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Apr 2, 2018

The Importance of Constraints and Control in Biological Mechanisms: Insights from Cancer Research

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Research on diseases such as cancer reveals that primary mechanisms, which have been the focus of study by the new mechanists in philosophy of science, are often subject to control by other mechanisms. Cancer cells employ the same primary mechanisms as healthy cells, but control them differently. I use cancer research to highlight just how widespread control is in individual cells. To provide a framework for understanding control, I reconceptualize mechanisms as imposing constraints on flows of free energy, with control mechanisms operating on flexible constraints in primary mechanisms. Control mechanisms themselves often form complex, integrated networks.

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Apr 2, 2018

Finding order in disorder demonstrates a new state of matter

Posted by in categories: materials, quantum physics

Physicists have identified a new state of matter whose structural order operates by rules more aligned with quantum mechanics than standard thermodynamic theory. In a classical material called artificial spin ice, which in certain phases appears disordered, the material is actually ordered, but in a “topological” form.

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Apr 2, 2018

The Atomic-Bomb Core That Escaped World War II

Posted by in category: futurism

Before two deadly nuclear mishaps, scientists used to risk “tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon.” An Object Lesson.

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Apr 2, 2018

Beyond the Surface of Einstein’s Relativity Lay a Chimerical Geometry

Posted by in category: futurism

A hundred years after Einstein’s theory of general relativity was announced to the world, it’s a good time to remember Georg Riemann’s contributions as well.

Beyond the Surface of Einstein’s Relativity Lay a Chimerical Geometry

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Apr 2, 2018

Did Stephen Wolfram’s Knowledge Engine Just Become a Quantum Neural Blockchain AI?

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

Today’s leading buzzwords seem to describe very separate concepts, but it turns out that they have some amazing commonalities.

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Apr 2, 2018

Gene-Edited Foods Are Coming A Grocery Store Near You

Posted by in categories: food, genetics

The USDA has officially approved gene-edited foods.

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Apr 2, 2018

Are ducks the future for rice farms?

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Dumping pesticides and using ducks instead. 🦆 🦆 🦆.

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Apr 2, 2018

Expedition Crew Waits for Dragon and Studies Life Science

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, information science, satellites, science

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft stands atop its launch pad counting down to a 4:30 p.m. EDT liftoff today to the International Space Station. The Expedition 55 crew is preparing for its arrival on Wednesday while continuing a variety of advanced space research aboard the orbital lab today.

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is hosting the 14th launch of a SpaceX commercial cargo mission to the space station. Astronauts Norishige Kanai and Scott Tingle are practicing the maneuvers and procedures necessary to capture Dragon with 2 Canadarm2 when it arrives at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. Their fellow flight engineers Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold joined them later in the afternoon to review the cargo they’ll transfer back and forth after they open the hatches to Dragon.

Feustel spent the better part of his day testing algorithms on a pair of tiny internal satellites that could be used to detect spacecraft positions and velocities. Arnold strapped himself into an exercise cycle for an exertion in space study then collected his blood samples for stowage and later analysis.

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Apr 2, 2018

Recording Artist, Puppeteer Among 27 Candidates for California Governor

Posted by in category: transhumanism

There are over 18 million registered voters in California. On the ballot for the primaries for CA Governor on June 5th you’ll see candidates names, as well as a designation next to their name (their current occupation). One of my two designations is “transhumanist lecturer.” This likely won’t win many votes, but I believe it might be an important first for the #transhumanism movement. Here’s the first news story I’ve seen mentioning it:


Former big city mayors, a puppeteer and a even a ‘transhumanist lecturer’ are all officially running for California governor. Voters will be able to select from 27 people on the recently published certified list of candidates.

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Apr 2, 2018

Modeling future earthquake and tsunami risk in southeast Japan

Posted by in categories: futurism, government

Geoscience researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College and the Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology this week unveiled new, GPS-based methods for modeling earthquake-induced tsunamis for southeast Japan along the Nankai Trough. A Nankai-induced tsunami is likely to hit there in the next few decades, says lead author Hannah Baranes at UMass Amherst, and has the potential to displace four times the number of people affected by the massive Tohoku tsunami of 2011.

She and her doctoral advisor Jonathan Woodruff, with Smith College professor Jack Loveless and Mamoru Hyodo at the Japanese agency report details in the current Geophysical Research Letters. Baranes says, “We hope our work will open the door for applying similar techniques elsewhere in the world.”

As she explains, after the unexpectedly devastating 2011 quake and , Japan’s government called for hazard-assessment research to define the nation’s worst-case scenarios for earthquakes and tsunamis. Baranes notes, “The government guideline has focused attention on the Nankai Trough. It’s a fault offshore of southern Japan that is predicted to generate a magnitude 8 to 9 within the next few decades.”

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