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Jan 24, 2018

Better than holograms: A new 3D projection into thin air

Posted by in categories: holograms, particle physics, space

One of the enduring sci-fi moments of the big screen—R2-D2 beaming a 3D image of Princess Leia into thin air in “Star Wars”—is closer to reality thanks to the smallest of screens: dust-like particles.

Scientists have figured out how to manipulate nearly unseen specks in the air and use them to create 3D images that are more realistic and clearer than holograms, according to a study in Wednesday’s journal Nature. The study’s lead author, Daniel Smalley, said the new technology is “printing something in space, just erasing it very quickly.”

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Jan 24, 2018

Tiny implant opens way to deliver drugs deep into the brain

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

WASHINGTON — Scientists have created a hair-thin implant that can drip medications deep into the brain by remote control and with pinpoint precision.

Tested only in animals so far, if the device pans out it could mark a new approach to treating brain diseases — potentially reducing side effects by targeting only the hard-to-reach circuits that need care.

“You could deliver things right to where you want, no matter the disease,” said Robert Langer, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose biomedical engineering team reported the research Wednesday.

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Jan 24, 2018

The male Y chromosome is slowly fading, and could disappear completely

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, sex

The end of men? Experts reveal how the male sex chromosome could one day disappear completely.

Since the dawn of humanity, men have played a vital role in determining the sex of their offspring.

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Jan 24, 2018

How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us

Posted by in category: business

An early investor explains why the social media platform’s business model is such a threat—and what to do about it.

By Roger McNamee

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Jan 24, 2018

First static fire test of Falcon Heavy complete—one step closer to first test flight!

Posted by in category: futurism

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Jan 24, 2018

Rocket Lab unveils ‘Humanity Star’ – a shiny satellite you can see in space

Posted by in category: satellites

In addition to launching three Earth-watching satellites, Rocket Lab has sent up a satellite you can watch from Earth: a bright and shiny object christened Humanity Star.

Rocket Lab says Humanity Star, a geodesic sphere made of carbon fiber with 65 reflective panels, could well rank as the brightest satellite in the night sky.

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Jan 24, 2018

Embrace performance-enhancing drugs and technology in sport

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, transhumanism

As we hear more and more about the upcoming Winter #Olympics in a few weeks, let’s remember the idea for a future Transhumanist Olympics:…211040.php #transhumanism

The 2016 Paralympics, which began this week in Rio de Janeiro, is bringing together 4,500 athletes to compete in 23 sports from wheelchair fencing to swimming to hand biking.

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Jan 24, 2018

Cyberdyne’s Medical Exoskeleton Strides to FDA Approval

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

Cyberdyne, the Japanese robotics company with the slightly suspicious name, has just gotten approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin offering its HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) lower-body exoskeleton to users in the United States through licensed medical facilities. HAL is essentially a walking robot that you strap to your own legs; sensors attached to your leg muscles detect bioelectric signals sent from your brain to your muscles telling them to move, and then the exoskeleton powers up and assists, enhancing your strength and stability.

Users in the United States can now take advantage of this friendly exoskeleton to help them with physical rehabilitation.

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Jan 24, 2018

Does living forever sound ideal? These 5 new books will change your mind

Posted by in category: life extension

That wisdom from Ecclesiastes is the theme of five new novels, which, if they did not give me a taste of immortality, at least made me feel like the week would never end. The coincidence of their arrival is a little creepy, but it suggests the growing relevance of this subject for a generation reviewing itineraries to the undiscovered country with deep ambivalence. In shades of comedy and tragedy, realism and fantasy, these contemporary authors dig up a lot of old conceits and, like Dr. Frankenstein, zap them to life with mixed results.

The dark side of immortality: “How to Stop Time,” “Eternal,” “The Immortalists,” “Immortal Life” and “The Afterlives.”

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Jan 23, 2018

MIT Engineers Have Designed a Chip That Behaves Just Like Brain Cell Connections

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

For those working in the field of advanced artificial intelligence, getting a computer to simulate brain activity is a gargantuan task, but it may be easier to manage if the hardware is designed more like brain hardware to start with.

This emerging field is called neuromorphic computing. And now engineers at MIT may have overcome a significant hurdle — the design of a chip with artificial synapses.

For now, human brains are much more powerful than any computer — they contain around 80 billion neurons, and over 100 trillion synapses connecting them and controlling the passage of signals.

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