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Jul 11, 2016

Eight new research units, 1 new clinical research unit

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) will set up seven new Research Units and one new Clinical Research Unit. This was decided by the Senate of the DFG in its summer session during the DFG Annual Meeting in Mainz. In addition to the already established Units, another Research Unit is now in a position to start work. This Unit is funded jointly by the DFG and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The DFG Senate had already supported this Unit in March 2016 and approval has now been obtained from the Austrian partner organisation.

The research collaborations will offer researchers the possibility of pursuing current and pressing issues in their research areas and establishing innovative work directions. Clinical Research Units are also characterised by the close connection between research and clinical work. The maximum funding duration of Research Units and Clinical Research Units is two periods of three years. In the initial funding period, the nine new groups will receive approximately €23 million in total. As a result, the DFG will be funding a total of 190 Research Units and 19 Clinical Research Units.

The new Research Units.

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Jul 11, 2016

Forget Iron Man: skintight suits are the future of robotic exoskeletons

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, cyborgs, robotics/AI

Children with a rare neurological disease were recently given the chance to walk for the first time thanks to a new robotic exoskeleton. These devices – which are essentially robotic suits that give artificial movement to a user’s limbs – are set to become an increasingly common way of helping people who’ve lost the use of their legs to walk. But while today’s exoskeletons are mostly clumsy, heavy devices, new technology could make them much easier and more natural to use by creating a robotic skin.

Exoskeletons have been in development since the 1960s. The first one was a bulky set of legs and claw-like gloves reminiscent of the superhero, Iron Man, designed to use hydraulic power to help industrial workers lift hundreds of kilogrammes of weight. It didn’t work, but since then other designs for both the upper and lower body have successfully been used to increase people’s strength, help teach them to use their limbs again, or even as a way to interact with computers using touch or “haptic” feedback.

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Jul 11, 2016

World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

Posted by in category: futurism

The Urban Algae Canopy by ecoLogic Studio is a piece of bio-digital architecture that combines micro-algal cultures and real time digital cultivation protocols. To be displayed at Expo Milano 2015, the structure is able to control the flow of energy, water and carbon dioxide based on weather patterns, visitor’s movements, and other environmental variables. It’s the first of its kind in the world, and once fully completed, the canopy will be able to produce the oxygen equivalent of four hectares of woodland, along with nearly 330 pounds of biomass per day.

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Jul 11, 2016

‘Pokémon GO’ Is About To Surpass Twitter In Daily Active Users

Posted by in categories: entertainment, evolution

Since then, I’ve been entrenched in the video game industry and fascinated with the rapid evolution of the technology surrounding it.

I’m addicted to producing professional web content which aims to simultaneously educate and entertain. My column at Forbes is the culmination of these experiences, and I’ll bring my unique voice, background and skillset to deliver memorable content.

I’ve also contributed gaming and technology features to outlets like PCWorld and HotHardware.

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Jul 10, 2016

How artificial intelligence could help warn us of another Dallas

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

If another shooting happens, this hacker’s app could be the first to know.

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Jul 10, 2016

‘Pokemon GO’ Is Creating Real-Life Friendships Among Strangers

Posted by in category: futurism

Remember when you were told not to play with strangers? In 2016, everything has changed.

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Jul 10, 2016

Advanced A.I. Robot Reveals It Wants To Destroy Humans After Glitch During Interview [Watch]

Posted by in categories: evolution, robotics/AI

By: HQAnon / (AnonHQ) The evolution of humanoid robots is well into the concerning stage at this point. DARPA’s latest incarnation of its Atlas robot is seen in the following video beginning to walk at a pace with a sense of balance equal to most humans. Strangely, toward the end of the video, it is being “abused” by its human handler, which begs the question if a true artificial intelligence is permitted to flourish in this robot, if it might strike back at some point. At the very least, this robot’s demonstration of dexterity in the warehouse is likely to threaten humans economically as humans continue to be outsourced to machine labor at record levels.

But it’s the latest humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics that might further heighten the level of concern. As you will see below, the “Sophia” robot is being designed to walk among us in the future and fully integrate as part of the consumer experience and on into the family, according to CEO Dr. David Hanson.

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Jul 9, 2016

Fighting ISIS With an Algorithm, Physicists Try to Predict Attacks

Posted by in categories: information science, mathematics, physics

A new mathematical model aims to track the activity of Islamic State sympathizers online and determine when groups will turn from talk to action.

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Jul 9, 2016

This Is How Americans Believe The World Will Change In The Next 20 Years

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

A futurist story out on Guff:


Their predictions for our future are forward-thinking and exciting! — #future, #robots, #science, #predictions

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Jul 9, 2016

Cosmologist Paul Davies proposes theory that building blocks of life may not be chemicals but information

Posted by in category: futurism

An extraterrestrial report has the scientific world discussing what it means to be alive.

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