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Apr 6, 2016

A new drone warship could target submarines

Posted by in categories: drones, military

Good at finding diesel submarines. My verdict is out for now.

VIDEO: This drone is seaworthy.

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Apr 6, 2016

Advance may make quantum computing more practical

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, quantum physics, transportation

Very nice; we’re getting closer.

But superposition is fragile, and finding ways to preserve it is one of the chief obstacles to developing large, general-purpose quantum computers. In today’s Nature, MIT researchers describe a new approach to preserving superposition in a class of quantum devices built from synthetic diamonds. The work could ultimately prove an important step toward reliable quantum computers.

In most engineering fields, the best way to maintain the stability of a physical system is feedback control. You make a measurement — the current trajectory of an airplane, or the temperature of an engine — and on that basis produce a control signal that nudges the system back toward its desired state.

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Apr 6, 2016

Are we 20 years away from ‘designer’ babies?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, law, sex

What if prospective parents had the opportunity to make decisions ahead of time about the combination of genetic traits their child would inherit? The question is more than science fiction, says Hank Greely, a law professor at Stanford University.

The underlying science and technology are advancing rapidly—and now is the time to consider carefully “what kind of legal changes would be necessary to try to maximize the benefits and minimize the harm of this new approach to making babies,” he says.

Greely explored the legal, ethical, and societal implications of emerging biotechnologies for a new book, The End of Sex and The Future of Human Reproduction (Harvard University Press, 2016), that envisions a world where procreation may not start in bedrooms, but rather in a petri dish in a medical clinic.

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Apr 6, 2016

Lab-Grown Beef is Now Almost Affordable

Posted by in category: food

At about $30 a pound, it’s still more expensive than Whole Foods… but not by a lot.

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Apr 6, 2016

Supermassive black holes may be lurking everywhere in the universe

Posted by in category: cosmology

A near-record supermassive black hole discovered in a sparse area of the local universe indicates that these monster objects — this one equal to 17 billion suns — may be more common than once thought, according to University of California, Berkeley, astronomers.

Until now, the biggest supermassive black holes — those with masses around 10 billion times that of our sun — have been found at the cores of very large in regions loaded with other large galaxies. The current record holder, discovered in the Coma Cluster by the UC Berkeley team in 2011, tips the scale at 21 billion and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The newly discovered black hole is in a galaxy, NGC 1600, in the opposite part of the sky from the Coma Cluster in a relative desert, said the leader of the discovery team, Chung-Pei Ma, a UC Berkeley professor of astronomy and head of the MASSIVE Survey, a study of the most and black holes in the local universe with the goal of understanding how they form and grow supermassive.

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Apr 6, 2016

Top Scientists Weigh In On Whether We All Live In A Hologram

Posted by in category: computing

Meanwhile, Chalmers said, “We’re not going to get conclusive proof that we’re not in a simulation, because any proof would be simulated.”

Maybe we’re just blips on some cosmic computer screen.

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Apr 6, 2016

The Future Of Space Architecture? Soft And Inflatable

Posted by in categories: habitats, space travel

The idea of inflatable space habitats has been around for as long as the idea of space travel. Now, one is finally on its way to the ISS.

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Apr 6, 2016

Navigating Sustainability and Your Fiduciary Duty — By Al Gore and David Blood | Huffington Post

Posted by in categories: business, economics, environmental, sustainability

Eco handshake.

“Misinterpreting signals to make them consistent with a pre-determined outcome is, psychologists tell us, a common phenomenon in human nature. Unfortunately, it is also a frequent dynamic in modern financial markets, particularly when it comes to sustainability.”

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Apr 6, 2016

Samsung granted patent for smart contact lenses with a tiny camera

Posted by in category: electronics

In an ever expanding universe of wearables, Samsung is doing its best to keep all bases covered. Today, the publication of a patent application shows the company is developing smart contact lenses.

The patent application, filed in South Korea, shows a contact lens equipped with a tiny display, a camera, an antenna, and several sensors that detect movement and the most basic form of input using your eyes: blinking.

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Apr 6, 2016

Modernizing Manufacturing: How to Build the Satellite of the Future

Posted by in categories: futurism, satellites

Satellite manufacturing today is a lengthy, meticulous process; its high tech nature, and the cost in time and money make advances slow compared to sectors like the mobile industry. But an explosion in demand for connectivity and other space services is driving the need for ever-more capable satellites. It is at this crossroads, that bold new ideas are being forged.

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