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Oct 21, 2017

Chinese and Chinese-American billionaires’ philanthropy rising at ‘astounding’ rate

Posted by in category: economics

That the surge in philanthropy is a natural consequence of the rapid wealth creation was a sentiment echoed by a number of the high-net-worth individuals speaking at the conference, including Ronnie Chan and John Long, founder and CEO of investment company Highridge Partners. China is now home to 609 billionaires, more than the 552 in the US.

Chinese entrepreneurs in China itself, Hong Kong and America are giving back to society in ways unheard of even a few years ago, with Ronnie and Gerald Chan and Li Ka-shing among the big donors.

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 October, 2017, 6:45pm.

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Oct 21, 2017

Researchers Discover Why Our Metabolism Slows Down As We Age

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Why our metabolism slows down as we age and the diseases it contributes to.

Researchers discover reasons for our age-related metabolic slowdown and show that metabolic changes lead to disease and aging.

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Oct 20, 2017

Amazing dessert preparation

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, innovation

This Innovative Studio in Belgium entertains their guests with augmented reality using 3D projection till their order is being prepared. 👏👏👏

Le Petit Chef by Skullmapping

Like HipToro for more.

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Oct 20, 2017

Newly developed switch activates genes thousands of times better than nature

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

If scientists could precisely regulate gene expression, they could turn off the genes responsible for illness and disease and turn on those that enhance health and the immune system.

“This is why controlling gene expression is so fundamental,” said Northwestern University’s Julius Lucks. “Once you get a good handle on it, you can do anything.”

For Lucks, having a “good” handle on might be an understatement. He and his team have developed a powerful and versatile tool that achieves gene activation thousands of times better than nature.

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Oct 20, 2017

The World’s Newest Massive Radio Telescope Has Made Its First Discovery

Posted by in category: space

China’s FAST radio telescope has spotted a pair of pulsars thousands of light years away. The find heralds a new era in radio telescopes.

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Oct 20, 2017

NASA’s New Ion Thruster Engine Is Breaking Some Important Records

Posted by in categories: military, space travel

NASA’s new X3 thruster, which is being developed by researchers at the University of Michigan in collaboration with the agency and the US Air Force, has broken records in recent test. It’s hoped that the technology could be used to ferry humans to Mars.

The X3 is a type of Hall thruster, a design that uses a stream of ions to propel a spacecraft. Plasma is expelled to generate thrust, producing far greater speeds than are possible with chemical propulsion rockets, according to NASA.

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Oct 20, 2017

Synthetic Biology and Evolution

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, evolution

Darwinian evolution is old-fashioned. Bioengineering raises new principles for the creation of life but, to what extent can we dispense with the past of our biology.

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Oct 20, 2017

Are We Ready for Intimacy with Robots?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Love in the time of robots

Hiroshi Ishi­guro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using them to understand the mechanics of person-to-person interaction. But his true quest is to untangle the ineffable nature of connection itself.

By Alex Mar 10.17.17

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Oct 20, 2017

NASA Improves Search for Habitable Worlds

Posted by in category: alien life

New NASA research is helping to refine our understanding of candidate planets beyond our solar system that might support life.

“Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study,” said Yuka Fujii of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), New York, New York and the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, lead author of a paper on the research published in the Astrophysical Journal Oct. 17.

Conceptual image of an exoplanet

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Oct 20, 2017

It Still Doesn’t Really Matter What A.I. Can Score on IQ Tests

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This has a look at where the intelligence of AI is at right now:

“the researchers came up with a means of testing intelligence that can be translated onto a 100-point scale. They purportedly administered their tests to actual human adults in 2014, and the average score for those 18 years or older was just around 97 points. A 6-year-old human averaged out to a score of 55.5.

In the 2016 A.I. testing rounds, no machine was able to crack the 50-point threshold, but Google Assistant got close. Based on testing in 2016, Google Assistant racked up a 47.28. The Chinese personal assistant Duer, created by Baidu, scored 37.20. Bing came out to 31.98. Apple’s Siri rounded out the top 10 with a score of 23.94.”

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