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Oct 18, 2016

A tiny metal mesh that looks like a fishing net could stop Parkinson’s symptoms in their tracks

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Novel treatments for neurological diseases might be possible with a flexible mesh that can prod individual brain cells.

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Oct 18, 2016

Watch: Robotic Copilot Demonstrated By Aurora Flight Sciences

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Aurora Flight Sciences is flying a Cessna Caravan fitted with a robotic copilot as it completes work under Phase 2 of a DARPA program to demonstrate automation that could reduce the crew required to fly existing aircraft.

Under DARPA’s Alias (Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System) program, Aurora has also demonstrated its technical approach on a Diamond DA42 piston twin and is installing the system in a Bell UH-1 helicopter.

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Oct 18, 2016

Air Force Acquires Spy Scope to Protect Satellites

Posted by in categories: space, surveillance

There’s a new Air Force space spy in the game.

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Oct 18, 2016

Nanotech Wafer Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol

Posted by in categories: energy, nanotechnology, sustainability

Technique to create alcohol from thin air has applications in renewable energy.

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Oct 18, 2016

Graphene Enables Battery Breakthough Says Fisker

Posted by in categories: materials, nanotechnology

Henrik Fisker’s new battery company — Fisker Nanotech — says it has found a way to combine supercapacitors and batteries and produce them inexpensively.

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Oct 18, 2016

A non-toxic, high-quality surface treatment for organic field-effect transistors

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics

In a development beneficial for both industry and environment, UC Santa Barbara researchers have created a high-quality coating for organic electronics that promises to decrease processing time as well as energy requirements.

“It’s faster, and it’s nontoxic,” said Kollbe Ahn, a research faculty member at UCSB’s Marine Science Institute and corresponding author of a paper published in Nano Letters (“Molecularly Smooth Self-Assembled Monolayer for High-Mobility Organic Field-Effect Transistors”).

zwitterionic molecule of the type secreted by mussels to prime surfaces for adhesion

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Oct 18, 2016

Self-propelling motors could target cargo to the gut

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, particle physics, robotics/AI

Could we see this technology offered via subscription as the a new home screening method to check for cancerous polyps or cells in the stomach, colon, or esophagus?

The human intestine is a nearly 8-m-long cache of bacteria, both good and bad. When disease-carrying microbes colonize different sections of the gut, they can cause problems like inflammation and diarrhea. Researchers have now developed tiny, self-propelling, biocompatible robots that could deliver drugs or imaging agents to a targeted section of the intestine (ACS Nano 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b04795). When swallowed, the devices pass through the stomach, travel a preset distance, and embed themselves in the intestinal lining.

A team led by Liangfang Zhang and Joseph Wang of the University of California, San Diego, created 15-µm-long, 5-µm-wide hollow cylinders made of gold and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene). They filled the tubes with magnesium particles and a fluorescent dye as cargo and then coated them with a pH-sensitive methacrylate-based polymer. The methacrylate coating protects the tubes from the acidic gastric fluid in the stomach, but starts to dissolve in the neutral pH intestinal fluid. By tuning the coating’s thickness, the researchers can control how far the devices travel via natural gut movement before the coating dissolves completely; thicker coatings last longer.

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Oct 18, 2016

Quantum artificial intelligence could lead to super-smart machines

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, robotics/AI

Glad to see others sharing this perspective.

Quantum effects could be the key to unlocking the mystery of machine learning, and maybe even consciousness.

Bryan Nelson

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Oct 18, 2016

Australian scientists broke a new record for quantum computing stability

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


Scientists in Australia have developed a quantum bit that’s 10 times more stable than existing technologies, and the new record could vastly expand the kinds of calculations quantum computers can perform.

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Oct 18, 2016

Biocentrism: Where The SOUL Goes After Death [VIDEO]

Posted by in categories: chemistry, life extension, neuroscience, quantum physics

Now, from the wild side.

Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe After Death. There is an interesting new theory emerging from a scientist long familiar with physics, quantum mechanics and astrophysics. Biocentrism teaches that life and consciousness are fundamental to the universe. It is consciousness that creates the material universe, not the other way around. At least, the new thinking that has given birth to the new theory of biocentrism, which the professor, Dr. Robert Lanza, freely espouses. Lana has been voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times. Lanza is an expert in regenerative medicine and scientific director of Advanced Cell Technology Company. Before he has been known for his extensive research which dealt with stem cells, he was also famous for several successful experiments on cloning endangered animal species. Biocentrism—is a concept proposed in 2007 by American doctor of medicine Robert Lanza, a scientist in the fields of regenerative medicine and biology, which sees biology as the central driving science in the universe, and an understanding of the other sciences as reliant on a deeper understanding of biology. Biocentrism states that life and biology are central to being, reality, and the cosmos—consciousness creates the universe rather than the other way around. It asserts that current theories of the physical world do not work, and can never be made to work, until they fully account for life and consciousness. While physics is considered fundamental to the study of the universe, and chemistry fundamental to the study of life, biocentrism claims that scientists will need to place biology before the other sciences to produce a theory of everything.

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