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Jun 10, 2016

Living Bacteria Can Now Store Data

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, computing, genetics

Using the CRISPR gene-editing tool, scientists from Harvard University have developed a technique that permanently records data into living cells. Incredibly, the information imprinted onto these microorganisms can be passed down to the next generation.

CRISPR/Cas9 is turning into an incredibly versatile tool. The cheap and easy-to-use molecular editing system that burst onto the biotech scene only a few years ago is being used for a host of applications, including genetic engineering, RNA editing, disease modeling, and fighting retroviruses like HIV. And now, as described in a new Science paper, it can also be used to turn lowly microorganisms into veritable hard drives.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/5935415/why-dna-is-the-future-of-data-storage

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Jun 10, 2016

Robots Threaten the Job Market, Warns India’s Central Bank Governor

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

India’s Central Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan has cautioned that robots are replacing human workers at an alarming rate, especially in the manufacturing sector, which could create political turmoil in emerging economies like India and Vietnam.

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Speaking at a book launching in Mumbai, Raghuram Rajan said:

“The emerging threat is: It is not the guy sitting in Bangalore but the robot next door which is going to take your job, and this creates enormous anxiety among the middle class. You can see this in the political dialogue that is taking place in the US as well as in the run-up to Brexit in Britain.”

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Jun 10, 2016

The World’s Oldest Computer May Have Been Used to Predict the Future

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, space

Discovered in an ancient shipwreck near Crete in 1901, the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism has been called the world’s first computer. A decades-long investigation into the 2,000 year-old-device is shedding new light onto this mysterious device, including the revelation that it may have been used for more than just astronomy.

The Antikythera Mechanism is one of the most fascinating and important archaeological discoveries ever made, one that reveals the remarkable technological and engineering capacities of the ancient Greeks as well as their excellent grasp of astronomy. This clock-like assembly of bronze gears and displays was used to predict lunar and solar eclipses, along with the positions of the sun, moon, and planets. It wasn’t programmable in the modern sense, but it’s considered the world’s first analog computer. Dating to around 60 BC, nothing quite like it would appear for another millennium.

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Jun 10, 2016

Researchers: 3D Printing Offers Great Benefits for Water Treatment Industry, But Progress is Slow Thus Far

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, sustainability

Interesting; however, I will be interested still how QC and 3D printing can converge and possibly address challenges such as this one, mass production of synthetic diamonds, cell circuitry, etc.

https://3dprint.com/137952/3d-printing-water-treatment-industry/


You might be surprised at how often 3D printing and water intermingle. After all though—as you’ll well remember if you try to go without it for a few hours—water is our life force. And as innovative 3D technology is used at the hands of researchers and innovators around the world to make positive transformations in nearly every industry, surely water should be included.

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Jun 10, 2016

3D bioprinting Pioneer Organovo Announce 2016 financial results

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, finance, health, physics

For every star performing biotech, life sciences or innovative 3D printing company there are another 9 where investors would have been better off keeping their cash under a mattress.

As Organovo report their first full year operating on a commercial basis we look for clues as to which category they might fit into. With more than 25 patents secured and another 80 pending, does the current share price and today’s published financial accounts tell the full story?

Organovo increased total revenue from $570 thousand in 2015 to $1.5 million for 2016. However, losses also increased from $30.8 million to $38.6 million. Although yet to turn a profit, Organovo were always going to generate a sizeable amount of text in the 3D Printing media and beyond. The promise of combining biophysics, developmental biology and of course 3D printing to advance healthcare and life sciences is an attractive proposition.

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Jun 10, 2016

Cody Wilson: the man who wants Americans to print their own 3D guns

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, law, terrorism

Wow — scary. Not scary for law abiding citizens to do this; scary due to criminals & terrorists. And, we have seen the ammo and high quanity gun clip already produced as well.


The 28-year-old is the face of open-source 3D gun design, an online movement of enthusiasts who use 3D printers and machining tools to build their own homemade weapons – ones that can shoot very real, and very deadly bullets.

Wilson isn’t some gun loon on an online soapbox; he is a well-educated, well-spoken, very argumentative young man who’s as responsible for creating his press portrayal as the journalists who’ve written about him. “I’m now more and more of a self-caricature,” he tells me. “I’ve had to become a fanatic over the past three years just to move the ball another three yards.”

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Jun 10, 2016

Sikorsky successfully tests autonomous helicopter flight for DARPA

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Nice.


Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has successfully completed the first phase of an autonomous flight project being developed for DARPA with an autonomous.

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Jun 10, 2016

Why everything will be gone in a century and how to save it

Posted by in category: internet

The “Father of the Internet AL Gore” — (just joking)

Vint Cerfis (known as the real Father of the Internet) is worried about the Digital Age disappearing.


Vint Cerf worries we’ll be no more than an “enigma.”

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Jun 10, 2016

UChicago Physicists First to See Behavior of Quantum Materials in Curved Space

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics, space

Check this out!

UChicago hasthis been able for the first time conduct an experiment shows the behavior of quantum materials in curved space. In their own words, “We are beginning to make our photons interact with each other. This opens up many possibilities, such as making crystalline or exotic quantum liquid states of light. We can then see how they respond to spatial curvature.”


Interplay of light, matter is of potential technological interestQuantum Hall state

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Jun 10, 2016

Google’s developing its own version of the Laws of Robotics

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Google is working on keeping robots from learning the wrong things, filtering their perceptions in a way we’re going to have to do more and more over time.

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