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Feb 21, 2018

For this robot, the secret to crawling is artificial snakeskin

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

The world is getting flooded with tiny (creepy) robots that can crawl all over the place, including your clothes. The latest one, created by scientists at Harvard University, uses artificial scaly skins to move forward — kind of like a snake.

The soft robot is just a silicone rubber tube. But what’s special about it is its skin — a thin, stretchable plastic sheet that’s been cut with a laser. The cuts, in the shape of triangles or circles, resemble the scales on the skin of snakes. When air is pumped into the tube, the robot expands and contracts, allowing the scales to pop up, anchor against the surface, and pull the robot forward. In a study published today in Science Robotics, scientists showed that the artificial snakeskins work against rough surfaces like asphalt and concrete. In the future, these robots could be scaled down and used to deliver drugs inside arteries, or in disaster situations where bots need to crawl inside narrow spaces.

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Feb 21, 2018

Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, health

CRISPR In China: Cancer Treatment With Gene Editing Underway : Shots — Health News More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.

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Feb 21, 2018

Serendipitous supernova explosion caught on camera

Posted by in categories: cosmology, electronics

By Lisa Grossman

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Feb 21, 2018

Is It Time for a Transhumanist Olympics?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, transhumanism

While the Winter Olympics are going on, here’s.

A story of mine on the dream of a future Transhumanist Olympics: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/zoltan-istvan/is-it-time-for-…77194.html #transhumanism


Oracle Team USA made a historic comeback to beat Emirates Team New Zealand in the American’s Cup in San Francisco last month. I have closely followed the sport of sail racing for over 30 years, and what astonishes me is how much faster and better the boats are today than they were three decades ago. Sailing speeds and performances have doubled in some cases.

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Feb 21, 2018

A Computer Glitch Let a Trader Claim $20 Trillion in Free Bitcoin

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, computing

Computing error lets people grab Bitcoin tokens for $0 on Japan’s Zaif exchange.

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Feb 21, 2018

Dev Report: IBM & Unity Partner to Offer AI Tool That Could Make Augmented Reality Apps Smarter

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, robotics/AI, space

https://youtube.com/watch?v=6WRNqdOMXmc

This month, the power of artificial intelligence will be coming to more augmented reality developers as a leader in the game and 3D software development space and a major force behind the current school of cloud-based AI have officially announced a new partnership.

In a post on Unity’s website on Tuesday, the company revealed a partnership with computing giant IBM to launch the IBM Watson Unity SDK. This programming interface will open up new cloud-based AI services for developers to use in their applications. And, with AR and AI having become increasingly intertwined technologies, this is only good news for AR developers.

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Feb 21, 2018

He Took a Picture of a Supernova While Setting Up His New Camera

Posted by in categories: cosmology, electronics

Astronomers rarely see the beginnings of these explosions, but an Argentine amateur’s lucky picture helped them study the start of a massive star’s violent death.

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Feb 21, 2018

Step Inside the World of Transhumanism, Where Death Is Only Temporary

Posted by in categories: life extension, transhumanism

Fascinating!


Transhumanists believe in a future of human immortality. A community in Russia is working to make it happen.

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Feb 21, 2018

Astronomers Just Found Some of The Most Massive Black Holes Discovered in Our Universe

Posted by in categories: cosmology, evolution, physics

A study on dozens of galaxies within several billion light years of our own has revealed black holes that far exceed our expectations on just how big these monsters can grow.

The discovery not only helps us better understand the evolution of our Universe’s building blocks, it leaves us with a new intriguing question – just how do black holes like these get to be so incredibly massive?

By now, the collapsed cores of massive stars known as black holes need no introduction. We’ve heard about their cosmic crashes rippling space-time, watched them belch, and expect to capture the closest look yet at their nature very soon.

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Feb 21, 2018

You’ll want to keep an eye on these 10 breakthrough technologies this year

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

Dueling neural networks. Artificial embryos. AI in the cloud. Welcome to our annual list of the 10 technology advances we think will shape the way we work and live now and for years to come.

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