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Mar 16, 2016

The 21st century Star Wars — By Dr Patricia Lewis | The World Today

Posted by in categories: governance, government, law, policy, satellites, security, space, transparency, treaties, weapons

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“Modern life relies on satellite sytems but they are alarmingly vulnerable to attack as they orbit the Earth. Patricia Lewis explains why defending them from hostile forces is now a primary concern for states”

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Mar 16, 2016

Squad X Program Envisions Dismounted Infantry Squads of the Future

Posted by in categories: innovation, military

“Through Squad X, we want to vastly improve dismounted squad effectiveness in all domains by integrating new and existing technologies into systems that squads can bring with them,” said Maj. Christopher Orlowski, DARPA program manager. “The squad is the formation with the greatest potential for impact and innovation, while having the lowest barrier to entry for experimentation and system development. The lessons we learn and the technology we create could not only transform dismounted squads’ capabilities, but also eventually help all warfighters more intuitively understand and control their complex mission environments.”

Squad X intends to combine off-the-shelf technologies and new capabilities under development through DARPA’s Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT) program, which was launched specifically to develop novel technologies that Squad X could integrate into user-friendly systems. SXCT shares Squad X’s overarching goal of ensuring that Soldiers and Marines maintain uncontested tactical superiority over potential adversaries by exploring capabilities in four areas: precision engagement, non-kinetic engagement, squad sensing and squad autonomy. In an important step toward that goal, SXCT recently awarded Phase 1 contracts to nine organizations.

The U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps have expressed interest in future Squad X capabilities and plan to support the experimentation efforts with testing in simulated operational environments as the program progresses.

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Mar 16, 2016

Intel Marrying FPGA, Beefy Broadwell for Open Compute Future

Posted by in categories: computing, futurism

For those who read here often, there are clear signs that the FPGA is set to become a compelling acceleration story over the next few years.

From the relatively recent Intel acquisition of Altera by chip giant Intel, to less talked-about advancements on the programming front (OpenCL progress, advancements in both hardware and software from FPGA competitor to Intel/Altera, Xilinx) and of course, consistent competition for the compute acceleration market from GPUs, which dominate the coprocessor market for now.

Last week at the Open Compute Summit we finally got a glimpse of one of the many ways FPGAs might fit into the hyperscale ecosystem (along with other future hardware insight) with an announcement that Intel will be working on future OCP designs featuring an integrated FPGA and Xeon chip. Unlike what many expected, the CPU mate will not be a Xeon D, but rather a proper Broadwell EP. As seen below, this appears to be a 15-core part (Intel did not confirm, but their diagram makes counting rather easy) matched with the Altera Arria 10 GX FPGAs.

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Mar 16, 2016

Stephen Wolfram: Could There Be Alien Intelligence Among the Digits of Pi?

Posted by in categories: alien life, mathematics

Stephen Wolfram, the inventor of the mathematical programming system Wolfram Language, thinks there might be intelligent life, of a sort, in the digits of pi. He spoke recently at the SETI Institute about what his “principle of computational equivalence” means for non-human intelligence — check out the heady hour-and-a-half lecture below.

The key thread running through his concept is that simple rules underpin complex behavior. For Wolfram, the pigmentation patterns on a mollusk shell, for example, aren’t necessarily the outcome of deliberate evolutionary forces. “I think the mollusk is going out into the computational universe, finding a random program, and running it and printing it on its shell,” Wolfram says in the lecture. “If I’m right, the universe is just like an elaborate version of the digits of pi.” (There is some debate, of course, over just how right Wolfram is — though you won’t really get that from the lecture.)

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Mar 15, 2016

Movies & TV

Posted by in categories: entertainment, media & arts, mobile phones

Enjoy millions of the latest Android apps, games, music, movies, TV, books, magazines & more. Anytime, anywhere, across your devices.

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Mar 15, 2016

Cancer Therapy May See Major Shift

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Rethinking of cytotoxic/immunosuppressive chemotherapy mixing with immune-based therapeutics.

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Cancer therapy may see major shift.

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Mar 15, 2016

A MIT scientist created a Bernie Sanders Twitter bot, and it sounds just like him

Posted by in categories: health, robotics/AI

Luv it — Bernie Bot.

“Keep guns out of the hands of people who have no health insurance.”

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Mar 15, 2016

This Sweet, Sweet Treat May Protect The Brain Against Alzheimer’s

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, neuroscience

Eat plenty of “real” pure Maple Syrup from VT or Maine; and reduce Alzheimers.

Alzheimer’s prevention may be closer — and tastier.

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Mar 15, 2016

IQ Can Be Boosted But Maybe Not Permanently

Posted by in category: neuroscience

A new study suggests environmental interventions do increase intelligence — but the effects are temporary.

In the investigation, University of California, Santa Barbara, psychologist Dr. John Protzko analyzed an existing study to determine whether and how environmental interventions impacted the intelligence levels of low birth weight children.

The key finding: Interventions did raise intelligence levels, but not permanently. When the interventions ended, their effects diminished over time in what psychologists describe as “the fadeout effect.”

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Mar 15, 2016

This is What Fleeing a War Zone Does to Your Brain

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Fleeing a War Zone and it’s impact may go deeper than emotions.

A new study looks at the links between trauma and psychotic disorders.

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