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Jan 27, 2017

U.S. scientists could have squeezed hydrogen all the way into a potentially superconducting metal

Posted by in categories: computing, physics, transportation

For over 80 years, scientists all round the world have dreamt of converting hydrogen, the first element of the periodic table, into a metal. And now, after hundreds of failed attempts in the history, scientists from U.S. have finally managed the feat by compressing hydrogen so profoundly that it has turned into a metal!

Back in 1935, physicists Hillard Bell Huntington and Eugene Wigner proposed a theory that hydrogen, which normally exists in a gaseous state, could transform into metallic state once exposed to extreme pressure. Since then many scientists have tried to practically prove the theory — albeit unsuccessfully. However, this discovery, which was published in the journal ‘Science’ on Thursday, is the first confirmation of the theory.

The metallic hydrogen is a potential superconductor, a material with extraordinary electricity conducting capabilities, a quality which makes it a very expensive metal. But it holds the ability of revolutionizing the world of ultra fast super computers, high speed levitation trains, or any other thing which involves conduction of electricity.

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Jan 27, 2017

Virtual reality ‘could help treat vertigo’

Posted by in category: virtual reality

Virtual reality could be used to diagnose and treat visual vertigo, according to a team of Cardiff University psychologists.

People with the condition suffer from dizziness and nausea and often cite places with repetitive visual patterns, such as supermarkets, as the trigger.

A team of psychologists is working to develop virtual environments to help with diagnosis and rehabilitation.

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Jan 27, 2017

DARPA genetically modified humans for a super soldier army

Posted by in categories: genetics, military

Universal soldier is here.…dier-army#

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Jan 27, 2017

DARPA teams with Flex Logix to develop FPGA technology for government agencies designing ICs

Posted by in categories: computing, government

DARPA licenses embedded FPGA tech for U.S. government projects.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as DARPA, just signed an agreement to work with Flex Logix, a semiconductor start-up, to develop the young company’s EFLX embedded FPGA technology for use by any company or government agency designing integrated circuits for the U.S. government.

FPGAs have been widely used in systems since the 1980s and, at the system level, provide flexibility and programmability different from what processors can do. Many years ago, ARM took the idea of a processor chip and offered a processor architecture, which could be embedded in chips. Although it took time, embedded processors are now nearly ubiquitous. Flex Logix is doing the same for embedded FPGAs.

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Jan 27, 2017

IARPA launching two programs aimed at making fingerprints more reliable biometrics

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

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the intelligence community’s research arm, will soon launch two programs designed to detect fake fingerprints and develop devices to collect fingerprint data without the aid of a human operator, according to a report by GCN.

The Odin program, which is scheduled to begin with four prime developers in early March, will develop detection technologies that can spot presentation attacks on biometric devices that attempt to spoof physical biometric samples, said Chris Boehnen, senior program manager at IARPA.

Boehnen said that prosthetic fingers, fake fingerprints made with wood glue and other tactics can dupe current fingerprint sensors.

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Jan 27, 2017

Harvard Physicists Say Hydrogen Finally Turns Into Metal, But Not Everyone Is Convinced

Posted by in categories: physics, space

Squeezed between two pieces of man-made diamond in the laboratory, hydrogen has finally been transformed into a metallic form that is believed to exist inside planets such as Jupiter, scientists revealed last Thursday.

Metallic hydrogen, deemed the rarest and potentially among the most valuable on Earth, was theorized almost a century ago. If certain theoretical predictions hold true, the hydrogen could turn into a solid metal that can remain solid once crushing pressure is removed. It could also serve as a room-temperature superconductor, conducting electricity sans resistance.

“This is the holy grail of high-pressure physics,” said Harvard physics professor Isaac Silvera, who created the material along with postdoctoral fellow Ranga Dias.

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Jan 27, 2017

Video Friday: Muscle for Tough Robots, Cobots on Wheels, and WALK-MAN Goes for a Walk

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Here is a thought besides Robots with muscles; Robots working out in gyms or robot body builders. We’re already talking about Civil Rights for Robots and muscle for tough robots. Why not a gym along with the pyschologist for robots. And, don’t get me started on the whole substance abusing robots.

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robot videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

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Jan 27, 2017

Concept of new projector the virtual reality

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, virtual reality

My verdict is still out; however, a good start.

Future of technology, Innovation, The Future Now, future technology devices concept, future technology 2010,future technology predictions, the future of cell phones, hi-tech future gadgets.

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Jan 27, 2017

The merging of humans and machines is happening now

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

Of course it is and has been for a few years now with BMI tech, etc. However, it has drastically evolved in the recent 3 years. Can’t wait to see where we are in anouther 2 years…

Her organisation invented the internet. It gave us the self-driving car. And now DARPA’s former boss sees us crossing a new technological boundary.

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Jan 27, 2017

Could Synthetic DNA Be the Next Tech Breakthrough?

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

Is Synbio the next big thing? Hmmm; depends. If we’re talking about ensuring that we have a solid foundation/ infrastructure (including platforms; etc.) on QC 1st then with the existing evolution and maturity of the fundamentals around Synbio as a 1st step; then accelerating the further maturity of Synbio into creating super humans and singularity? My answer is yes. If we’re not even considering that we need QC and just focused on Synbio only; my answer is No as QC will be required as a foundation for things like real Humanoid AI, cell circuited humans/ super humans, etc.

Why we might soon be buying silk, wood, and more fabricated out of genetic code.

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