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Oct 19, 2017

Liquid metal discovery ushers in new wave of chemistry and electronics

Posted by in categories: chemistry, computing, particle physics

Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have used liquid metal to create two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms that have never before been seen in nature.

The incredible breakthrough will not only revolutionise the way we do chemistry but could be applied to enhance data storage and make faster electronics. The “once-in-a-decade” discovery has been published in Science.

The researchers dissolve metals in to create very thin oxide layers, which previously did not exist as layered structures and which are easily peeled away.

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Oct 19, 2017

Scientists Developed a Way to Precisely Edit Genes in the Human Brain

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, neuroscience

Researchers have developed a technique that enables gene editing on neurons — something previously thought to be impossible. This new tool will present amazing new opportunities for neuroscience research.

Technologies designed for editing the human genome are transforming biomedical science and providing us with relatively simple ways to modify and edit genes. However, precision editing has not been possible for cells that have stopped dividing, including mature neurons. This has meant that gene editing has been of limited use in neurological research — until now. Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) have created a new tool that allows, for the first time ever, precise genome editing in mature neurons. This relieves previous constraints and presents amazing new opportunities for neuroscience research.

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Oct 19, 2017

Why Rejuvenation Biotechnology Could Benefit You

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Speaking of concerns, I’m a bit concerned that the discussion about what might go wrong or how to prevent this or that hypothetical problem might draw attention away from another, possibly even more important question: Why do we strive to make rejuvenation a reality? There’s not much point in doing something if it doesn’t yield any benefits, especially if that something requires as much hard work as this cause does; so, what are the expected benefits of rejuvenation?

The benefits are many; some are obvious, and some are less so. The ones I’ll discuss in this article are the ones I see as obvious—tangible, immediate benefits for the people undergoing rejuvenation.

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Oct 19, 2017

Moderate Amounts of Walking Reduces Mortality

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Exercise is a sensible part of any personal health strategy, and a new study suggests that even low levels of walking are associated with lower mortality compared to inactivity[1].

U.S. public health guidelines recommend that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of intense exercise per week. However, surveys show that only half of U.S. adults actually reach this ideal target level of activity. Worse than that, older adults are even less likely to reach these recommendations, with only 42% of people between the ages of 65 and 74 and 28% of people age 75 or over meeting this goal.

Walking is a great choice for exercise, as it is low impact, convenient, free to do, and requires no special equipment. It is the most common kind of physical activity and is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes. While there are many studies that have focused on moderate to intense physical activity and mortality, there are considerably fewer studies looking at walking.

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Oct 19, 2017

Relativity Space planning to use Stargate 3D printer to make rockets on Mars

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space travel

Based in Los Angeles, Relativity Space is developing a new 3D printer for, “scaling and sustaining an interplanetary society”.

Since founding in 2015, Relativity Space has received $10 million in funding – with backers including Mark Cuban and Y Combinator.

The company promises that 3D printing will allow them to go, “from raw material to flight in less than 60 days” and claims their Stargate 3D printer is, “the largest metal 3D printer in the world.”

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Oct 19, 2017

This is Disney World on steroids!

Posted by in category: futurism

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Oct 19, 2017

Richard Branson Jabs Elon Musk on Goals for Space Exploration

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

This reveals the fundamental difference in how they think about space.

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Oct 19, 2017

China aims to outspend the world in artificial intelligence, and Xi Jinping just green lit the plan

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

The inclusion of technology in the leader’s most important address in an official imprimatur that underscores the continued push by China’s top leaders to identify new pillars for an economy struggling to maintain its rapid growth amid overcapacity and rising debt.

China’s State Council laid out goals in July to build a domestic artificial intelligence industry worth nearly US$150 billion in the next few years, and to make the country a “innovation centre for AI” by 2030. Xi’s speech gave the official imprimatur to the plan.

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 October, 2017, 6:56pm.

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Oct 19, 2017

Future Cars

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

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Oct 19, 2017

Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality: everything you need to know

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, virtual reality

Microsoft is launching its own answer to virtual reality today, taking on HTC and Oculus in the process. Windows Mixed Reality will be available in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and headsets are now available to buy. Here’s everything you need to know about Windows Mixed Reality.

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