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Oct 18, 2016

The Nobel Prize for Chemistry goes to the creators of molecular machines

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Oct 18, 2016

An Electromagnetic Arms Race Has Begun: China Is Making Railguns Too

Posted by in categories: innovation, military

CASIC, a major Chinese defense contractor, has made major breakthroughs for China to build and deploy military railguns.

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Oct 18, 2016

Medical Innovations

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

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Oct 18, 2016

Google’s ‘DeepMind’ AI platform can now learn without human input

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Bow to your robot overlords. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, now possesses a smart AI capable of learning without the need for human input.

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Oct 18, 2016

Apple’s new director of AI research will speak at EmTech MIT 2016

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Ruslan Salakhutdinov, a deep-learning expert at Carnegie Mellon, is exploring smart ways for computers to learn about the world.

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Oct 18, 2016

Shailesh Prasad Photo

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Oct 18, 2016

Samsung’s 10nm node, SoCs now in mass production

Posted by in category: computing

Samsung announced today that it is rolling out 10nm technology for mass manufacturing, with hardware expected in early 2017.

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Oct 18, 2016

Graphene and Quantum Dots Come Together to Create “Hybrid” Tech

Posted by in categories: materials, quantum physics

In Brief:

This new development in photoelectronics makes the technology more cost (and quantum) efficient. This opens ways for graphene to be further integrated in the field of photoelectronics.

EICREA professors Frank Koppens and Gerasimos Konstantatos led researchers in the ICFO in developing a hybrid photodetector that is better-performing in terms of speed, accuracy and range, and operates in the visible spectrum, near infrared (NIR) and short-wave infrared (SWIR), with wavelengths ranging from 400 to 3000 nm.

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Oct 18, 2016

Antimatter and the Sail

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

Interesting!


An antimatter probe to a nearby star? The idea holds enormous appeal, given the colossal energies obtained when normal matter annihilates in contact with its antimatter equivalent. But as we’ve seen through the years on Centauri Dreams, such energies are all but impossible to engineer. Antimatter production is infinitesimal, the by-product of accelerators designed with a much different agenda. Moreover, antimatter storage is hellishly difficult, so that maintaining large quantities in a stable condition requires multiple breakthroughs.

All of which is why I became interested in the work Gerald Jackson and Steve Howe were doing at Hbar Technologies. Howe, in fact, became a key source when I put together the original book from which this site grew. This was back in 2002–2003, and I was captivated with the idea of what could be called an ‘antimatter sail.’ The idea, now part of a new Kickstarter campaign being launched by Jackson and Howe, is to work with mere milligrams of antimatter, allowing antiprotons to be released from the spacecraft into a uranium-enriched, five-meter sail.

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Oct 17, 2016

A paralyzed man used his mind-controlled robotic hand to shake hands with President Obama at a Pittsburgh tech event

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

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