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Jul 31, 2016

Noam Chomsky Is Sick of Hearing About the Robot Takeover (Video)

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, supercomputing

I’m with Noam on the whole Robot taking over the world mentality.

The renowned MIT professor, having heard for 60 years about the threat of supercomputers, says to come back to him when robots are as creative as a 4-year-old. — 2016/07/31.

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Jul 31, 2016

Texting pedestrians exhibit “zombie-like” behaviour, say Montreal researchers

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, neuroscience

Zombies and texting.

A new study presented by researchers from the Tech3Lab at HEC Montreal, along with the University of Montreal’s Department of Psychology and the Centre hospitalier Notre-Dame has found that “Texting while walking is a widespread and dangerous behaviour.”

In a research presentation called “Mobile Multitasking Distraction: A Pilot Study with Intracranial Electroencephalography”, researchers attempted to determine which neural circuitry is implicated in the act of texting while walking, with the aim of helping to develop future methods of mitigating “this dangerous habit” and perhaps to “assist the development of mobile applications aiming directly at the neural circuitry”.

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Jul 31, 2016

Two-time cancer survivor ‘feared’ disease’s return

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The psychological challenges of cancer and survival.

A man who has survived cancer twice says the “worst part” of his journey was the fear of the disease returning after his second all-clear.

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Jul 31, 2016

Now there’s an app to help you breathe

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, health, neuroscience

Apple’s new app to help you do deep breathing to improve your mind, intelligence, and over all health.

APPLE is set to launch a new app that aims to make you healthier through just a few minutes a day of deep breathing.

It is based on the growing field of research proving the biological benefits, including genetic changes, of mind-body medicine.

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Jul 31, 2016

People of the future may not congregate in crowds—at least not physically

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, virtual reality

VR again helping people and their fears.

Actual crowds may be replaced by what we might call distributed crowds, with virtual and augmented reality’s help.

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Jul 31, 2016

New material could advance superconductivity

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics

Abstract: Scientists have looked for different ways to force hydrogen into a metallic state for decades. A metallic state of hydrogen is a holy grail for materials science because it could be used for superconductors, materials that have no resistance to the flow of electrons, which increases electricity transfer efficiency many times over. For the first time researchers, led by Carnegie’s Viktor Struzhkin, have experimentally produced a new class of materials blending hydrogen with sodium that could alter the superconductivity landscape and could be used for hydrogen-fuel cell storage. The research is published in Nature Communications.

It had been predicted that certain hydrogen-rich compounds consisting of multiple atoms of hydrogen with so-called alkali metals like lithium, potassium or sodium, could provide a new chemical means to alter the compound’s electronic structure. This, in turn, may lead the way to metallic high-temperature superconductors.

“The challenge is temperature,” explained Struzhkin. “The only superconductors that have been produced can only exist at impractically cold temperatures. In recent years, there have been predictions of compounds with several atoms of hydrogen coupled with alkali metals that could exist at more practical temperatures. They are theorized to have unique properties useful to superconductivity.”

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Jul 31, 2016

Scientists Complete the Most Detailed Map of the Brain Ever

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

To me, maps always conjure up a sense of exploration.

Back in the Age of Discovery, rudimentary maps allowed European explorers to sail into the vast unknown. They began charting new worlds, and in turn, made newer maps that helped future generations better understand the lands and seas that cover our world.

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Jul 31, 2016

Lab 2.0: Will Computers Replace Experimental Science?

Posted by in categories: chemistry, computing, mobile phones, physics, science, solar power, sustainability

We spend our lives surrounded by hi-tech materials and chemicals that make our batteries, solar cells and mobile phones work. But developing new technologies requires time-consuming, expensive and even dangerous experiments.

Luckily we now have a secret weapon that allows us to save time, money and risk by avoiding some of these experiments: computers.

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Jul 31, 2016

How Quantum Mechanics Is Changing Everything We Know About Our Lives

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, quantum physics, time travel

Quantum physics is the new physics that is pointing to something far greater than the materialistic world that we once believed to be the basis of our existence. Not only is it disproving our original perception of space and time, but it is opening the doors to the possibility of time travel, telepathy, and consciousness creating our reality.

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Jul 31, 2016

How much sway do our genes really hold over our IQ?

Posted by in categories: health, neuroscience

Interesting read to an old question.

New research explores what influences our intelligence and how we can give ourselves an upgrade.

By Sally Blundell In Health

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