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Apr 23, 2016

DARPA looking to develop encrypted message app

Posted by in categories: encryption, innovation

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking to take its own swing at an encrypted messaging app.

April 22, 2016.

The Defense Information Systems Agency, like many other federal agencies and the Defense Department as a whole, is bullish on embracing the small, innovative startups popping up in private sector, particularly Silicon Valley. But finding a way to integrate those fast-moving startups into DISA’s rules-encumbered procurement process remains a major hurdle.

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Apr 23, 2016

IARPA Wants a Hand-Held Laser Gun That Can Detect Chemicals 100 Feet Away

Posted by in categories: terrorism, transportation

The creative acronym – SILMARILS – comes from “Lord of the Ring’s” magical lore. IARPA’s goals for the project are anything but fictional.

Current technologies for detecting narcotics, explosives and other dangerous chemicals requires physical contact between humans and X-ray-based machinery like those stationed within major airports that scan suitcases and luggage.

In other cases, a human must swab samples of a substance and run them through a similar machine, which is time and labor consuming and risky.

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Apr 23, 2016

Brave New World: Mind-Controlled Drones Revolutionizing Sports And Warfare

Posted by in categories: computing, drones, military, neuroscience

Pretty cool!

As Brain-Computer Interface is rapidly developed worldwide, mind-controlled drones turn into sports and weapons of today.

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Apr 23, 2016

Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Market — Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 — 2023

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, neuroscience

Nice as long as we get hacking under control.

Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Market — Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 — 2023.

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Apr 23, 2016

Understanding Neuroendocrine Tumors and Carcinoid Syndrome

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Bringing awareness on a syndrome that makes it hard for families and patients trying to have genetic testing on cancers in their families. I first came across this syndrome with a researcher at Swedish Medical Center’s Cancer Research Group. Some families can have so many various cancers that genetic testing is extremely costly to patients and may not be able to pinpoint the mutation due to this syndrome.

Yet misdiagnosis remains an ongoing challenge, and a recent international study involving more than 100 countries and nearly 2000 patients revealed the average case takes between 5 and 9 years to properly diagnose after the first symptoms appear, and the average patient may see five or six doctors, noted Richard R.P. Warner, MD, in an interview with Oncology Nursing News.

“You can’t detect it, if you don’t suspect it,” said Warner, who directs the Center for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumors at Mount Sinai Hospital. Most doctors will only see one or two cases in their lifetime, and symptoms of NETs, like diarrhea and recurrent episodes of flushing, are associated with other, more commonly seen conditions.

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Apr 23, 2016

New state of water molecule discovered

Posted by in category: particle physics

Neutron scattering and computational modeling have revealed unique and unexpected behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement that is unmatched by any known gas, liquid or solid states.

In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory describe a new tunneling state of water molecules confined in hexagonal ultra-small channels — 5 angstrom across — of the mineral beryl. An angstrom is 1/10-billionth of a meter, and individual atoms are typically about 1 angstrom in diameter.

The discovery, made possible with experiments at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the United Kingdom, demonstrates features of water under ultra confinement in rocks, soil and cell walls, which scientists predict will be of interest across many disciplines.

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Apr 23, 2016

Regulating Drone Airspace Using ‘Smart Markets’

Posted by in categories: drones, policy, robotics/AI

With commercially operated autonomous drones potentially on the horizon, a policy problem is likely to emerge: allocation of scarce airspace and preferred flight paths. “Smart markets” could help.

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Apr 23, 2016

Quantum computing leaps: Sydney University and UNSW as the best of frenemies

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Australia is stepping it up in QC; okay US, Canada, UK, China?…

Sydney opened two quantum computing laboratories this week, but those working in them say their research is competitive collaboration.

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Apr 23, 2016

Europe plans giant billion-euro quantum technologies project

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, quantum physics


Third European Union flagship will be similar in size and ambition to graphene and human brain initiatives.

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Apr 23, 2016

Data Compression Used to Detect Quantum Entanglement

Posted by in categories: information science, particle physics, quantum physics

Interesting — data compression algorithm can be applied to detect Quantum Entanglement.

The next time you archive some files and compress them, you might think about the process a little differently. Researchers at the National University of Singapore have discovered a common compression algorithm can be used to detect quantum entanglement. What makes this discovery so interesting is that it does not rely on heavily on an assumption that the measured particles are independent and identically distributed.

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