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Sep 24, 2016

China’s Micius Military Quantum Satellite Reports Important Progress

Posted by in categories: encryption, military, quantum physics, satellites

Quantum encryption uses the principle of “quantum entanglement” to foster communication that’s totally safe against eavesdropping and decryption by others.

The satellite’s true military nature is being disguised under the civilian name, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale, or QUESS. Publicly, QUESS is being billed as an international research project in the field of quantum physics.

Micius or Mozi is operated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) while the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences run the satellite’s European receiving stations. The quantum satellite was launched last Aug. 16 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert.

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Sep 24, 2016

Weekend Being: Jacob Koshy writes on Manu Prakash, an engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Posted by in category: futurism

Frugality, crafting inexpensive knock-offs and making do with little may be the ethos of India’s pharmaceutical industry, its manufacturing sector and the spirit with which our scientists conduct their research but an Indian-origin bio-engineer at Stanford University has just won one of America’s grandest prizes — the MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant — worth Rs.4 crore for designing a $1 microscope.

Towards do-it-yourself science

Manu Prakash from Rampur, Uttar Pradesh and an engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, has made a name for fashioning ingenious devices that make the essence of science — observation and experiments — accessible to those who can’t afford expensive instruments.

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Sep 24, 2016

Pin-less computer navigated total knee replacement, used by Dr Anil Arora in North India

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

New Delhi [India]: Knee replacement technology has undergone sea change with years passing by.

With time and progress in technology the surgeons and researchers are constantly working towards achieving perfection in each surgery. One such example is ‘Computer Navigated Knee Replacement Surgery.’

Pinless Computer Navigated Total Knee Replacement technology is used by Dr Anil Arora, the head of unit and lead consultant of department of Orthopedics at Max Super Specialty Hospital, for Knee Replacement, in North India.

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Sep 24, 2016

Microsoft Will Treat Cancer Like Computer Virus, Vows To ‘Solve’ Cance Within 10 Years?

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

Microsoft has announced to solve’ cancer within the next decade by ‘reprogramming’ diseased cells like computer virus.

Researchers were able to prevent the death of neurons that causes ALS by introducing a genetic mutation to prevent the SOD1 protein from clumping.

The growing resistance of Gonorrhea, alarmed the researchers.

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Sep 24, 2016

The Age of Biotech: Can Bioengineered Rhino Horns Bring An End to Poaching?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Awesome; how about Elephant tusks, etc.

In Brief.

California biotech company Pembient has announced its production of synthetic rhino horns, in the hopes of providing an ethical alternative to purchasing from poachers. Conservationist groups express worries over any unintended impact.

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Sep 24, 2016

Bioengineered bacteria could be used to 3D print food, medicine, and tools on Mars

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, solar power, space travel, sustainability

Just like checking your bag on a commercial airline, space travel comes with some pretty big weight restrictions. How big? According to estimates, reaching space costs a whopping $10,000 per pound, which means that every ounce saved has a big impact on the bottom line.

That’s where a group of Danish researchers comes in. The team is working on a synthetic biology project called CosmoCrops, which hopes to use bacteria to make it possible to 3D print everything needed for a respectable space mission, using a cutting-edge co-culturing system. And it could even make life better for those of us back on Earth in the process.

“We are trying to make space exploration cheaper, because many inventions we use in our daily life were invented because of space exploration, like Velcro and solar energy,” Joachim Larsen, one of the students working on the project, told Digital Trends. “The way we want to achieve this is to [be] able to produce everything from food to medicine and bioplastic for 3D printers out in space — making the space rocket a lot lighter.”

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Sep 24, 2016

11 Most Fascinating 3D Printed Houses In The World

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats

A 3D printed house, does it really exist? Here are the most fascinating 3D printed houses in the world, from tiny town cabins to an entire village.

“What’s wrong with brick and mortar, glass and concrete?”, you might ask. “Why to build a 3D printed house?” Apart from the obvious answer – because we can -, there are various good reasons for using 3D printing methods in constructing buildings:

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Sep 24, 2016

The robot bodyguard is coming — and you’ll want one

Posted by in categories: business, law enforcement, military, robotics/AI, security, transhumanism

My new story for VentureBeat on the coming of robot bodyguards. I’ll be speaking about this next week at RoboBusiness 2016, a major robotics conference in San Jose:

I recently consulted with the US Navy on all things “transhuman.” In those conversations about how science and technology can help the human race evolve beyond its natural limits, it was clear that military is keen on replacing human soldiers with both fighting and peacekeeping machines so American military lives never have to come under fire or be in harm’s way.

However, it’s the peacekeeping technology that is particularly interesting for many civilians. While you wouldn’t want an armed Terminator in your home, you might like a robot that travels with you and offers personal protection, like a bodyguard. In a survey by Travelzoo of 6,000 participants, nearly 80 percent of people said they expect robots to be a significant part of their lives by 2020 — and that those robots might even join them on holidays.

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Sep 24, 2016

Nvidia links up with Foxconn, Quanta on AI servers

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI, transportation

TAIPEI — Leading graphics chip designer Nvidia said on Wednesday that it had formed a partnership with Foxconn Technology Group and Quanta Computer to develop servers that offer artificial intelligence capabilities.

“In the long term, artificial intelligence computing has the largest market potential, as every data center in the future will have artificial intelligence,” Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang told an audience at a tech forum in Taipei on Wednesday.

The development of next-generation technologies including connected devices, driverless cars and smart cities require servers that can handle massive amounts of data, images and videos.

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Sep 24, 2016

Inside Google DeepMind’s Latest Attempts to Achieve a General Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Google DeepMind is working on progressive neural networks to bring us closer to a multi-functional ‘general’ artificial intelligence (AI), but we are still some distance away.

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