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Aug 18, 2018

Keystone Virus Makes First Known Jump From Mosquitoes To Humans

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A 16-year-old Florida boy is the first person known to have become infected, researchers say. Symptoms in humans include a rash and mild fever.

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Aug 18, 2018

Niantic will offer AR platform to third parties, including AI object recognition

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, robotics/AI

Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore may have multi-million-user installed bases, but so does Niantic’s Pokémon Go, the first hit augmented reality game. Now Niantic plans to offer its custom AR software to other developers as the Real World Platform, and is teasing advanced features that go beyond the capabilities of Apple’s and Google’s development kits.

Already used in Pokémon GO, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the Real World Platform is an evolving software engine that adds digital characters and shared social experiences to real-world map data. Niantic has recently bolstered the AR platform’s development team by acquiring computer vision specialist companies Escher Reality and Matrix Mill (which also has machine learning expertise).

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Aug 18, 2018

At Asteroid Ryugu, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Preps for Exploration

Posted by in category: space

The probe will map the surface, deploy rovers and collect pristine samples that could contain clues about the origins of life on Earth.

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Aug 18, 2018

A supermassive black hole used its powerful gravity to rip apart a star that wandered too close to the massive monster

Posted by in category: cosmology

Astronomers used radio & infrared telescopes to image the distant eruption of this cosmic duel. Details: https://go.nasa.gov/2JMkZWF

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Aug 18, 2018

How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution | Kevin Kelly

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

“The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable,” says digital visionary Kevin Kelly — and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. “The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet,” Kelly says. “That means that you’re not late.”

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Aug 18, 2018

President Trump directs Defense Department to ‘immediately begin the process’ of establishing ’space force‘ as sixth military branch

Posted by in categories: military, space

Based on posts I’ve seen from techies, militarizing space is a total fail. However, space is already militarized — Nothing goes into air space without Air Force approval… ANY organization developed to “regulate” Space has the potential for corruption whether that be collaborative, international entities which always panders to herd think, or stale governmental organizations. I’m undecided on this.


The White House, Air Force and Defense Secretary James Mattis had disapproved of creating a sixth branch of the military last year.

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Aug 18, 2018

What does running do to your brain?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Neuroscientists have studied treadmill runners, ultramarathon athletes – and a number of lab animals – to investigate the effects of running on grey matter.

Ben Martynoga

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Aug 18, 2018

Apple AirPods can sub for a hearing aid if you’re running iOS 12

Posted by in category: mobile phones

IOS 12 lets people wearing Apple’s wireless $159 AirPods hear better using the microphone on a nearby iPhone. The feature is called Live Listen.

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Aug 18, 2018

34 Vintage Illustrations From The 1800s And 1900s Of What They Thought The Future Would Look Like

Posted by in category: futurism

From family flying saucer rides to domestic living on the lunar surface, these gorgeous retrofuturism illustrations reveal how our ancestors thought their future might look.

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Aug 18, 2018

Humorous take on Space Force (Video)

Posted by in category: futurism

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