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Sep 29, 2015

First optical ‘rectenna’ converts light to DC current

Posted by in category: computing

This schematic shows the components of the optical rectenna developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology (credit: Thomas Bougher, Georgia Tech)

Using nanometer-scale components, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have demonstrated the first optical rectenna, a device that combines the functions of an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light directly into DC current.

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Sep 28, 2015

A cleaner, greener way to store solar and wind energy

Posted by in category: energy

Advance could make flow batteries cheaper and easier to build.

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Sep 28, 2015

This concrete could be a lifesaver for urban flood zones

Posted by in category: futurism

http://voc.tv/1cRrjAQ

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Sep 28, 2015

Vote Zoltan for President and Live Forever?

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

A new story on GOOD magazine about transhumanism & my campaign:


The transhumanist presidential candidate on staying optimistic about technology in a cold, practical political world.

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Sep 28, 2015

Google, NASA sign 7-year deal to test D-Wave quantum computers as artificial brains

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, robotics/AI

The deal with D-Wave Systems will see a steady stream of D-Wave quantum chips used as the foundation of an artificial intelligence lab.

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Sep 28, 2015

New hydrogel can keep stem cells alive for heart repair

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

A new hydrogel protects stem cells inside the body, making existing therapies a lot more effective.

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Sep 28, 2015

Forget blades, the Skarp razor wants you to shave with lasers

Posted by in category: futurism

The Skarp Laser Razor is a new type of product that’s supposed to use lasers to give a close shave with less irritation. And, since its blade lasts a long time, fewer razors end up in landfills.

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Sep 28, 2015

Tomorrow’s Terrorist

Posted by in category: futurism

So, too, can we expect that the terrorists of tomorrow will likely mix the best of what works today with a new generation of off-the-shelf weaponry and tactics that will empower them like never before. The result is that both terrorist and insurgent groups, be they the groups of today that fight on or new ones that emerge driven by new causes, as well as individual “lone wolves”—whether they are homegrown extremists like Dylann Storm Roof or inspired by abroad like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev—will be able to carry out new forms of attacks and maybe even elude old police tactics for catching them.

The below is an imagining of some of the tools that a terrorist or insurgent of the future might use, all drawn from the real world.

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Sep 28, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Immersive 360 Experience

Posted by in category: futurism

The Force Awakens Immersive 360 Experience


Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.

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Sep 28, 2015

Perfectly looped gifs

Posted by in category: futurism

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