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Sep 7, 2018

Japan preps first test for its awesome ‘space elevator’

Posted by in category: space travel

Japan is preparing to carry out the first test in space for a so-called “space elevator” that could one day transport people and cargo to orbiting stations way above Earth. Several organizations are looking into the feasibility of the project, with one group aiming for an ambitious-sounding 2050 launch.

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Sep 7, 2018

Interstellar travel BREAKTHROUGH: New material to ‘speed spacecraft to 134,000,000 mph’

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

A NEW material capable of propelling spacecraft to 20% of the speed of light has been engineered, fuelling hopes of imminent interstellar travel.

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Sep 7, 2018

Discovering the ancient origin of cystic fibrosis, the most common genetic disease in Caucasians

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Cystic fibrosis is the most common genetic disease among Caucasians. Now scientists believe they have discovered the origin of this often lethal genetic mutation and how it spread throughout Europe.

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Sep 7, 2018

The reality of quantum computing could be just three years away

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, robotics/AI

Quantum computing has moved out of the realm of theoretical physics and into the real world, but its potential and promise are still years away.

Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, a powerhouse in the world of quantum research and a young upstart in the field presented visions for the future of the industry that illustrated both how far the industry has come and how far the technology has to go.

For both Dario Gil, the chief operating officer of IBM Research and the company’s vice president of artificial intelligence and quantum computing, and Chad Rigetti, a former IBM researcher who founded Rigetti Computing and serves as its chief executive, the moment that a quantum computer will be able to perform operations better than a classical computer is only three years away.

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Sep 7, 2018

The 4th Industrial Revolution: How Mining Companies Are Using AI, Machine Learning And Robots

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Rio Tinto and other large mining companies are using machine learning, autonomous vehicles and intelligent operations to pave the way for the 4th industrial revolution. Mining impacts nearly every industry because they provide raw materials that are used for other products.

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Sep 7, 2018

Adding clean energy to the Sahara could make it rain (and not just figuratively)

Posted by in categories: climatology, computing, solar power, sustainability

Think of the Sahara, with its windswept dunes shining in the sunlight. Some people might see barren land, with minimal water or life and scorching temperatures. Others see a potential solution to a looming energy crisis, and one that could potentially make it rain in one of the largest deserts in the world.

In a paper published this week in Science researchers found that by building out huge wind and solar farms across the desert, they could not only provide a stunning amount of power to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, but they could simultaneously change the climate—increasing heat, but also increasing precipitation and vegetation in areas that could sorely use the added greenery. They estimate that such a venture could double the rainfall in the region, and increase vegetation cover by about 20 percent.

How much green are we talking? The Sahara covers 3.55 million square miles (9.2 million square kilometers). In the study, the researchers ran computer models that placed wind turbines across the desert close to a mile apart, and covered 20 percent of the desert with solar panels in different configurations (sometimes the panels were spread across the desert in a checkerboard pattern, and in other cases were concentrated in quadrants). Smaller coverage produced smaller climate impacts—in this case, less precipitation—but much of it depended on the location of the turbines and panels as well. For example, installing panels in the northwest corner had a larger impact than the other three desert options.

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Sep 7, 2018

Pennsylvania’s 9/11 memorial is one of the first in the world to use sound as a tribute

Posted by in category: futurism

After centuries of silent designs, the architects of two major 9/11 memorial sites have settled on sound.

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Sep 7, 2018

Amazing footage of Chinese rocket launch captured

Posted by in category: satellites

A Chinese remote sensing satellite has captured stunning footage of a suborbital rocket launch taking place at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert.

The Jilin-1 satellite was orbiting at around 535 kilometres above the Earth as the OS-X1 rocket lifted off from Jiuquan at 12:10 local time (04:10 UTC) on Friday.

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Sep 7, 2018

Should Evil AI Research Be Published? Five Experts Weigh In

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Five experts speaking at a conference on Human-Level Artificial Intelligence weigh in on whether scientists should create AI they know will be evil.

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Sep 7, 2018

Elon Musk: I’m about to announce a ‘Neuralink’ product that connects your brain to computers

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience

Elon Musk smoked pot and drank whiskey on the Joe Rogan podcast and said he’s going to soon announce a new “Neuralink” product that can make anyone superhuman.

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