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Jan 4, 2017

Fast radio bursts: Scientists find the source of the most mysterious message in the universe

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A mysterious signal coming from deep in the universe has finally been traced to its source.

Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs, have only been heard 18 times and have been a puzzle to scientists since they were detected in 2007. Nobody knows where they could be coming from or how they might be triggered, with speculation ranging from a huge star, jets of material shooting out of a black hole – or even aliens.

FRBs are powerful but very short radio waves, which last no more than a millisecond.

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Jan 4, 2017

Real ‘Jurassic World’ Scientist Says We Could Bring Back Dinosaurs As Pets

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Paleontologist Jack Horner participates in a “Jurassic World” Q&A at the Natural History Museum.

Here at Popular Science, we can’t wait to see Jurassic World, which opens in theaters nationwide today. I mean, who can resist velociraptor biker gangs:

But we were also curious about the real scientific research that inspired the movie. So we talked with Jack Horner, a noted paleontologist who has consulted on the entire Jurassic Park movie franchise, including Jurassic World.

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Jan 4, 2017

Apple Manufacturer Foxconn to Fully Replace Humans With Robots

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

In Brief

  • The Taiwanese company that manufactures Apple’s iPhone has announced a three-part plan to fully automate its factories, with hopes to achieve 30% automation by 2020.
  • The move could put as many as a million people out of work, another example of automation’s major implications for the global workforce.

Foxconn Electronics, the Taiwanese manufacturing company behind some of the biggest electronic brands’ devices, including Apple’s iPhone, has announced that it will ramp up automation processes at its Chinese factories. The goal is to eventually achieve full automation.

In an article published in Digitimes, General Manager Dai Jia-peng of Foxconn’s Automation Technology Development Committee explains that the process will unfold in three phases.

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Jan 4, 2017

Quantum Computers Ready to Leap Out of the Lab in 2017

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Google, Microsoft and a host of labs and start-ups are racing to turn scientific curiosities into working machines.

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Jan 4, 2017

This drone ambulance could be the difference between life and death

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Jan 4, 2017

NASA Should Build a Superhighway in Space

Posted by in categories: business, space

NASA needs to get out of the rocket business and start doing what it’s uniquely qualified for.

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Jan 4, 2017

NASA funds mission to study energy from black holes and other extremes

Posted by in category: cosmology

Polarized —

NASA funds mission to study energy from black holes and other extremes.

The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer should launch in 2020 and cost $188 million.

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Jan 4, 2017

A new space firm plans a commercial station to take over for the ISS

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The International Space Station is getting on in years, and at some point in the next decade we’re going to learn the date of its shutdown. But what comes next? A new company called Axiom Space has a plan to launch a commercial space station in the next few years, which would get its start as a module attached to the ISS.

It’s easy to shrug off a plan from a company you’ve never heard of, but Axiom has some big names on board. For example, it’s led by one Mike Suffredini, who managed NASA’s ISS program for 10 years. The time is fast approaching that we need to come up with a successor to the ISS, and Axiom’s commercial station could be it.

The plan calls for the core module to be launched around 2020. There are two versions of this phase of construction; one in which the 9×5 meter module (known as Module 1) is launched in one piece, and another where it’s sent up in pieces and assembled in orbit. Assembling in space would take longer, but sending it up as a single payload would be expensive and risky. The completed Module 1 will have its own propulsion, so it will fly to the ISS after reaching orbit.

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Jan 4, 2017

2020 presidential debates: Zuckerberg vs. Kanye vs. a robot

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Interesting article on future of elections in Newsweek:

Billionaire Facebook founder may follow in Trump’s footsteps in running for office without prior political experience.

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Jan 4, 2017

Cancer Treated With Cell Drip Into Man’s Brain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Brain cancer treated with patient’s own immune cells.

A man with an aggressive cancer in his brain and spine went into remission after doctors dripped his own white blood cells into his brain.

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