspondent Jonathan Beale finds out more about the development of new military technology, including whether a drone can be chemically “grown”.

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Jul 2, 2016

Stephen Hawking: Greed, stupidity greatest threats to Earth

Posted by in category: futurism

LOS ANGELES — Physicist Stephen Hawking says pollution, greed and stupidity are the greatest threats to Earth.

Hawking told Larry King Now on Saturday that he’s worried by overcrowding.

“We certainly have not become less greedy or less stupid,” Hawking said. “Six years ago I was worrying about pollution and overcrowding. They have gotten worse since then.”

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