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Jul 1, 2016

Something To Celebrate: The Ozone Hole Is Really Healing

Posted by in category: climatology

Only volcanoes are being difficult about the ‘hole’ thing.

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Jul 1, 2016

Impossible vanishing stars could be signs of advanced alien life

Posted by in category: alien life

By Shannon Hall

It’s a cosmic game of hide-and-seek. A team of astronomers say that the next search for advanced extraterrestrial civilisations should look for stars – or even galaxies – that have vanished without a trace, as anything so unexplainable could only be due to life far more intelligent than us.

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Jul 1, 2016

The World’s First Human Brain-to-Brain Interface

Posted by in categories: internet, neuroscience

[3:19] Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco test the first human brain-to-brain interface, allowing the brain to be controlled over the internet. When Rajesh plays a video game and thinks about firing at a target, the EEG picks up the signal and sends it across the internet, the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS stimulates the region of Andrea’s brain that controls hand movement. This causes Andrea’s index finger to fire the cannon and blow up the target. [Source: World Science Festival YouTube link] Comments.

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Jul 1, 2016

These omni-directional car wheels are basically witchcraft

Posted by in category: transportation

Ever seen a car pivot in place before, without the use of wheel dollies?

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Jul 1, 2016

Physicists have discovered what looks like an entire family of new particles in the LHC

Posted by in category: particle physics

Physicists working with the Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment (LHCb) have discovered what appears to be an entire family of new particles that our current physics models can’t explain.

The existence of these new forms of matter, known as tetraquarks, challenges our current understanding of the role they play inside the protons and neutrons that make up atoms — the fundamental building blocks of everything we know and love in the Universe.

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Jul 1, 2016

UN warns that terrorists may get hold of robotic army in CHILLING report

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, terrorism

A story on robots and terrorists:

A REPORT from the UN has warned that killer robots which are designed to slay humans could be in the hands of terrorists within a few years.

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Jul 1, 2016

Scientists say they’ve developed aspirin that crosses the blood-brain barrier

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

One of the biggest challenges in treating brain cancer has been getting drugs to cross the blood-brain barrier and attack tumours where they’re needed.

But scientists say they’ve now developed a truly soluble liquid aspirin that can make its way into the brain, and, in the lab at least, kill cancerous glioblastoma cells without harming healthy brain tissue.

The research hasn’t been published in a peer-reviewed journal as yet, so we need to take it with a big pinch of salt for now. But scientists from the Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Portsmouth in the UK just presented it at the Brain Tumours 2016 conference in Poland.

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Jul 1, 2016

‘Tesla Solar’ Wants to Be the Apple Store for Electricity

Posted by in category: energy

The SolarCity deal is going after one of the most lucrative slices of the power sector.

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Jul 1, 2016

MIT graphene breakthrough could make chips one million times faster

Posted by in categories: computing, materials

Researchers use graphene to create a new way of converting electricity into light, delivering the possibility of dramatic speed improvements over today’s chips.

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Jun 30, 2016

Man of the “Future Shock”: Remembering Alvin Toffler

Posted by in category: futurism

No matter how many books crowded my parents’ living room bookshelves in my childhood home in New York, two always sat at eye level right in the center: Henry Kissinger’s Years of Upheaval and Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock.

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