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Vicarious will show off their progress to Artificial General Intelligence later this year

Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence startup Vicarious is developing a new way of processing data, inspired by the way information seems to flow through the brain. The company’s leaders say this gives computers something akin to imagination, which they hope will

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Billion dollar startup Otto developing $30,000 self driving kit to retrofit freight trucks

Levandowski left Google earlier this year to pursue his vision at Otto, a San Francisco startup the he co-founded with two other former Google employees, Lior Ron and Don Burnette, and another robotics expert, Claire Delaunay. Otto is aiming to

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Zika Virus link to shrunken baby brains confirmed and the case for delaying the Olympic games in Brazil

The Zika virus could spread to Europe this summer, although the likelihood of an outbreak is low to moderate, the World Health Organization has said. Areas most at risk are those where Aedes mosquitoes may spread the virus, like the

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Magnetoshell Aerocapture for Manned Missions and Planetary Deep Space Orbiters

It is clear from past mission studies that a manned Mars mission, as well as deep space planetary orbiters will require aerobraking and aerocapture which use aerodynamic drag forces to slow the spacecraft. Aerocapture would enable long term studies of

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Diamond on silicon chips are running at 100 Gigahertz and can also make power chips for directing 10,000 volts

Diamond computer chips running at 100-GHz have been demonstrated by Akhan Semiconductor. They are currently using design rules in the 100s of nanometers. Developers are focusing on power applications on 12-inch wafers. They hope to drive down the costs of

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New 60 gram wearable pendant for cardiac monitoring

A new cardiac monitoring system, theACT (Ambulatory Cardiac Telemetry) from LifeWatch AG was approved to go on the market in 2015. It consists of two physical units: a small pendant with four cardiac electrodes and a smartphone programmed to be

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Machine-learning techniques could revolutionize materials science

Researchers are using computer modeling and machine-learning techniques to generate libraries of candidate materials by the tens of thousands. Even data from failed experiments can provide useful input1. Many of these candidates are completely hypothetical, but engineers are already beginning

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Highlights of US report to Congress on China’s Military in 2016

the 2016 Annual Report to congress on Military and Security Developments Involving the People’sRepublic of China has been published (156 pages) In 2015, China unveiled sweeping organizational reforms to overhaul the entire military structure. These reforms aim to strengthen the

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Some organisms can stop or reverse the aging process

Several organisms can stop or reverse the aging process. After spawning its polyps, the adult Turritopsis nutricula regresses back to a polyp, beginning its life anew. This is accomplished by turning adult cells back into stem cells, going against the

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HRL receives DARPA award to STAMP learning into the brain with accelerated learning from low current brain stimulation

What if low-current electrical brain stimulation could be used to accelerate learning and dramatically reduce training time and costs? The Biological Technologies Office (BTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded HRL Laboratories, LLC, funding for a

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Outdoor air pollution is killing over 3 million per year and world air pollution increased by 8% from 2008 to 2013

Air pollution is a killer, and it’s getting worse. All forms of air pollution is causing the premature death of ten million people per year Outdoor air pollution increased by 8% from 2008 to 2013 Outdoor air pollution is still

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Hydrogen doped graphene can make graphene magnetic for a material to enable spintronic devices

By inserting hydrogen atoms into the lattice of a graphene sheet, researchers from Spain and Egypt say an array of electrons in nanoscale domains encoded with magnetic spin can transform the material into a spintronic successor to silicon. Graphene, predicted

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European company ATOS targets exaflop supercomputer by 2020

Atos Chairman and CEO, Thierry Breton claims the Bull sequana is the first exascale-class supercomputer offering a thousand times more performance than current petaflops-scale systems. Computer manufacturer Atos has named its first customer for Bull sequana, a supercomputer design it

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Starshot Breakthrough Initiative for laser pushed interstellar nanocraft

Breakthrough Starshot aims to demonstrate proof of concept for ultra-fast light-driven nanocrafts, and lay the foundations for a first launch to Alpha Centauri within the next generation. Along the way, the project could generate important supplementary benefits to astronomy, including

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Precision Navigation Without GPS

The U.S. military relies heavily on GPS signals to conduct its mission-critical operations. U.S. adversaries have taken note and developed capabilities to disrupt access to the satellite signals. North Korea, for example, has blocked GPS access along its border, and

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Most recent US Navy plan is to have 308 ships by 2021

Here is a draft of the US Navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan and it holds to the Navy’s goal of reaching a 308-ship navy over the next five years. Congress is already considering additional ships they want to build. Virginia-class attack

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China plans to build 20 floating nuclear powerplants for areas like the South China Sea

In January, Xu Dazhe, the director of the China Atomic Energy Authority, told reporters in Beijing that China was planning to develop offshore floating nuclear energy plants, saying they “must undergo a rigorous, scientific evaluation,” but also linking these to

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US Air Force will have first combat lasers on large C-17 and C-130s and then later miniaturized for F-16 and F-35 fighter jets

The US Air Force plans to arm its fleet of drones and fighter jets with high-tech laser weapons. Air Force Research Laboratory officials have said they plan to have a program of record for air-fired laser weapons in place by

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First Global Topographic Model of Mercury

NASA’s MESSENGER mission has unveiled the first global digital elevation model (DEM) of Mercury, revealing in stunning detail the topography across the entire innermost planet and paving the way for scientists to fully characterize Mercury’s geologic history. The global topographic

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 307

1. James Conca, Forbes – Will The Truth About Chernobyl Ever Come Out? Yes, it already has, but the truth is so much more boring than the assertions of megadeath, that it generally gets ignored. Today, April 26th, marks the

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