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Aug 12, 2017

What is Going on Inside the Brain When We Listen to Music?

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Did you know that every time musicians pick up their instruments, there are fireworks going off all over their brain? On the outside, they may look calm and focused, reading the music and making the precise and practiced movements required. But inside their brains, there’s a party going on. How do we know this?

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Aug 12, 2017

3D printing takes-off

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, materials

In recent years 3D printing of aerospace components has made great strides with ever larger parts, faster production and synergy with other materials, including composites. AEROSPACE gets an update on the latest progress from Scott Sevcik, Head of Manufacturing Solutions at international 3D printing company Stratasys.

Scott Sevcik, Head of Manufacturing Solutions, Stratasys. (Stratasys)

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Aug 12, 2017

Why It’s Taking Less and Less to Manufacture More of the Things We Want

Posted by in category: futurism

A wide range of fast-improving technologies are driving manufacturing productivity higher—which means we can now make many more things with less and less.

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Aug 12, 2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis Envies Silicon Valley’s AI Ascent

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

Mattis, speaking in Mountain View, a stone’s throw from Google’s campus, hopes the tech industry will help the Pentagon catch up. He was visiting the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, an organization within the DoD started by his predecessor Ashton Carter in 2015 to make it easier for smaller tech companies to partner with the Department of Defense and the military. DIUx has so far sunk $100 million into 45 contracts, including with companies developing small autonomous drones that could explore buildings during military raids, and a tooth-mounted headset and microphone.


The academic and commercial spheres are seeing rapid advances in AI technology. And the Pentagon wants in.

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Aug 11, 2017

This indestructible helmet looks a lot like Boba Fett’s

Posted by in category: futurism

Aug 11, 2017

The current wave of artificial intelligence, driven by machine learning (ML) techniques, is all the rage, and for good reason

Posted by in categories: drones, internet, mobile phones, robotics/AI, security

With sufficient training on digitized writing, spoken words, images, video streams and other digital content, ML has become the basis of voice recognition, self-driving cars, and other previously only-imagined capabilities. As billions of phones, appliances, drones, traffic lights, security systems, environmental sensors, and other radio-connected devices sum into a rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT), there now is a need to apply ML to the invisible realm of radio frequency (RF) signals, according to program manager Paul Tilghman of DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office. To further that cause, DARPA today announced its new Radio Frequency Machine Learning Systems (RFMLS) program. Find out more: http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2017-08-11a

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Aug 11, 2017

New Nanochip technology that can reprogram cells to replace tissue or even whole organs

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

What I wonder here is if you could do this with uninjured cells, remaking the whole body with new cells.


The new technique, called tissue nanotransfection, is based on a tiny device that sits on the surface of the skin of a living body. An intense, focused electric field is then applied across the device, allowing it to deliver genes to the skin cells beneath it – turning them into different types of cells.

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Aug 11, 2017

The Game is Never Over

Posted by in category: entertainment

Folks, if you are in the NYC area we are at the Long Island Retro Gaming EXPO 2017 this weekend. We believe that reaching out to other technology progressive communities like gamers, etc. is important which is why we will be there this weekend. We talked about this at the DNA conference in Holland last year in the video here:

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Aug 11, 2017

3D Printed Blood Vessels Offer New Possibilities for Testing Drugs

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical

Scientists aim to 3D print human tissue so they can better study how new drugs interact with our bodies. A recent advance? 3D printed blood vessels.

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Aug 11, 2017

Proteostasis: How Misfolded Proteins Cause Age-related Diseases

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Coming from a fusion of the words ‘protein’ (a molecule that a cell uses as a machine or scaffolding) and ‘stasis’ (meaning to keep the same), the term ‘proteostasis’ can essentially be simplified into “Each function reliant on proteins is running as it should. There are enough proteins to serve a function, and the concentrations of proteins are being maintained at healthy levels.”

Proteostasis is the process that cells perform in order to have all their proteins functioning properly; this, in turn, allows cells to work properly. Since cells are the building blocks of our bodies, when they work properly, we are healthy.

When proteostasis is not maintained, cells become dysfunctional and can die; this failure can lead to aging, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, inflammation, developmental defects, and other problems. The loss of proteostasis is thought to be a primary reason we age, and we discuss how this happens in more detail here.

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