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Sep 20, 2015

‘Tree of life’ for 2.3 million species released

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Version 1.0, Tree of Life.

“Tens of thousands of smaller trees have been published over the years for select branches of the tree of life—some containing upwards of 100,000 species—but this is the first time those results have been combined into a single tree that encompasses all of life.”


A first draft of the “tree of life” for the roughly 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi and microbes—from platypuses to puffballs—has been released.

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Sep 20, 2015

Ghost in the Shell: Innocence — Opening

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One of the most awesome openings ever made.

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Sep 20, 2015

This is the Best Footage Yet of an Exoplanet Orbiting its Star

Posted by in category: space

And…it’s literally six seconds of pixelated blob. But before you laugh, know this: Capturing that planetary transit you just witnessed was no easy task.

You’re looking at Beta Pictoris b, a gas giant ten to twelve times the mass of Jupiter that orbits a star over 60 light years away. That’s 3.527 × 1014 miles from us, and we’re actually able to see it! If you’re still not impressed, try this on for size: Beta Pictoris b is roughly a million times dimmer than its parent star.

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Sep 20, 2015

Intel and Toshiba Make 3D SSD With 10TB Capacity at Lower Prices

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics

The BiCS uses 48-layer stacking process that improves reliability and speed. Toshiba was the company that invented flash memory and has the 15nm NAND cells which are the smallest in the world.

Right now company is gearing up for its mass production and giving out samples to the companies.

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Sep 20, 2015

Beautiful Engineering

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering

1 Bit = Binary Digit.

8 Bits = 1 Byte.

1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte.

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Sep 20, 2015

The entire internet is stored and delivered using 540 billion trillion electrons.

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Which all together weigh around 50 grams. Or about the weight of one strawberry.
Image created by the amazing Dorota Pankowska (Dori the Giant) as part of a poster series for VSAUCE.

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Sep 20, 2015

The Cubli: A Cube that can Jump up, Balance, and ‘Walk’

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Click on photo to start video.

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Sep 20, 2015

There is a class of animals that never grow old

Posted by in category: life extension

We’re born, we grow, we age, and then we die. Well, maybe not all of us, according to a new study on the animals amongst us who, while they continue to grow older, don’t deteriorate with age.

A new study out of Nature takes a comparative look at the life cycles of 46 different species (us included) and finds that not all species live by this pattern of decline that we do. In fact some, the hermit crab, for instance, seem to have turned the whole process upside down. Virginia Hughes at National Geographic explains:

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Sep 20, 2015

Scientists invent the perfect coffee mug

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Scientists love coffee. More than anyone else, by some surveys. So in a way, it makes perfect sense that they would be responsible for what could be the greatest coffee-related invention since coffee-alcohol: a mug that keeps coffee hot – but not too hot – for hours on end. Here are the fifteen professions that drink the most coffee. Guess who’s number one. Here are the fifteen professions that drink the most coffee. Guess who’s number one. Here are the fifteen professions that drink the mo In 2011, Dunkin’ Donuts teamed up with CareerBuilder to shed some light on U.S. coffee…

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Sep 20, 2015

Why we really should ban autonomous weapons: a response

Posted by in categories: ethics, robotics/AI

We welcome Sam Wallace’s contribution to the discussion on a proposed ban on offensive autonomous weapons. This is a complex issue and there are interesting arguments on both sides that need to be weighed up carefully.

His article, written as a response to an open letter signed by over 2500 AI and robotics researchers, begins with the claim that such a ban is as “unrealistic as the broad relinquishment of nuclear weapons would have been at the height of the cold war.”

This argument misses the mark. First, the letter proposes not unilateral relinquishment but an arms control treaty. Second, nuclear weapons were successfully curtailed by a series of arms-control treaties during the cold war, without which we might not have been here to have this conversation.

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