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Jul 20, 2016

YouTube video of golfer Bubba Watson trying out futuristic transport system on the course

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

Pro-golfer and world number 5, Bubba Watson, has been trialling the pack at a New Zealand golf course in a video for Oakley, which sees the golfer zoom about on the greens.

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Jul 20, 2016

Watch A German Robot Grill Sausages To Perfection

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

This is just the wurst robot.

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Jul 20, 2016

Can black holes tunnel to white holes?

Posted by in category: cosmology

Tl;dr: Yes, but it’s unlikely.

If black holes attract your attention, white holes might blow your mind.

A white hole is a time-reversed black hole, an anti-collapse. While a black hole contains a region from which nothing can escape, a white hole contains a region to which nothing can fall in. Since the time-reversal of a solution of General Relativity is another solution, we know that white holes exist mathematically. But are they real?

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Jul 20, 2016

Five Theories of Motion Sickness Triggers in Virtual Reality

Posted by in category: virtual reality

5 Theories on Motion Sickness with VR’s help.

jason-jeraldWhen people dream about what they want to do in VR, it inevitably involves actually moving around within a virtual environment. But VR locomotion triggers simulator sickness in a lot of people, and solving it is one of the biggest open problems in virtual reality. NextGen Interactions’ Jason Jerald wrote a comprehensive summary of much of the pertinent academic research about VR in The VR Book, and in Chapter 12 he summarizes the five major theories of what may cause simulator sickness.

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Jul 20, 2016

Payload designed to show that useful, high value goods can economically be produced in low earth orbit, opening the space frontier for Earth-focused manufacturing

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

MOFFETT FIELD, CA. Made In Space, Inc. (Made In Space) and Thorlabs, Inc. (Thorlabs) will send a microgravity-optimized, miniature fiber drawing system to the International Space Station (ISS) to manufacture high-value-to-mass ZBLAN optical fiber via a cooperative agreement with The Center for Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS). The payload, called the “Made In Space Optical Fiber Production in Microgravity Experiment” (Fiber Payload) is currently scheduled to be launched to the ISS in the first quarter of 2017. The Fiber Payload will produce test quantities of ZBLAN optical fiber in the persistent microgravity environment ISS provides, and be returned to the Earth shortly thereafter. Once returned to the Earth, the fiber will be tested and utilized. Based on the results from this initial experiment and market demand, Made In Space plans to develop and operate larger scale microgravity production facilities for ZBLAN and other microgravity enabled materials.

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Jul 20, 2016

DARPA Wants A.I. to Control All Our Wireless Communication

Posted by in category: robotics/AI


The radio frequency spectrum is one big traffic jam, but an A.I. could fix that.

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Jul 20, 2016

DARPA prepares to send Plan-X into battle

Posted by in category: military

The virtual network defense environment heads toward deployment.

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Jul 20, 2016

Killer ‘legobots’ are coming: US Military to build brickbots

Posted by in categories: computing, drones, military

Plug and play is preparing to launch.

DARPA hopes to shrink traditional military machines into single ‘chiplets’ to build a library of components to aid everything from smart drone building to instant language translation. Shown, an artist’s impression of the components that could be shrunk onto a single chip.

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Jul 20, 2016

‘India’s Hawking’ wants to work for the disabled

Posted by in category: neuroscience

KURUKSHETRA: Akshansh Gupta, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is developing a software that can function on signals received from the brain.

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Jul 20, 2016

Liquid Biopsies Developed for Ovarian Cancer: Mayo Clinic

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Mayo Clinic researchers have developed the first liquid biopsies from blood tests and DNA sequencing that can detect ovarian cancer long before a tumor reappears.

The advance, reported by the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, provides a promising new way to monitor and treat recurrences of ovarian cancer — a hard-to-detect disease that claims many lives.

Lead researcher Dr. George Vasmatzis, Ph.D., of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, said the development could lead to earlier intervention and more effective, individualized treatment for the often-fatal condition.

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