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Oct 5, 2016

Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to designers of molecular motors

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

The Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to scientists based in the US, France, and the Netherlands for breakthroughs in designing molecular machines that can carry out tasks— and even mimic a four-wheel-drive car — when given a jolt of energy.

Winners J. Fraser Stoddart, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, and Bernard L. Feringa discovered how to build tiny motors — 1,000 times thinner than a strand of hair.

The machinery includes rings on axles, spinning blades, and even unimaginably small creations consisting of only a few molecules that can lift themselves off a surface like tiny robots rising on tip-toe. Those molecular robots can pluck, grasp, and connect individual amino acids. The machines can also be used as a novel mechanism of drug delivery.

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Oct 5, 2016

Robot surgeons and artificial life: the promise of tiny machines

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

What are the potential uses for molecular machines, which have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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Oct 5, 2016

A nerve agent antidote that could be taken before an attack

Posted by in category: materials

Nerve agents are molecular weapons that invade the body and sabotage part of the nervous system, causing horrific symptoms and sometimes death within minutes. Few antidotes exist, and those that do must be administered soon after an attack. But now scientists report in the journal ACS Nano an early-stage development of a potential treatment that soldiers or others could take before such agents are unleashed.

One particular antidote, an enzyme called organophosphorus acid anhydrolase (OPAA), has attracted attention recently for its ability to break down . But the body’s immune system gets rid of it quickly. Packaging the enzyme in liposome nanocarriers gives the antidote greater staying power, but handling and storing the liposomes is complicated. So Omar K. Farha and colleagues wanted to make a potentially simpler carrier.

For a material, the researchers turned to porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), a class of hybrid materials made of metallic ions and organic ligands that are easy to store and handle at room temperature. They used a zirconium-based MOF and loaded it with the antidote. Testing showed the MOF-encapsulated enzyme was even more effective at breaking down the nerve agent simulant diisopropyl fluorophosphate and the nerve agent soman than the antidote by itself.

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Oct 5, 2016

Forget the robocalypse— ‘Homo connecticus’ may be what’s coming

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

This new species will coexist peacefully with humans, one Turing Award winner says…

Robots’ potential to take over the world is a commonly expressed fear in the world of AI, but at least one Turing Award winner doesn’t see it happening that way. Rather than replacing mankind, technology will create a new kind of human that will coexist with its predecessors while taking advantage of new tech-enabled tools.

So argued Raj Reddy, former founding director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and 1994 winner of the Turing Award, at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany last week.

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Oct 5, 2016

Watch a Quantum Computing Expert Describe How the World’s About to Change

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, robotics/AI

This type of computer not really 4 personal use. Because it calculates in every possible way its task in a fraction of second. I belive that this type of computer is built to run ai. Or to run recognition software just to give example. But just imagine the possibilities.

Quantum physics, with its descriptions of bizarre properties like entanglement and superposition, can sound like a science fiction fever dream. Yet this branch of physics, no matter how counterintuitive it seems sometimes, describes the universe all around us: As physicists have told often told me, we live in a quantum world. Soon, this will be better reflected in our technology, and everything it can do.

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Oct 5, 2016

Samsung Electronics to acquire artificial intelligence firm Viv, run

Posted by in categories: finance, mobile phones, robotics/AI, wearables

SEOUL Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it is acquiring U.S. artificial intelligence (AI) platform developer Viv Labs Inc, a firm run by a co-creator of Apple Inc’s Siri voice assistant program.

Samsung said in a statement it plans to integrate the San Jose-based company’s AI platform, called Viv, into the Galaxy smartphones and expand voice-assistant services to home appliances and wearable technology devices.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Oct 5, 2016

‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Keeps Getting Stranger

Posted by in category: alien life

World ring desighned to collect hellium 3?

The more scientists learn about “Tabby’s Star,” the more mysterious the bizarre object gets.

Newly analyzed observations by NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope show that the star KIC 8462852 — whose occasional, dramatic dips in brightness still have astronomers scratching their heads — has also dimmed overall during the last few years.

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Oct 5, 2016

(Im)mortality: Researchers Find That Human Lifespan Has A Max Limit

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

In Brief.

  • New research concludes that human lifespan has already reached its peak of 125 years.
  • The research does not take into account synthetic biology and advancements in biotech that could extend lifespans further.

Scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine assert that they have discovered the maximum lifespan of human beings, and it’s a range we may no longer be able to exceed. Dr. Jan Vijg, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Einstein, lead the research, which was published online today in the journal Nature.

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Oct 5, 2016

‘Smart clothing’ could someday power cell phones with the sun’s rays

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, solar power, sustainability

Batteries in smart phones and other portable electronics often die at inopportune times. Carrying a spare battery is one solution. As an alternative, researchers have tried to create fibers to incorporate in clothing that would power these devices. However, many of these fibers can’t withstand clothing manufacturing, especially weaving and cutting.

Now, in the journal ACS Nano, scientists report the first fibers suitable for weaving into tailorable textiles that can capture and release solar energy.

To collect solar power, Wenjie Mai, Xing Fan and colleagues created two different types of fibers. One contained titanium or a manganese-coated polymer along with zinc oxide, a dye and an electrolyte. These fibers were then interlaced with copper-coated polymer wires to create the solar cell section of the textile. To store power, the researchers developed a second type of fiber. This one was made of titanium, , a thin carbon shell to prevent oxidation and an electrolyte. These were woven with cotton yarn.

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Oct 5, 2016

Boeing says it will overtake Elon Musk in race to Mars

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Now THIS is a competition I’m absolutely ecstatic to see take hold!

Elon Musk wants to put humans on Mars by 2025, but the Boeing CEO says the first person to arrive on the planet will do so on a Boeing rocket.

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