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Oct 10, 2017

Massive Chinese Telescope Discovers Two Pulsars While Still in Trial Stage

Posted by in category: space

After one year of trial operations, China’s 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), a 30-football-field-large radio telescope that is currently the world’s largest, recently discovered two pulsars 16,000 and 4,100 light years from Earth, respectively.

Pulsars are magnetized and rotating collapsed stars that emit electromagnetic beams. Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) confirmed Tuesday that the new pulsars J1859-01 and J1931-01 were discovered on August 22 and 25 while the telescope was scanning the southern galactic plane. Australia’s Parkes radio telescope confirmed the discovery in September, state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

Artist’s impression video of the exotic binary star system AR Scorpii

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Oct 10, 2017

Alibaba to Launch a Robotic Gas Station

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Reminds me of that scene from Back to the Future 2, only in China lol.


Alibaba is gearing up to build a new gas station that is staffed with robotic arms.

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Oct 10, 2017

Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D.: Rejuvenation biotechnology: Why Age May Soon Not Mean Aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Recorded Oct 4th, 2017

Link to the interview, goo.gl/8rQ6YS

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Oct 10, 2017

Deceptively Cunning Cancer Cells Force Healthy Cells to Make Fake Viruses

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A new study suggests that cancer cells trick normal cells to produce virus-like particles that help tumor cells to grow and spread.

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Oct 10, 2017

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Posted by in categories: internet, mobile phones

The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster.

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Oct 10, 2017

The Secrets of Google’s Moonshot Factory

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

How the tech giant is trying to leverage the science of breakthroughs and resurrect the lost art of invention

A snake-robot designer, a balloon scientist, a liquid-crystals technologist, an extradimensional physicist, a psychology geek, an electronic-materials wrangler, and a journalist walk into a room. The journalist turns to the assembled crowd and asks: Should we build houses on the ocean?

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Oct 10, 2017

Dr. Matthew “Oki” O’Connor of SENS shares his #IAmTheLifespan story for Longevity Month

Posted by in category: life extension

We want to hear your story too! https://www.leafscience.org/longevity-month-2017-tell-us-your-story/

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Oct 10, 2017

Dr. de Grey’s sentiment here is very noble but what are your personal motivations for wanting to bring the aging processes under medical control?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

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Oct 10, 2017

World’s First ‘Molecular Robot’ Capable of Building Molecules

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics, robotics/AI

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world’s first ‘molecular robot’ that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules.

The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimetre in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, using a tiny robotic arm.

Each individual robot is capable of manipulating a single molecule and is made up of just 150 carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen atoms. To put that size into context, a pile of a billion billion of these robots would still only be the same size (volume/weight) as a few grains of salt.

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Oct 10, 2017

What India’s hi-tech capital can learn from China

Posted by in categories: business, employment, robotics/AI

According to India’s Frontline magazine, anecdotal evidence from Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and other cities suggests that a number of large IT service companies are shedding thousands of jobs as artificial intelligence, automation and deep learning technologies replace humans.


Bangalore’s outsourcing businesses may be on the wane, but cities like Hangzhou may indicate its best course for the future.

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 October, 2017, 10:00am.

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