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Jul 8, 2019

Why the U.S. Marines Want a Very Special Bullet (A “Taser” Bullet, to Be Exact)

Posted by in category: military

Taser bullets aren’t exactly a new concept—a bullet that zaps you with an electric jolt like a Taser.

That’s what the U.S. Marine Corps wants as a non-lethal munition that can be fired from a regular small arm. The U.S. military has been trying to develop a Taser-like bullet for 12 years but has yet to succeed. This time, the Marines hope to get it right.

The U.S. military already uses regular X-26 Tasers, pistol-like devices that fire two wired electrode darts that transmit a jolt to incapacitate a target. But not surprising for a device designed for civilian police forces, the wires limit an accurate shot to less than 25 feet, and the target is disabled for only about 5 seconds.

Jul 8, 2019

NASA’s New Space Engine Is Powered by Nuclear Fission

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, particle physics, security, space travel

From returning to the Moon to establishing outposts on Mars, NASA has the need for more power than ever before. Could nuclear fission be the solution they’ve been searching for?

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Jul 8, 2019

These Odd ‘Quasiparticles’ Could Finally Unmask Dark Matter

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

About 80% of all the matter in the cosmos is of a form completely unknown to current physics. We call it dark matter, because as best we can tell it’s…dark. Experiments around the world are attempting to capture a stray dark matter particle in hopes of understanding it, but so far they have turned up empty.

Recently, a team of theorists has proposed a new way to hunt for dark matter using weird “particles” called magnons, a name I did not just make up. These tiny ripples could lure even a fleeting, lightweight dark matter particle out of hiding, those theorists say. [The 11 Biggest Unanswered Questions About Dark Matter]

We know all sorts of things about dark matter, with the notable exception of what it is.

Jul 8, 2019

AI made from a sheet of glass can recognise numbers just by looking

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

By Donna Lu

It’s the smartest piece of glass in the world. Zongfu Yu at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his colleagues have created a glass artificial intelligence that uses light to recognise and distinguish between images. What’s more, the glass AI doesn’t need to be powered to operate.

The proof-of-principle glass AI that Yu’s team created can distinguish between handwritten single digit numbers. It can also recognise, in real time, when a number it is presented with changes – for instance, when a 3 is altered to an 8.

Jul 8, 2019

Video — Arthur B. McDonald

Posted by in category: futurism

space play / pause

qunload | stop

ffullscreen shift + ←→slower / faster (latest Chrome and Safari)

Jul 8, 2019

US-China tech war and the US intelligence community

Posted by in category: internet

China’s 5G leadership means US eavesdropping will be blocked, spies unemployed.

Jul 8, 2019

Two Days Until the Ending Age-Related Diseases 2019 Conference

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, life extension

There are now only two days to go before the Ending Age-Related Diseases 2019 conference at the Cooper Union in New York City. This is our annual conference that brings together industry leaders from biotech research and business.

We have almost sold out of tickets, so if you are thinking about attending, you should act today to secure your place.

Jul 8, 2019

Important results for brain machine interfaces

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Data from Mental Work project, conducted as an experimental artwork at EPFL’s Artlab, indicates that BMI is robust and accessible to the general public, spurring new research collaborations in Switzerland on user experience.

Brain-machine interfaces are rarely found outside of medical clinics, where the disabled receive hours or days of training in order to operate wheelchairs with their minds. Now the largest-ever BMI experiment Mental Work, conducted as an experimental artwork at EPFL’s Artlab, has provided preliminary evidence that training time can be shortened, the use of dry electrodes are a robust solution for public BMI and that user performance tends to improve within a relatively short period of time. The still-to-be-published results suggest that BMI may soon reach a much larger and more diverse population. A new collaboration between the Foundation Campus Biotech Geneva, the EPFL and the HEIG-VD in Yverdon will build on the promising results will build on the promising results of Mental Work to further develop user-friendly and publicly accessible interfaces to interact with the physical and digital world using only one’s mind.

“This is the first demonstration that installation art can be used as an experimental platform for breakthrough science,” says Jonathon Keats, the artist and experimental philosopher who conceptualized Mental Work.

Jul 8, 2019

David Sinclair — Cracking & reversing the aging clock — Science Unlimited 2019

Posted by in categories: genetics, life extension, science

Renowned longevity researcher David Sinclair believes aging is not inevitable but a treatable condition. In his talk at Science Unlimited 2019, he explained why we age – and how we can reverse aging to extend human healthspan and lifespan.

David Sinclair is Professor in the Department of Genetics, Blavatnik Institute and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging at Harvard Medical School. Science Unlimited is held in Montreux, Switzerland, as part of the annual Frontiers Forum. See all speakers: https://forum.frontiersin.org

Jul 8, 2019

The Pill That Could Change the Future of Aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, life extension

A network of government-funded labs has spent the past 15 years searching for a drug that can slow down aging. The results have researchers excited.