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Feb 5, 2018

Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good

Posted by in category: futurism

The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.

There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no weird arm floating in front of the lens, no speaker, and no microphone (for now).

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Feb 5, 2018

A Potential Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A simple technique to measure the amount of amyloid beta in the brain could improve diagnosis and drug trials for Alzheimer’s disease, according to the results of new research.

A simple blood test

Japanese researchers led by Dr. Katsuhiko Yanagisawa have published a new study suggesting that a screening test could help to boost the success rate of Alzheimer’s drug research. The research team has shown that a simple blood test can accurately measure the amount of amyloid beta, a protein that appears in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Feb 5, 2018

In-air microfluidics

Posted by in category: futurism

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Feb 5, 2018

50 Ideas to Change the World

Posted by in categories: education, futurism

The FT has enlisted the help of readers, researchers and entrepreneurs to find 50 new ideas that will shape the world in the future.

The first 30 ideas have addressed the challenges of a growing world population, resource scarcity and looked at new ways to handle information and education. The next tranche of ideas, on healthcare, will be published on 5 March 2018.

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Feb 4, 2018

Lloyds Bank to ban credit card owners from buying cryptocurrencies | Reuters | Yahoo News

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, finance

“Lloyds Banking Group Plc said on Sunday it would ban its credit card customers from buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.”

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Feb 4, 2018

European Utility Giant Says ‘No’ To Crypto Mining, Even With ‘Clean Energy’ — By Molly Jane Zuckerman | Cointelegraph

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, energy, environmental

“In a brief statement to Reuters, the Italy-based company said that they had “no interest whatsoever in selling power”to a mining company”

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Feb 4, 2018

Tesla is installing Powerwalls and solar power on 50,000 homes to create biggest virtual power plant in the world

Posted by in categories: energy, habitats, sustainability

Tesla has been making big moves on the energy storage market in Australia, but they are now all being dwarfed by this new project that will see them install solar arrays and Powerwalls on 50,000 homes to create the biggest virtual power plant in the world. The company’s main project has been the 100MW/ 129MWh Powerpack project in South Australia, the largest in the world for now. But now instead of being a large centralized battery system using Tesla’s Powerpacks, the new project announced today is using Tesla’s residential battery system, the Powerwall, to create decentralized energy stora…

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Feb 4, 2018

All-electric ferry cuts emission

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

The operators of the first all-electric ferry in Norway are starting to get some good data on the vehicle and it’s nothing short of impressive. They claim that the all-electric ferry cuts emission by 95% and costs by 80% compared to fuel-powered counterparts and the results are attracting customers. The ferry in question is called “Ampere” and it was put into operation back in May 2015 with the aim to reduce NOx and CO2 emissions, as well as noise pollution on the water. It was the result of an extensive partnership between Norled AS, a shipping company and ferry operator, Fjellstrand Shipy…

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Feb 4, 2018

China’s plan to use artificial intelligence to boost the thinking skills of nuclear submarine commanders

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Equipping nuclear submarines with AI would give China an upper hand in undersea battles while pushing applications of the technology to a new level.

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Feb 4, 2018

Vitalik Buterin Donates $2.4 Million In Ether To Anti-Aging Research

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, life extension

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, donated $2.4 mln in ETH to a charity researching solutions for aging, “one of the greatest problems facing humanity”.

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