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Dec 27, 2018

Don’t Fear the Robot Overlords—Embrace Them as Coworkers

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In factories across the world, machines are beginning to work more intimately with humans without sending them to the unemployment line—or the grave.

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Dec 27, 2018

Wake-up timer saves power for I.o.T. sensors

Posted by in categories: electronics, energy

To save power, a cheap new timer can tell smart sensors when to wake up—no batteries required.

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Dec 27, 2018

NASA Plan for a Potential Government Shutdown

Posted by in categories: government, space

- National Aeronautics and Space Administration will still continue supporting the operations of the International Space Station despite government shutdown.


NASA has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget its plan for an orderly shutdown of operations if there is no budget in place. During a shutdown, most NASA operations would cease and most employees would be furloughed, with the exception of operations and personnel needed to protect life and property.

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Dec 27, 2018

The Wooly Mammoth Lumbers Back into View

Posted by in category: existential risks

The optimism of de-extinction science in a warming world.

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Dec 27, 2018

Scientists Create New Method of Fusion Energy, Without the Old Complications

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

A once-impossible new technique creates fusion energy with powerful lasers and without radioactive fuel.

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Dec 27, 2018

Behind the Market Swoon: The Herdlike Behavior of Computerized Trading

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Behind the broad, swift market slide of 2018 is an underlying new reality: Roughly 85% of all trading is on autopilot—controlled by machines, models, or passive investing formulas, creating an unprecedented trading herd that moves in unison and is blazingly fast.


The majority of trades come from machines, models, or passive investing formulas that move in unison and blazingly fast. This quarter’s sharp declines are symptoms of the modern market’s sensitivities, the same ones that drove gains through the first three-quarters of the year.

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Dec 27, 2018

The Birth of Worlds

Posted by in category: futurism

A series of remarkable astronomical images have been released by a team of scientists.


Stunning new images of young planetary systems create a profound cosmic perspective.

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Dec 27, 2018

MIT Scientists Use Nanoparticles to Engineer Incredible Glowing Plants

Posted by in category: nanotechnology

Imagine reading by plant light, and glow-in-the-dark trees instead of street lamps. That’s on the horizon thanks to these engineers.

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Dec 27, 2018

One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

The stunning success of AlphaZero, a deep-learning algorithm, heralds a new age of insight — one that, for humans, may not last long.


Dec 27, 2018

Hungry bacterial colonies swirl to suck up nutrients

Posted by in category: food

When a biofilm has eaten every nearby nutrient it can, bacteria synchronize vortex-like patterns to grab more distant food.

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