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Mar 11, 2016

Russia Thinks It Can Use Nukes to Fly to Mars in 45 Days—If It Can Find the Rubles

Posted by in category: space travel

Russia could drastically shorten the flight time to Mars, if it can find the rubles to pay for its nuclear fission engine.

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Mar 11, 2016

Mining asteroids to tap resources for humanity

Posted by in category: space

The co-founder of Planetary Resources reveals plans to harvest the cosmos for resources humanity needs — water, precious metals and diamonds.

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Mar 11, 2016

China’s Answer To The Hubble Telescope

Posted by in category: space

300 Times the Coverage!

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Mar 11, 2016

Why sensible criminals choose cybercrime

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, economics

UK’s biggest threat to their own economy is cybercrimes.

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Mar 11, 2016

Put an anchor in it: How astronauts could tackle walking on asteroids

Posted by in category: space

In the next decade NASA plans to catch and redirect an asteroid. The question is, how will astronauts lasso and move around on a space rock? One option is using a space anchor, according to a Missouri University of Science & Technology design.

Missouri S& T students are working to design an anchoring device that will allow astronauts to clip in and move around on a wrangled asteroid. The device could be used during a human mission as part of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission or ARM. The ARM objective is to visit a large near-Earth asteroid, collect a sample and redirect it into orbit around the moon. The same techniques could be used for Martian missions in the 2030s, according to NASA.

Now back to the whole walking around on a moving asteroid objective.

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Mar 11, 2016

Will the End of Moore’s Law Halt Computing’s Exponential Rise?

Posted by in categories: computing, Ray Kurzweil, singularity

“A common challenge to the ideas presented in this book is that these exponential trends must reach a limit, as exponential trends commonly do.” –Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near

Much of the future we envision today depends on the exponential progress of information technology, most popularly illustrated by Moore’s Law. Thanks to shrinking processors, computers have gone from plodding, room-sized monoliths to the quick devices in our pockets or on our wrists. Looking back, this accelerating progress is hard to miss—it’s been amazingly consistent for over five decades.

But how long will it continue?

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Mar 11, 2016

I’m leaving Rackspace to join Upload VR — By Robert Scoble

Posted by in categories: futurism, virtual reality


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Mar 11, 2016

Solar energy rolls out like a carpet with groundbreaking Roll-Array photovoltaics

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, transportation

The Roll-Array is easily towable by a standard 4×4 vehicle such as a Land Rover. When connected to the back of the car, the flexible solar panels are pulled out of a spool and create ground cover in a matter of minutes. On their website, Renovagen claims the panels will be able generate up to 100kWp – 10 times more power than other transportable solar panels on the market today.

solar power, solar energy, alternative energy, solar panels on a roll, rollable solar panels, Roll-array, rollarray, Renovagen, John Hingley, flexible solar panels, pv array, photovoltaic, photovoltaic panels, rolling solar panels

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Mar 11, 2016

Scientist identifies mechanism to regenerate heart tissue

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

The MDI Biological Laboratory has announced new discoveries about the mechanisms underlying the regeneration of heart tissue by Assistant Professor Voot P. Yin, Ph.D., which raise hope that drugs can be identified to help the body grow muscle cells and remove scar tissue, important steps in the regeneration of heart tissue.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the western world. Yin is using zebrafish to study the regeneration of tissue because of the amazing capacity of these common aquarium fish to regenerate the form and function of almost any body part, including heart, bone, skin and blood vessels, regardless of their age. In contrast, the adult mammalian cardiovascular system has limited regenerative capacity.

“Although zebrafish look quite different from humans, they share an astonishing 70 percent of their genetic material with humans, including genes important for the formation of new heart muscle,” Yin said. “These genes are conserved in humans and other mammals, but their activity is regulated differently after an injury like a .”

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Mar 10, 2016

Google’s AI systems are on a roll as robots learn the best way to pick up objects [Video]

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

As achievements go, learning how to pick up objects doesn’t sound quite as impressive as twice beating the world Go champion – it is, after all, something the average toddler can do. But it’s the fact that the robots themselves figured out the best way to do it using neural networks that makes this notable.

A recent Google report spotted by TNW explains how the company let robot arms pick up a variety of different objects, using neural networks to learn by trial-and-error the best way to handle each. Some 800,000 goes later, the robots seemed to have it figured out pretty well …

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