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Jan 28, 2017

Making metallic hydrogen at Harvard

Posted by in category: materials

Nearly a century after it was theorized, Harvard scientists have succeeded in creating metallic hydrogen. In addition to helping scientists answer fundamental questions about the nature of matter, the material is theorized to have a wide range of applications, ranging from room-temperature superconductors to powerful rocket propellant.

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Jan 28, 2017

Scientists Have Finally Created Metallic Hydrogen

Posted by in categories: energy, physics

In Brief

  • By applying 4.95 million atmospheres of pressure to liquid hydrogen, Harvard physicists have claimed they were able to make it metallic, a state of hydrogen that had never existed on Earth before.
  • Physicists predict that metallic hydrogen is an authentic superconductor, so if stabilized, it could revolutionize everything from energy storage to rocketry.

As reported back in September, two studies, each with a different approach, were attempting to created metallic hydrogen, and now, more than 80 years after it was predicted to be possible, the Harvard University team has finally managed to produce the elusive state. Physicists Isaac Silvera, who has been working on this problem for 45 years, and Ranga Dias published their study’s results this week in the journal Science.

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Jan 28, 2017

Vladimir Putin’s new MiG-35 fighter jet can carry LASERS GUNS

Posted by in category: military

RUSSIA’S new lightweight fighter jet can carry LASER WEAPONS, its manufacturer has boasted.

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Jan 28, 2017

Premature babies don’t use sensory-prediction brain process that may be key to development

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Babies born prematurely don’t use their expectations about the world to shape their brains as babies born at full term do, important evidence that this neural process is important to development.

The findings offer clues to the mystery of why otherwise healthy babies born prematurely face higher risk of developmental delays as they grow, according to researchers at Princeton University, the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of Rochester.

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Jan 28, 2017

Real life Danger Mouse! Killer rodents created in search for brain surgery breakthrough

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

Killer mice; Yikes!

SCIENTISTS have turned mice from timid rodents to voracious predators by successfully flicking a genetic killer switch in their brains.

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Jan 28, 2017

World’s First Exascale Supercomputer to Enhance 3D Printing Capabilities

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, government, supercomputing


China’s National Supercomputer Centre announced that the prototype for its exascale supercomputer will be completed later this year, ahead of its initial date in 2018. The successful performance and commercialization of the computer is presumed to drastically improve existing 3D printing or additive manufacturing methods.

Over the past few years, the Chinese government and companies in the private sector have been increasingly focused on the development of supercomputers. The Tianhe supercomputer series which feature Tianhe-1 and Tianhe-2, still remains as the most powerful supercomputer series, below the Sunway TaihuLight which was released in mid-2016.

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Jan 28, 2017

HDFC Bank deploys humanoid built by Kochi firm in Mumbai

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI

KOCHI: HDFC Bank has deployed an interactive humanoid at its Kamala Mills branch in Mumbai. Intelligent Robotic Assistant (IRA) was developed in partnership with Kochi-based startup Asimov Robotics. IRA will be used for customer service.

With the launch of IRA, HDFC has become the first bank in the country to deploy humanoid for customer service. “Our first humanoid is unique and will serve as a technology demonstrator in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics,” said HDFC Bank digital banking country head Nitin Chugh.

Developed using robotics and artificial intelligence technology, IRA will be initially positioned near the bank’s welcome desk where it will display the services, greet customers and guide them to the counters — cash deposit, foreign exchange, loans etc.

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Jan 28, 2017

Will Robots Be the Solution to a Growing Demand for Assisted Living?

Posted by in categories: media & arts, robotics/AI

Actually, I have began looking seriously into an at home robot for my home; still not where I want them to be why I began looking closer and more seriously at building my own line.

One of the coming great challenges of senior care is facilitating assisted living, according to experts. The so-called Baby Boomer generation that is now entering retirement age lives longer, expects the world from its twilight years, and insists on staying independent for as long as possible. Most Boomers don’t even think about going out quietly, withering away in homes that offer little more than warehousing. Instead, they want to stay active and engaged until the very end, and they welcome all the help they can get to achieve that goal. And when they cannot do it anymore on their own, futuristic technology like robots for personal use may just be the ticket.

If you have seen the 2012 movie “Robot & Frank,” you already had a – albeit comical – glimpse of how the future of assisted living might look like. In a nutshell, the story is about the “relationship” between an elderly gentleman (played by Frank Langella), who just retired from a lifetime career as a cat burglar, and a humanoid robot given to him by his children as a home caretaker. Of course, the film’s particular angle on robotic technology is not to be taken too seriously. But the fact is that intelligent machines are progressively affecting every aspect of life as we know it, and will do so much more in coming years.

On a recent trip to Tokyo, I had the chance to see for myself how far we have already moved in that direction. Here, robots designed for personal assistance are readily available in department stores, just like any other household appliances. Although, many of the existing models have only limited capabilities like finding information on the Internet or compiling music playlists, or even less useful features like responding with a cute smile and offering a handshake when approached, it is clear that these creatures of our own making will eventually be the ones we partner up with on countless tasks, both at work and in our homes.

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Jan 28, 2017

Who’s Responsible If An Open Source Software Powered Self-Driving Vehicle Kills Someone?

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

Who is responsible if a self-driving car crashes and causes property damages, physical harm or even death? Autonomous vehicle legislation is still very much in its infancy though it will certainly be an evolutionary process over the years. Corporations such as Tesla and Volvo have publicly stated that they will take responsibility for any faults in their software. However,’s CEO George Hotz (geohot) has stated that he is not responsible for any accidents caused by those who download his free self-driving vehicle software.

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Jan 28, 2017

The wisdom of crowds

Posted by in categories: finance, internet

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Karl explains how the wisdom of crowds can be harnessed in powerful new ways.

Karl is the Founder of slowXchange a London based Internet platform that crowdsources forecasts on the financial performance, creditworthiness and management quality of the world’s top 2,000 listed companies. A CPA with an MBA [Deans List] from Columbia University, he is an inveterate optimist when it comes to the capacities of people and technology to solve today’s problems.

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