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Apr 21, 2019

Partial Function Restored to the Brains of Dead Pigs

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Researchers restore partial function to the brains of dead pigs.

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Apr 21, 2019

The board games turning science into playtime

Posted by in categories: entertainment, particle physics, science, space

Science-themed board games are an increasingly popular way to learn about everything from atom building to colonising space.


Apr 21, 2019

New fossils suggest human ancestors evolved in Europe, not Africa

Posted by in category: futurism

Experts argue the jaws of an ancient European ape reveal a key human ancestor.

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Apr 21, 2019

To learn to juggle, this AI-powered hand had to accumulate 100 years’ worth of experience

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It’s self-taught.

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Apr 21, 2019

Scientists Discovered Where Anesthesia Works On the Brain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A medical miracle happened about 170 years ago when scientists discovered general anesthesia that enables millions of patients to undergo invasive, life-saving surgeries without pain. However, in spite of decades of research, scientists cannot understand why general anesthesia works.

In a new study published online in Neuron, scientists believe they have discovered the part of the answer. A team of researchers from a Duke University found that several different general anesthesia drugs knock out the patient by hijacking the neural circuitry that the person falls asleep.

They traced this neural circuitry to a tiny cluster of cells at the base of the brain responsible for churning out hormones to regulate bodily functions, moods, and sleep. The discovery is one of the first to indicate a role for the hormones in maintaining the state of general anesthesia and provides valuable insights for generating newer drugs that could put people to sleep with fewer side effects.

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Apr 20, 2019

Antimatter Catalyzed Fusion Propulsion Update

Posted by in categories: business, education, space travel

Ryan Weed updates the work at Positron Dynamics at Space Access 2019. Positron Dynamics has completed the NASA NIAC study. They are applying for some Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants.

Positron Dynamics will use Krypton isotopes to generate positrons. They would breed more Krypton isotopes. They sidestep the issue of antimatter storage. It would take 10 school buses of volume at the Brillouin limit to trap 1 microgram.

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Apr 20, 2019

Microsoft’s All-Digital Xbox One S Is Finally a Reality

Posted by in categories: entertainment, internet

The rumors were true. Microsoft has announced an Xbox variant with no optical disc drive called the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. It looks the same as any other Xbox One S with the important distinction that there’s no drive slot on the front. Microsoft will push game downloads, and it’s including a few of them free with the console. That might nudge some people to drop $250 on the device when it launches in a few weeks, but the pricing still seems too high.

Without the optical drive, Microsoft’s new game console won’t be able to play your existing game discs or Blu-ray movies. However, any digital Xbox content you own will be available on the All-Digital Edition. This seems mainly like a play to attract new gamers who don’t have a giant library of now-useless discs. It also ties neatly into the recently unveiled Game Pass subscription and xCloud game streaming tech.

The All-Digital Edition console comes with free downloads of Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3, and Minecraft. Microsoft also stresses that all your games, saves, and backups are available in the cloud. You’ll just need a speedy internet connection to access them on short notice. You can at least pre-load new games on the All-Digital Edition to start playing them as soon as they’re live. That might be even faster than popping in a disc that requires installation and patching on launch day.

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Apr 20, 2019

‘Longevity gene’ responsible for more efficient DNA repair

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

older woman in a swimsuit and cap flexing her muscles at the beach. Rochester researchers have uncovered more evidence that the key to the “Fountain of Youth” may reside in a gene that is found to produce more potent proteins in species with longer lifespans. (Getty Images photo)

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Apr 20, 2019

Amazing Future Opportunities in Our Technological Revolution

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

This week, I discuss something rarely talked about, how human beings have an advantage over AI and automation and the great opportunities that this technology revolution will bring.


The good news is, this is a time of great opportunity, but it’s also a time of massive change and disruption for many people and a lot of companies.

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Apr 20, 2019

Is Lockheed Martin working on a nuclear fusion-powered fighter jet?

Posted by in categories: military, nuclear energy

Circa 2018


Lockheed Martin quietly obtained a patent for what could be a game-changing nuclear fusion reactor, one that could potentially fit into a fighter jet.

If the latest patent from defence manufacturing giant Lockheed Martin is anything to go by, nuclear fusion technology could revolutionise the future of travel.

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