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Jan 18, 2019

Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, energy

The problems with cryptocurrencies and their energy usage are well-known. However, Ethereum is planning to address the issue. They’re planning on doing a 99% decrease in the amount of energy used in obtaining new coins.

It would be good for other cryptocurrencies to take this problem just as seriously.


The cryptocurrency is going on an energy diet to compete with more efficient blockchains.

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Jan 18, 2019

NASA’s Technosignatures Report is Out. Every Way to Find Evidence of an Intelligent Civilization

Posted by in category: space

In December, NASA released a report on looking for “technosignatures” which are indirect pieces of evidence for extra-terrestrial civilizations. It covers a bunch of different scenarios.


NASA’s final report from their Technosignature Workshop is now out and addresses all the ways in which humanity is looking for evidence of extra-terrestrial civilizations.

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Jan 18, 2019

Astronomers aren’t pleased about a Russian plan to put billboards in space

Posted by in categories: government, mobile phones, satellites

This is a horrible, horrible idea. The company wants to create a series of satellites that can unfurl, which will reflect light, and that can be manipulated to send messages to earth. The entire collection, comprised of CubeSats, will provide an area of about 50 sq. km. and create a whole new kind of orbital debris.

According to the website, “When phones don’t work, during zero visibility, power cuts and catastrophical emergencies – government can use the display for urgent notifications for the population.” We can ignore the idea of them being seen during zero visibility, but can you imagine a message floating in the sky that you can’t just turn off?


It was bound to happen.

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Jan 18, 2019

Soil bacteria found to produce mosquito repelling chemical stronger than DEET

Posted by in category: futurism

A trio of researchers at the University of Wisconsin has discovered that a common soil bacterium produces a chemical that is more effective in repelling mosquitoes than DEET. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, Mayur Kajla, Gregory Barrett-Wilt and Susan Paskewitz describe their search for the chemical made by the bacteria and their hopes for its future.

DEET has been the leading mosquito repellent since the late 1940s and multiple studies have shown it to be safe to use—still, some believe its synthetic nature suggests it might be causing harm. Because of that, scientists have continued to look for a natural repellent. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have found a naturally occurring that is even more repellent than DEET, though it will have to undergo extensive study to see if it is safe to use.

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Jan 18, 2019

Australia to harden GPS infrastructure cyber defences

Posted by in category: futurism

Wants to address risks with $161m augmentation project.

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Jan 18, 2019

Human lifespan has a natural limit – and we’ve already reached it

Posted by in categories: biological, life extension

Biological life extension may hit limits. “Clearly, there are biological reasons for each species’ average lifespan, so why would anyone think that people could live for much longer than we do now?” Perhaps new breakthroughs will nudge lifespans upwards, but maybe these scientists are correct. This is why I still work on artificial death (non biological uploading to MVT awareness engines). Even if average ages go up many folks will still become terminally ill, and apart from MVT artificial death (second best to life) they will only have expensive cryogenics or doubtful religious faith as alternatives.


The average age of people over 110 has not increased for nearly 50 years.

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Jan 18, 2019

GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers, thinks autonomous coding is a very real thing

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

GitHub CEO predicts that automation will bring an end to traditional software programming GitHub, also referred to as the “Facebook for programmers”, is a.

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Jan 18, 2019

NASA reveals gigantic tank of megarocket that could take man to Mars

Posted by in category: space travel

NASA has finally begun testing the gigantic 200ft main tank of its huge Space Launch System rocket.

The huge liquid hydrogen tank will stores cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that will feed the vehicle’s four RS-25 engines when they fire up.

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Jan 18, 2019

A Visual Guide to a Heart Attack

Posted by in category: futurism

Learn the symptoms and how to diagnose a heart attack, treatment options, and what you can do to reduce your risk.

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Jan 18, 2019

Stem cell transplant slows down MS progression

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Clinical trial compares stem cell transplantation with existing disease-modifying therapies and finds that the former is more effective at slowing down MS.

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