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Dec 9, 2017

Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric

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A research team led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York has developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered bio-battery that could one day be integrated into wearable electronics.

The team, led by Binghamton University Electrical and Computer Science Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi, created an entirely textile-based biobattery that can produce maximum power similar to that produced by his previous paper-based microbial fuel cells.

Additionally, these textile-based biobatteries exhibit stable electricity-generating capability when tested under repeated stretching and twisting cycles.

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Dec 9, 2017

An AI That Makes Fake Videos May Facilitate The End of ‘Reality’ as We Know It

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Anyone worried about the ability of artificial intelligences (AI) to mimic reality is likely to be concerned by Nvidia’s latest offering: an image translation AI that will almost certainly have you second-guessing everything you see online.

In October, Nvidia demonstrated the ability of one of their AIs to generate disturbingly realistic images of completely fake people. Now, the tech company has produced one that can generate fake videos.

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Dec 9, 2017

Official Trailer [HD]

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From visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez.
#Alita Battle Angel is in theaters July 20, 2018.

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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Dec 8, 2017

Ultrafast 3D Printing Alternative Makes Complete 3D Objects in Seconds

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, futurism

A new method can now fabricate entire 3D shapes in seconds using holographic light fields. Fast digital manufacturing could have a big impact in the future.

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Dec 8, 2017

Huge Asteroid Headed Towards Earth Tomorrow

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NASA has released a warning that a huge asteroid is headed towards Earth tomorrow. While it’s likely that the huge asteroid may pass us by, it’s set to be the closest encounter with an object of that size this year.

The 2017 W12, a newly discovered asteroid, is expected to pass us by at around 9:45 pm. Fortunately, it seems as if the huge asteroid will pass us by at a distance of 1.32 million kilometers. While that’s not a very big distance when you’re talking about space, it’s definitely far enough away that we shouldn’t have to worry about it. Experts predict that there’s currently no threat of 2017 W12 hitting out planet.

After discovery by the Pan-STARRS survey in Hawaii last month, the asteroid was recently listed on the “Earth lLose Approaches” page as a near-Earth object (NEOs). Scientists are expecting that within a year, we’ll see three major near-misses. The 2006 XY asteroid will soon pass Earth as well, on December 14.

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Dec 8, 2017

Scientists may have found a way to inject information directly into the brain

Posted by in category: neuroscience

In a new study, scientists have used electrical currents to inject information directly into the brains of monkeys.

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Dec 8, 2017

Physicists excited by discovery of new form of matter, excitonium

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Excitonium has a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign… well… excited! Professor of Physics Peter Abbamonte and graduate students Anshul Kogar and Mindy Rak, with input from colleagues at Illinois, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Amsterdam, have proven the existence of this enigmatic new form of matter, which has perplexed scientists since it was first theorized almost 50 years ago.

The team studied non-doped crystals of the oft-analyzed transition metal dichalcogenide titanium diselenide (1T-TiSe2) and reproduced their surprising results five times on different cleaved crystals. University of Amsterdam Professor of Physics Jasper van Wezel provided crucial theoretical interpretation of the experimental results.

So what exactly is excitonium?

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Dec 8, 2017

Blackbody radiation from a warm object attracts polarizable objects

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Our physical attraction to hot bodies is real, according to UC Berkeley physicists.

To be clear, they’re not talking about sexual attraction to a “hot” human body.

But the researchers have shown that a glowing object actually attracts , contrary to what most people — physicists included — would guess.

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Dec 8, 2017

Elon Musk says Tesla is making A.I. hardware that could be ‘the best in the world’

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

At a private party on Thursday, Elon Musk spoke boldly about Tesla’s upcoming custom artificial intelligence hardware.

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Dec 8, 2017

Boosting Mitochondrial Quality Control to Combat Alzheimers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have found a way to make mitochondria more resistant to damage, which could potentially be used to halt Alzheimer’s and other, similar, diseases.

Globally, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and cause of neurodegeneration. It causes brain damage and symptoms such as long-term memory loss. It is an amyloid-based disease, with the characteristic hallmark being the formation of toxic plaques in the brain made from the aggregated beta-amyloid inside the neurons.

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