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Feb 21, 2017

We’re One Step Closer to Pulling Nuclear Fuel Straight Out of the Ocean

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

Karl Schab

Pulling uranium out of seawater could be a cost-effective way to source nuclear fuel, scientists have found, and the technique could pave the way for coastal countries to switch to nuclear power.

With the International Atomic Energy Agency currently predicting an increase of up to 68 percent in nuclear power production over the next 15 years, finding a new, more environmentally friendly source of uranium — the most critical ingredient in nuclear power — could give this alternative to fossil fuels a boost.

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Feb 21, 2017

These people are hacking their cars to drive themselves, and it’s legal

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, law, transportation

Who needs a Tesla when you can build your own automated copilot using free hardware designs and software available online?

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Feb 21, 2017

The record lifespan of 122 years could be surpassed via innovative medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience

We celebrate her birthday and life but what fun is there to living so long when aging takes its toll? Science is aiming to do better, find out how here!

Today, February 21, is the birthday of Jeanne Louise Calment – the oldest verified human being ever, who managed to live an amazing 122 years and 164 days!

Jeanne was an independent and positive person, and she managed to live all alone until aged 110. After a fire in her apartment she moved into a nursing home, but even there she was still able to take care of herself. However, shortly before her 115th birthday she fell down a stairway and never fully recovered her ability to walk.

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Feb 21, 2017

A warning from Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Stephen Hawking

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, employment, policy, robotics/AI

“The automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining.” — Stephen Hawking.

Automation is inevitable. But we still have time to take action and help displaced workers.

Automation is accelerating. The software powering these robots becomes more powerful every day. We can’t stop it. But we can adapt to it.

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Feb 21, 2017

Neuroscientists and Philosophers Debate Reality and Sensory Perception

Posted by in category: futurism

Philosopher Alva Noë explains why neuroscientists assume the answer to an old philosophical question that really can’t be resolved.

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Feb 21, 2017

Google gives everyone machine learning superpowers with TensorFlow 1.0

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

It wasn’t that long ago that building and training neural networks was strictly for seasoned computer scientists and grad students. That began to change with the release of a number of open-source machine learning frameworks like Theano, Spark ML, Microsoft’s CNTK, and Google’s TensorFlow. Among them, TensorFlow stands out for its powerful, yet accessible, functionality, coupled with the stunning growth of its user base. With this week’s release of TensorFlow 1.0, Google has pushed the frontiers of machine learning further in a number of directions.

TensorFlow isn’t just for neural networks anymore

In an effort to make TensorFlow a more-general machine learning framework, Google has added both built-in Estimator functionality, and support for a number of more traditional machine learning algorithms including K-means, SVM (Support Vector Machines), and Random Forest. While there are certainly other frameworks like SparkML that support those tools, having a solution that can combine them with neural networks makes TensorFlow a great option for hybrid problems.

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Feb 21, 2017

A Device For The Deaf That Lets You “Listen” With Your Skin

Posted by in category: futurism

The VEST device lets a wearer “hear” conversations through his skin.

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Feb 21, 2017

Genetically-engineered hens produce birds of a different feather

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

Rare breeds of chickens could soon come from entirely different types of hens. The University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute with help from US biotechnology company Recombinetics used gene editing techniques to create surrogate hens that grow up to produce eggs with all the genetic information of different breeds.

We’ve seen gene editing and transfer techniques used to create better yeast, bigger trees and even glowing pigs, among numerous other examples, but this is believed to be the first gene-edited bird to come out of Europe.

The team used a gene editing tool called TALEN (for transcription activator-like effector nucleases), which is similar to the more widely publicized CRISPR/Cas9, to delete part of a chicken gene called DDX4 that is related to fertility. Hens with this modification did not produce eggs but were healthy in all other ways.

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Feb 21, 2017

Jose Canseco says humans need to crush the robot uprising

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

It’s all fun and games, until Jose Canseco becomes the leader of the anti robot/AI resistance.

Jose Canseco is all juiced up about robots and their existential threat to humanity.

The steroid-tainted former slugger took a few Twitter swings at the human race’s blatant disregard of the current droid danger that is bringing the world toward an economic catastrophe.

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Feb 21, 2017

This Lightweight Origami Shield Can Withstand Gunshots from a 9mm

Posted by in category: weapons

In Brief

  • A team of engineers at Brigham Young University have designed a bulletproof shield prototype that is inspired by origami.
  • This new prototype is much lighter weight than previous models and could prove extremely useful in the field.

A new origami-inspired bulletproof shield prototype that can withstand shots fired from 9mm, .357 Magnum, and .44 Magnum pistols was created by a team of engineers from Brigham Young University (BYU).

Most bulletproof shields or barriers weigh almost 100 pounds, making them difficult to use and transport. A lightweight version would a useful alternative. Weighing only 55 pounds (25 kilograms), this new shield is made up of 12 layers of Kevlar with an aluminum core, and it is so light it can be folded.

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