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Apr 12, 2018

FakeApp lets people make fake videos of anyone

Posted by in category: futurism

Click on photo to start video.

Face-swapping videos could lead to more “fake news.”

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Apr 12, 2018

Scientists solve mystery of how Giant’s Causeway was formed

Posted by in category: futurism

Volcanologists use samples from Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland to recreate famous hexagonal columns in laboratory.

Science correspondent.

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Apr 12, 2018

Holey moly! Three holes have burst open on the sun hurtling geomagnetic storms towards Earth

Posted by in category: space

Will lead to very interesting weather.


The sun just developed three new holes – with a spectrum of effects expected.

Space.

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Apr 12, 2018

Video Gaming as a Geroprotective Strategy

Posted by in categories: entertainment, health, neuroscience

Contrary to certain sensationalist articles declaring that video games are harmful, there is, in fact, growing evidence that playing video games may have a positive effect on cognitive health, particularly in older people [1].

Today, we will be taking a look at the scientific evidence to see if brain training or hitting your favorite video game titles could help keep you healthy as you age.

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Apr 12, 2018

DARPA Awards Ginkgo Bioworks and Transcriptic $9.5M to Bring AI into the Lab

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, employment, robotics/AI

The industry partners will use the money to train artificially intelligent laboratory robots.

Many people assume that when robots enter the economy, they’ll snatch low-skilled jobs. But don’t let a PhD fool you — AI-powered robots will soon impact a laboratory near you.

The days of pipetting liquids around were already numbered. Companies like Transcriptic, based in Menlo Park, California, now offer automated molecular biology lab work, from routine PCR to more complicated preclinical assays. Customers can buy time on their ‘robotic cloud lab’ using any laptop and access the results in a web app.

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Apr 12, 2018

Jupiter’s North Pole Looks Totally Insane in These New Photos From NASA

Posted by in category: space

Incredible!


NASA’s Juno probe continues to whip around Jupiter and beam back incredible new colour photos of the giant planet.

But images that capture the planet’s stormy poles in infrared light, which is invisible to human eyes, are helping to crack the mysteries of Jupiter’s inner workings.

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Apr 12, 2018

NASA releases INCREDIBLE video tour of Jupiter — it looks bizarre

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space

JUST IN:


NASA released an infrared tour of Jupiter’s North Pole on Wednesday, April 11.

The 3D movie depicts the densely packed cyclones and anti-cyclones on the planet, according to NASA.

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Apr 12, 2018

Reaction Engines Secures £26.5M Investment From New Industrial And Financial Investors

Posted by in category: finance

New strategic investments from Boeing and Rolls-Royce, additional investment from BAE Systems

– Financial investments from Baillie Gifford Asset Management and Woodford Investment Management

12 April 2018 – Reaction Engines Limited (‘Reaction Engines’) today announced that it has raised a further £26.5 million in a strategic fundraising by securing backing from some of the most influential names in aerospace and finance which will support its development of SABRE™ – a revolutionary new class of aerospace engine combining jet and rocket technologies.

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Apr 11, 2018

Either Planet X Will Kill Us All on April 23rd or the Rapture Can Happen Any Time, Take Your Pick

Posted by in category: existential risks

Maybe one of those times where you shouldn’t have consulted a numerologist?


Silly fringe theories about Planet X—an imagined planet typically named Nibiru that is on course to hit or pass by Earth with disastrous consequences—are the kind of thing normally relegated to vanity press-published books or those tabloids you browse in the supermarket checkout aisle. On Wednesday, they made it into Fox News, with the added caveat that maybe some other Biblical catastrophe could surprise us instead.

The Planet X theory first emerged in 1995 and is usually evidenced by tortured interpretations of religious texts, with vague suppositions that NASA either hasn’t detected this ominous celestial body or is actively covering up its existence to prevent widespread panic. In an article filed to Fox’s website on Wednesday, this time the prophesied doomsday comes courtesy of an article in British rag the Daily Express citing numerologist David Meade’s interpretation of the Bible’s Revelation 12:1–2:

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Apr 11, 2018

Environmental Group Plans Methane-Tracking Satellite

Posted by in category: satellites

Tracking methane in the air is hard because it rises and spreads from the source. Measurements taken on the ground and from planes vary all over the place.

Hamburg says the satellite, called MethaneSAT, is the best thing yet for quantifying and tracking the gas: “It will be able to see where it’s happening [and] how much, across the globe — not just the big sources, but all the sources collectively, and understand the scale of the problem. That’s the kind of data we don’t have anywhere in the world.”

The satellite will be about the size of a beer keg and is due for launch in three years. It’s funded with money raised from wealthy philanthropists.

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