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Nov 2, 2016

A Supercomputer Just Solved A Big Mystery Behind Dark Matter

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, supercomputing

We now know the mass of an axion, which means we might be able to prove dark matter does indeed exist.

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Nov 2, 2016

Engineering Viruses to Kill Cancer Cells, Canada-Based Turnstone Raises $41.4M

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Scientists have been working for decades on engineered viruses that can hunt down and get inside cancer cells, cause them to burst and spur the immune system to mop up whatever malignant cells might be left behind. Only one such treatment has successfully become an FDA-approved cancer treatment.

That one drug, from Amgen, isn’t selling much. But that small victory a year ago has emboldened others to go forward with their own ideas to advance this approach to cancer therapy, known as oncolytic virus therapy.

One of the aspiring players in the oncolytic virus field, Ottawa, Canada-based Turnstone Biologics, is announcing today it has raised $41.4 million in a Series B venture financing. The round was led by OrbiMed Advisors, and included F-Prime Capital Partners and a couple of existing investors, FACIT and Versant Ventures. The new money will add on to the $11.3 million Series A round from a year ago.

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Nov 2, 2016

Scientists Hook Up Brain to Tablet—Paralyzed Woman Googles With Ease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

From time to time, the Singularity Hub editorial team unearths a gem from the archives and wants to share it all over again. It’s usually a piece that was popular back then and we think is still relevant now. This is one of those articles. It was originally published October 25th, 2015. We hope you enjoy it!

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Nov 2, 2016

Why the World Is Better Than You Think in 10 Powerful Charts

Posted by in categories: Peter Diamandis, singularity

It’s the most exciting time to be alive, and thanks to tech, it’s only getting better.

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Nov 2, 2016

A technology that can bring dead back to life might be a reality soon

Posted by in categories: computing, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

Researchers plan to bring dead to life by freezing their brains and then resurrecting them with artificial intelligence.

Bringing the dead back to life is futuristic and final frontier of science and Humai is working on just that. Humai is a technology company based in Los Angeles and is working on a project known as “Atom & Eve” that would let human consciousness be transferred to an artificial body after their death.

The artificial intelligence company has said it can resurrect human beings within the next 30 years. The “conversational styles, [behavioural]patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out” would be stored on a silicon chip through AI and nanotechnology.

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Nov 2, 2016

A Computer Can Now Translate Languages as Well as a Human

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Have you ever been in a situation where knowing another language would have come in handy?

I remember standing on the platform at Tokyo Station watching my train to Nagano — the last train of the day — pulling away without me on it. What ensued was a frustrating hour of gestures, confused smiles, and head-shaking as I wandered the station looking for someone who spoke English (my Japanese is unfortunately nonexistent). It would have been really helpful to have a bilingual pal along with me to translate.

Bilingual pals can be hard to find, but Google’s new translation software may be an equally useful alternative. In a paper released last week, the authors noted that Google’s Neural Machine Translation system (GNMT) reduced translation errors by an average of 60% compared to Google’s phrase-based system. GMNT uses deep learning, a technology that aims to ‘think’ in the same way as a human brain.

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Nov 2, 2016

Powerwall 2 & Solar Roof Launch | Tesla

Posted by in categories: energy, environmental, solar power, sustainability

Oct. 28 2016 Telsa Solar City Launch

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Nov 2, 2016

Tesla Model 3 Will Have Solar Glass Like The Same Tech Used In Solar Roof

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

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Nov 2, 2016

Shailesh Prasad Photo 2

Posted by in category: futurism

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Nov 2, 2016

Elon Musk Says Tesla’s New Solar Tiles Can Defrost Themselves

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, energy, habitats, sustainability, transportation

Hold onto your butts solar aficionados, the next generation solar roof is coming, and it looks good. During a brief event Friday night, Elon Musk presented his plan to integrate solar roofs with Powerwall power packs. But that’s not all. On Saturday Musk expanded on his talk by explaining via Twitter that the new solar tiles would come with some pretty sweet features — more specifically, built-in defrosters.

Unlike the solar systems of the past, Tesla’s newly designed roofs will feature aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient glass solar tiles, that will replace a home’s roof rather than sit on top of it.

Harsh weather conditions — like snow and ice — are known for wreaking havoc on traditional asphalt shingles, but that’s not the case with Musk’s new design. The solar glass tiles are not only more durable, but are also packing specialized heating elements that work much like the rear defroster does on your car.

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