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Nov 4, 2018

The Wonders and Worries of ‘Extinct Animal’ Zoos

Posted by in categories: climatology, existential risks, sustainability

The future is both glorious and horrifying. As we continue to expand our technological footprint in the hopes of creating wonder, several issues remain fixed with a trajectory towards disaster. From climate change to the mass extinction of several animal species, there’s no doubt that we’re heading into ruin if we’re to keep this up.


As our technology continues to advance to the point of bringing the dead back to life, how will our own species react to a growing new population of animals that can die and live again?

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Nov 4, 2018

Why Elon Musk fears artificial intelligence

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Here’s the thing: The risk from AI isn’t just a weird worry of Elon Musk.

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Nov 4, 2018

This region runs ‘quality control’ for our brains

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Researchers have tended to overlook the cerebellum because of the difficulty in getting good scan data from the underside of the brain. That’s a mistake.

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Nov 4, 2018

Method spotlights best nanoparticles to deliver genetic drugs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, nanotechnology

The new method uses a red glow to screen hundreds of nanoparticles at once to find which could best deliver drugs into living cells.

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Nov 4, 2018

Your brain needs balance to pay attention

Posted by in category: neuroscience

When the brain gets ready to process something we see, some neurons prepare for work, while others remain in a resting state.

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Nov 4, 2018

After states expanded Medicaid, fewer dialysis patients died

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The adjusted absolute reduction in mortality in expansion states versus non-expansion states was 0.6 percentage points. Since end-stage renal disease affects more than 100,000 Americans each year, 0.6 percentage points equals hundreds of deaths annually, Trivedi says.

Better access to care

More research is necessary to determine exactly what caused the decrease in deaths, but the study suggests expanded insurance coverage, which provided better access to care, was the key factor in reducing mortality among this group. Medicaid expansion reduced the rate of end-stage renal disease patients without insurance by 4.2 percentage points, primarily through Medicaid coverage.

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Nov 4, 2018

New light detector works a lot like gecko ears

Posted by in category: futurism

The way geckos’ ears work together to take in sound mirrors the way the detector works to map the angle of incoming light.

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Nov 4, 2018

NASA: It was called “Little Joe,” because it was like rolling a two on each of the dice in a craps game

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

Four is the point Max Faget and Paul Pursur were trying to make in their quest to prove that harnessing that many modified Sergeant engines would make a $200,000 vehicle that would perform as well and with more flexibility, and would less cost than a $2.5 million Atlas or $1 million Redstone rocket.

Faget and Purser were two NASA space pioneers, whose aim was testing some of the Mercury components that would evolve into Apollo, including the escape and parachute systems and recovery methods, plus the performance of the space capsule under pressure at altitude.

Little Joe got off to an ignominious start when it blew its top one day at Wallops Island.

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Nov 4, 2018

Carp ‘annihilated’ as Iraq’s water pollution woes worsen

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

HINDIYAH, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi officials and fishermen are at a loss to explain how hundreds of tons of carp have suddenly died in fish farms in the Euphrates River, fueling anxieties about soaring water pollution.

Local authorities used excavators to skim dead fish from the river surface near the town of Hindiyah, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, where residents and local farmers have long complained about substandard water management.

The fish were being farmed in cages for sale in domestic markets, where grilled carp is considered a national dish, called masgouf.

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Nov 4, 2018

Are We Getting Closer to Thorium Nuclear Fuel?

Posted by in category: energy

Watch Are We Getting Closer to Thorium Nuclear Fuel?, an Earth video from Seeker.

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