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Apr 6, 2019

Scientists set to unveil first picture of a black hole

Posted by in category: cosmology

The world, it seems, is soon to see the first picture of a black hole.

On Wednesday, astronomers across the globe will hold “six major press conferences” simultaneously to announce the first results of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which was designed precisely for that purpose.

It has been a long wait.

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Apr 6, 2019

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Opinion: The average big construction project is overdue and over budget. A dose of automation could help.

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Apr 6, 2019

‘Molecular surgery’ gives pain-free operations

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Usually, this kind of surgery involves cutting and suturing, which is painful and leaves scars. Now, researchers at Occidental College in Los Angeles and the University of California, Irvine, have reshaped tissue with no incisions or scarring, and minimal recovery time.

It could be useful for cosmetic surgery – such as reshaping a nose or ear – but also for problems such as immobile joints and poor eyesight.

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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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