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Apr 5, 2017

Self-driving shuttle in London

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

London is testing out self-driving shuttles.

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Apr 5, 2017

Earth-sized telescope may let us see a black hole for the first time ever

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

Using eight telescopes scattered across the globe, astronomers will collect data at a scale never attempted before in physics as they attempt to peer into a black hole for the first time. Event Horizon Telescope.

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Apr 5, 2017

See Spot Run, Again: Marines Resume Testing on Quadruped Robot

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

Big Dog marches again.

The US Marine Corps is preparing to resume testing on its four-legged robot, “Spot.”

A project of the Corps’ Warfighting Lab, the dog-sized device is slated to re-enter developmental testing in the fall.

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Apr 5, 2017

Dwarf planet Ceres and the case of the vanishing ice volcanoes

Posted by in category: space

The solitary mountain on the dwarf planet Ceres may be slowly disappearing, following in the footsteps of earlier peaks.

New research suggests that the outer layer of the icy world may be slowly shifting over time, allowing the peak to gradually stretch out and sink into the crust. Similar mountains may have peppered the planet in the past and flattened out over time.

“It’s sort of like if you spill some syrup or honey on a plate and you watch it spread out over time, not instantaneously like water does but a little more slowly, it eventually gets to a flatter, broader shape; it’s the same process,” Michael Sori, a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona, told [NASA Probe Snaps Stunning New Pics of Dwarf Planet Ceres].

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Apr 5, 2017

Materials may lead to self-healing smartphones

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

Taking a cue from the Marvel Universe, researchers report that they have developed a self-healing polymeric material with an eye toward electronics and soft robotics that can repair themselves. The material is stretchable and transparent, conducts ions to generate current and could one day help your broken smartphone go back together again.

The researchers will present their work today at the 253rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

“When I was young, my idol was Wolverine from the X-Men,” Chao Wang, Ph.D., says. “He could save the world, but only because he could heal himself. A self-healing material, when carved into two parts, can go back together like nothing has happened, just like our human skin. I’ve been researching making a self-healing lithium ion battery, so when you drop your cell phone, it could fix itself and last much longer.”

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Apr 5, 2017

Read a Neural Network A.I.’s Bizarre Take on the Knock Knock Joke

Posted by in categories: humor, robotics/AI

A new basement-scale neural network study has taught an A.I. how to cobble together knock-knock jokes. Just don’t expect them to become classics.

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Apr 5, 2017

Parks of the Future May Include Elevated Walkways Through Trees

Posted by in category: futurism

ArchitectureParks of the Future May Include Elevated Walkways Through Trees With their bold design, one New York–based architecture firm is pushing the boundaries of how public parks should be created.

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Apr 5, 2017

Artificial thymus can produce cancer-fighting T cells from blood stem cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

The first step in producing an artificial thymus which has potential for cancer age related immune decline.

UCLA researchers have created a new system to produce human T cells, the white blood cells that fight against disease-causing intruders in the body. The system could be utilized to engineer T cells to find and attack cancer cells, which means it could be an important step toward generating a readily available supply of T cells for treating many different types of cancer.

The preclinical study, published in the journal Nature Methods, was led by senior authors Dr. Gay Crooks, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and of pediatrics and co-director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, and Amelie Montel-Hagen, an associate project scientist in Crooks’ lab.

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Apr 5, 2017

Amazon’s Robot War Is Spreading

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A slew of new automation specialists appear on the warehouse battlefield.

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Apr 5, 2017

Age-Reversal Research at Harvard Medical School

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

Interview with George Church.

Harvard researcher Dr. George Church has developed an innovative gene editing technology called CRISPR/Cas9 that could transform senescent cells. He predicts this technology may reverse aging in humans. Life Extension Foundation® assisted by providing Dr. Church with gene sequencing data from its super-centenarian project.

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