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May 2, 2018

Scientists Announce Plan to Create Virus-Proof Cells

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Ultra-cells.


Scientists in Genome Project–write (GP-write) announce that they plan to start a project to make cells resistant to viruses.

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May 2, 2018

NASA sending robotic geologist to Mars to dig super deep

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is sending a robotic geologist to Mars that will dig deeper than ever before.

The Mars InSight spacecraft is set to launch this weekend from California.

The lander has a slender probe designed to burrow nearly 16 feet into the Martian soil. That’s for taking the planet’s temperature. To take the planet’s pulse, a quake-measuring seismometer will operate directly on the Martian surface.

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May 2, 2018

Physicists find signs of a time crystal

Posted by in category: particle physics

Yale physicists have uncovered hints of a time crystal—a form of matter that “ticks” when exposed to an electromagnetic pulse—in the last place they expected: a crystal you might find in a child’s toy.

The discovery means there are now new puzzles to solve, in terms of how form in the first place.

Ordinary crystals such as salt or quartz are examples of three-dimensional, ordered spatial crystals. Their atoms are arranged in a repeating system, something scientists have known for a century.

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May 2, 2018

Scientist, 104, begins trip to end his life

Posted by in category: futurism

David Goodall is not terminally ill but wants to die, and resents that he cannot elect to do so in Australia.

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May 2, 2018

Scientists create ultra-thin membrane that turns eyes into lasers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, security, wearables

It will still be a while before scientists are able to harness Superman-like laser vision, but the technology is now closer than ever before thanks to a new development from the University of St Andrews. The team there have created an ultra-thin membrane laser using organic semiconductors, which is for the first time compatible with the requirements for safe operation in the human eye. Even though the membrane is super thin and flexible, it’s durable, and will retain its optical properties even after several months spent attached to another object, such as a bank note or, more excitingly, a contact lens.

The ocular laser, which has so far been tested on cow eyes, is able to identify sharp lines on a flat background — the ones and zeros of a digital barcode — and could be harnessed for new applications in security, biophotonics and photomedicine. Team member Professor Malte Gather said: “Our work represents a new milestone in laser development and, in particular, points the way to how lasers can be used in inherently soft and ductile environments, be it in wearable sensors or as an authentication feature on bank notes.”

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May 2, 2018

The universe is an egg and the moon isn’t real: notes from a Flat Earth conference

Posted by in category: space

Michael Marshall attended the UK’s annual gathering of people who share the unshakeable belief that the Earth is flat.

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May 2, 2018

This Artificial Eye Uses ‘Muscles’ To See Better Than Humans

Posted by in category: futurism

Scientists have created an artificial eye that can see better than us.

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May 2, 2018

Can We Train a Computer to Read Your Mind?

Posted by in categories: computing, transportation

This hacked EEG machine is learning how to read your mind.

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May 2, 2018

Elon Musk: Automation Will Force Governments to Introduce Universal Basic Income

Posted by in categories: economics, Elon Musk, government, robotics/AI

Recently, Elon Musk had the chance to share his thoughts on universal basic income (UBI) at the World Government Summit in Dubai. At the Summit, Musk had the opportunity to talk about the future, and the challenges the world will face in the next hundred years – including artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and the job displacement expected to come with it.

When asked about the challenges civilization is set to face in the near future, Musk began by noting the threat of artificial intelligences that surpass humanity.

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May 2, 2018

AI can predict your personality just by how your eyes move

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

By Alice Klein

The eyes really are a window to the soul. The way they move can reveal your personality type – a finding that could help robots better understand and interact with humans.

Psychologists have long believed that personality influences the way we visually take in the world. Curious people tend to look around more and open-minded people gaze longer at abstract images, for example.

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