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Oct 7, 2018

“This is some of the most important innovation to improve Bitcoin resilience and censorship resistance” -@remyers_ @SamouraiWallet announce #TxTenna at #HCCP18!

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, innovation

Visit tomorrow to download the app. Watch the full presentation: https://youtu.be/JVhYulwDBmI

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Oct 7, 2018

Hyperloop company unveils its full-scale 750-mph ‘passenger capsule’

Posted by in category: transportation

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies showcased the first full-scale Hyperloop capsule, named ‘Quintero One.’ USA TODAY.

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Oct 7, 2018

Watch SpaceX attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on the California coast for the first time

Posted by in categories: drones, space travel

This evening, SpaceX is set to launch a used Falcon 9 rocket from California, a flight that will be followed by one of the company’s signature rocket landings. But this time around, SpaceX will attempt to land the vehicle on a concrete landing pad near the launch site — not a drone ship in the ocean. If successful, it’ll be the first time that the company does a ground landing on the West Coast.

Up until now, all of SpaceX’s ground landings have occurred out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, the company’s busiest launch site. SpaceX has two landing pads there, and has managed to touch down 11 Falcon 9 rockets on them. And each time the company has attempted to land on land, it’s been a success.

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Oct 7, 2018

Elon Musk Is Making Good on His Promise to Pay for Flint’s Clean Water

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Elon Musk has had his fair share of questionable headlines recently, but it looks like he’s still out to do a little good in this world. In the midst of July’s rush to save the soccer team trapped in a Thai cave, Musk stated that he wanted to do something about the water contamination problem in Flint, Michigan. Now, according to a tweet made by Flint Community Schools, he’s making good on his promises.

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Oct 7, 2018

How Blockchain Technology Can Accelerate Stem Cell Research

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, bitcoin

While still in its infancy, there is tremendous potential for stem cell technology to improve the quality of life for many. Blockchain technology can help accelerate this process.

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Oct 7, 2018

Astronomers Are Getting Excited Over Ghostly Traces of a Massive Cosmic Explosion

Posted by in categories: law, space

A comparison of surveys taken of the sky years apart has revealed an empty space where a star 280 million light years away once sat.

Coded FIRST J1419+3940, records of the object hint at what would have been a violent death. Curiously, no trace of its final explosive moments can be found – but this ghostly silence has only made astronomers all the more excited.

“We compared images from old maps of the sky and found one radio source that was no longer visible today in the Very Large Array Sky Survey (VLASS),” says astronomer Casey Law from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Oct 7, 2018

AI Is Kicking Space Exploration into Hyperdrive—Here’s How

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Artificial intelligence in space exploration is gathering momentum. Over the coming years, new missions look likely to be turbo-charged by AI as we voyage to comets, moons, and planets and explore the possibilities of mining asteroids.

“AI is already a game-changer that has made scientific research and exploration much more efficient. We are not just talking about a doubling but about a multiple of ten,” Leopold Summerer, Head of the Advanced Concepts and Studies Office at ESA, said in an interview with Singularity Hub.

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Oct 7, 2018

Institute: Richard Myers

Posted by in category: bitcoin

Decentralized last mile communication using mobile mesh networks

Globally decentralized protocols like Bittorrent, Bitcoin and Tor provide users a remarkable level of censorship resistance, privacy and communication freedom. But highly centralized local communication networks can block, throttle and log users of these protocols and work with governments and private firms to surveil and harass users. Centralized communication networks historically tend toward rent-seeking behavior, do a poor job at serving last-mile communities, and are fragile during natural and manmade disasters. This talk will review decentralized alternatives for local communication and demonstrate a new open source solution called TxTenna for sending offline Bitcoin transactions over a mobile mesh network.

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Oct 7, 2018

US will rewrite safety rules to permit fully driverless cars on public roads

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Under current US safety rules, a motor vehicle must have traditional controls, like a steering wheel, mirrors, and foot pedals, before it is allowed to operate on public roads. But that could all change under a new plan released on Thursday by the Department of Transportation that’s intended to open the floodgates for fully driverless cars.

The department, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “intends to reconsider the necessity and appropriateness of its current safety standards” as applied to autonomous vehicles, the 80-page document reads. In particular, regulators say they will look to change those safety standards “to accommodate automated vehicle technologies and the possibility of setting exceptions to certain standards — that are relevant only when human drivers are present.”

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Oct 7, 2018

On the Nature of Causality in Complex Systems, George F.R. Ellis

Posted by in categories: biological, cosmology, mathematics

When listening to world science festival’s latest episode on youtube, Pondering the Imponderables: The Biggest Questions of Cosmology, I found myself to be most in line with George F.R. Ellis’ line of thinking overall.


Big Bang cosmology, chemical and biological evolutionary theory, and associated sciences have been extraordinarily successful in revealing and enabling us to understand the development of the.

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