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Mar 13, 2017

Scientists Have Created an Artificial Retina Implant That Could Restore Vision to Millions

Posted by in category: genetics

Scientists have developed a retinal implant that can restore lost vision in rats, and are planning to trial the procedure in humans later this year.

The implant, which converts light into an electrical signal that stimulates retinal neurons, could give hope to millions who experience retinal degeneration – including retinitis pigmentosa – in which photoreceptor cells in the eye begin to break down, leading to blindness.

The retina is located at the back of the eye, and is made up of millions of these light-sensitive photoreceptors. But mutations in any one of the 240 identified genes can lead to retinal degeneration, where these photoreceptor cells die off, even while the retinal neurons around them are unaffected.

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Mar 13, 2017

Scientists Just Took a Big Step Towards Creating Artificial Life

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists have taken a major step forward in developing complex artificial life, by successfully synthesising six out of 16 yeast chromosomes – the molecular structures that carry genes.

This means they’re more than one-third of the way to being able to build their own custom-made yeast genomes from scratch, which would be a huge moment in the field of developing lab-made lifeforms.

The research is being carried out by the hundreds of scientists who make up the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project, and they estimate that the artificial yeast genome could be completed within the next year.

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Mar 13, 2017

Sony’s touchscreen projector technology feels like the future of interactivity

Posted by in category: futurism

This year at SXSW, Sony opened up what it calls the “Wow Factory” in a converted warehouse on Trinity Street in Austin, where members of its Future Lab program have set up some of the coolest and weirdest hardware concepts out there. The Future Lab program is a research and development initiative that urges Sony employees to think more about human interaction and creativity, and not just bigger screens and faster processors.

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Mar 13, 2017

US Soldiers Training With Revolutionary Virtual Weapons — Dismounted Soldier Training System

Posted by in category: military

First Army Division East Trainers of the 157th Infantry Brigade utilized some of the simulations capabilities at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center for weapons familiarization and squad level exercises.

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Mar 13, 2017

Scientist finds entanglement instantly gives rise to a wormhole

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, quantum physics

Quantum entanglement is one of the more bizarre theories to come out of the study of quantum mechanics – so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein famously referred to it as “spooky action at a distance.”

Essentially, entanglement involves two particles, each occupying multiple states at once – a condition referred to as superposition. For example, both particles may simultaneously spin clockwise and counterclockwise. But neither has a definite state until one is measured, causing the other particle to instantly assume a corresponding state.

The resulting correlations between the particles are preserved, even if they reside on opposite ends of the universe.

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Mar 12, 2017

A Libertarian Transhumanist’s Take on the Future of Taxes

Posted by in categories: information science, transhumanism, transportation

My new article for Psychology Today on my federal audit and the coming day of eliminating taxes because of technology.

With all that in mind—and the $7500 they say I owe them—they know I wouldn’t hire an accountant at $150 an hour to deal with the thousand-plus receipts, payments, and supposed car log entries I made last year—since the amount I’d spend on an accountant in the San Francisco Bay Area might easily end up more than $7500. They also surely know I won’t do it myself, since it’s definitely not worth my own time.

They have me in a pickle—even though it’s more than obvious my busy self probably has far more in write-offs than I even bothered to report in the first place. In fact—given how perturbed I feel at the IRS and its 82,000 full time employees this moment, if it was just economical, I’d re-file to get more of my earnings back. But in the twisted game they created in their 74,000+ page tax code, it’s not worth it.

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Mar 12, 2017

Three innovations that will eventually replace sex

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, sex

A few stories my futurist work is newly showing up in: & &

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Mar 12, 2017

Denmark, Germany, Netherlands want to create ‘artificial power island’

Posted by in category: energy

Three western European countries have revealed plans to build a giant artificial island in the middle of the North Sea where wind farms would create power for 80 million people.

The sandbank Dogger Bank, 100 kilometres off the east coast of England, is the mooted location for the groundbreaking ‘power island’ which would have its own runway and harbour.

The North Sea area has a relatively low altitude and receives a high amount of wind, making it the ideal location for the green power hub, according to transmission system operators in Denmark and TenneT in Germany and the Netherlands.

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Mar 12, 2017

Recycling Space Junk for a LunarBase

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, satellites, sustainability

It costs $80k to send a Nano- Satellite into space! To send the materials to build a lunar base is going to be expensive!

This week it was announced that NASA found a forgotten satellite in Lunar Orbit, which got me thinking about an idea to recycle existing Space Junk in the construction of an International Lunar Base with cost savings. We could use a modified version of my Google Deepmind NEO tracker to source the Space Junk and the ideas listed below to capture and redirect the Space Junk.

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Mar 12, 2017

Ukrainian designers unveils concept of military transformer flying vehicle

Posted by in categories: energy, military

Ukrainian designers unveiled the concept of military transformer flying vehicle for Special Forces.

All Military forces around the world are seeking for more efficient solutions to provide high level of mobility and stealth of their special forces.

The electric power assumed to be the most suitable thing to meet these requirements. Electric drive unit would warrant low center of gravity that means better stability, provide silent driving and invisibility in infrared specter.

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