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Mar 4, 2016

New method to classify interneurons could lead to better understanding of motor control

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The first step to understanding how any system works is to identify its parts.

In a pair of papers published Thursday in Cell, researchers from the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain and Behavior Institute announced that they identified 50 different types of inhibitory interneurons—neurons that play an important role in regulating movement—in mice spines. This is the first comprehensive classification of spinal inhibitory interneurons.

The researchers also found that types of interneurons cluster and form connections with motor neuron pools, which are groups of motor neurons tied to the movement of a single muscle. This discovery suggests that different interneuron types have distinct purposes related to movement, which could help researchers better understand motor control in the nervous system.

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Mar 4, 2016

“Internet pioneer”: Interview With Google Vice President Vint Cerf

Posted by in categories: alien life, computing, government, humor, internet

Google’s VP Vint Cerf states in the future that “The brain will be digitally altered by software”.

Considered one of the fathers of Internet, renowned in the computer industry, awarded with the highest award of US government, co-creator of TCP/IP internet and current vice president of Google, the Phd Vint Cerf emerges as one of the most authoritative voices in the world to reflect on new technologies around the world.

The computing Scientific who the United States commissioned along with Bob Khan the creation of a network protocol that will interconnect computers in 1973 in the age of cold war who at the age of 20 will work on F-1 engines used as propellant rocket of Saturn V rocket that “visited” the moon, apart from his academic skills, he can be characterized as a very simple person having fine and good sense of humor and very elegant, like someone from an European royalty party, definitely a different personality and image projecting into the collective imagination a professional of his career.

Reflections about internet of things, the possibility of extraterrestrial life, scanning the brain, space internet and even the possibility that humans can communicate with animals were the subjects Cerf answered who recently toured South America sharing time with inhabitants of end of the world.

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Mar 4, 2016

Quantum Computer Comes Closer to Cracking RSA Encryption

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, information science, quantum physics, security

Glad to see this article get published because it echoes many of the concerns established around China and Russia governments and their hackers having their infrastructures on Quantum before US, Europe, and Canada. Computer scientists at MIT and the University of Innsbruck say they’ve assembled the first five quantum bits (qubits) of a quantum computer that could someday factor any number, and thereby crack the security of traditional encryption schemes.

Shor’s algorithm performed in a system less than half the size experts expected.

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Mar 4, 2016

China’s Quantum Satellite Could Change Cryptography Forever

Posted by in categories: encryption, government, military, quantum physics

Like we have been saying things are getting more and more tricky now with Quantum. China’s government supported hackers are going to love this as well as their own military intel.

Quess could hold the key TO uncrackable communications

By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer

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Mar 4, 2016

Truly Random Number Generator Promises Stronger Encryption Across All Devices, Cloud

Posted by in categories: encryption, information science, internet, quantum physics

So long pseudo-random number generator. Quantum mechanics brought us true randomness to power our crypto algorithms, and is strengthening encryption in the cloud, the datacenter, and the Internet of Things.

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Mar 4, 2016

What Is Quantum Cryptography?

Posted by in categories: encryption, quantum physics

Nice fundamental article describing Quantum Cryptography.

And can it make codes truly unbreakable?

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Mar 3, 2016

This genetics company claims it just achieved a major milestone in biology — and it could transform personalized medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Veritas Genetics, a Boston-based biotech company co-founded by Harvard geneticist George Church, is claiming it can now sequence your entire genome — the genetic blueprint inside all your cells that makes you who and what you are — for less than $1,000. That price tag includes an interpretation of the results and genetic counseling.

If the claim is true, it would shatter a long-held barrier in genetic medicine.

Reaching the $1,000 genome

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Mar 3, 2016

No Man’s Sky

Posted by in category: entertainment

This new video game would take over 5 BILLION years to fully explore!

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Mar 3, 2016

US agency reaches ‘holy grail’ of battery storage sought

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, energy, innovation

Breakthrough in next generation of storage batteries could transform the US electrical grid within five to 10 years, says research agency, Arpa-E.

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Mar 3, 2016

Zoom to Mars in 6 weeks with new Russian nuclear-fission engine

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, space travel

A nuclear power propulsion system could propel a spacecraft to Mars in just over a month, a huge step forward from the current 18 months required. Russia might test a nuclear engine as early as 2018, the head of the Rosatom nuclear corporation revealed.

Another advantage of a nuclear engine is that it enables a spacecraft to maneuver throughout the flight, whereas existing technology only makes a defined trajectory flight possible.

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