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Jul 8, 2019

June was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth

Posted by in category: futurism

From the worst wildfires to water shortages in cities.

Jul 8, 2019

By 2020 Bitcoin could be using as much energy as the entire world

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, energy

Overcharged.

Jul 8, 2019

Going caving before going to Mars

Posted by in category: space travel

NASA puts a test rover through its paces in earthly California. Richard A Lovett reports.

Jul 8, 2019

China’s tech sector faces ‘hangover after the party’, with trade war and economic slowdown hitting employment

Posted by in categories: economics, employment

Once a booming industry that offered dream jobs to China’s young talents, China’s tech sector is now waking up to the sobering reality. Experts say it is time to focus on profitability, rather than the wild expansion of previous years, as China’s economic growth slows and the trade war with the United States hits sentiment and investment.

Jul 8, 2019

Artificial Intelligence War Between The U.S. And China

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

At Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019 in Dalian, 1–3 July “Next 10 Years: What To Expect In China’s Artificial Intelligence Future” was discussed.

Jul 8, 2019

This design exchange consortium could accelerate the synthetic biology industry

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, finance

Introducing the SBOL Industrial Consortium

To this end, a group of companies are now launching a pre-competitive consortium to support the industrial application of these technologies. The SBOL Industrial Consortium is a non-profit organization supporting innovation, dissemination, and integration of SBOL standards, tools and practices for practical applications in an industrial environment. The six founding companies of the consortium are Raytheon BBN Technologies, Amyris, Doulix, IDT, Shipyard Toolchains, TeselaGen, and Zymergen, representing a diverse set of interests and business models across the synthetic biology community.

The SBOL Industrial Consortium will facilitate industry-focused development of representational technologies in several ways. The consortium will help coordinate development of standards and tools, both with the academic community and from member to member, in order to ensure that the SBOL standards are well-tuned to support the specific industrial needs of the members of the consortium. Financial support will also be provided by the consortium for selected projects and activities, and for key pieces of community infrastructure.

Jul 8, 2019

Girl Paints In Virtual Reality

Posted by in category: virtual reality

Painting 3D art in virtual reality… I could watch for hours 😍.

Jul 7, 2019

The Human Brain Explained | Neuroscience Full Documentary

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, neuroscience

The regions and lobes of the brain are identified along with some of the nerves and vessels. The basic functions of the cortex of each lobe are introduced along with principal sulci and gyri. The importance of the left hemisphere for language and the temporal lobe in memory are mentioned along with the concept of cortical localisation. A classical frontal section is used to demonstrate grey and white matter along with the primary internal structures. The brain is one of the largest and most complex organs in the human body. It is made up of more than 100 billion nerves that communicate in trillions of connections called synapses. The brain is made up of many specialised areas that work together: The cortex is the outermost layer of brain cells. the human brain is explained in this video. Full documentary of the human brain.

Jul 7, 2019

Could machines become self-aware?

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

Analysis: humans make about 35,000 decisions every day so is it possible for AI to deal with a similar volume of high decision uncertainty?

Artificial intelligence (AI) that can think for itself may still seem like something from a science-fiction film. In the recent TV series Westworld, Robert Ford, played by Anthony Hopkins, gave a thought-provoking speech: “we can’t define consciousness because consciousness does not exist. Humans fancy that there’s something special about the way we perceive the world and yet, we live in loops as tight and as closed as the [robots] do, seldom questioning our choices – content, for the most part, to be told what to do next.”

Mimicking realistic human-like cognition in AI has recently become more plausible. This is especially the case in Computational Neuroscience, a rapidly expanding research area that involves the computational modelling of the brain to provide quantitative, computational theories.

Jul 7, 2019

Sleep increases chromosome dynamics to enable reduction of accumulating DNA damage in single neurons

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Sleep is essential to all animals with a nervous system. Nevertheless, the core cellular function of sleep is unknown, and there is no conserved molecular marker to define sleep across phylogeny. Time-lapse imaging of chromosomal markers in single cells of live zebrafish revealed that sleep increases chromosome dynamics in individual neurons but not in two other cell types. Manipulation of sleep, chromosome dynamics, neuronal activity, and DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) showed that chromosome dynamics are low and the number of DSBs accumulates during wakefulness. In turn, sleep increases chromosome dynamics, which are necessary to reduce the amount of DSBs. These results establish chromosome dynamics as a potential marker to define single sleeping cells, and propose that the restorative function of sleep is nuclear maintenance.