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Jan 15, 2017

BAE Systems on Twitter

Posted by in category: surveillance

NEW laser technology could revolutionise battlefield surveillance by temporarily changing the earth’s atmosphere into a lens

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Jan 15, 2017

Asteroid Prospects: Facts & Future of Space Mining

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

By Kelsey Tollefson | Executive Editor John Lenker

The notion of harvesting resources from extraterrestrial sources is not a new one. The lure of untold bounties—orbiting just out of reach—has prompted generations of poets and presidents alike to expound upon the potential applications of space mining. These days, “space mining” is no longer a mere pipe dream.

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Jan 15, 2017

Hologram display

Posted by in category: holograms

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This hologram display for stores is a real showstopper.

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Jan 15, 2017

Cellular Reprogramming Rejuvenates Old Mice and Boosts Lifespans 30%

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

The quest for the fountain of youth is as ancient as humanity itself. Now, it appears scientists may have found the source.

Using a process designed to “reprogram” normal adult cells into pluripotent stem cells—cells that can transform into many different kinds of cells—researchers have managed to boost the life spans of mice by up to 30% and rejuvenate some of their tissues.

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Jan 15, 2017

A Newly Discovered “Bizarre” Virus is Breaking the Rules of Infection

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, particle physics

In Brief A multicomponent virus is divided into a number of different pieces. In this respect, each one is packaged separately into a viral particle. One particle of each type is needed for cell infection. And there’s a new one impacting animals.

A new type of virus has been identified, and it’s so weird, it’s challenging long-held notions of what it takes for a virus to infect and proliferate in an animal host.

Conventional wisdom states that if a single virus manages to insert its genes into a cell, the host becomes infected. But what if you chopped up that virus, and tried stuffing the pieces into an animal cell separately? It wouldn’t work, right?

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Jan 14, 2017

Does Memory Reside Outside the Brain?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

After decades of investigation, scientists are still unable to explain why no part of the brain seems responsible for storing memories.

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Jan 14, 2017

Why a New Group Aims to Elect More Scientists to the Government

Posted by in categories: climatology, education, government, mathematics, sustainability

Concerned that scientific views are not being properly represented in Washington, a new nonprofit group wants to get more scientists elected. 314 Action, named after the first three digits of pi, wants scientists to embrace the political process, running for all levels of government. The group’s aim is to get as many scientists elected as possible in the 2018 elections.

314 Action sees particular urgency for its work due to the rise of anti-science rhetoric on the Hill, especially from the right. The current Republican standard bearer President Trump has questioned the idea that climate change is caused by humans and seemingly encouraged debunked anti-vaccination opinions. With the appointments Trump made so far, it’s hard to believe his administration will advance scientific causes.

The 314 Action group describes its members as people who come from the STEM community whose goals are to increase communication between STEM community and elected officials, to actually elect STEM-trained candidates to public office, to increase presence of STEM ideas through the media, and to prevent the U.S. from falling further and further behind the rest of the world in math and science education.

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Jan 14, 2017

Institute of Exponential Sciences D.N.A conference: Liz Parrish

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

I missed this one. A Liz lecture with what they do and about regulation questions from the audience.

The fourth speaker at the “Designing New Advances” conference hosted by the Institute of Exponential Sciences in Utrecht. Liz Parrish, CEO BioViva Sciences, talks about her work. Learn more about gene therapies and ageing diseases.

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Jan 14, 2017

A London Restaurant Hired Dogs to Serve Beer and They’re Calling Them ‘Bark-Tenders’

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

I can say this is a first for me. Forget about AI taking your job; as our favorite friend will soon serve you a drink.

For one day, the Bar D’Alsace-tian in London will employ a team of Alsatian dogs to deliver cold bottles of beer to customer via a custom harness. Read on.

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Jan 14, 2017

Body-Pierced Gadget Turns You Into a Human Compass

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution, internet, neuroscience, transhumanism

Liviu Babitz is not content waiting around for evolution to improve upon his human form. Like other transhumanists, Babitz believes that science and technology can take a person’s intelligence, physical performance and psychological state to the next level, all in less than the span of a single lifetime.

To that end, he helped develop North Sense, a small silicone gadget that detects magnetic north. This is not a GPS device, nor a tracker. It’s not even connected to the Internet nor any other network. This is a new sensory organ designed to be pierced to a person’s body and vibrate each time the wearer faces magnetic north.

The idea is that over time, the brain will assimilate the vibration into the everyday human experience, enhancing it. That will open a person up to a world that exists beyond his or her own current capabilities.

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