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Jan 2, 2019

New Real Time CGI from Epic Games

Posted by in category: entertainment

This new real-time CGI technology is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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Jan 2, 2019

How to build a brain interface — and why we should connect our minds

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The definitive guide to making the Neural Lace a reality.

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Jan 2, 2019

Controlling neurons with light—but without wires or batteries

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, neuroscience

University of Arizona biomedical engineering professor Philipp Gutruf is first author on the paper Fully implantable, optoelectronic systems for battery-free, multimodal operation in neuroscience research, published in Nature Electronics.

Optogenetics is a biological technique that uses light to turn specific neuron groups in the on or off. For example, researchers might use to restore movement in case of paralysis or, in the future, to turn off the areas of the brain or spine that cause pain, eliminating the need for—and the increasing dependence on—opioids and other painkillers.

“We’re making these tools to understand how different parts of the brain work,” Gutruf said. “The advantage with optogenetics is that you have cell specificity: You can target specific groups of neurons and investigate their function and relation in the context of the whole brain.”

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Jan 2, 2019

Nvidia’s fabulous fakes unpack the black box of AI

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Innovating in the technology of “adversarial” neural networks, Nvidia researchers create some amazing fake headshots and also get a better glimpse of the inner workings of AI’s “black box” functions.

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Jan 2, 2019

Humanity Will Slam a Spacecraft into an Asteroid in a Few Years to Help Save Us All

Posted by in category: space travel

NASA’s DART mission is on track to launch in June 2021 and collide with an asteroid called Didymos in 2022.

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Jan 2, 2019

Looking Back at 2018: A Year in Rejuvenation Biotechnology

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Dear friends of healthy longevity, yet another year has gone by. Hold back the melancholy though, because in this day and age a passing year can be looked at as a year fewer to wait before rejuvenation biotechnologies are available, rather than a year taken from your healthy lifespan. Busy as we are with all the errands of daily life, it is easy to forget all that’s happened and the progress we’ve made in the field in one year. So while we wait for 2019, let’s take a look back at what 2018 has brought us.

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Jan 2, 2019

A group of Mark Zuckerberg-funded researchers is testing implantable brain devices as part of a $5 billion quest to end disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Chan-Zuckerberg researchers implanted a wireless brain device called the “Wand” in a primate. Their first study was published on New Year’s Eve.

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Jan 2, 2019

What a Tiny Electron Reveals About the Structure of the Universe

Posted by in category: particle physics

What shape is an electron? The answer, believe it or not, has implications for our understanding of the entire universe, and could reveal whether there are mysterious particles still to be discovered.

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Jan 2, 2019

Is it ethical to engineer HIV-proof babies?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

A Chinese scientist has claimed to use CRISPR to genetically engineer two babies. An expert explains what this means and the ethical implications.

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Jan 2, 2019

Second scientific balloon launches from Antarctica

Posted by in category: cosmology

Washington University in St. Louis announced that its X-Calibur instrument, a telescope that measures the polarization of X-rays arriving from distant neutron stars, black holes and other exotic celestial bodies, launched today from McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

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