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May 25, 2016

Apple reportedly looks into making electric car charging stations

Posted by in categories: energy, engineering, transportation

Any electric car maker worth its salt knows that their vehicles are only as good as the charging stations that keep them running… and that includes Apple, apparently. Reuters sources understand that Apple is asking charging station manufacturers about their technology for the sake of its oft-rumored electric car project. It’s not certain how deep the talks go or who’s involved (the companies certainly aren’t talking). However, NRG Energy issued a vague response noting that it’s talking to “every potential manufacturer of tomorrow.” We wouldn’t rule it out, then.

There’s more evidence than that. An unnamed worldwide engineering company has already offered to help Apple build charging stations, Reuters says. Meanwhile, Apple has publicly hired EV charging experts from BMW, Georgia Tech and Google.

If true, the approach is a logical fit for Apple. Part of Tesla’s success in EVs comes from its willingness to build a network of high-speed charging stations — you’re more likely to buy a Model S if you know that you can drive it long distances without spending hours waiting for a recharge. Apple may need that same kind of reassurance. And let’s not forget that Apple’s strategy revolves around controlling as much of the experience as possible. It only makes sense that the company would want optimized charging stations instead of leaving drivers to use generic stations that might not work as effectively.

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May 25, 2016

If Built, This Would Be The Fastest Helicopter On The Planet

Posted by in category: transportation

Airbus Unveils ‘Hypercopter’ Patent For The World’s Fastest Helicopter.

We’ve just got to convince Airbus to make one…

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May 25, 2016

Implanted electrodes to aid memory loss? It’s not as far-fetched as it may sound

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Imagine implanting electrodes in the hippocampus to help brain-injured patients process memories. That’s what the Defense Department is attempting.

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May 25, 2016

Shipping containers full of capacitors will enable flexible railgun designs for shipboard and fixed or mobile land based railguns

Posted by in categories: energy, military

The US Navy will be taking its futuristic Railgun out of the lab where it has been tested for to past eight years. Over the next two years, railguns will be tested in open firing ranges and eventually at sea, where the futuristic electromagnetic gun will be able to demonstrate its full capacity to fire projectiles at targets 50–100 nautical miles (92 – 185 kilometers) away.

The Navy is evaluating two electromagnetic railgun models. A 32-megajoule prototype built by BAE Systems and the 32 megajoule Blitzer developed by General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS). The company has also developed a 3-megajoule railgun variant. In the future, the Navy plans to deploy railguns rated to 64-megajoule.

A railgun can deliver muzzle velocities greater than twice those of conventional guns. Using electromagnetic power, where magnetic fields created by strong electrical currents accelerate a sliding metal conductor between two rails, the railgun achieves muzzle speeds of more than Mach 7.5 without the use of chemical propellant.

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May 25, 2016

Is aging inevitable? Not necessarily for sea urchins

Posted by in categories: biological, genetics, health, life extension

Sea urchins are remarkable organisms. They can quickly regrow damaged spines and feet. Some species also live to extraordinary old ages and—even more remarkably—do so with no signs of poor health, such as a decline in regenerative capacity or an increase in age-related mortality. These ocean Methuselahs even reproduce as if they were still youngsters.

MDI Biological Laboratory Associate Professor James A. Coffman, Ph.D., is studying the of sea urchins in hopes that a deeper understanding of the process of regeneration, which governs the regeneration of aging tissues as well as lost or damaged body parts, will lead to a deeper understanding of the aging process in humans, with whom sea urchins share a close genetic relationship.

In a paper recently published in Aging Cell, a leading journal in the field of aging biology, with Andrea G. Bodnar, Ph.D., of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Studies, the scientists shed new light on the aging process in sea urchins, raising the prospect that the physical decline that typically accompanies aging is not inevitable.

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May 25, 2016

Cientistas criam embriões meio humanos e meio animais

Posted by in category: futurism

A cura de algumas doenças pode estar no desenvolvimento de quimeras, embriões animais com órgãos humanos. Será que não estamos indo longe demais em um papel que para alguns é prerrogativa de Deus?

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May 25, 2016

Silicon quantum computers take shape in Australia

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Any technology related company (including medical, consulting, etc.) without Quantum as part of their product & services 5 year roadmap will find themselves obsolete in the next 7 years.


Two blueprints emerge from centre tasked with creating a practical quantum device.

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May 25, 2016

China to combat hackers with launch of quantum communication satellite

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics

Although this states it is to protect China; who will protect us from China’s hacks when they have this.


China is expected to launch the satellite into space in July.

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May 25, 2016

The Father of Futarchy Has an Idea to Reshape DAO Governance

Posted by in categories: business, cryptocurrencies, governance, robotics/AI

#TheDAO (Distributed Autonomous Organization) is the hottest new form of investment built on revolutionary (Transparency, Democracy, Decentralization).

Our own Robin Hanson has been an inspiration:

“The slogan is vote on values, bet on beliefs. What you need are discreet decisions and then you need an outcome that you care about.”

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May 25, 2016

Airbus Subsidiary Designs World’s First 3D-Printed Aluminum Motorcycle | Aluminum Insider

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, business

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“European multinational aerospace and defense corporation Airbus Group SE’s subsidiary APWorks GmbH has developed the world’s first 3D-printed all-aluminium bodied motorcycle.”

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