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Sep 9, 2015

The Largest Air Purifier Ever Built Sucks Up Smog And Turns It Into Gem Stones

Posted by in category: environmental

What’s 23 feet tall, eats smog, and makes jewelry for fun?

In Rotterdam this week, the designer Daan Roosegaarde is showing off the result of three years of research and development: The largest air purifier ever built. It’s a tower that scrubs the pollution from more than 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour—and then condenses those fine particles of smog into tiny “gem stones” that can be embedded in rings, cufflinks, and more.

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Sep 9, 2015

Verizon to start 5G wireless testing ahead of schedule

Posted by in categories: innovation, transportation

US telecom giant Verizon announced Tuesday it would start field testing of the superfast fifth generation of wireless technology or 5G, in 2016.

The announcement aims to accelerate the deployment of the new wireless system that could unleash innovation and new services such as and remote surgery.

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Sep 9, 2015

A stem cell adventure

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, entertainment

A comic book about stem cells, covering basic concepts related to stem cells, their properties and possible uses. TEXT: João Ramalho-Santos; ART: André Caetano.

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Sep 9, 2015

Watch Parallels 2015

Posted by in category: futurism

Parallels 2015
A mysterious building is the gateway to infinite parallel Earths.

Director: Christopher Leone.
Writers: Laura Harkcom (story), Christopher Leone (story), 1 more credit »

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Sep 9, 2015

Frankenvirus emerges from Siberia’s frozen wasteland

Posted by in category: sustainability

Let sleeping dogs lie.

Scientists will reanimate a 30,000-year-old giant virus, warned more microscopic pathogens may awaken due to climate change.

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Sep 8, 2015

What gives Bitcoin Value?

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, Elon Musk, finance

For most of us, figuring out the value of something that we want, comes from research. If you want a new set of wine glasses, you check the price online. Perhaps you consult a catalog. If the set of 8 stemware goblets that you like are a current model from a major company, there are probably many places to buy them. If there are multiple Ebay sellers and many recently completed sales, then you can establish the value with precision.

I’ve written a lot of Bitcoin articles on this Lifeboat Blog and elsewhere, so, let’s dig a bit deeper this time. Let’s talk about from where value really comes.

Supply and Demand

In the end, an item’s value is a direct result of supply and demand. It’s no different with a currency. And let’s be clear: Despite a raging debate, Bitcoin is a currency and not just a payment instrument. How can I be certain? Try this mental exercise—

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Sep 8, 2015

One big step for man as astronaut controls robot from ISS

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen performed the breath-taking experiment in which he placed a peg into a very tight hole on Monday under the careful control of the European Space Agency.

While orbiting some 400 kilometres (250 miles) above Earth, Mogensen took control of the Interact Centaur rover which has a pair of arms for delicate, high-precision work.

The blue-and-white fibreglass robot, which cost less than 200,000 euros ($224,000) to build, also has a camera on its head which allows the controller to directly see the task it is performing.

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Sep 8, 2015

Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and Citi Ventures Back Stock-Trading Startup — By Anna Irrera | The Wall Street Journal

Posted by in category: finance


Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and Citigroup’s Citi Ventures have backed a New York-based startup that lets retail investors place orders for securities on news websites, financial blogs and mobile apps, as investments in young financial-technology companies continue to grow.

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Sep 8, 2015

Syfy’s Childhood’s End HQ | Trailer 2015

Posted by in category: entertainment

Exclusive trailer for Syfy’s mini series “Childhood’s End”, starring among others Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Charles Dance (Game of thrones) and Daisy Betts (Last resort).

Syfy on Twitter:

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Sep 8, 2015

Forget Donald Trump. Meet Zoltan Istvan, the only presidential candidate promising eternal life.

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension

First major story on Immortality Bus from embedded journalist with Vox:

His campaign’s ’70s RV that’s been rebuilt to look like a giant coffin.

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