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Apr 23, 2018

What threats face America’s electrical grid?

Posted by in category: energy

Apr. 22, 2018 — 14:27 — What would happen if America’s electrical grid goes down and what can be done to protect it? EMP task force director Peter Pry shares insight on ‘Life, Liberty & Levin.’

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Apr 23, 2018

The supervolcano under Yellowstone should make you worried

Posted by in category: futurism

Yellowstone National Park sits squarely over a giant, active volcano. This requires attention.

Yellowstone has been a national park since 1872, but it was only in the 1960s that scientists realized the scale of the volcano – it’s 44 miles across – and not until the 1980s did they grasp that this thing is fully alive and still threatens to erupt catastrophically. Yellowstone is capable of eruptions thousands of times more violent than the Mount St. Helens eruption of 1980. The northern Rockies would be buried in multiple feet of ash. Ash would rain on almost everyone in the United States. It’d be a bad day. Thus geologists are eager to understand what, exactly, is happening below all those volcano-fueled hot springs and geysers.

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Apr 23, 2018

Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and Society

Posted by in categories: business, economics

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971, and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.

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Apr 23, 2018

Undoing Aging with Dr. Jonathan Clark

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

During the recent Undoing Aging conference in Berlin, we worked with Anna Dobryukha from Komsomolskaya Pravda, one of the largest Russian publishing houses. We collaborated on a series of interviews, including this one with Dr. Jonathan Clark from the Babraham Institute.

The Undoing Aging conference, a collaboration between the SENS Research Foundation and Michael Greve’s Forever Healthy Foundation, took place on March 15–17 in Berlin, and it saw many researchers, advocates, investors, and other important members of the longevity community gather together to learn about the latest progress in rejuvenation biotechnology.

LEAF arranged a travel grant for Anna Dobryukha, one of the best Russian journalists writing about aging, longevity, and rejuvenation research, to join us, so it made sense to collaborate with her on the most interesting interviews. Anna works for Komsomolskaya Pravda, one of the largest Russian publishing houses, which has a newspaper, a radio station, and a website with over 40 million readers.

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Apr 23, 2018

Inside Cellink, the Swedish company building 3D printers for living tissue

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical

Digital Trends recently paid a fascinating visit to the headquarters of Cellink, one of the most exciting companies working on 3D bioprinted organs. Here is how the up-and-coming bioprinting company from Gothenburg, Sweden is hoping to change the future of medical science as we know it.

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Apr 23, 2018

China plans hypersonic engine factoryChina’s hypersonic engine means new frontiers for travel, space exploration

Posted by in categories: business, space travel

China is drawing up plans for an aerospace engine plant that would pave the way for the mass production of “hypersonic” planes or spacecraft capable of travelling at more than five times the speed of sound, boosting the country’s competitiveness in defence, space, business and other sectors, according to scientists familiar with the project.

The plant that would be built in Hefei, in China’s eastern Anhui province, could give the country an edge over the United States and Russia in the race to achieve large-scale applications of hypersonic technology, the scientists said.

Hefei deputy mayor Wang Wensong led a delegation to the Institute of Mechanics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing last month to discuss the project’s roll-out, according to a statement on the institute’s website.

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Apr 22, 2018

New studies suggest Atlantic Ocean currents are slowing and this could mean climate extremes

Posted by in category: climatology

According to two new studies, an Atlantic Ocean current that helps regulate the global climate, has reached a more than 1,000-year low. This could mean more extreme weather across the Northern hemisphere as well as increased sea level along the U.S East Coast.


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Apr 22, 2018

How robots are reshaping one of the dirtiest, most dangerous jobs

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI, sustainability

Maybe these giant bots will stop our landfills from overflowing!

Garbage-sorting robots featuring artificial intelligence and fast-moving arms are now on the job at many recycling centers across the U.S. and around the world.

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Apr 22, 2018

PowerHammer is wake-up call to data-stealing through power lines

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

I remember this was like the plot to the Al Pacino CIA movie from the ‘90’s. Guess they actually figured out how to dial in on power lines.

Can security sleuths ever complain there’s nothing left to do? The answer is obvious, and one more path to mischief has been recognized in the form of power supplies serving as a data exfiltration tool. It appears that malware using power lines could exfiltrate data from air-gapped computers.

Researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev discovered malware that nabs data through lines.

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Apr 22, 2018

Artificial intelligence accelerates discovery of metallic glass

Posted by in categories: particle physics, robotics/AI

If you combine two or three metals together, you will get an alloy that usually looks and acts like a metal, with its atoms arranged in rigid geometric patterns.

But once in a while, under just the right conditions, you get something entirely new: a futuristic alloy called metallic glass. The amorphous material’s atoms are arranged every which way, much like the atoms of the glass in a window. Its glassy nature makes it stronger and lighter than today’s best steel, and it stands up better to corrosion and wear.

Although metallic glass shows a lot of promise as a protective coating and alternative to steel, only a few thousand of the millions of possible combinations of ingredients have been evaluated over the past 50 years, and only a handful developed to the point that they may become useful.

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