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Jan 12, 2019

Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, encryption, quantum physics

A quantum computer isn’t just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it’s something else entirely, based on emerging scientific understanding — and more than a bit of uncertainty. Enter the quantum wonderland with TED Fellow Shohini Ghose and learn how this technology holds the potential to transform medicine, create unbreakable encryption and even teleport information.

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Jan 12, 2019

Project to Eradicate Termites Reveals How Much Rainforests Need Them

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

Homeowners tend to equate termites with property value apocalypse, but ecologically speaking, they’re more a force of stability than destruction. A new study points to how termites can help the rainforests they call home to weather droughts—which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity as climate change causes the tropics to heat up.

Termites are found across the tropics, where they feed on wood and dead leaves and build mounds that can sometimes be seen from space. Despite the wide-ranging influence of these ecological engineers, there’s been little research on how termites impact the ability of the forests they call home to withstand one of the biggest natural disturbances they face: drought.

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Jan 12, 2019

What does it mean to be posthuman?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

https://paper.li/e-1437691924


Bioscience and medical technology are propelling us beyond the old human limits. Are Extremes and The Posthuman good guides to this frontier?

By David Cohen

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Jan 12, 2019

CES 2019: from beer tech to a banned sex toy – 10 standout gadgets

Posted by in categories: electronics, sex

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas revealed what the tech world has in store for us this year. From the spectacular to the controversial – as well as some total tosh – here are 10 of the most memorable products unveiled at CES 2019 last week.


Also unveiled in Las Vegas: the world’s first rollable TV and Alexa for your toilet.

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Jan 12, 2019

‘Longevity’ Could Reach Billions In 2019 — And Is No Longer Just The Preserve of Billionaires

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

The vast global DNA library resulting from mass genomic profiling is helping us understand how we could extend “longevity”, that is living younger and healthier for longer. It also means the search for the elixir of youth may no longer be the preserve of billionaires but be accessible to billions.

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Jan 11, 2019

Harvard researchers see alien potential in mysterious object

Posted by in category: alien life

This may be old but still interesting:


A paper by Harvard researchers wonders whether the interstellar object known as “‘Oumuamua” is a visitor from an alien civilization.

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Jan 11, 2019

A Democrat running for president in 2020 is testing a basic income proposal

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, geopolitics, robotics/AI

By giving $1,000 per month to a family.


  • Democrat Andrew Yang is running for president of the United States. His long-shot campaign is centered on providing a universal basic income for Americans.
  • Yang wants to help Americans who are losing jobs to automation, and he believes a basic income could create 4.5 million new jobs.
  • The core of Yang’s campaign is the Freedom Dividend, which would give out $1,000 per month to every American between the ages of 18 and 64.
  • Yang is testing the dividend this year in Goffstown, New Hampshire, where one family will receive $1,000 a month for a year. The family got the first payment on New Year’s Eve.

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a 43-year-old entrepreneur-turned-politician, is focusing his campaign on helping Americans who are losing jobs to automation.

Yang wants all Americans to benefit from a universal basic income, which would provide regular cash payments to people regardless of their employment status. Although he is a long-shot candidate, the Democrat said he believes so strongly in the need for a basic income that he is dedicated to running.

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Jan 11, 2019

The gluey tentacles of comb jellies may have revealed when nerve cells first evolved

Posted by in category: futurism

Studies of jelly embryos suggest a single ancient origin of the nervous system from secretory cells.

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Jan 11, 2019

Grabb-It Pays People To Place Ads In Car Windows

Posted by in category: futurism

This company wants to pay you to display ads on your car windows.

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Jan 11, 2019

Did IBM Just Break Blockchain?

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, computing, cryptocurrencies, quantum physics

Cryptocurrency is not infallible… yet.


With IBM’s announcement of Q System One, the world’s first commercially available quantum computing system, will the processing power sufficient to break blockchain become readily available?

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