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Sep 14, 2018

BMW’s Self-Driving Motorcycle Could Help Keep Bikers Safe

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

BMW’s self-driving motorcycle can start, stop, and navigate all by itself, but the company says creating a fully autonomous vehicle wasn’t its intention.

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Sep 14, 2018

Artificial Retinas Made Of This Ultra-Thin Super Material Could Help Millions See Again

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics

TRULY SUPER. There’s a reason researchers call graphene a “super material.” Even though it’s just a single layer of carbon atoms thick, it’s super strong, super flexible, and super light. It also conducts electricity, and is biodegradable. Now an international team of researchers has found a way to use the super material: to create artificial retinas.

They presented their work Monday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

ARTIFICIAL RETINAS. The retina is the layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye responsible for converting images into impulses that the brain can interpret. And without a functional one, a person simply can’t see.

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Sep 14, 2018

This man built a flying car!😲

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Sep 14, 2018

Ryff lets advertisers place any virtual object into commercials and films

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Ryff has a big idea that it says could turn the $23 billion product placement market upside down. Product placement is the advertising tactic of placing a branded object, like a bottle of Coca-Cola, in a scene in a movie or a TV show.

Los Angeles-based Ryff has figured out how to do this digitally with cloud technology. Ryff figures out the places in video content where virtual objects can be placed in a scene where they seem like they are a natural part of the environment. That means the objects have to be rendered realistically enough so they can be mistaken for being part of a real scene, as recorded in a movie or TV show or a commercial, said Roy Taylor, CEO of Ryff, at an event on Thursday evening.

“We are on a new platform that makes images intelligent,” Taylor said. “Ryff is the world’s first image technology company using AI and visual computing to change the way we experience entertainment.”

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Sep 14, 2018

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos launches a $2 billion ‘Day One Fund’ to help homeless families and create preschools

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

The fund will launch with a $2 billion commitment, split between the Day 1 Families Fund — helping homeless families — and the Day 1 Academies Fund — creating a “network of new, non-profit, tier-one preschools in low-income communities,” Bezos said.

As CEO of Amazon, founder of rocket company Blue Origin and owner of The Washington Post, Bezos is the wealthiest man in modern history, with a net worth of at least $150 billion.

Critics have long called for him to put his billions toward philanthropic efforts.

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Sep 14, 2018

What NASA satellites found around Typhoon Ompong’s eye

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Storms within a superstorm.

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellites tracking Typhoon Ompong (international name Super Typhoon Mangkhut) have found powerful storms surrounding the eye of the tropical cyclone days before its landfall over northern Luzon.

On September 13, the MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite looked at Ompong in infrared as it was approaching the Philippines, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Rob Gutro said in a blog post.

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Sep 14, 2018

Plants have their own kind of nervous system

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Model mustard plant uses the same signals as animals to relay distress.

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Sep 14, 2018

George Church talks about reversing human aging and claims they made mice live twice as long

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

He says this has been done successfully with mice. They have mice live twice as long. They are testing aging reversal in dogs in 2018–2019. Human treatments could be available on a general basis by 2025.

George Church is developing better and better organs using pigs. They are working to slow or reverse the aging in the organs to be used for transplant.

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Sep 14, 2018

Ultrasound patch goes deep to better-monitor blood pressure

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Earlier this year, we heard how scientists from the University of California San Diego had developed a flexible ultrasound patch that allows users to see the inner structure of irregular-shaped objects. Well, now they’ve made one that measures a patient’s blood pressure from deep within the body.

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Sep 13, 2018

Physicists plan hunt for Higgs boson pairs

Posted by in category: particle physics


The giant CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider will search for double-Higgs events.


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