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Apr 6, 2019

Cryonics Institute Members Newsletter — Issue One, 2019

Posted by in categories: cryonics, life extension

The new issue of the Cryonics Institute Newsletter is now available. Get the latest news and updates about CI and the cryonics movement!

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Apr 6, 2019

Big Brother Meets Big Tech | Ep. 753

Posted by in category: government

Not sure how to post only a segment, but I found the first segment of this video interesting on the discussion of regulatory oversight of Facebook.


Facebook looks to the government for help censoring viewpoints, the old guard Democrats clash with the socialists, and we check the mailbag!

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Apr 6, 2019

How the Army plans to use Microsoft’s high-tech HoloLens goggles on the battlefield

Posted by in category: augmented reality

CNBC flew to Fort Pickett with Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy to test the Army’s IVAS headset, which it’s building with Microsoft.

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Apr 6, 2019

Research holds key to China science push

Posted by in categories: food, government, science

Scientists called for a bigger say over research funding under a stifling bureaucratic application system. Yuan Zhiming, an agricultural scientist from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan, said he spent so much time filling out funding applications that he did not have time for any research. Senior officials responded that they understood the need to speed up research for China to transform itself into an innovation powerhouse. Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang said the government would overhaul funding management to give researchers more incentives.


The country has to address a lot of shortcomings, but when it sets course to remedy them and commits a bigger share of resources, it could become a leading scientific power within a decade.

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Apr 6, 2019

Link Observatory Space Science Institute

Posted by in categories: science, space travel

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Two Booster Landings + Sonic BOOM 💥

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Apr 5, 2019

Spinach Turns Into Beating Heart

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists can now grow heart tissue on spinach leaves. MIND. BLOWN.

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Apr 5, 2019

New plane wing moves like a bird’s and could radically change aircraft design

Posted by in category: transportation

Plane wings are traditionally strong, thick and sturdy but a team of researchers led by NASA has created a flexible wing that morphs as it flies.

Measuring 14 feet or four meters wide, the new wing is constructed from thousands of units that fit together and function in a similar way to a bird’s wing, says one of the report’s authors, NASA research engineer, Nick Cramer.

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Apr 5, 2019

Head Transplant: How far have we come?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

What happened to the Head Transplant?

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Apr 5, 2019

The promise

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical

One of the research’s lead investigators, Michael Hill, said in a press release, “We envision this new technique as a low-cost office procedure done under local anesthesia. The whole process would take about five minutes.”

While currently in the process of arranging licensing for their procedure, the researchers are already looking toward using it with other collagen tissue such as tendons, and even corneas for the correction of vision issues. In animal tests, they’ve already had some success with reshaping a cornea using a 3D-printed contact lens painted with electrodes and to which they applied electrical current to soften the cornea. This is especially exciting due to the structure of its collagen fibers. Says Hill during the presentation, “It turns out that in order to remain transparent, the [layers of] collagen fibers are all perfectly aligned.” Molecular surgery allows correction of the cornea without disrupting that required layering.

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Apr 5, 2019

Using AI to Make Better AI

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI, space travel

Next month, however, a team of MIT researchers will be presenting a so-called “Proxyless neural architecture search” algorithm that can speed up the AI-optimized AI design process by 240 times or more. That would put faster and more accurate AI within practical reach for a broad class of image recognition algorithms and other related applications.

“There are all kinds of tradeoffs between model size, inference latency, accuracy, and model capacity,” says Song Han, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. Han adds that:

“[These] all add up to a giant design space. Previously people had designed neural networks based on heuristics. Neural architecture search tried to free this labor intensive, human heuristic-based exploration [by turning it] into a learning-based, AI-based design space exploration. Just like AI can [learn to] play a Go game, AI can [learn how to] design a neural network.”

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