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Jan 4, 2017

These Futurists And Urban Farmers Are Figuring Out How To Farm On Mars

Posted by in categories: food, space, sustainability

The Mars Farm Odyssey group is thinking of non-NASA-approved solutions for making sure our colonists on the red planet have food (and weed).

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Jan 4, 2017

Costa Rica Went 250 Days in 2016 Without Burning Any Fossil Fuels

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

READ THAT. It can be done.

A round of applause for Costa Rica: the small Central American country ran solely on renewable energy for 250 days of 2016, and over the whole year used renewables for 98.12 percent of its electricity needs.

The republic uses a mixture of renewable sources to generate its electricity including hydro, geothermal, wind, biomass, and solar energy, which meant it didn’t need to touch fossil fuels for two-thirds of the year.

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Jan 4, 2017

DeepMind and Blizzard to release StarCraft II as an AI research environment

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Announcing DeepMind’s collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment to open up StarCraft II to AI and ML researchers around the world.

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Jan 4, 2017

A cure for ageing is near but you probably can’t afford it

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

The race is on to develop anti-ageing treatments, but will they really work? And if they do, will only the rich be to defy the ravages of time?

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Jan 4, 2017

Artificial Intelligence is Helping Restore Vision

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, robotics/AI

In Brief

  • Microsoft is partnering with a prestigious eye hospital in India to help perfect AI powered computer diagnostics to the field of ophthalmology.
  • Artificial intelligence is continually making great strides to integrate more in various healthcare settings, hopefully increasing the quality and availability of patient care.

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 285 million people are visually impaired, with 39 million living with blindness and the other 246 million having low vision.

In a world of modern technological advancements, visual impairment has been the subject of much medical research. Perhaps the most notable among these are those that use artificial intelligence (AI), specifically through machine learning. Google’s DeepMind has been working with the UK’s National Health Service to do ophthalmology research.

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Jan 4, 2017

Antigravity: Discovering if antimatter falls upwards

Posted by in category: physics

If anything fell upwards, it would rewrite physics textbooks. Amazingly fiddly experiments to test whether antimatter can do just this are kicking off.

Click to read an excerpt — subscribers can read the whole thing.

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Jan 4, 2017

Gene Editing Can Now Change An Entire Species Forever

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

In Brief CRISPR has opened up limitless avenues for genetic modification. From disease prevention to invasive species control, Jennifer Kahn discusses the discover, application, and implications of gene drives.

Jennifer Kahn, a science journalist for the New York Times, recently did a TED Talk in which she discussed the discovery, application, and implications of a CRISPR gene drive used to make mosquitoes resistant to malaria and other diseases like chikungunya, and Zika.

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Jan 4, 2017

The Hypersuit: VR simulator uses exoskeleton to make you a ‘superhero’

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, virtual reality

The VR simulator that could turn you into a SUPERHERO: Hypersuit uses a movable ‘exoskeleton’ for virtual flight…

A virtual reality exoskeleton could soon allow you to ‘explore breathtaking universes’ without ever leaving your home.

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Jan 4, 2017

A Wolverine Inspired Material

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Transparent, self-healing, conducting artificial muscle could power robots of the future…

December 23, 2016: Researchers create a self-healing, transparent, highly stretchable material that can be electrically activated and used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.

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Jan 4, 2017

Soldiers of the future will be augmented and indestructible

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs

With wound-healing smart fabrics and enhanced night-vision, researchers are building the next generation of indestructible soldiers.

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