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Oct 1, 2018

Strange Blobs Beneath Earth Could Be Remnants of an Ancient Magma Ocean

Posted by in category: futurism

New research suggests that weird blobs in the deepest part of Earth’s mantle could be leftovers from an ancient magma ocean.

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Oct 1, 2018

2018 Nobel Prize in medicine is for tweaking our immune system to fight cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Cancer is tough to treat because it’s essentially the body’s own cells gone rogue. This year’s laureates found a way to tweak the immune system to attack cancer cells.

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Oct 1, 2018

Scientists Think They’ve Finally Found The Crushing Limits of Gravity Humans Could Survive

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space

They don’t call Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson ‘The Mountain’ for nothing.

In 2015, the strong man and Game of Thrones actor broke a millennium-old record by taking – or more accurately, staggering – five steps with a 650 kilogram (1,430 pound) log on his back.

To most of us, this was simply an extraordinary example of heroic strength. To scientists, this feat marked a crushing limit to the gravitational pull any mortal could ever hope to endure, setting a boundary on the mass of planets we might expect to colonise.

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Oct 1, 2018

Rejuvenation Roundup September 2018

Posted by in category: life extension

LEAF’s Rejuvenation Roundup September 2018 is out!

Happy autumn—or spring, if you live in the southern hemisphere! Be as it may, in a post-aging world, the season of your health would always be summer; let’s see how much closer we got to that world during last September.


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Oct 1, 2018

Genetically engineered viruses discern, destroy E. coli in drinking water

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, sustainability

To rapidly detect the presence of E. coli in drinking water, Cornell University food scientists now can employ a bacteriophage — a genetically engineered virus — in a test used in hard-to-reach areas around the world.

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Oct 1, 2018

I, holobiont. Are you and your microbes a community or a single entity?

Posted by in category: biological

What’s up with these 2 factions trying to split reality in 2? 🤔.

Are you a multispecies mix of human and microbial bits – or is there a fuzzy boundary between you and your tiny companions?

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Oct 1, 2018

The White House Is Getting America Ready For Its Quantum Leap

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, policy, quantum physics

While the rest of the country has been transfixed by the Brett Kavanagh confirmation drama, the White House was quietly but steadily taking major steps to secure America’s high-tech future.

The first was the release of the National Cybersecurity Strategy last week, which I discussed in a previous column. This week came the National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science (QIS), released by a subcommittee of the Committee on Science for the National Science and Technology Council. This document is a big win for Jacob Taylor, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s point man on all things quantum, and a major win for America.

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Oct 1, 2018

Your Environment Could Be Changing Your IQ on a Genetic Level, Study Finds

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience

Be gone flat earthism.

The nature-versus-nurture argument of intelligence just got a lot more complicated with the discovery that the environment can modify the expression of a key gene in the brain, affecting intelligence far more than we previously thought.

Such a finding may not come as a surprise if you remember that numerous genes influence our IQ and stressful experiences can lock and unlock genes in our brains. Yet having hard evidence of the link will no doubt stir debate on just what it means to be “smart”.

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Sep 30, 2018

Virtual and augmented reality will change our sense of a shared reality

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, robotics/AI, singularity

As the artificial brain races towards the singularity, what we often forget is the boost to human brainpower that will accompany it. As we increase our senses and perceptions, humans have a choice what to do with these new superpowers, that can be used to reinforce one’s tunnel vision of life or to ignore it.

This story is part of What Happens Next, our complete guide to understanding the future. Read more predictions about the Future of Fact.

Not everyone experiences the world in the same way. Whether it’s how you react to the results of an election or what tones you hear in a sound clip, observable reality is often not as objective as you think it is.

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Sep 30, 2018

[EuroVis 2018] Maps and Globes in Virtual Reality (VR)

Posted by in categories: transportation, virtual reality

How to solve the problem of which map to use, without distortion.

Check out more details at our EuroVis 2018 paper at:

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