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Feb 7, 2018

The future of wireless communications is terahertz

Posted by in category: futurism

Electrical and optical engineers in Australia have designed a novel platform that could tailor telecommunication and optical transmissions. They experimentally demonstrated their system using a new transmission wavelength with a higher bandwidth capacity than those currently used in wireless communication. Reported this week in APL Photonics, these experiments open up new horizons in communication and photonics technology. Here, a schematic of the problem: Aperture in a metallic screen with a dielectric fiber placed on top acting as a magnetic dipole emitter when excited by a wave incident…

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Feb 7, 2018

Humanoid Robot Can Dive Deep Underwater, Exploring Reefs And Shipwrecks

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Meet OceanOne, a robot avatar that lets humans explore deep under the Ocean’s surface, without any of the dangers or time limits associated with diving.

While a human diver is constrained by pesky things like air and pressure when doing underwater research or excavations, a robot can stay underwater for much longer, collecting samples in hostile underwater environments.

OceanOne was tested at the archeological site of the shipwreck La Lune off the coast of France. La Lune, a flagship that sank in the Mediterranean in 1664. It lies under 300 feet of water, far beyond the reach of recreational SCUBA divers, who limit themselves to 130 feet.

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Feb 7, 2018

Japan lays groundwork for boom in robot carers

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI, wearables

The next research priorities include wearable mobility aid devices and technology that guides people to the toilet at what it predicts is the right time.

According to Japan’s robot strategy, the government hopes that four in five care recipients accept having some support provided by robots by 2020.


Japanese government wants to increase acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce.

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Feb 7, 2018

A self-driving truck just drove from Los Angeles to Jacksonville

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

A start-up called Embark has completed a coast-to-coast test drive of its autonomous truck.

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Feb 6, 2018

Massive crayfish that didn’t exist 25 years ago are capable of cloning themselves — and it’s terrifying scientists

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The marbled crayfish is literally capable of cloning itself. The species didn’t exist 25 years ago; now they number in the millions.

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Feb 6, 2018

The life extension and medical discoveries of January (Monthly article summary)

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

It’s been a fruitful month in the fields of life extension and medical science. Here’s an executive summary of the January reports on longevity science, life-extension treatments, telomeres, Alzheimer’s disease and various medical advances.


In brief: An executive summary of the January reports on longevity science, life-extension treatments, telomeres, Alzheimer’s disease and various medical advances. [This article first appeared on the website LongevityFacts.com. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

It’s been a fruitful month, with advancements in life-extension treatments, longevity science, telomere dynamics, dementia and various medical advances.

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Feb 6, 2018

Regenerative Reprogramming to Beat Aging Say Researchers

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

Summary: Regenerative reprogramming of the body with injections could turn back the clock in our organs, say scientists in a Jan 2018 report. Prematurely aged mice lived 30% longer after Salk Institute researchers genetically reprogrammed their cells while still in the body. [This article first appeared on the website LongevityFacts.com. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

Imagine a time in the future when the doctor gives you the bad news: you need a heart transplant. In the past, this would be an expensive and drastic procedure. Instead, the doctor gives you an injection that rejuvenates your heart. In time, your heart eventually mends itself, reverting to the strength and vigor of your youth.

The dream is closer to reality than you think, thanks to a novel technique developed by a team researchers headed by Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte at the Salk Institute in La Jolla.

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Feb 6, 2018

Our aging immune system explains cancer, not genetic mutations says new study

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

A new study says that our aging immune system plays a larger role in explaining cancer than genetic mutations. The new findings support the idea of rejuvenating the thymus — an essential immune system organ — as a strategy to prevent cancer.


Summary: A new study says that our aging immune system plays a larger role in explaining cancer than genetic mutations. The new findings support the idea of rejuvenating the thymus – an essential immune system organ – as a strategy to prevent cancer. [This article first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

A new study suggests that our aging immune system plays a larger role in cancer than previously thought, challenging the conventional notion that genetic mutations are the primary driver of tumors.

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Feb 6, 2018

Scientists Observe Incredible New Kind of Ice Thought to Exist in Uranus’ Center

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space

Here is an ice cube you do not want to put in your Diet Coke: A solid lattice of oxygen atoms with protons whizzing around inside of it. This ice is not normal on Earth, but might be elsewhere. And scientists have created it in a lab.

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Feb 6, 2018

Theoretical physicists manipulate light with nanoscale objects

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, physics

Credit: University of New Mexico For years, scientists have long wrestled with the control and manipulation of light, a long-standing scientific ambition with major implications for the development of technology. With the growth in nanophotonics, scientists are making gains faster than ever exploiting structures with dimensions comparable to the wavelength of light. Scientists at The University of New Mexico studying the field of nanophotonics are developing new perspectives never seen before through their research. In turn, the understanding of these theoretical concepts is enabling physic…

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