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Apr 30, 2017

These New Quantum Materials Can Conduct Electricity at Nearly the Speed of Light

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Physicists have been testing the properties of new 2D quantum materials that could usurp graphene as the ‘wonder materials’ of the future.

These materials, which can conduct electricity at nearly the speed of light, could replace silicon in the next generation of hyper-speed computers. One could even form the basis of a new “exotic superconductor” that could actually break time-reversal symmetry — or reverse the flow of time.

“Finally, we can take exotic, high-end theories in physics and make something useful,” says one of the researchers, Jing Xia, from the University of California, Irvine.

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Apr 30, 2017

DARPA Funds Brain-Stimulation Research to Speed Learning

Posted by in category: neuroscience

DARPA announced the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training, or TNT, program last March, and work now has begun on the effort to discover the safest and most effective ways to activate a natural process called “synaptic plasticity.”

Plasticity is the brain’s ability to strengthen or weaken its neural connections to adapt to changes in the environment. For TNT Program Manager Dr. Doug Weber, such plasticity is about learning.

“We’re talking about neural plasticity, or how the neurons, which are the working units in the brain, how their function changes over time as we train on new skills,” he said during a recent interview with DoD News.

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Apr 30, 2017

Time travel is ‘possible’ — mathematically anyway

Posted by in categories: materials, time travel

A researcher crunches the numbers on time travel using his own TARDIS. Also, a weird new material could be the real-world version of a flux capacitor.

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Apr 30, 2017

China and Europe May Build A “Moon Village” in the 2020s

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space travel

In recent years, multiple space agencies have shared their plans to return astronauts to the Moon, not to mention establishing an outpost there. Beyond NASA’s plan to revitalize lunar exploration, the European Space Agency (ESA), Rocosmos, and the Chinese and Indian federal space agencies have also announced plans for crewed missions to the Moon that could result in permanent settlements.

As with all things in this new age of space exploration, collaboration appears to be the key to making things happen. This certainly seems to be the case when it comes to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the ESA’s respective plans for lunar exploration. As spokespeople from both agencies announced this week, the CNSA and the ESA hope to work together to create a “Moon Village” by the 2020s.

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Apr 29, 2017

US Marines could use robots with machine guns to lead beach invasions

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

The US Marines could one day use amphibious tanks and robots with machine guns to storm beaches.

Researchers are quietly testing around 50 weaponised robots at the Navy’s Camp Pendleton base in California.

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Apr 29, 2017

China Is Racing Ahead of the US in the Quest to Cure Cancer With CRISPR

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

While China does this, the people in the USA who use cancer to pay for their third homes and quarterly trips to Tahiti write papers saying CRISPR is a WMD and needs to be made illegal LOL.

Here’s hoping China is able to pull it off.

On Friday, a team of Chinese scientists used the cutting-edge gene-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 on humans for the second time in history, injecting a cancer patient with modified human genes in hopes of vanquishing the disease.

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Apr 29, 2017

What humans will look like in 1,000 years

Posted by in categories: computing, cyborgs, space

We can become cyborgs, computers, or Martians.

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Apr 29, 2017

Canada’s largest province to launch universal basic income trial

Posted by in categories: economics, government, policy

Canada’s largest province is to trial universal income, becoming the first North American government to test the progressive policy for decades.

Some 4,000 people in Ontario will be given at least C$16,989 (£9,850) a year under the scheme, with no conditions or restrictions attached.

Participants living in three settlements in Ontario will be selected at random to participate in the radical scheme, which advocates hail as a solution to poverty and costly bureaucracy.

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Apr 29, 2017

Fasetto Link: 2TB of storage in the palm of your hand

Posted by in category: computing

This tiny wireless cube has 2TB of storage.

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Apr 29, 2017

Tonight Showbotics: Snakebot, Sophia, eMotion Butterflies

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Jimmy Fallon demos amazing new robots from all over the world, including an eerily human robot named Sophia that plays rock-paper-scissors.

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