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Sep 10, 2018

The Fate of Free Will: When Science Crosses Swords with Philosophy

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, science

In some domains the two knowledge systems are complementary, but in others they might be headed for conflict.

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Sep 10, 2018

Entanglement and teleportation between polarization and wave-like encodings of an optical qubit

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Interfacing quantum information between discrete and continuous would allow exploiting the best of both worlds, but it has been shown only for single-rail encoding. Here, the authors extend this to the more practical dual-rail encoding, realizing teleportation between a polarization qubit and a CV qubit.

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Sep 10, 2018

AI speeds up climate computations

Posted by in categories: climatology, information science, mathematics, robotics/AI, supercomputing

Realistic climate simulations require huge reserves of computational power. An LMU study now shows that new algorithms allow interactions in the atmosphere to be modeled more rapidly without loss of reliability.

Forecasting global and local climates requires the construction and testing of mathematical . Since such models must incorporate a plethora of physical processes and interactions, climate simulations require enormous amounts of . And even the best models inevitably have limitations, since the phenomena involved can never be modeled in sufficient detail. In a project carried out in the context of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center “Waves to Weather”, Stephan Rasp of the Institute of Theoretical Meteorology at LMU (Director: Professor George Craig) has now looked at the question of whether the application of can improve the efficacy of climate modelling. The study, which was performed in collaboration with Professor Mike Pritchard of the University of California at Irvine und Pierre Gentine of Columbia University in New York, appears in the journal PNAS.

General circulation models typically simulate the global behavior of the atmosphere on grids whose cells have dimensions of around 50 km. Even using state-of-the-art supercomputers the relevant that take place in the atmosphere are simply too complex to be modelled at the necessary level of detail. One prominent example concerns the modelling of clouds which have a crucial influence on climate. They transport heat and moisture, produce precipitation, as well as absorb and reflect solar radiation, for instance. Many clouds extend over distances of only a few hundred meters, much smaller than the grid cells typically used in simulations – and they are highly dynamic. Both features make them extremely difficult to model realistically. Hence today’s models lack at least one vital ingredient, and in this respect, only provide an approximate description of the Earth system.

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Sep 10, 2018

New cancer vaccine is 100 percent successful in mouse model

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A team of experts has conducted tests in mice for a potent new vaccine against melanoma. So far, the researchers have observed a 100 percent success rate.

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Sep 10, 2018

SpaceX launches heavy telecom satellite, sticks high-seas landing

Posted by in categories: climatology, drones, satellites

ICYMI overnight: A little more than an hour after its launch window opened—the delay was due to remnant thunderstorms in the area—#SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched from Florida early on Monday morning. The rocket’s first stage made a flawless flight, and then descended to a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean and safely landed.

The company has now flown 16 missions this year.

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Sep 10, 2018

Samsung opens robotics-focused AI research hub in New York City

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Samsung has opened its second U.S. artificial intelligence (AI) research facility (sixth globally), as the Korean electronics giant continues to double down on its investments in transformative technologies.

Samsung announced last year that it was planning a new AI research hub, and in the intervening months it actually opened centers in Canada, the U.K., and Russia, in addition to existing facilities in Seoul (South Korea) and Mountain View, California.

Its latest center, which will focus chiefly on robotics, is located in Chelsea, New York City and was officially opened at a ceremony featuring renowned AI expert Daniel D. Lee, executive vice president of Samsung Research. Lee joined the company a couple of months back and will lead the new AI center.

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Sep 10, 2018

Earth is the warmest it’s been in 120,000 years

Posted by in category: futurism

Everything’s fine…

The last time Earth was this warm occurred during the Eemian period, over 100,000 years ago.

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Sep 10, 2018

Of Vampires And The Challenges Of Longevity Drugs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

An interesting article in Forbes on GDF11, anti-aging drugs and companies:

For an example of how hard it is to develop an anti-aging medicine, check this out. It’s some of the coolest and creepiest science to have been published in major academic journals. But is it ready to form the basis of a pharmaceutical company?

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Sep 10, 2018

The smart technology turning China’s illiterate late bloomers into digital natives

Posted by in category: education

One of the biggest barriers is illiteracy, particularly among older generations.

But technology is also helping some people overcome their lack of formal education to be a part of the digital revolution.

Up until now, people without an understanding of Chinese characters and the romanised writing system pinyin have been locked out online.

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Sep 10, 2018

Watch This 1999 Clip of Jack Ma Trying to Convince His Friends to Join Alibaba

Posted by in categories: government, life extension

I know 100 leaders in longevity area. All of them will be invited to the Longevity Impact Forum, to create sort of Alibaba of longevity. We can beat government agencies and big companies because of our spirit!

“Underdog” entrepreneur Jack Ma is now famous for his record setting IPO when he took his e-commerce company, Alibaba, public. But not many people know he started Alibaba in his one-room apartment with 17 friends. Watch where all the magic of Alibaba started and be sure to check out Jack Ma’s amazing life.

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