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Oct 29, 2018

Technology and Culture: Our Accelerating Epigenetic Factor Driven Evolution

Posted by in categories: computing, genetics, particle physics, space, virtual reality

Memes are not just learned, they run deeper than that, they are part of our shared experience as human beings. This is how we communicate to each other through spoken, written, and body language; this is how we participate in customs, rituals and cultural traditions. Indeed, human civilization has always been a “cultured” virtual reality. We don’t often think of cultures as virtual realities, but there is no more apt descriptor for our widely diverse sociology and interpretations than the metaphor of the “virtual reality.” In truth, the virtual reality metaphor encompasses the entire human enterprise. We should realize that all our ideologies and religions, our belief systems and models of reality are our own personal operating systems — real to us but wry to someone else — each of us lives in a seemingly shared but simultaneously private virtual world.


By Alex Vikoulov.

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Oct 29, 2018

Air pollution kills 600,000 children each year: WHO

Posted by in categories: health, sustainability

Exposure to toxic air both indoors and out kills some 600,000 children under the age of 15 each year, the World Health Organization warned Monday.

Data from the UN health body shows that every day, 93 percent of children under the age of 15—a full 1.8 billion youngsters, including 630 million under the age of five—breath dangerously polluted air.

This has tragic consequences: In 2016 alone, some 600,000 children died from acute caused by polluted air, the WHO report found.

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Oct 29, 2018

Russia ‘tests’ key piece of nuclear space engine to revolutionize long-range missions

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, space travel

Nuclear engine (aka YaEDU):


A key component of Russia’s future nuclear space propulsion system, which may revolutionize long-range exploration of the solar system, has been successfully tested, RIA Novosti reported.

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Oct 29, 2018

China’s first private rocket mission to outer space ends in failure

Posted by in categories: business, military, satellites

China’s aerospace industry has traditionally been the domain of state-owned institutes and enterprises, but a huge amount of investment has poured into the private sector since 2015 when Beijing announced a national strategy to integrate military and civilian businesses.


Landspace Tech’s ZQ-1 took off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at 4pm on Saturday carrying a small satellite for state broadcaster CCTVMission failed due to problem with rocket’s third stage, company says.

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Oct 29, 2018

Study: Religious fundamentalists and dogmatic individuals are more likely to believe fake news

Posted by in categories: internet, military

The study, which appears in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, suggests that the inability to detect false information is related to a failure to be actively open-minded.


New research provides evidence that delusion-prone individuals, dogmatic individuals, and religious fundamentalists are more likely to believe fake news. The study, which appears in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, suggests that the inability to detect false information is related to a failure to be actively open-minded.

The rise of online social media has led to growing concerns about the spread of unsubstantiated rumors, misleading political propaganda, and blatantly false articles designed to create viral web traffic. Even the U.S. Army has become involved in efforts to understand and combat disinformation in cyberspace.

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Oct 29, 2018

Robots to Make Robots at One of the World’s Most Advanced Facilities

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A factory where robots make robots is surely the stuff of nightmares for those living in fear of the dreaded uprising. But putting apocalyptic horrors aside for a moment, ABB’s new site could be one of the most advanced facilities of its kind when it opens in 2020 with plans to make 100,000 robots a year.

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Oct 28, 2018

Groundbreaking new technology could allow 100-times-faster internet

Posted by in category: internet

Broadband fiber-optics carry information on pulses of light, at the speed of light, through optical fibers. But the way the light is encoded at one end and processed at the other affects data speeds.

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Oct 28, 2018

The Final Days Of NASA’s Dawn

Posted by in category: space

The end could happen “any minute now,” says the space agency.

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Oct 28, 2018

DARPA Wants to Build Computers With ‘Common Sense’

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It’s one of the many programs the agency will fund under its $2 billion next-generation artificial intelligence initiative.

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Oct 28, 2018

Hubble telescope is back to normal operations, NASA says

Posted by in category: space

Welcome back, Hubble!


NASA said the Hubble Space Telescope has returned to normal operations after issues with a gyroscope knocked the device into safe mode.

The telescope completed its first observations Saturday, capturing information on a distant, star-forming galaxy, the agency said.

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