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Oct 10, 2016

Starships of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

Want to reach for the stars? Here’s how to do it.

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Oct 10, 2016

Charlie Rose interviews…a robot?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

What happens when Charlie Rose attempts to interview a robot named “Sophia” for his 60 Minutes report on artificial intelligence.

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Oct 10, 2016

Robots That Teach Each Other

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

What if robots could figure out more things on their own and share that knowledge among themselves?

Availability: 3–5 years.

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Oct 10, 2016

Watch this incredibly realistic CGI girl move for the first time

Posted by in category: futurism

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Oct 10, 2016

In International Phase-3 Clinical Trial, New Drug Shown To Prolong Ovarian Cancer Remission

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

More than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in the United States, most of whom have advanced disease. Although chemotherapy can put the disease into remission, it often recurs and the treatment’s effectiveness tends to wane over time. As a result, ovarian cancer is the fifth most-common cause of cancer death in women.

On Saturday, a team of researchers including Stanford oncologist Jonathan Berek, MD, presented the results of an international, multi-center phase-3 clinical trial of a new oral medication called niraparib in 553 women with advanced, recurrent ovarian cancer at the annual meeting of the European Society for Molecular Oncology in Copenhagen. Berek, the Laurie Kraus Lacob Professor and director of the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, supervised Stanford’s involvement in the trial.

The aim of the study was to see whether niraparib could prolong the length of remission, also known as “progression-free survival,” in the women when compared to treatment with a placebo. As Berek described the niraparib treatment for me in an phone call, “This is a daily oral treatment with relatively low toxicity. Importantly, women don’t have to go to the hospital for regular infusions and are unlikely to experience significant hair loss.”

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Oct 10, 2016

A unique competition takes off

Posted by in category: futurism

Cybathlon 2016


The very first Cybathlon in the world took place today. The event was completely sold out: some 4,600 visitors packed into the SWISS Arena Kloten to support the 66 teams from various countries. The pilots pitted their skills in six disciplines and demonstrated most impressively how novel technologies can assist people with disabilities in their daily life.

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Oct 10, 2016

Commission plans cybersecurity rules for internet-connected machines

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, food, internet, law, policy, transportation

The European Commission is getting ready to propose new legislation to protect machines from cybersecurity breaches, signalling the executive’s growing interest in encouraging traditional European manufacturers to build more devices that are connected to the internet.

A new plan to overhaul EU telecoms law, which digital policy chiefs Günther Oettinger and Andrus Ansip presented three weeks ago, aims to speed up internet connections to meet the needs of big industries like car manufacturing and agriculture as they gradually use more internet functions.

But that transition to more and faster internet connections has caused many companies to worry that new products and industrial tools that rely on the internet will be more vulnerable to attacks from hackers.

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Oct 10, 2016

Ray Kurzweil — How are Brains Conscious?

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, Ray Kurzweil

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Oct 10, 2016

Scientists “too frightened” to tell truth on climate impacts — Climate Home

Posted by in category: environmental

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““The impact of extreme, often violent weather on crops in a world where the population continues to increase rapidly can only be disastrous,” he warns.”

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Oct 10, 2016

HyperCells: buildings that can build themselves

Posted by in categories: futurism, habitats

https://youtube.com/watch?v=nNO5ewmkLe8

Smart bricks that can self-assemble into structures could be the key to future disaster relief. Cathal O’Connell explains how they work.

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