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Mar 9, 2016

Here’s Magic Leap’s Covert Vision for Its Augmented Reality Headsets

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, virtual reality

You may have heard of Magic Leap, future purveyors of “cinematic reality” (augmented reality) headsets. This is a company without a single commercial product, and yet it’s worth $4.5 billion. Many are invigorated by the company’s potential, but a tour of its most recent, 160,000-word, 350-page patent application — especially with current events in mind — could suggest other, less exciting applications for the emerging technology.

No one really knows what to expect from the company: by design, it’s mysterious. (Out of silence comes allure.) We’ve seen two videos, we’ve investigated its job postings, and we know that wealthy organizations love throwing money its way. But we do have access to Magic Leap’s patent applications, and it published its most recent one in late January.

People are excited about VR and AR. With reason, too: the demos, previews, and new releases we get to watch are striking. The games we imagine playing in the future are enthralling. The mere idea of a virtual or augmented world, either distinct from or mixed with the actual (boring, depressing, what-have-you) world, is enough to invigorate all of our wayward souls.

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Mar 9, 2016

Scientists use stem cells to grow ‘living lens’ in eye and cure cataracts

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Cataracts can be cured by regrowing the lens in the eye using stem cells, a breakthrough hailed as ‘remarkable’ by scientists.

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Mar 9, 2016

This bionic fingertip can restore the sense of touch for amputees

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, transhumanism

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Mar 9, 2016

Graphene-Infused Bike Tires Automatically Get Softer While Cornering For Better Grip

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics, robotics/AI

Graphene, that atomic-scale super material that promises to revolutionize everything from batteries to robots, is already improving the cycling world. Vittoria’s new graphene-infused Mezcal and Morsa bike tires are lightweight, thin, grippy, and everything a cyclist wants in a tire without any tradeoffs.

Choosing what tires to put on your bike usually depends on the conditions in which you’ll be riding. Larger tires provide better grip and durability, but add weight to a bike, while smaller tires are lighter and sleeker but wear out faster and provide minimal traction.

But by adding graphene—that wonder new material made of carbon atoms arranged in a strong honeycomb pattern—Vittoria’s new G+, or Graphene Plus, tires exhibit wonderful new properties. When riding on straightaways, the dual-layer makeup of the G+ tires allows them to remain firm for lower rolling resistance and added speed. But when a cyclist is braking or cornering, the tires get soft for added traction and grip.

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Mar 9, 2016

Chemists unravel their carbon ramen

Posted by in categories: chemistry, materials, nanotechnology

Noodle-like nanostructures emerge as a cheap alternative to graphene.

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Mar 9, 2016

New LHC results suggest there’s a flaw in the standard model of physics

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space

Recent results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland hint at activity going on beyond the standard model of particle physics — which means we could finally be about to enter a new era in physics.

Right now, the standard model is the best explanation we have for how the Universe works and how it’s held together. But there are big gaps — most noticeably, the fact that the model doesn’t actually account for gravity — so scientists have spent decades probing the boundaries of physics for signs of any activity that the standard model can’t explain. And now they’ve found one.

The discrepancy deals with a particle called the B meson. According to the standard model, B mesons should decay at very specific angles and frequencies — but those predictions don’t match up what’s been seen in LHC experiments, suggesting that something else is going on. And if we can figure out what that is, it’ll take us closer to unlocking some of the mysteries in our Universe.

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Mar 9, 2016

Scientists just grew vegetables in ‘Martian’ soil — but there’s a catch

Posted by in categories: food, space

There’s no way of knowing how good our fake Mars soil really is — plus, the plants might be toxic.

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Mar 9, 2016

Stem Cell Breakthrough Could Let Us Grow New Human Eyes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, materials

Stem cell breakthrough grows new cornea material that restores some sight to blind rabbits in an experiment.

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Mar 9, 2016

Welcome to the CRISPR zoo

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

Modifying animals to improve food quality consumption.

Birds and bees are just the beginning for a burgeoning technology.

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Mar 9, 2016

New York man sentenced to 16 years for trying to buy ricin on the ‘Dark Web’

Posted by in category: futurism


Prosecutors wrote Cheng Le “appears to have been motivated principally by greed and to have been prepared to embrace the ‘risk free’ murder of countless unnamed victims.”

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