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Jan 25, 2019

A Sharper Picture of Ultima Thule From NASA’s New Horizons

Posted by in category: space

The spacecraft captured the image when it was 4,200 miles from the object in the solar system’s distant Kuiper belt.

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Jan 25, 2019

StarCraft Champion Trounced by AI: “Very Human Style of Gameplay”

Posted by in category: futurism

It took “200 years of training” to get to this point.


Jan 25, 2019

Even low-level activity may help reduce dementia risk

Posted by in category: neuroscience

According to a recent study, older adults who move around more are likely to have significantly better memory and thinking skills.

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Jan 25, 2019

New Technique Could Put Electricity-Producing Bacteria To Work

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, genetics

How might the process be used in the future?

Due to advancements in genetic engineering, the researchers say they&s;re able to reprogram bacteria and create mutations in cell surfaces with “vast diversity.”

“By combining genetic tools (for creating mutations) with our microfluidic screening (for selection), we have the vision to mutate cells and then pick out the best candidates for electron transfer.”

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Jan 25, 2019

Quasars with a Double-Image Gravitational Lens Could Help Finally Figure out how Fast the Universe is Expanding

Posted by in category: space

A team of astronomers is using double-quasars to measure the Universe’s rate of expansion. Can they finally help end the debate?

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Jan 25, 2019

Static electricity mystery paves way for better battery life

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Does your phone’s short battery life bug you? Static electricity could be coming to the rescue.

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Jan 25, 2019

Testing Hawking radiation in laboratory black hole analogues

Posted by in category: cosmology

Researchers at Weizmann Institute of Science and Cinvestav recently carried out a study testing the theory of Hawking radiation on laboratory analogues of black holes. In their experiments, they used light pulses in nonlinear fiber optics to establish artificial event horizons.

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Jan 25, 2019

Genetic Mutations In Our Bodies Might Be Less Random Than We Thought, Scientists Say

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Well…

(you thought).


A study of thousands of human genomes reveals where mutations happen most often when our parents’ genes combine.

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Jan 25, 2019

‘Immortality or Bust’ (Documentary): A Review

Posted by in categories: biological, education, geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

There is a noble frontier in the making that is growing internationally at speeds yet to be comprehended. And this frontier goes by the name “Transhumanism,” which is the pursuit to overcome aging and all biological limitations via advanced science and technology. What started as nothing more than a fringe concept among futurist circles has now become a global movement consisting of philosophers, political activists, scientists, and technologists.

But when it comes to Transhumanism here in the United States, there was one particular event in mind that helped introduce this movement into the national dialogue. That event is now famously known as the “Immortality Bus tour,” for which was led by then-presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan, representing the U.S. Transhumanist Party.

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Jan 25, 2019

One in five Americans wants to live forever

Posted by in categories: life extension, materials

While it might not be quite as big a concern, the environmental impact of death care is also something Americans are paying attention to. Around four in ten (41%) Americans are somewhat or very concerned about the environmental impact of traditional burial methods.

On a similar note, 45% agreed with the statement, “People need to rethink the way we currently deal with ‘death care’ in regard to the environment.” And 11% said that they would like to have a green burial with shrouds and biodegradable material after they die.

Some of the possible environmental impacts of a traditional burial include embalming fluid leaking into the soil, large amounts of water being used for cemetery maintenance, and wood and metal caskets leaving behind toxic residue.

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