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Jun 20, 2019

Forget about The Terminator — we should be worrying about AI malware first

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI

Advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) prompts fears of a Terminator-style future where humans live as an underclass to the machines we created. However, humanity may face a far more immediate threat in the form of AI malware.

Jun 20, 2019

Systems Chemistry: Steps Towards De-Novo Life | Projects | H2020

Posted by in categories: biological, chemistry

We synthesise life de-novo in the lab? This is one of the Grand Challenges of contemporary Science. Overall objective of this project is to set important steps in turning chemistry into biology by building fully synthetic chemical systems that contain and integrate some of the essential elements of life: replication, metabolism and compartmentalisation. Functional coupling of any of life’s essential elements has not been achieved, at least not without making use of biomolecules. We now aim to achieve such coupling and develop fully chemical systems to become increasingly life-like. Specific aims are:

Jun 20, 2019

Quantum Computing for English Majors

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

Poet who discovered Shor’s algorithm answers questions about quantum computers and other mysteries.

Jun 20, 2019

FOIA ord search: Psychotronic

Posted by in category: futurism

Jun 20, 2019

Japanese Railways Implement Special Tunnels for Slow-Moving Turtles to Safely Cross

Posted by in category: transportation

In coordination with Suma Aqualife Park, the West Japan Railway Company in Kobe came up with a wonderful plan to keep turtles safe from the tracks while the trains pass through them. Slow-moving turtles are now safe and do not fall under the risk of being crushed under the wheels of trains. Due to turtles coming under trains, both lives are lost as well as delays are caused as the rail-switching mechanisms get spoilt. Now, due to the tiny channels located underneath the tracks, this problem is avoided and also, the turtle’s lives are saved.

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Jun 20, 2019

Researchers find quantum gravity has no symmetry

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, space

June 19, 2019 Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)

Jun 20, 2019

NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock Will Transform Space Exploration

Posted by in category: space travel

What Is an Atomic Clock?

Clock is ticking: A technology demonstration that could transform the way humans explore space is nearing its target launch date of June 24, 2019. Developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the Deep Space Atomic Clock is a serious upgrade to the satellite-based atomic clocks that, for example, enable the GPS on your phone.

Jun 20, 2019

In Hawaii, Construction to Begin on Disputed Telescope Project

Posted by in category: space

Work on the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, bitterly opposed by Hawaiian activists, may soon be underway.

Jun 20, 2019

New technique makes it possible to see around corners

Posted by in category: electronics

Computer vision researchers report using special light sources and sensors to see around corners or through gauzy filters, letting them reconstruct the shapes of unseen objects.

Jun 20, 2019

Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Though serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract. In fact, altered levels of this peripheral serotonin have been linked to diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. New research at Caltech, published in the April 9 issue of the journal Cell, shows that certain bacteria in the gut are important for the production of peripheral serotonin.