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May 9, 2017

The Four Technologies That Are Turning Our World Into the Future

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, space travel

Each year, the world’s greatest innovators and inventors gather for the Edison Awards to celebrate “game-changing” developments in technology, engineering, marketing, and design. Here are just some of the innovations that are already transforming our world.

Each year, innovators from across the globe trade in their lab coats and laptops for ties and gowns to honor the nominees at the Edison Awards ceremony in New York City. Over the past three decades, the awards have highlighted the most innovative products and people in science. Last year’s honorees featured Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto.

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May 9, 2017

‘Straight out of the Nazi playbook’: Hindu nationalists try to engineer ‘genius’ babies in India

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, health

“Members of a Hindu far-right organization called Arogya Bharati say they are working with expectant couples in the country to produce “customized” babies, who, they hope, will be taller, fairer and smarter than other babies, according to a report in the Indian Express newspaper.”

“The group’s health officials claimed that their program — a combination of diet, ayurvedic medicine and other practices — has led to 450 of these babies, and they hope to have “thousands” more by 2020, the report said.”

“The parents may have lower IQ, with a poor educational background, but their baby can be extremely bright. If the proper procedure is followed, babies of dark-skinned parents with lesser height can have fair complexion and grow taller,” Hitesh Jani, the group’s national convener, told the newspaper.”

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May 9, 2017

SpaceTech-We are not quite there yet?

Posted by in categories: climatology, neuroscience, space, sustainability on @LinkedIn

I was recently at NASA’s annual SpaceApps Hackathon and the focus this year was climate change and our team brainstormed solutions to track the causes of devastating Twisters and we noted that technology had not progressed far enough to build our tracking probes but was close to being developed.

Massive technological advances need to be made if we are going to Mars and beyond.

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May 8, 2017

Gravitational Waves Could Be The Key to Discovering Extra Dimensions in Our Universe

Posted by in category: quantum physics

If we want to find extra dimensions lurking within our Universe — something that string theory attempts to explain — gravitational waves could be our key to locating them, physicists suggest.

This new hypothesis seeks to answer the long-standing mystery of why gravity appears to be weaker than the other fundamental forces in our Universe, by proposing that it’s actually ‘leaking out’ into extra dimensions we’re yet to detect.

“Extra dimensions have been discussed for a long time from different points of view,” Emilian Dudas from the École Polytechnique in France, who wasn’t involved in the study, told Leah Crane at New Scientist.

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May 8, 2017

Cybersecurity Pros Will Soon Patrol Computer Networks Like Agents in ‘The Matrix’

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, cybercrime/malcode, virtual reality

Security analysts could soon become the first employees asked to show up to work inside virtual reality.

Thanks to a new virtual reality tool built by the Colorado-based startup ProtectWise, cybersecurity professionals may soon be patrolling computer networks — like real world beat cops — inside a three-dimensional video game world.

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May 8, 2017

New artificial photosynthesis process converts CO2 in air to fuel

Posted by in categories: energy, food, sustainability

A win win, assuming it can be manufactured en mass and at a reasonable price.

Professor Fernando Uribe-Romo and his team of students created a way to use LED light and a porous synthetic metal-organic frameworks (MOF) material to break down carbon dioxide into fuel. (credit: Bernard Wilchusky/UCF)

A University of Central Florida (UCF) chemistry professor has invented a revolutionary way to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from air by triggering artificial photosynthesis in a synthetic material — breaking down carbon dioxide while also producing fuel for energy.

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May 8, 2017

For the First Time Ever, a Robot Performed an Operation Inside a Human Eye

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

A robot surgeon is now performing successful eye operations.

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May 8, 2017

Generating power from polluted air

Posted by in categories: energy, nanotechnology, sustainability

Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have developed a process that purifies air, and at the same time, generates power. The device must only be exposed to light in order to function.

“We used a small with two rooms separated by a membrane,” explained professor Sammy Verbruggen (UAntwerp/KU Leuven). “Air is purified on one side, while on the other side, is produced from a part of the degradation products. This gas can be stored and used later as fuel, as is already being done in some hydrogen buses, for example.”

In this way, the researchers respond to two major social needs: clean air and alternative energy production. The heart of the solution lies at the membrane level, where the researchers use specific nanomaterials. “These catalysts are capable of producing hydrogen gas and breaking down air pollution,” explains professor Verbruggen. “In the past, these cells were mostly used to extract hydrogen from water. We have now discovered that this is also possible, and even more efficient, with .”

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May 8, 2017

Startup Promises Immortality Through AI, Nanotechnology, and Cloning

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, nanotechnology, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI

They plan to record personality, memory, and body function information, and recreate it.

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May 8, 2017

Rejuvenaction — Posts

Posted by in category: life extension

You can see how deep-rooted is the wish of some to just ignore the problem of ageing when they say that rejuvenation won’t happen in time for them, and that there’s thus no reason they should concern themselves with the whole issue. This article on rebuts this meta-objection and discusses its origins.

People’s last line of defence to keep ignoring the problem of ageing and rejuvenation is often the meta-objection ‘it won’t happen in my lifetime’. Let’s have a look at what’s wrong with this reasoning, and why some people think this way.

#aging #crowdfundthecure

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