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Aug 18, 2022

Study: Novel drug promotes nervous system repair in animal models of stroke

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers led by the University of Cincinnati’s Agnes (Yu) Luo, PhD, have published findings in the journal Cell Reports showing a novel drug helped to repair the damage caused by ischemic stroke in animal models.

Aug 18, 2022

The Hidden Pattern: A Patternist Philosophy of Mind

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, robotics/AI

The Hidden Pattern presents a novel philosophy of mind, intended to form a coherent conceptual framework within which it is possible to understand the diverse aspects of mind and intelligence in a unified way. The central concept of the philosophy presented is the concept of “pattern”: minds and the world they live in and co-create are viewed as patterned systems of patterns, evolving over time, and various aspects of subjective experience and individual and social intelligence are analyzed in detail in this light. Many of the ideas presented are motivated by recent research in artificial intelligence and cognitive science, and the author’s own AI research is discussed in moderate detail in one chapter. However, the scope of the book is broader than this, incorporating insights from sources as diverse as Vedantic philosophy, psychedelic psychotherapy, Nietzschean and Peircean metaphysics and quantum theory. One of the unique aspects of the patternist approach is the way it seamlessly fuses the mechanistic, engineering-oriented approach to intelligence and the introspective, experiential approach to intelligence.

Aug 18, 2022

Negative digital media effects

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones, neuroscience

Smartphones, tablets, computer screens — all digital media has detrimental effects on your brain. That is a position that Professor Manfred Spitzer, a neuroscientist and author of several books, defends. You might like what you’ll hear, you might not, but don’t say that you haven’t been warned. Especially if you have kids running around with smartphones all day long.

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Aug 18, 2022

Led Team Develops New Approach For Building Quantum Computers

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Scientists have developed small molecules that protect the “quantumness” of qubits, an innovative step that could help to scale up processing power.

Aug 18, 2022

Two Huge Black Holes Will Collide In Space: Space And Time Will Be Distorted, Scientists Warn

Posted by in category: cosmology

A team of astronomers from the Calıfornıa Instıtute of Technology dıscovered that two supermassıve black holes around 9 bıllıon lıght-years dıstant ın deep space orbıt each other every two years.

Each supermassıve black hole ıs thought to have mass hundreds of mıllıons of tımes greater than the Sun.

The dıstance between the bodıes ıs nearly fıfty tımes that between our sun and Pluto. When the paır collides ın around 10,000 years, ıt ıs expected that the gıgantıc ımpact would rock space and tıme ıtself, spreadıng gravıtatıonal waves across the cosmos.

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Aug 17, 2022

First human to dog monkeypox case prompts WHO advice to pet owners

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The World Health Organization has called for people infected with monkeypox to avoid exposing animals to the virus after the first reported case of human-to-dog transmission.

The case, involving two men and their Italian greyhound living together in Paris, was reported last week in the medical journal the Lancet.

Aug 17, 2022

Artificial Intelligence Officially Has Sentience?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Just weeks after a former Google engineer claimed that its AI was sentient, Facebook parent company Meta is warning that its new BlenderBot 3 chatbot could be gaining some form of conscious awareness. Meta’s chatbot was developed for research purposes and the company has identified instances where the bot has overtly lied and treated users rudely.

Aug 17, 2022

A strong geomagnetic storm is heading toward Earth, space forecasters say

Posted by in category: space

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a geomagnetic storm watch triggered by “coronal mass ejections” that may briefly disrupt satellite communications — and create a stunning aurora display — this week.

Aug 17, 2022

Behold! NASA’s Artemis I is on the launch pad, ready for the Moon

Posted by in category: space travel

It’s happening.

Historically, Launch Complex B has been used to launch missions to the Moon, including Apollo 10, which involved an orbital flight around the Moon.

When will Artemis I launch?

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Aug 17, 2022

Wireless tech measures soil moisture at multiple depths in real time

Posted by in categories: energy, food, space

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a wireless system that uses radio transmitters and receivers to estimate soil moisture in agricultural fields at multiple depths in real time, improving on existing technologies that can be used to inform irrigation practices that both improve crop yield and reduce water consumption.

“Estimating is important because it can be used by growers to irrigate their fields more efficiently—only irrigating fields when and where the water is needed,” says Usman Mahmood Khan, first author of a paper on the work and a Ph.D. student at NC State. “This both conserves and supports things like smart agriculture technologies, such as automated irrigation systems. What’s more, conserving water resources can also help reduce , because less energy is used to pump water through the irrigation system.”

The new technology, called Contactless Moisture Estimation (CoMEt), does not require any in-ground sensors. Instead, CoMEt assesses soil moisture using something called “phase,” which is a characteristic of radio waves that is affected by both the wavelength of the radio waves and the distance between the radio wave’s transmitter and the wave’s receiver.

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