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Dec 6, 2016

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet

New report: rise of the machines: the dyn attack was just A practice run.

As the adversarial threat landscape continues to hyper-evolve, America’s treasure troves of public and private data, IP, and critical infrastructure continues to be pilfered, annihilated, and disrupted. The Mirai IoT botnet has inspired a renaissance in adversarial interest in DDoS botnet innovation based on the lack of fundamental security-by-design in the Internet and in IoT devices, and based on the lack of basic cybersecurity and cyber-hygiene best practices by Internet users.…ctice-run/

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Dec 6, 2016

Germany’s Wildly Complex Fusion Reactor Is Actually Working

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

The Wendelstein 7-X reactor, which uses a complex design called a stellerator, is performing just like it was predicted to.

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Dec 6, 2016

Self-Healing Transistors for Chipscale Starships

Posted by in categories: computing, space travel

Transistor-design would help chip ship survive radiation of 20-year trip to Alpha Centauri.

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Dec 6, 2016

Scientists find that for stem cells to be healthy, telomere length has to be just right

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

The Goldilocks zone with telomere length is the key.

Ever since researchers connected the shortening of telomeres—the protective structures on the ends of chromosomes—to aging and disease, the race has been on to understand the factors that govern telomere length. Now, scientists at the Salk Institute have found that a balance of elongation and trimming in stem cells results in telomeres that are, as Goldilocks would say, not too short and not too long, but just right.

The finding, which appears in the December 5, 2016, issue of Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, deepens our understanding of and could help advance stem cell-based therapies, especially related to aging and regenerative medicine.

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Dec 6, 2016

Microsoft launches its latest artificial intelligence chatbot on Kik

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

The chatbot can answer questions and respond to prompts, while using teenage slang, and emoji.

The bot could even use puns, such as ‘I want a pizza that action’, when chatting about food.

But after chatting with Zo for a while, the bot seemed to get easily confused and go off tangent.

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Dec 6, 2016

Tests confirm Germany’s massive nuclear fusion machine really works

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

Last year, scientists started up a new type of massive nuclear fusion reactor for the first time, known as a stellarator.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald, Germany, injected a tiny amount of hydrogen and heated it until it became plasma, effectively mimicking conditions inside the sun.

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Dec 6, 2016

Artificial intelligence and the evolution of the fractal economy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, finance, particle physics, robotics/AI

Money makes the world go round, or so they say. Payments, investments, insurance and billions of transactions are the beating heart of a fractal economy, which echoes the messy complexity of natural systems, such as the growth of living organisms and the bouncing of atoms.

Financial systems are larger than the sum of their parts. The underlying rules that govern them might seem simple, but what surfaces is dynamic, chaotic and somehow self-organizing. And the blood that flows through this fractal heartbeat is data.

Today, 2.5 exabytes of data are being produced daily. That number is expected to grow to 44 zettabytes a day by 2020 (Source: GigaOm). This data, along with interconnectivity, correlation, predictive analytics and machine learning, provides the foundation for our AI-powered future.

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Dec 6, 2016

Futuristic Urban Droneport could act as a hub for drone deliveries

Posted by in categories: drones, sustainability

Architect Saúl Ajuria Fernández designed Urban Droneport, an hub for delivery drones, as part of his master’s degree at Universidad de Alcalá.

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Dec 6, 2016

‘Spooky’ sightings in crystal point to extremely rare quantum spin liquid

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Inside a new exotic crystal, physicist Martin Mourigal has observed strong indications of “spooky” action, and lots of it. The results of his experiments, if corroborated over time, would mean that the type of crystal is a rare new material that can house a quantum spin liquid.

Currently, only a small handful of materials are believed to possibly have these properties. This new crystal was synthesized for the first time only a year ago. Corroboration by other physicists of Mourigal’s newly produced experimental data could take a decade or longer.

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Dec 6, 2016

CellAge: Targeting Senescent Cells With Synthetic Biology

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

The fourth campaign and CellAge are using synthetic biology to create an accurate aging biomarker for senescent cells and a new therapy for precision targeting of those problem cells. Senescent cells are one of the processes of aging and this could change the way we age. is proud to present our fourth rejuvenation biotechnology project!

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