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Nov 17, 2017

Investigation: Radioactive leaks at Illinois nuclear plants

Posted by in categories: government, nuclear energy

Radioactive waste continues to pour from Exelon’s Illinois nuclear power plants more than a decade after the discovery of chronic leaks led to national outrage, a $1.2 million government settlement and a company vow to guard against future accidents, an investigation by a government watchdog group found.

Since 2007, there have been at least 35 reported leaks, spills or other accidental releases in Illinois of water contaminated with radioactive tritium, a byproduct of nuclear power production and a carcinogen at high levels, a Better Government Association review of federal and state records shows.

No fines were issued for the accidents, all of which were self-reported by the company.

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Nov 17, 2017

How fast things evolved! Photo

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The global datasphere is expected to grow to 163 zettabytes annually by 2025, and flash memory is enabling Artificial Intelligence to manage it.

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Nov 17, 2017

Dog ownership linked to lower mortality

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

There so sweet, just being around a dog is pure love & happiness!

Researchers found a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in owners of dogs, especially hunting breeds.

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Nov 17, 2017

Tesla Unveils Its Electric ‘Semi’ Truck, And Adds A Roadster

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Would love to see inside one of these trucks.

Elon Musk unveiled the Roadster’s return toward the end of an event that was supposed to be all about Tesla’s new Semi trucks.

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Nov 17, 2017

Could Terrorists Hack an Airplane? The Government Just Did

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government, transportation

Hopefully not!

Hacking experts having been warning for years that it’s too easy to breach a cockpit’s defenses. Now an alarming government test proves their point.

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Nov 17, 2017

Boston Dynamics CEO: ‘Robotics will be bigger than the Internet’

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

I dont know about his comment. But, this will probably become at least as big as the auto industry. If you had a robot that could cook, clean, take care of the yard, drive, run errands, had various entertainment features, etc… Then, every household in America will want one. It will just come down to getting the robots to the point where they can do all of that, and having the vision to do it, and initially selling it to the public.

“The Internet lets every person reach out and touch all the information in the world. But robotics lets you reach out and touch and manipulate all the stuff in the world — and so it is not just restricted to information, it is everything,” says Raibert, who spoke from the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at the end of October.

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Nov 17, 2017

A Supreme Court justice’s open letter to AI

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sex

Let me start with two brief stories about social change. The first concerns changing laws and values about relationships. Only in 1967—in the aptly named case of Loving v. Virginia—did the United States Supreme Court recognize that laws prohibiting interracial marriage violated the United States Constitution. Nineteen years before, in 1948, the Supreme Court of California decided that such restrictions were unlawful. The California Supreme Court’s decision finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage also predated the federal decision, and reflected how, to channel William Gibson, th…

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Nov 17, 2017

Bioengineered robotic hand with its own nervous system will sense touch

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, cyborgs, health, robotics/AI

The sense of touch is often taken for granted. For someone without a limb or hand, losing that sense of touch can be devastating. While highly sophisticated prostheses with complex moving fingers and joints are available to mimic almost every hand motion, they remain frustratingly difficult and unnatural for the user. This is largely because they lack the tactile experience that guides every movement. This void in sensation results in limited use or abandonment of these very expensive artificial devices. So why not make a prosthesis that can actually “feel” its environment?

That is exactly what an interdisciplinary team of scientists from Florida Atlantic University and the University of Utah School of Medicine aims to do. They are developing a first-of-its-kind bioengineered robotic hand that will grow and adapt to its environment. This “living” robot will have its own peripheral nervous system directly linking robotic sensors and actuators. FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is leading the multidisciplinary team that has received a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health for a project titled “Virtual Neuroprosthesis: Restoring Autonomy to People Suffering from Neurotrauma.”

robotic hand

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Nov 17, 2017

This Dutch scientist has grown real meat in a laboratory

Posted by in category: food

This cardiologist is betting that his lab-grown meat startup can solve the global food crisis.

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Nov 17, 2017

The Secret to Long Life? It May Lurk in the DNA of the Oldest Among Us

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

Interesting article about the longevity work of my friend James Clement in The New York Times: #transhumanism

James Clement has scoured the globe for supercentenarians, aged 110 and older, willing to contribute their genomes to a rare scientific cache.

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