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May 11, 2016

New tattoo ink disappears in a year, can be removed on demand

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Anyone who has ever gotten, or even thought about getting a tattoo had heard a snarky warning from others about how they’re forever. Well, maybe they aren’t. A company called Ephemeral has designed a two-part system for tattoos that last about a year. It’d probably be a smart move for people who have trouble with commitment.

Traditional tattoos are permanent because the ink particles embedded in the skin are too large for the immune system to clear. Existing methods of tattoo removal with lasers essentially break the particles down until they can be easily cleared. Of course, it really, really hurts. Ephemeral has engineered a two-part system consisting of dye molecules encapsulated in a protective structure and a removal solution.

The protective coating of the dye molecules is engineered to last about one year, at which time it starts breaking down. The tattoo will begin fading rapidly at that point, though it’s not clear how long it will take to fully disappear. The removal solution can be added to the skin at any time by a tattoo machine over top of the Ephemeral tattoo to instantly break down the coating and “erase” parts or all of a tattoo.

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May 11, 2016

Samsung unveils the world’s highest capacity microSD card

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It’s gonna be a while before you get a ‘low storage’ warning with this tiny-yet-huge card.

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May 11, 2016

Stairs Light up with LED’s Each Time you Step

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May 10, 2016

Parallel-universe search focuses on neutrons

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Particles could be in a superposition of different branes, say physicists.

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May 10, 2016

Interesting Robotics/AI Animation 3

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Now, that’s a robot!

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May 10, 2016

Artificial intelligence turns $20 into $11,000 in Kentucky Derby bet

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An artificial intelligence platform that has previously predicted the winners of the Oscars and the Super Bowl has now won the “holy grail” of gambling: the Kentucky Derby Superfecta.

The human-based artificial intelligence—called UNU—predicted the first, second, third and fourth horses in the Derby at 540–1 odds, earning the technology’s inventor Louis Rosenberg $10,842 from a $20 dollar bet.

The technology wins holy grail of betting by predicting Kentucky Derby Superfecta.

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May 10, 2016

CoinFac Brings Quantum Computing Technology To Cryptocurrency Mining

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, information science, quantum physics, supercomputing

QC meets Blockchaining; nice.

CoinFac Limited, a technology company, has recently introduced the next generation quantum computing technology into cryptocurrency mining, allowing current Bitcoin and Altcoin miners to enjoy a 4,000 times speed increase.

Quantum computing is being perceived as the next generation of supercomputers capable of processing dense digital information and generating multi-sequential algorithmic solutions 100,000 times faster than conventional computers. With each quantum computing server costing at an exorbitant price tag of $5 Million — $10 Million, this revolutionary concoction comprising advanced technological servers with a new wave of currency systems, brings about the most uprising event in the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

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May 10, 2016

DARPA Robot Space Plane will replace the Space Shuttle

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Besides it not being a true space vehicle, XS-1 will be notable because it’ll be a drone, a robot space ship.

It will launch itself to the edge of space (basically 100 kilometers up there) and release its payload into LEO. It’s being called a plane because it’ll take-off and land like a plane on every mission.

DARPA’s toy will then be refueled and launched again. DARPA wants its space plane to be so reliable it can fly “10 times in 10 days.” DARPA expects the cost of a space plane flight to come to a measly $5 million compared to the $450 million once spent to launch a space shuttle.

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May 10, 2016

DARPA is building acoustic GPS for submarines and UUVs

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A new underwater GPS.

For all the benefits that the Global Positioning System provides to landlubbers and surface ships, GPS signals can’t penetrate seawater and therefore can’t be used by oceangoing vehicles like submarines or UUVs. That’s why DARPA is creating an acoustic navigation system, dubbed POSYDON (Positioning System for Deep Ocean Navigation), and has awarded the Draper group with its development contract.

The space-based GPS system relies on a constellation of satellites that remain in a fixed position relative to the surface of the Earth. The GPS receiver in your phone or car’s navigation system triangulates the signals it receives from those satellites to determine your position. The POSYDON system will perform the same basic function, just with sound instead. The plan is to set up a small number of long-range acoustic sources that a submarine or UUV could use to similarly triangulate its position without having to surface.

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May 10, 2016

2016 Sensors Expo & Conference to Feature Industry Pioneers as Keynote Speakers

Posted by in categories: electronics, futurism

For all the sensor enthusiists and hobbists out there; here is a conference just for you.

/ / — NEWTON, MA — (Marketwired) — 05/10/16 — The nation’s leading event focusing exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems, Sensors Expo & Conference (#Sensors16) today unveiled the two industry heavyweights who will keynote the 2016 event. Dr. Ken Gabriel, widely regarded as the founder of the Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) industry, will kick off the event on Wednesday, June 22nd; Ray Zinn, author of “Tough Things First” and Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO, will give his keynote address on Thursday, June 23rd. As the industry’s premier event, the 2016 Sensors Expo & Conference will bring together the foremost thought leaders and innovators to discuss the latest developments in sensing technologies and outline opportunities for the future. To learn more or to register, please visit

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ken Gabriel A veteran technologist with a distinguished track record of success across the public and private sectors, Dr. Ken Gabriel is credited with creating the MEMS industry through his role as co-founder of Akustica, a fabless semiconductor company that commercialized MEMS audio devices and sensors. In addition, Gabriel currently serves as Deputy Director of the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) Group at Google and is the CEO of Draper Laboratory. He has also held the role of Deputy Director, and then Acting Director, of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the Department of Defense where he led an agency with an annual budget of $3 billion that is charged with managing the Department’s portfolio of its most cutting edge projects to both create and avoid technology surprise.

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