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Nov 3, 2016

Time Crystals Break The Continuity Of Time

Posted by in category: physics

In September 2016, a team of researchers from the University of Maryland announced that they had experimentally confirmed the existence of time crystals. That is, crystals that break the continuity of time. Confused? Let’s break this down.

In physics, “spatial symmetry” refers to the way a feature stays the same no matter which way you observe it. If you were to walk all the way around a sphere, it would look the same at each point in your journey. That’s because it has continuous spatial symmetry. A cube, on the other hand, would look slightly different as you passed from one face to the next, but would look identical at each face. This means it “breaks” continuous spatial symmetry and instead has discrete spatial symmetry: you can only see the same thing from specific directions. That’s the essence of a crystal: it breaks continuous spatial symmetry.

Symmetry also applies to laws of physics like gravity (you’d see an apple fall the same way no matter how you were watching it) and, importantly, time. The gears on a clock, for example, move continuously at any given rate as they spin on an axis of rotation, so they have a kind of continuous temporal symmetry. Just as a crystal breaks continuous spatial symmetry, a time crystal would break continuous temporal symmetry: its “gears” spin on an axis, but only with specific rates of rotation.

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Nov 3, 2016

Male birth control study halted due to ‘mood swings’ in participants

Posted by in category: neuroscience

However, researchers halted the study when 20 men dropped out complaining of adverse side effects including depression, mood disorders, pain at injection site, muscle pain, increased libido and acne. Despite these issues, more than 75 per cent of participants said they would be willing to use this form of birth control.


The male birth control method had showed a stunning 96 per cent success rate.

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Nov 3, 2016

Who really invented Iraq’s ‘Al Robot’ combat drone?

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

https://youtube.com/watch?v=wn0ylHNCr0c

Iraqi militia forces debuted an unmanned ground combat vehicle this week — but was it really invented by two nameless Iraqi brothers?

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Nov 3, 2016

Glucosepane Crosslinks and Routes to Cleavage (Yale University)

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

This was a huge step forward for rejuvenation biotechnology earlier this year. Synthetic glucosepane can now be created on demand in the lab thanks to SENS research foundation and the work at Yale it is funding. Glucosepane is thought to be involved in hypertension and diabetes and so this research has important implications for these diseases as well as aging in general.


At Yale, we’re funding Dr. Spiegel’s essential work to characterise the molecular crosslink glucosepane, which stiffens blood vessels and skin as we age.

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Nov 3, 2016

A Plan to “Write” the Human Genome

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

George Church on the frontline of genetics once again!

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Nov 3, 2016

New Bionic Eye That Connects to The Brain Successfully Restores a Woman’s Sight

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, neuroscience, transhumanism

In Brief:

  • A new visual implant from SecondSight may help restore useful sight in more than 6 million additional people who aren’t candidates for the company’s previous implant model.
  • Recently, there are more options being developed to restore both hearing and sight in affected patients, such technology has the potential to improve the quality of life of countless people.

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Nov 3, 2016

Scientists May Have Identified the Particles That Make Up Dark Matter

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, supercomputing

In Brief:

  • Using an advanced supercomputer, scientists came up with a profile for dark matter, concluding that it may be made of axions of a specific type.
  • With this new information, the race is on to be the first to prove the existence of dark matter particles.

Understanding what dark matter is has proven to be amazingly difficult. Of course, one might expect this from a thing that is, for all intents and purposes, entirely invisible. Scientists have come to the conclusion that dark matter exists by observing the way gravity behaves—either our model of gravity is in need of an update, or dark matter exists. The latter is the most likely conclusion.

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Nov 3, 2016

Scientists Made Nanorobots That Can Release Drugs in The Body Using Mind-Control

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

Who would have thought that roaches, that’s right, C-O-C-K-R-O-A-C-H-E–S, could actually do something good for humanity? Well, it seems that they are helping out quite a lot.

Bar-Ilan University scientists, together with the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel, designed injectable nanobots, and they are testing them on these little critters. Remarkably, the technology controls the release of drugs that are needed for the brain using the brain itself. That’s right, using only brain power!

And down the road, this extra mind boost could be a lifesaver for many. The work was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Nov 3, 2016

International Space Station project partners are inching ever closer toward an agreement to begin the development of a new human outpost in the vicinity of the Moon

Posted by in category: space travel

If successful, the cis-lunar space station (a space station in the vicinity of the Moon) will be the largest international space project to date, influencing the direction of human space flight for decades to come.

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Nov 3, 2016

Revolutionary Politics Are Necessary for Transhumanism to Succeed

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, transhumanism

Here’s my new Vice Motherboard story on my experience running the Transhumanist Party for 2 years, before its leadership changes next week.


Transhumanist Party presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan explains his thoughts on how to move forward.

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