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May 27, 2018

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Takes One Step Closer to First US Track

Posted by in category: transportation

Hyperloop Transport Technologies (HTT) has brokered agreements with the North Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and the Illinois Department of Transportation for feasibility studies pertaining to its mass transit technology. This work will determine whether or not it’s practical to construct a route linking Cleveland with Chicago.

HTT CEO Dirk Ahlhorn described the collaboration as the “first real public-private partnership to bring Hyperloop travel to the US,” according to a report from Tech Crunch. If it comes to pass, the Hyperloop would allow passengers to travel between the two cities in just 28 minutes.

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May 27, 2018

Live forever or die trying: Meet the biohackers who fear their work could get them killed

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, life extension, transhumanism

Long story in The Independent:…/biohacking-transhumanism-aa… #transhumanism #biohacking

On the morning of 29 April, staff at the Soulex spa in Washington DC discovered the lifeless body of one of its clients lying face down in a sensory deprivation tank. The body was that of 28-year-old Aaron Traywick, who less than three months earlier had injected himself live on stage at an event in Austin, Texas, with an untested gene therapy that he claimed could cure herpes.

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May 27, 2018

Scientists Measure The Pressure Distribution Inside The Proton

Posted by in category: particle physics

Inside the proton, there is an immense amount of pressure which is equivalent to a billion, billion times the pressure at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Scientists at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility have measured the pressure inside the proton for the first time. To probe the conditions within the proton, Burkert and his colleagues used an electron beam to probe the inner conditions of a proton. In simple terms, the electrons in the electron beam have energy and this is handed over to one of the quarks. This causes the entire proton to recoil and the quark emits a high-energy photon. By using conservation of momentum and measuring the positions and energies of the photon, proton, and electron in the experiment provides insight into the inner structure of the proton.

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May 27, 2018

These drones can haul a 20-pound load for 500 miles and land on a moving target

Posted by in category: drones

A look at cargo-carrying drones from Volans-i, a start-up backed by Y Combinator and Lightspeed Ventures.

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May 27, 2018

Electrons travel faster than light in glass

Posted by in category: futurism

Nature India: All about science in India.

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May 27, 2018

Here’s Why AI Can’t Solve Everything

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science, robotics/AI

The hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. There seems to be no shortage of sensationalist news about how AI could cure diseases, accelerate human innovation and improve human creativity.

Just looking at the media headlines, you might think that we are already living in a future where AI has infiltrated every aspect of society.

While it is undeniable that AI has opened up a wealth of promising opportunities, it has also led to the emergence of a mindset that can be best described as “AI solutionism”. This is the philosophy that, given enough data, machine learning algorithms can solve all of humanity’s problems.

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May 27, 2018

Former Google Lunar X Prize teams focused on new commercial and government opportunities

Posted by in category: government

Companies that one vied for the Google Lunar X Prize now expect to fly their first lunar landers in the next two years for government and commercial users.

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May 27, 2018

Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin space venture go all in on moon settlements

Posted by in category: space travel

LOS ANGELES — Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos says his Blue Origin space venture will work with NASA as well as the European Space Agency to create a settlement on the moon.

And even if Blue Origin can’t strike public-private partnerships, Bezos will do what needs to be done to make it so, he said here at the International Space Development Conference on Friday night.

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May 27, 2018

Asteroid defense using homopolar motors (inverse rail-guns)

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May 27, 2018

Hello World Canada: The Rise of AI

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

Bloomberg Businessweek presents an exclusive premiere of the latest episode of “Hello World,” the tech-travel show hosted by journalist and best-selling author Ashlee Vance and watched by millions of people around the globe. There’s an AI revolution sweeping across the world. Yet few people know the real story about where this technology came from and why it suddenly took off. In this ground-breaking episode of “Hello World,” the story of AI’s rise is told in detail for the first time, as journalist Ashlee Vance heads to the unexpected birthplace of the technology, Canada. (Source: Bloomberg)

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