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Feb 28, 2017

Xperia® Agent CONCEPT

Posted by in category: futurism

The future of smart devices is here. Sony brings you Xperia Ear, Xperia Touch, Xperia Agent CONCEPT, and Xperia Ear Open-style CONCEPT—all here on the official Sony website.

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Feb 28, 2017

Existence of a new quasiparticle demonstrated

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, particle physics

How do molecules rotate in a solvent? Answering this question is complicated, since molecular rotation is perturbed by a very large number of surrounding atoms. For a long time, large-scale computer simulations have been the main approach to model molecule-solvent interactions. However, they are extremely time consuming and sometimes infeasible. Now, Mikhail Lemeshko from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) has proven that angulons—a certain type of quasiparticle he proposed two years ago—do, in fact, form when a molecule is immersed in superfluid helium. This offers a quick and simple description for rotation of molecules in solvents.

In physics, the concept of quasiparticles is used as a technique to simplify the description of many-particle systems. Namely, instead of modeling strong interactions between trillions of individual particles, one identifies building blocks of the system that are only weakly interacting with one another. These building blocks are called quasiparticles and might consist of groups of particles. For example, to describe air bubbles rising up in water from first principles, one would need to solve an enormous set of equations describing the position and momentum of each water molecule. On the other hand, the bubbles themselves can be treated as individual particles—or quasiparticles—which drastically simplifies the description of the system. As another example, consider a running horse engulfed in a cloud of dust. One can think of it as a quasiparticle consisting of the horse itself and the dust cloud moving along with it.

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Feb 28, 2017

Disney Brings You the Wireless-Powered Room–Is Real-Life TRON Next?

Posted by in category: energy

Word association time. I say “quasistatic cavity resonance”; you say…?

“Whaaaa?” or “Heh heh, cavity” are expected. But if you said “enabling purpose-built structures, such as cabinets, rooms, and warehouses, to generate quasistatic magnetic fields that safely deliver kilowatts of power to mobile receivers contained nearly anywhere within,” you win the virtual no-prize.

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Feb 28, 2017

Singularity.FM: The Original and Best Known Singularity Podcast

Posted by in categories: futurism, singularity

Nikola Danaylov Soars to No. 1 Best Seller for.
‘Conversations With The Future: 21 Visions for the 21st Century’

Singularity. FM Podcaster and Author, Nikola Danaylov was recently recognized as an Amazon #1 International Best Seller for his new book, “Conversations with the Future: 21 Visions for the 21st Century.”

“Conversations with the Future” reached #1 on Amazon’s U.S. and Canadian Best Seller lists in several categories including:

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Feb 28, 2017

Do Robots Deserve Rights?

Posted by in categories: ethics, robotics/AI

Super-smart robots with artificial intelligence is pretty much a foregone conclusion: technology is moving in that direction with lightning speed. But what if those robots gain consciousness? Will they deserve the same rights as humans? The ethics of this are tricky. Explore them in the video below.

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Feb 28, 2017

Support LEAF campaign!

Posted by in category: life extension

Support LEAF/ with a geeky science t-shirt and help us to continue creating quality content, engaging science and supporting research.

Trust me, I’m a “Biologist” experiments with fun and also tries to do a little good from time to time. Today we run a T-shirt campaign – to support another non-profit: LEAF (! Because we’re deep into aging research.

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Feb 28, 2017

Holographic 3D Printing is Faster, Leads to Self-Replicating Machines

Posted by in category: 3D printing

The startup Daqri has improved on additive manufacturing production speeds by developing holographic 3D printing, yet not without limitations.

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Feb 27, 2017

Elon Musk And SpaceX Are Sending Humans to the Moon

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, Peter Diamandis, space travel

Learn all about the beginning of the private space race in the book.
How To Make A Spaceship


Peter H. diamandis / XPRIZE julian guthrie / penguin press stephen hawking richard branson / virgin galactic

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Feb 27, 2017

Introducing Handle

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4 feet vertically. It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.

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Feb 27, 2017

Science can help you reach enlightenment — but will it mess with your head?

Posted by in categories: government, neuroscience, science

A Navy SEAL, broad-chested and strongly built, floats peacefully on the water, as his recent deployment to a war-torn country becomes a distant memory.

Sealed inside a pitch-black sensory deprivation tank in the Mind Gym at Navy SEALs headquarters in Norfolk, Va., electrodes attached to his head, he has reached an altered state of consciousness referred to as “ecstasis” or “stepping outside oneself.”

It’s a state achieved by many others throughout time. High-performance athletes are in ecstasis when they ski down huge mountains or surf giant waves. Monks attain it after years of meditation. Mystics feel it when they have visions. And the US government uses it to try to reset their most elite warriors after brutal battles abroad.

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