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Jan 18, 2017

“The Black Hole That Gave Birth to the Universe” — (Weekend “Galaxy” Stream)

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

The big bang poses a big question: if it was indeed the cataclysm that blasted our universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago, what sparked it? Three researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo propose that the big bang could be the three-dimensional “mirage” of a collapsing star in a universe profoundly different than our own.

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Jan 18, 2017

Forget blood transfusions, the fountain of youth could be closer to hand

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

It seems more likely what you remove is more important than what you add with old blood.

The evidence is increasingly suggesting that dilution of pro-aging signals is why we are seeing rejuvenation when blood is exchanged between young and old animals. Forget transfusions the next step is to filter our own blood to promote health as we age.

#aging #crowdfundthecure

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Jan 18, 2017

Stem Cells Are Poised to Change Health and Medicine Forever

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

We are at the cusp of a stem cell revolution.

Understanding and harnessing these unique cells may unlock breakthroughs in longevity and therapeutic solutions to all kinds of chronic diseases and regenerative opportunities.

Last month, I took a trip down to the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City with Dr. Bob Hariri (co-Founder of Human Longevity Inc.) to get stem cell injections in my knee and shoulder as an alternative to reconstructive surgery.

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Jan 18, 2017

Royal Australian Air Force Using HoloLens to Experiment with Augmented Reality

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, habitats, military

The limitless applications of 3D data visualization will enable a more efficient approach to many of life’s problems. Each day, developers exploring this technology are finding new ways to solve these problems in mixed reality; 3D modeling, easier house management, spinal surgery, and forest fire management are just a few recent examples of ways 3D data visualization can benefit us all.

The military, on the other hand, has quite a different set of problems to manage.

From a logistics standpoint, there are a lot of moving parts in the military to consider such as personnel, deployment, training, resources, and supply lines, to name just a few things that have to be managed constantly. Here we are talking big-picture ideas that could utilize 3D data visualization from a top-down view. If we scale down to real-time operations for individual missions, there’s recon, intel, tracking, and response, and this list could keep going.

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Jan 18, 2017

It was nothing less than amazing speaking to the Masters Degree Program of Orthotics and Prosthetics at Eastern Michigan University today

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

I was able to demonstrate the Bebionic and its components while also hooking one of the students up to our small hand so they could get a taste of what it’s like to Bebionic. I also had the chance to demonstrate and speak on the importance of fitting patients with an ETD such as my Motion Control, Inc. from Fillauer to accompany the Bebion…ic hand.

We got to talk about the basic components of a myoelectric prosthesis as well as some of the advanced systems such as the Coapt Direct Control and Morph system from Infinite Biomedical Technologies, LLC. With all of the major advances in upper limb prosthetics in recent times it’s great to be part of this technology.

A big thanks to Wendy the program director and faculty for having me visit your program and for making me feel welcome. You have an amazing facility. I will be looking forward to revisiting the program this fall. Steeper Group Steeper USA.

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Jan 17, 2017

China’s First Manned Fuel Cell Aircraft Completes Maiden Flight

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

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Jan 17, 2017

China making super, super computer

Posted by in category: supercomputing

China plans to develop a prototype exascale computer by the end of the year, state media said on Tuesday, as it seeks to win a global race to be the first to build a machine capable of a billion, billion calculations per second.

If successful, the achievement would cement its place as a leading power in the world of supercomputing.

The Asian giant built the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight machine, in June last year, which was twice as fast as the previous number one.

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Jan 17, 2017

China to Launch Satellite For Predicting Earthquakes

Posted by in category: space

China will launch a satellite this year to gather electromagnetic data which may be used in monitoring and forecasting earthquakes.

According to China’s earthquake administrative agencies on Tuesday, the satellite will be launched in the latter half of this year, Xinhua news agency reported.

Movements of the Earth’s crust generate electromagnetic radiation which can be observed from space.

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Jan 17, 2017

Tech Groups Join Call for Congress to Ease FDA’s E-Cigarette Rules

Posted by in category: government

A coalition of 13 organizations, including think tanks like TechFreedom and High Tech Forum, called on Congress to pass legislation that would loosen regulations on electronic cigarette manufacturers that took effect last year.

The rules were finalized by the Food and Drug Administration in May and went into effect in August. The groups are challenging the FDA’s “deeming rule” that requires e-cigarette makers to go through what the coalition considers to be a “lengthy and expensive” application process for products that were not on the market before Feb. 15, 2007.

“The FDA has reflexively applied the precautionary principle, giving more weight to theoretical concerns about problems that might arise rather than any concrete evidence of harm,” the organizations wrote in a letter Tuesday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). “In doing so, the agency is depriving smokers of a demonstrably safer alternative out of pure speculation.”

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Jan 17, 2017

Call them ‘electronic persons’ because bots are people too

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The proposal primarily budgets for the fact that emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning may mature to surpass human intelligence in the future. Robots’ ability to learn from experience and take independent decisions has made them suitable for human-like interaction with its environment. In future, if a robot commits a mistake or omits a task, authorities should be able to trace back to the manufacturer or owner to check if the robot could have avoided the harmful behaviour. Through this legislation, manufacturers and owners could be held accountable for the machine’s action.

Logic of legislation

While a framework to regulate robotics is essential, the need for one is ‘imminent’ and not ‘immediate’, believes Patrick Schwarzkopf, the head of one of the Germany’s largest industry associations. He said that legislation like this would be needed “in 50 years, but not in 10 years”. A legislative framework around self-driving cars is probably a more immediate need.

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