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Apr 28, 2017

Scientists Discover Extinct Human DNA in Cave Dirt

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

A group of German scientists have found the DNA of extinct humans — without finding any skeletal remains.

The researchers, who are currently excavating even dig sites in Belgium, Croatia, France, Russia and Spain, have found genetic remains of ancient humans like the Neanderthals and their cousins, the Denisovans, in sediment samples, the New York Times reports.

Ancient human DNA has been found in cave dirt in Croatia, but without any skeletal remains, scientists say.

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Apr 28, 2017

This doctor plans to perform a human head transplant this year

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Sergio Canavero, a controversial professor and neurosurgeon, wants to perform the first human head transplant in December.

He told German magazine OOOM that the procedure will take place in China. According to the Observer, it will take 80 surgeons, 36 hours and $10 million to execute.

Like a sci-fi tale come to life, Canavero, who’s also the former director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, claims that people whose brains have been cryogenically frozen could be revived within three years.

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Apr 28, 2017

A Russian tycoon’s $100 million effort to listen for aliens has published its first results

Posted by in category: alien life

Breakthrough Listen’s radio telescopes heard millions of possible signals, but only 11 rose to significance.

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Apr 28, 2017

America’s Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Replaced by Robots

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

America’s working class is falling further behind.

The rich-poor gap — the difference in annual income between households in the top 20 percent and those in the bottom 20 percent — ballooned by $29,200 to $189,600 between 2010 and 2015, based on Bloomberg calculations using U.S. Census Bureau data.

Computers and robots are taking over many types of tasks, shoving aside some workers while boosting the productivity of specialized employees, contributing to the gap.

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Apr 28, 2017

Elon Musk teases Tesla electric semi truck, up to 4 new Gigafactory locations

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Elon Musk was on stage at the 2017 TED Conference in Vancouver on Friday, and he revealed some of his tunnel work and aspirations, but he also talked about a few ongoing Tesla projects he’s referenced before. The multi-CEO showed a shadowy image that gives us our first look at what his forthcoming electric Semi Truck will look like, and also let drop the suggestion that Tesla will likely announce four new global Gigafactory locations sometime this year.

Elon Musk teased semi-truck at TED talk.

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Apr 28, 2017

Here’s the first look at how Elon Musk’s ‘boring’ car tunnels will work

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, transportation

Cars will be lowered into the tunnel from the roads on what Musk calls a car “skate.”

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Apr 28, 2017

Hindsight and foresight together more accurately ‘predict’ a quantum system’s state

Posted by in category: quantum physics

We’re so used to murder mysteries that we don’t even notice how mystery authors play with time. Typically the murder occurs well before the midpoint of the book, but there is an information blackout at that point and the reader learns what happened then only on the last page.

If the last page were ripped out of the book, physicist Kater Murch, PhD, said, would the reader be better off guessing what happened by reading only up to the fatal incident or by reading the entire book?

The answer, so obvious in the case of the murder mystery, is less so in world of quantum mechanics, where indeterminacy is fundamental rather than contrived for our reading pleasure.

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Apr 28, 2017

Breakthrough Listen: L-band 2017

Posted by in categories: alien life, surveillance

Most significant events list for Milner’s Breakthrough Listen (SETI) project. This is 11 of the highest statistical significance events that they’ve recorded.

They’ve said these will mostly prove to be local interference of various sorts. They just haven’t excluded them yet.

A lot of them are 1380 Mhz, which is a common frequency for surveillance video cams (I looked it up).

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Apr 28, 2017

An Alternate Universe: Our Cosmos May Have Been Spawned by a Hypermassive Black Hole

Posted by in categories: cosmology, singularity

Siegel explains how this is possible:

“As the black hole first formed, the event horizon first came to be, then rapidly expanded and continued to grow as more matter continued to fall in. If you were to put a coordinate grid down on this two-dimensional wrapping, you’d find that it originated where the gridlines were very close together, then expanded rapidly as the black hole formed, and then expanded more and more slowly as matter fell in at a much lower rate. This matches, at least conceptually, what we observe for the expansion rate of our three-dimensional universe.”

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Apr 28, 2017

I’m giving a short talk tonight at the California Libertarian Party Convention 2017 at 8:30PM in the first speech of my Governor run

Posted by in category: futurism

It’s at the opening evening reception. I’m also giving a formal 45-min talk tomorrow at 1:30PM. Join me at the Santa Clara Marriot in San Jose for the convention.

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