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Jan 13, 2019

The International Space Station will release its SpaceX cargo ship this weekend

Posted by in category: space travel

Both SpaceX and NASA are eager to get the Dragon cargo spacecraft back to Earth now that it has fulfilled its duties in bringing much-needed supplies to the crew aboard the International Space Station. The ship was originally expected to be released from the ISS earlier this week but plans have since changed, and NASA now expects the space station to bid farewell to the Dragon on Sunday afternoon instead.

Prior to this latest change, the most recent schedule would have seen the ISS release the Dragon on Sunday morning, but now NASA says it wants to release it later due to some weather quirks back on Earth.

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Jan 13, 2019

DARPA Thinks Insect Brains Might Hold the Secret to Next-Gen AI

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

They’re small, efficient and capable of basic reasoning, and researchers want artificial intelligence tools to do the same.

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Jan 13, 2019

Technique identifies electricity-producing bacteria

Posted by in category: biological

Living in extreme conditions requires creative adaptations. For certain species of bacteria that exist in oxygen-deprived environments, this means finding a way to breathe that doesn’t involve oxygen. These hardy microbes, which can be found deep within mines, at the bottom of lakes, and even in the human gut, have evolved a unique form of breathing that involves excreting and pumping out electrons. In other words, these microbes can actually produce electricity.

Scientists and engineers are exploring ways to harness these microbial power plants to run fuel cells and purify sewage water, among other uses. But pinning down a microbe’s electrical properties has been a challenge: The cells are much smaller than and extremely difficult to grow in laboratory conditions.

Now MIT engineers have developed a microfluidic technique that can quickly process small samples of and gauge a specific property that’s highly correlated with bacteria’s ability to produce electricity. They say that this property, known as polarizability, can be used to assess a bacteria’s electrochemical activity in a safer, more efficient manner compared to current techniques.

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Jan 13, 2019

Finland’s grand AI experiment

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI

Originally started as a free-access university course, Finland’s “1 percent” AI scheme is now being rolled out nationally with the support of private companies and the government.

Inside Finland’s plan to train its population in artificial intelligence.

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Jan 12, 2019

What is The Singularity??

Posted by in category: singularity

A universe of possibility… grey infused by color, the invisible revealed, the mundane blown away by awe.

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Jan 12, 2019

Scientists Suggest They May Have Captured The Very First Image Of A Black Hole Within The Milky Way

Posted by in category: cosmology

Scientists working with the Event Horizon Telescope project may have have captured an image of a black hole in the Milky Way, which could be ‘the most iconic ever’.

Scientists have suggested that for the first time, they may have finally captured what could end up being the first image of a black hole within the Milky Way. A team of international astronomers have been hard at work analyzing two specific areas of space located in Sagittarius A and M87 through the Event Horizon Telescope project (EHT), and have reported that they have discovered what amounts to “spectacular” data during their research, which in this case, would be the faint image of the silhouette of a black hole.

According to the Daily Mail, this image may very well prove to be “one of the most iconic ever.” The scientists involved with the EHT collaboration are currently analyzing tremendous amounts of data from 2017, and this data is set to be made public later on this year.

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Jan 12, 2019

Mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah dies

Posted by in category: futurism

The former Cambridge professor had received the highest honour in his subject — a Fields Medal.

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Jan 12, 2019

Doctor double act can help you live healthier for longer in their anti-ageing series for the Mail

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience

Today in the Mail’s pullout, the twins focus on anti-ageing your brain, and show you simple strategies to give it a boost — from telling you why you’re becoming forgetful to revealing the techniques you can use to improve brain health and function.

Yes, in the ‘spouse’ seat during counselling was Xand, his identical twin and fellow telly doctor.

It’s quite a revelation that these two — both contenders for the title of TV’s sexiest doctor, surely — have a relationship that might require them even to think of counselling.

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Jan 12, 2019

Now available! Photo

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Jan 12, 2019

Novel Device to Reduce Chemotherapy’s Harmful Side Effects

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The new device, developed by researchers from the University of California in the US, absorbs excess drugs before they spread throughout the body.

For example, doxorubicin, a chemotherapy drug, kills more tumour cells when given at higher doses. However, most patients cannot tolerate large amounts of the drug because it can cause heart failure, among other side effects.

But using the device, excess doxorubicin can be filtered out from the blood at locations outside of the tumour to reduce the harmful effects of the drug on the healthy cells.

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