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Aug 12, 2016

Why haven’t we found any aliens yet?

Posted by in categories: alien life, evolution

Many years ago, Carl Sagan predicted there could be as many as 10,000 advanced extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy.

After nearly 60 years of searching without success, a growing list of scientists believe on Earth only came about because of a lucky series of evolutionary accidents, a long list of improbable events that just happened to come together at the right time and will never be repeated. Is it possible they are right and we are all there is? Highly unlikely.

Earth is a typical rocky planet, in an average solar system, nestled in the spiral arm of an ordinary galaxy. All the events and elements that came together to build our world could happen almost everywhere throughout the galaxy and there should be nothing unusual about the evolution of life on this planet or any others.

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Aug 12, 2016

Criadas primeiras supermoléculas, feitas de superátomos

Posted by in category: futurism

Os superátomos vêm virando a Tabela Periódica de cabeça para baixo há algum tempo — e prometendo muito mais.

Superátomos são aglomerados de átomos que conseguem imitar as propriedades de outros elementos — há até a ideia de criar uma Tabela Periódica de superátomos.

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Aug 12, 2016

Living Forever Has Never Been More Popular

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

My dispatch for Vice from the recent successful RAAD Festival—a giant gathering of longevity enthusiasts:

In less than a month, I’ll mark the two-year anniversary to my presidential campaign for the Transhumanist Party. My run for the White House was never about winning, but spreading the idea that Americans can achieve indefinite lifespans through science and technology—if only the government were to help out and put significant resources into the anti-aging field.

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Aug 12, 2016

How to Learn Anything

Posted by in category: transportation

My friend jumped out of a plane and solved a rubiks cube before pulling the parachute!

Stephen spends a month and a half learning how to solve a Rubiks cube from scratch so that he can attempt to solve it while skydiving.

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Aug 11, 2016

Aging Research Internships Available 3

Posted by in category: life extension

Are you an avid supporter of aging research and a keen longevity activist?
The Biogerontology Research Foundation is offering select summer internships for talented individuals. You’d join a passionate and supportive team in researching diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic strategies; advising a panel of investors in developing a roadmap to promote longevity science and related technologies across the globe.

The advertised positions are 3 month internships, with the possibility of continuing afterwards. Free accommodation will be provided for in London, alongside a negotiable salary.

The Biogerontology Research Foundation is a UK based think tank dedicated to aging research and accelerating its application worldwide.

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Aug 11, 2016

DARPA Wants Artificial Intelligence To Explain Itself

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

If humans can’t understand why AI systems make certain decisions, they probably won’t trust them.

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Aug 11, 2016

Lock picking your way to cybersecurity at Def Con

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet

New method on how to attend Def Con.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lock picking might seem ridiculously old-fashioned at a cybersecurity gathering — but learning it can actually help people protect machines from digital threats.

As security improves to block remote attacks over the internet, hackers look for ways to deliver malicious software physically instead — for instance, by breaking into a company’s data centers. Like cracking a digital system, picking locks involves solving puzzles, along with a certain amount of finesse and skill.

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Aug 11, 2016

Researchers Use E.coli to Engineer Improved Biofuels

Posted by in categories: engineering, sustainability


Although E. coli bacteria is often considered as a bad bug, laboratory-adapted E. coli that do not harm human beings and can multiply fast have been commonly used for various research purposes.

The same property allows the bacteria to rebuild into the smallest of factories when their chemical producing ability is utilized. E. coli possesses the ability to crank out pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and various other useful products.

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Aug 11, 2016

DARPA builds pop-up liquid cooled data center in 29 hours

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, security

Got visitors coming in 2 days to check out your IT operations and need a data center popped up quickly to show off in front of the potential customers; well, now you can do it in 29 hours.

Defense team sets up AI-based security for the Cyber Grand Challenge.

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Aug 11, 2016

Forget concrete and cement. DARPA thinks skin and bone make better building blocks

Posted by in categories: futurism, materials

Have you ever seen the movie called “The Haunting” with Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones? If you have; you will appreciate this article. A living building.

The US’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is attempting to build living, self-healing, programmable buildings.

DARPA’s Engineered Living Materials (ELM) program imagines that materials like bone, skin, bark and coral could form future building blocks as they provide advantages over non-living materials built with today, in that they can be grown where needed, self-repair when damaged and respond to changes in their surroundings.

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