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Oct 3, 2016

Drum rolled Carbon fiber tethers five times stronger than Kevlar and Mach 8 spaceplane can place payloads into orbit at super low cost

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, space travel

In 2009, Carbon nanotube tethers with a strength of 9 N/Tex [9 million newton meters/kg] is over twice as strong as any fibers ever produced before.

In 2016, Jian Nong Wang and his colleagues made nanotubes with a process akin to glass blowing: Using a stream of nitrogen gas, they injected ethanol, with a small amount of ferrocene and thiophene added as catalysts, into a 50-mm-wide horizontal tube placed in furnace at 1,150–1,130 °C.

They packed the nanotubes even more densely by pressing the film repeatedly between two rollers.

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Oct 3, 2016

What Are the Absolute Worst Cities to Work in Right Now?

Posted by in categories: life extension, mobile phones, robotics/AI, transportation

My new story for TechCrunch on why a new generation of kids might “really” love robots. What would Freud say?


Robots intrigue us. We all like them. But most of us don’t love them. That may dramatically change over the next 10 years as the “robot nanny” makes its way into our households.

In as little time as a decade, affordable robots that can bottle-feed babies, change diapers and put a child to sleep might be here. The human-machine bond that a new generation of kids grows up with may be unbreakable. We may end up literally loving our machines almost like we do our mothers and fathers.

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Oct 3, 2016

Researchers shed light on repair mechanism for severe corneal injuries

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

More progress in repairing damage to the cornea which could have implications for aging research as well as for injury.


Media Contacts: Suzanne Day Media Relations, Mass. Eye and Ear 617−573−3897 [email protected]

New findings may pave the way for the development of pharmaceutical therapies to reverse corneal scarring

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Oct 3, 2016

The First Reprogrammable Quantum Computer Has Been Created

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

In Brief.

Researchers have published a paper demonstrating how they were able to create the first fully programmable and reprogrammable quantum computer in the world. Other quantum computers in existence at the moment can only run one type of operation.

While several other teams and companies, including computer technology giant IBM, are in on the race towards quantum computing, all the quantum computers presented thus far can only run one type of operation—which is ironic, seeing as quantum computers can theoretically run more operations than there are atoms in the universe.

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Oct 3, 2016

VR Odor Mask

Posted by in category: virtual reality

First, you could see virtual reality. Then, you were able to hear and feel virtual reality.

Now, you can “smell” virtual reality?

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Oct 3, 2016

Google might release a new laptop and tablet that run on a completely new operating system

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

Multiple reports claim that Google’s long-rumored merger of Android and Chrome OS will soon come to fruition.

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Oct 3, 2016

Acne sufferers live longer, research suggests

Posted by in category: life extension

Interesting article that suggests Acne sufferers may live longer.


Spotty teenagers may have the last laugh over their peers with perfect skin after research found that those who suffer from acne are likely to live longer.

Their cells have a built-in protection against ageing which is likely to make them look better in later life, a study has found.

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Oct 3, 2016

Robot Nurses Will Make Shortages Obsolete

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

By 2022, one million nurse jobs will be unfilled—leaving patients with lower quality care and longer waits. But what if robots could do the job?

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Oct 3, 2016

Can we build AI without losing control over it?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris — and not just in some theoretical way. We’re going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven’t yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.

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Oct 2, 2016

A Global Monopoly Just Took Over The Internet, And No One Even Noticed

Posted by in categories: government, internet

Hmmmm.


By: Claire Bernish / (The Free Thought Project) On Saturday, the United States ceded oversight of one of the Internet’s most basic and fundamental functions — the so-called “root zone,” which governs new domain names and addresses — handing it over to a small non-profit group by allowing a 47-year contract to expire.

For decades, the U.S. Commerce Department held a contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — whose executives and board of directors must now report to an Internet “stakeholder community,” loosely comprised of academics, activists, engineers, government officials, and corporate interests.

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