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Apr 15, 2018

Four Notable Things About the Most Distant Star Scientists Have Ever Glimpsed

Posted by in category: space

Looking at the distant star is literally looking back in time.

Thanks to gravitational lensing, the Hubble telescope captured an image of the most distant star ever seen, 9 million light years away.

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Apr 15, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Hyperspace Show — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, alien life, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, cosmology, cryonics, disruptive technology, DNA, genetics

Apr 15, 2018

Made for each other: Indian start-ups and Chinese investors

Posted by in category: futurism

Once known as the source of “dumb money” – investments that could hurt, instead of help, tech start-ups in the long-run – Chinese investors now have found many happy recipients. In India, start-ups from fintech to e-commerce to transport have all rolled out the red carpet for Chinese investors, not only for their capital but also for their successful track records in similar markets.

Western funding still dominates India’s start-up scene, but entrepreneurs are turning East for cash and expertise that will keep them viable in the long term.

By Coco Liu

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Apr 15, 2018

A final dash across the United States: Updates from the 2018 March for Science

Posted by in category: science

The March for Science celebrated its anniversary today. And while the turnout around the world was significantly smaller than last year, supporters haven’t lost any of their energy.

The crowds were much smaller for the second March for Science, but the concerns may have been even more intense.

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Apr 15, 2018

The Next Time Friday The 13th Happens In April, It Will Come With A Big Asteroid

Posted by in category: space

The next time Friday the 13th happens in April, in 2029, it will coincide with the flyby of a large asteroid that will only narrowly miss Earth. “It’s the cosmic equivalent of buzzing the treetops,” said one expert.

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Apr 15, 2018

Towards a Posthuman Life

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, food


When we speak of posthumanism we refer to the expansion of the “natural” faculties of the human being, and more concretely to the fusion between meat and digital technology …

According to Wikipedia a cyborg is an “organism that has restored function or enhanced abilities due to the integration of some artificial component or technology that relies on some sort of feedback”. For the essential author Donna Haraway “the cyborg is a figure born from the interface between the automaton and autonomy”. As blogger and author Plácida Ye-Yé explains for Haraway “the cyborg is at the same time what we are –carnality- and what we can be –future cyborg, emancipatory possibilities-” therefore “if our future depends on thinking differently, the cyborg offers us a transitory ontology for the present, an imagery that recognizes the process of constant redefinition that is going to suppose take on the new era”. Evidently this theories affect a large number of topics: technology, epistemology, politics, science, art, or feminism.

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Apr 14, 2018

Becoming Transhuman: The Complicated Future of Robot and Advanced Sapient Rights

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI, transhumanism

My article for the Cato Institute via Cato Unbound is out. Cato is one of the leading think tanks in the world, so I’m excited they are covering transhumanism:

Zoltan Istvan describes a complicated future when humans aren’t the only sapients around anymore. Citizenship for “Sophia” was a publicity stunt, but it won’t always be so. Istvan insists that if technology continues on the path it has traveled, then there is only one viable option ahead for humanity: We must merge with our creations and “go full cyborg.” If we do not, then machines may easily replace us.

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Apr 14, 2018

The FEBS Journal

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The inflammation – cancer connection.

The FEBS J ournal

Volume 285, Issue 4

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Apr 14, 2018

Scientists Just Achieved The World’s Most Precise Chemical Reaction

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics

Scientists have just performed the world’s most precisely controlled chemical reaction, sticking together just two atoms from elements that wouldn’t normally form a molecule.

The two elements — sodium and caesium — produced an interesting alloy-like molecule. On top of that, this method of creation could set the way of making just the kind of materials we might need in future technology.

A team of Harvard University scientists used laser ‘tweezers’ to manipulate individual atoms of the two alkali metals into close proximity, and provided a photon to help them bond into a single molecule.

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Apr 14, 2018

In the hope of a cure: can stem cells treat autism?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A key trial, based in the U.S., looks to test if stem cells can help treat autism.

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