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Jun 22, 2019

What Happens When Scientists Experiment on Themselves?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Cross a compulsive need to discover the truth with a strong sense of adventure, and watch modern medicine move forward.

Jun 22, 2019

SpaceX is about to launch 152 dead people’s remains into orbit aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket

Posted by in category: space travel

A company called Celestis has tucked small pods of cremated “participants” into a spacecraft that will also carry NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock.

Jun 22, 2019

Mind-blowing Moon Tour!

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🤯 AWESOME! NASA has just released a 4K video tour of Earth’s moon and the footage will make your jaw drop. Credit: NASA (You can also read about this here:…Wydp6i5AjE)

Jun 22, 2019

Helaman Ferguson, Sculptor

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Dimensions: 3.5″ x 3.0″ x 1.8″ Date: 1993 Material: original stone is virginia albamarle serpentine, reproductions silicon bronze Special Engraving: the matrix (0,1 | 1,1) Weight: 4 oz Copyright Notice: © 1993 Copyright Registered: 1996.

The Fibonacci numbers are ubiquitious in nature and mathematics. This palmsize sculpture encapsulates the generating matrix for these numbers. In a problem published 800 years ago, Leonardo of Pisa, a.k.a. Fibonacci formulated his famous rabbit problem: beginning with a newborn fertile pair of rabbits, how many pairs will accumulate monthly if each pair produces another pair from their second month on? The solution of this leads to a recursively defined sequence of integers, 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, … This sequence has the property that two consequtive terms added give the next term.

The Fibonacci Matrix Torus has raised (esker) curves or continuous crests which wind around the torus either the short way or both the short and long way. This gives the matrix with first row (0, 1) and second row (1, 1) respectively. The powers of this matrix give matrices whose entries are always Fibonacci numbers.

Jun 22, 2019

Florida town pays $600,000 virus ransom

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

Computers for Riviera Beach have been locked up for more than three weeks following the attack.

Jun 22, 2019

Artificial intelligence learns to recognize nerve cells

Posted by in categories: mapping, robotics/AI

Is it possible to understand the brain? Science is still far from answering this question. However, since researchers have started training artificial intelligence on neurobiological analyses, it seems at least possible to reconstruct the cellular structure of a brain. New artificial neural networks developed by the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology and Google AI can now even recognize and classify nerve cells independently based on their appearance.

The human brain consists of about 86 billion and about as many . In addition, there are about 100 trillion connections between the nerve cells alone. While mapping all the connections of a human brain remains out of reach, scientists have started to address the problem on a smaller scale. Through the development of serial block-face scanning , all cells and connections of a particular brain area can now be automatically surveyed and displayed in a three-dimensional image.

“It can take several months to survey a 0.3 mm piece of brain under an electron microscope,” says Philipp Schubert, doctoral student in Winfried Denk’s Department at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology. “Depending on the size of the brain, this seems like a lot of time for a tiny piece. But even this contains thousands of cells.” Such a data set would also require almost 100 terabytes of storage space. However, it is not the collection and storage but rather the that is the difficult part.

Jun 22, 2019

Forget Moore’s Law — Quantum Computers Are Improving According to a Spooky ‘Doubly Exponential Rate’

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

They’re getting really good, really, really fast.

Jun 22, 2019

Restoring the Body’s Normal Function

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering

Scientists are engineering T-cell to fight diseases and restore the body’s immune function. (Credit: Sensu Film)

Jun 22, 2019

Beagles and other scent hounds could be used to help in early detection of lung cancers, study finds

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A recent study suggests that dogs with a strong sense of smell could help detect certain lung cancers early.

Jun 22, 2019

Beautiful, solar-powered EV charging stations promise to charge a vehicle in 15 minutes

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, transportation

See what are possibly the most beautiful and sustainable electric vehicle charging stations in the world — complete with green roofs and solar power.