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Jun 13, 2018

How the Earth’s continents will look 250 million years from now

Posted by in category: futurism

Speaking of Pangaea, this video shows how the present-day continents came to be formed from the Pangaea supercontinent about 240 million years ago, then shows what the Earth’s surface might look like 250 million years in the future, if the tectonic plates continue to move in predictable ways.

I hope this explanation is helpful. Of course all of this is scientific speculation, we will have to wait and see what happens, but this is my projection based on my understanding of the forces that drive plate motions and the history of past plate motions. Remember: “The past reveals patterns; Patterns inform process; Process permits prediction.”

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Jun 13, 2018

The Surprising Reason Why Neutron Stars Don’t All Collapse To Form Black Holes

Posted by in category: cosmology

There’s something very special inside a proton and neutron that holds the key.

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Jun 13, 2018

What happens when the AI bubble bursts?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The experts are warning that an AI winter is coming, but what does that even mean? We examine the AI bubble to determine whether it’s time to worry.

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Jun 13, 2018

Glass is the future of data storage

Posted by in categories: computing, futurism

Engineers have discovered how to make glass an information storage powerhouse.

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Jun 13, 2018

Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels, study reveals

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health

Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to a first-ever University of Guelph study.

Prof. Alison Duncan, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, and Dan Ramdath of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, found that swapping out half of a portion of these starchy side dishes for can significantly improve your body’s response to the carbohydrates.

Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused to drop by up to 20 per cent. Replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35-per-cent drop.

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Jun 13, 2018

Solar & Wind Energy Tower

Posted by in category: energy

These turbines can harness the wind generated by passing busses to generate energy…

Updated: ENLIL has corrected the statement saying “300 turbines will power 20,000 homes” is incorrect. The startup elaborated on the topic, saying tests are promising and still underway.

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Jun 13, 2018

DigiLens is Developing a Waveguide Display for 150 Degree XR Headsets

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, virtual reality, wearables

DigiLens, a developer of transparent waveguide display technology, says it’s working toward a waveguide display which could bring a 150 degree field of view to AR and VR (or XR) headsets. The company expects the display will be available in 2019.

Founded in 2005, DigiLens has developed a proprietary waveguide manufacturing process which allows the company to “print” light manipulating structures (Bragg gratings) into a thin and transparent material wherein light can be guided along the optic and be made to project perpendicularly, forming an image in the user’s eye. While DigiLens isn’t the only company which makes waveguide displays, they claim that their process offers a steep cost advantage compared to competitors. The company says they’ve raised $35 million between its Series A and B investment rounds.

While DigiLens’ displays have primarily been used in HUD-like applications, the company is increasingly positioning its wares toward the growing wearable, AR, and VR industries. At AWE 2018 last week, DigiLens Founder & CTO Jonathan Waldern told me that the company expects to offer a waveguide display suitable for AR and VR headsets which could offer a 150 degree field of view between both eyes. He said that a single display could be suitable for AR and VR modes in the same headset by utilizing a liquid crystal blackout layer which can switch between transparent and opaque, something which DigiLens partner Panasonic has developed. A clip-on light blocker or other type of tinting film ought to be suitable as well.

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Jun 13, 2018

Are solar panels a middle-class purchase? This survey says yes

Posted by in categories: habitats, solar power, sustainability

Too bad the middle class is shrinking!

The rate of growth in residential rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) in Australia since 2008 has been nothing short of breathtaking.

Our new research suggests that the households most likely to join in the solar spree are those that are affluent enough to afford the upfront investment, but not so wealthy that they don’t worry about their future power bills.

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Jun 13, 2018

Getting sick in a healthy way

Posted by in category: life extension

The idea of “healthy ageing” is a contradiction in terms.

Suppose you read the following sentence in an article about company management: “This factor is central in achieving successful bankruptcy.” It sounds rather weird, doesn’t it? What if you read this about football team training? “Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to lose a game in a successful way.” These are so-called oxymorons—by Oxford’s definition, “figures of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction.”

The contradictory nature of the statements above is more than just apparent—bankruptcy is the exact opposite of “success” for a company, and the same goes for losing a game for a football team. One can get very creative with these: “a blockbuster fiasco”; “the façade of the building deteriorated nicely”; and so on. Examples closer to home would be “healthy aging” or “aging gracefully”.

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Jun 13, 2018

Review current and up-coming rejuvenation therapies

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Really excited to announce our new initiative to make early-stage rejuvenation therapies more accessible.

Our mission is to enable people to vastly extend their healthy lifespan and be part of the first generation to cure aging.

We support the development of rejuvenation therapies that undo the damage of aging by funding basic research, bringing together the world’s leading scientists at our annual Undoing Aging conference and helping startups that work on actual therapies for human use.

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