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Sep 26, 2017

Maker of graphics cards to supply Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent with chips that run AI five times faster

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The new Nvidia Volta GPU computing platform is designed to accelerate AI for a broad range of enterprise and consumer applications, and will be adopted by Alibaba Cloud, Baidu, and Tencent in their data centres and cloud-service infrastructures, Nvidia said on Tuesday.


The new chip is claimed to be up to five times more powerful than the current Pascal-based chips deployed by the Chinese firms.

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, 2:04pm.

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Sep 25, 2017

New type of supercomputer could be based on ‘magic dust’ combination of light and matter

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Sep 25, 2017

DARPA funds Reaction Engines hypersonic precooler tests

Posted by in categories: futurism, government

Reaction Engines Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Reaction Engines, today announced that it has received a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to conduct high-temperature airflow testing in the United States of a Reaction Engines precooler test article called HTX. The precooler heat exchanger is a key component of the company’s revolutionary SABRE air-breathing rocket engine and has the potential to enable other precooled propulsion systems. The primary HTX test objective is to validate precooler performance under the high-temperature airflow conditions expected during high-speed flights up to Mach 5.

“We have been greatly encouraged by the increasing interest in our technology’s potential and are thrilled to embark on our first U.S. government contract with DARPA for HTX,” said Dr. Adam Dissel, President of Reaction Engines Inc. “Full-temperature testing of the precooler will provide the most compelling near-term proof of the technology’s potential to accelerate the future for high-speed air-breathing systems.”

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Sep 25, 2017

A Japanese doctor who studied longevity — and lived to 105 — reveals the key to living a long life

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

On July 18, 2017 Japan lost a national treasure. He was the 105-year-old Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara.

Dr. Hinohara made a lion’s contribution to healthcare in Japan, both as a practicing medical doctor and as a physician. He headed five foundations in addition to being the president of St Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo. He was responsible for introducing Japan’s system of comprehensive annual medical check-ups, which have been credited with greatly contributing to the country’s longevity, reports the BBC.

Those are laudable achievements, but it is his longevity and the fact that he saw patients until a few months before his death that defies everything we have come to expect of old age.

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Sep 25, 2017

US military invests $900 million on next generation microchips for AI

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Electronics Resurgence Initiative’s will create six new programs over the next four years.

These are aimed at ensuring the predictions made by Moore’s law, which have governed the increases in microchip processing power, will continue to apply to chip development.

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Sep 25, 2017

Humans could soon live on the moon and Mars in LAVA tunnels

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

Two separate teams of researchers have been working on ways to exploit these lava tubes.

They are found in many volcanic areas on Earth, including Lanzarote, Hawaii, Iceland, North Queensland in Australia, Sicily and the Galapagos islands.

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Sep 25, 2017

Fears grow Bali’s volcano could erupt at any time

Posted by in category: futurism

More than 35,000 people have fled the largest volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali, fearing it will erupt for the first time in more than half a century.

A natural disaster has been declared in parts of Bali as authorities imposed an exclusion zone around Mount Agung following increasing volcanic activity on Sunday.

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Sep 25, 2017

Robert Shmookler Reis Joins the LEAF Advisory Board

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Shmookler Reis has joined the LEAF scientific advisory board. He studied at Harvard University (B.A.) and Sussex University (D.Phil.). He joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1980, where he holds the Udupa Chair of Gerontologic Research; he also serves as Affiliate Professor of Pathology at the Univ. of Washington in Seattle WA.

Dr. Robert Shmookler Reis is an expert in genetics whose work focuses on the molecular genetics of longevity and age-associated diseases and his team holds the world record for life extension in C. elegans (roundworms) making them live ten times their normal lifespan.

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Sep 25, 2017

Useful Idiots: A wonderful guide to how Russian bots synchronized with far right trolls to target German election

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Sep 25, 2017

When a tanker vanishes, all the evidence points to Russia

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Introducing: GPS attacks. “By creating a false signal it is possible to fool a system into thinking it’s in a different place.” Russian oligarchs undertaking piracy? Check.

“Spoofing is currently used in Russia. Around the Kremlin, GPS devices typically show the location 20 miles away,” says Nathan Brubaker, head of the cyber-physical intelligence unit at FireEye.

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