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Aug 24, 2017

Japan Unveils a Buddhist Funeral Robot

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It’s pretty cheerful-looking for a robot that gives funeral services.

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Aug 23, 2017

This Robot Ship Experiment Could Disrupt the Global Shipping Industry

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Japan’s largest container line plans to test a remote-controlled vessel across the Pacific Ocean in 2019 as it pursues fully autonomous technology that could disrupt the global shipping industry.

Nippon Yusen K.K. is considering using a large container ship for the test from Japan to North America and a crew will be on standby for safe operations, Hideyuki Ando, a senior general manager at Monohakobi Technology Institute, said in an interview Wednesday. The institute, a unit of Nippon Yusen, conducts research and development in areas such as safe vessel operation, energy saving, and logistics.

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Aug 23, 2017

Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

This is in addition to 47 already known about and eruption would melt more ice in region affected by climate change.

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Aug 23, 2017

New Recipe For Heating Nuclear Fusion Plasma Boosts Ion Energy Output 10 Times

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, particle physics

Extracting useful amounts of energy from the merging of atoms is tricky business, not least thanks to the challenges of controlling squirming clouds of ultra-hot plasma.

Our clean power fusion goals could be a step closer now researchers have tweaked their fusion recipe to add a new ion to the mix. This allows researchers to get a better grip on how high-energy charged particles move not just inside reactors on Earth, but potentially provide insights into how they behave in stars.

A team of researchers at MIT have used data from experiments conducted on a type of fusion reactor called a tokamak to explore how adding a third ion to the more traditional two-ion plasma mix shakes things up.

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Aug 23, 2017

139 Countries Could Move to 100% Clean Energy Under Researchers’ Plan

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

A research group based at Stanford University has drawn a plan for nations to reduce global warming by relying on solar and wind power.

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Aug 23, 2017

Colorado School of Mines plans to launch space mining graduate program

Posted by in categories: economics, education, law, policy, space

You can go to school for space mining.

GOLDEN, Colo. — The Colorado School of Mines plans to launch a new graduate program that could help people inhabit other planets some day.

The school is working to launch the space resources graduate program that will teach students how to explore, extract and use resources not only on Earth but also on the moon, Mars, asteroids and more.

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Aug 23, 2017

What a Driverless World Could Look Like

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

What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins? Transportation geek Wanis Kabbaj thinks we can find inspiration in the genius of our biology to design the transit systems of the future. In this forward-thinking talk, preview exciting concepts like modular, detachable buses, flying taxis and networks of suspended magnetic pods that could help make the dream of a dynamic, driverless world into a reality.

“Some people are obsessed by French wines. Others love playing golf or devouring literature. One of my greatest pleasures in life is, I have to admit, a bit special. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy watching cities from the sky, from an airplane window.”

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Aug 23, 2017

Climate change to be a crisis for the 1%?

Posted by in category: futurism

Point discussed at 1:31 in the video:

From the conference text at:

  • “Climate change not likely to be stopped, likely to result in a crisis. No resources may be left for next generation.“
    • “Crises occurred in the past, and the 1% lost the most. The 99% are likely to survive climate change by struggling through anything (droughts, resource shortages, food shortages, economic crashes etc.) whereas the 1% could lose everything.”
    • “If the elite crack under pressure as Donald Trump does, this supports the above. The future of the 1% during a climate change crisis could be a larger scale version of the insanity that grips people who suffer a financial loss and become homeless after a relatively normal life.”
    • “As above, the Great Depression did not impact average person, but drove stockbrokers and other wealthy people to ruin or suicide.”

Aug 23, 2017

Autophagy and How it Aids Longevity

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Autophagy means “eating of self” (“auto”= self; “phag” = eating)[1]. Although its name might sound harmful, autophagy appears to have longevity-promoting effects[2]. Here, we will explain what autophagy is, how it works, its benefits, and how it plays a role in aging.

What is Autophagy?

Autophagy is the way cells break down misbehaving or nonfunctional organelles and proteins in the cell[1,2]. This means autophagy can consume organelles such as, mitochondria, peroxisomes, and the endoplasmic reticulum[1].

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Aug 23, 2017

Antoxerene closes $1.5M for drug discovery in aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Antoxerene performs pipeline testing for small molecule drugs that target protein-drug and protein-protein interactions. The platform is based on a patent-pending production technology, which enables manufacturing of impossible to express protein targets in biologically active form, at scale.

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