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Nov 2, 2016

Physicists induce superconductivity in non-superconducting materials

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, physics

Researchers at the University of Houston have reported a new method for inducing superconductivity in non-superconducting materials, demonstrating a concept proposed decades ago but never proven.

The technique can also be used to boost the efficiency of known superconducting materials, suggesting a new way to advance the commercial viability of superconductors, said Paul C.W. Chu, chief scientist at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH (TcSUH) and corresponding author of a paper describing the work, published Oct. 31 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Superconductivity is used in many things, of which MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is perhaps the best known,” said Chu, the physicist who holds the TLL Temple Chair of Science at UH. But the technology used in health care, utilities and other fields remains expensive, in part because it requires expensive cooling, which has limited widespread adoption, he said.

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Nov 2, 2016


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Nov 2, 2016

AMA: I’m Zoltan Istvan, a transhumanist US Presidential Candidate. Ask me anything!! : Futurology

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, cyborgs, economics, geopolitics, life extension, military, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Come “ask me anything” right now!!! I’m trying to answer all questions I get asked:

Hi Reddit,

Thank you for having me here. My name is Zoltan Istvan, and I’m a futurist, journalist, and science fiction writer. I’m also the 2016 Presidential candidate for the Transhumanist Party.

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Nov 2, 2016

What Does Gene Editing Mean for the Future?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Everything you wanted to know about gene editing but were affraid to ask!

Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have found a way to use gene editing technology to target RNA in living cells.

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Nov 2, 2016

Could A Black Hole Be Blocking The Light From That ‘Alien Megastructure’ Star?

Posted by in category: cosmology

The top 7 explanations for the star’s weird behavior, ranked roughly in order of plausibility.

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Nov 2, 2016

Aging, Just Another Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, life extension

Aging leads to diseases and ultimately death. Time for people to ditch the semantics and recognise that aging and disease are not two mysterious independent processes but are in fact one and the same.

Aging leads to the diseases of aging and the discussion is largely a matter of semantics.

“The concept of aging is undergoing a rapid transformation in medicine. The question has long been asked: Is aging a natural process that should be accepted as inevitable, or is it pathologic, a disease that should be prevented and treated? For the vast majority of medicine’s history, the former position was considered a self-evident truth. So futile was any attempt to resist the ravages of aging that the matter was relegated to works of fantasy and fiction. But today, the biomedical community is rethinking its answer to this question.

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Nov 2, 2016

This Desalination System Uses Waves To Create Drinking Water

Posted by in categories: futurism, innovation

The best of tech and science innovation, shaping our future.

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Nov 2, 2016

If You Upload Your Mind to the Cloud—Would You Still Be You?

Posted by in category: futurism

From time to time, the Singularity Hub editorial team unearths a gem from the archives and wants to share it all over again. It’s usually a piece that was popular back then and we think is still relevant now. This is one of those articles. It was originally published January 25, 2015. We hope you enjoy it!

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Nov 2, 2016

SoftBank Is Investing in a Microchip to Make the Singularity a Reality

Posted by in categories: existential risks, robotics/AI, singularity

In Brief:

  • As part of a strategy to prepare for the Singularity, Japanese telecom multinational SoftBank spent $31 billion to acquire microprocessing company ARM.
  • This hypothetical day in the future when machine intelligence surpasses that of humanity may not be the doomsday it is portrayed as in much of pop culture.

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Nov 1, 2016

CenturyLink Buys Level 3 for $34 Billion

Posted by in category: internet

CenturyLink is buying Level 3 in a transaction valued at $34 billion; the combined company will boast 450,000 route miles of fiber.

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