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This fall, the world's largest telescope will begin its scientific mission. Made up of radio telescopes in Chile, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Africa, and Sweden, the e-VLBI - for electronic very long baseline interferometer - creates in effect a telescope with a diameter of 11,000 kilometers.
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Made popular on August 01 2008, submitted by Andres
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Perhaps the most striking fact revealed by the global financial crash -- or rather, by the reaction to it -- is the staggering, astonishing, gargantuan amount of money that the governments of the world have at their command.
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Made popular on October 12 2008, submitted by Arlind
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Ray Kurzweil believes we stand on the threshold of the most profound and transformative event in the history of humanity, the “Singularity." He sees a radical evolution of the human species in the next 40 years. The merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no... More
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Made popular on August 30 2008, submitted by Andres
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Researchers at The Wistar Institute have deciphered the structure of the active region of telomerase, an enzyme that plays a major role in the development of nearly all human cancers. The landmark achievement opens the door to the creation of new, broadly effective cancer drugs, as well as anti-aging therapies.
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Made popular on September 01 2008, submitted by Arlind
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Intel's chief technology officer has predicted that humans will create computers smarter than themselves within the next 40 years. Speaking at the final keynote of the Intel Developer Forum Justin Rattner said that the company, currently celebrating its 40th birthday, would create true artificial intelligence by 2048.
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Made popular on August 31 2008, submitted by Andres
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Scientists have made a genetic breakthrough which they claim could extend human life and even protect against cancer. They carried out experiments on mice which made them live 45 per cent longer and left them free from tumours.
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Made popular on September 01 2008, submitted by Arlind
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Raymond Kurzweil plans to release two new films about the singularity. Transcendent Man, in post-production (2009) and The Singularity is Near which is going to complete filming this summer and is scheduled to be released early 2009. In regards to Transcendent Man, Felicia Ptolemy wrote: "This film tells the story of Ray Kurzweil's early days as an inventor, including his influences, successes a... More
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Made popular on August 01 2008, submitted by Andres
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This week a group of leading technology vendors and users have formed the IP for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance, whose goal is promoting the Internet Protocol (IP) as the networking technology best suited for connecting sensor- and actuator-equipped or "smart" objects and delivering information gathered by those objects. Smart objects are objects in the physical world that - typically with the he... More
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Made popular on September 21 2008, submitted by Andres
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One of the biggest challenges facing brain-computer interface researchers today is the basic mechanics of the interface itself. The easiest and least invasive method is a set of electrodes -- a device known as an electroencephalograph (EEG) -- attached to the scalp. The electrodes can read brain signals. However, the skull blocks a lot of the electrical signal, and it distorts what does get through... More
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Made popular on July 17 2008, submitted by Andres
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In this paper, James Hughes sets out to defend human genetic engineering with a new bioethical approach, post-humanism, combined with a radical democratic political framework.
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Made popular on July 17 2008, submitted by Andres
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Technological evolution is the name of a science and technology studies theory describing technology development, developed by Czech philosopher Radovan Richta.
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Made popular on July 17 2008, submitted by Andres
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The “consensus” on man-made global warming may have received a mortal wound. Physics & Society, The journal of the 46,000-member American Physical Society, just published “Climate Sensitivity Revisited,” by Viscount Christopher Monckton. [...] Viscount Monckton contends that the climate alarmists have mistakenly pre-programmed their computer models with equations that overstate the ... More
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Made popular on July 25 2008, submitted by Donjoe
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Anthropologists recently conducted a fly-by over a tribal village in the Envira rain forest near the Brazilian-Peruvian border. It is strongly suspected that these Amerindians have never made contact with the modern world. Assuming this is not a hoax or error of some sort, the captured images are nothing short of incredible -- as if the anthropologists had traveled back in time, as George Dvorsk... More
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Made popular on July 17 2008, submitted by Andres
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Magnetic forces at the center of the galaxy have twisted a nebula into the shape of DNA, the first time it has been observed in the cosmos. The DNA nebula is about 80 light-years long and about 300 light-years from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Magnetic field lines at the galactic center are about 1,000 times stronger than on Earth. They run perpendicular to the ... More
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Made popular on July 17 2008, submitted by Andres
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The sun has been lying low for the past couple of years, producing no sunspots and giving a break to satellites. This is usually a normal process, but this period is extending longer than usual and some scientists are starting to worry.
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Made popular on July 17 2008, submitted by Andres
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A new discovery by a scientist from The University of Western Ontario provides conclusive evidence which supports decades-old evolutionary doctrines long accepted as fact.
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Made popular on July 17 2008, submitted by Andres
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The much anticipated H Plus Magazine, a transhumanist webzine, is now available online.
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Here is an emotional and important essay on Parenting, Living & Dying. It is titled "Love You and Miss You, Mommy" and it is the diary of Michelle Mayer, a 39 year old mother of 2 battling a rare autoimmune disease called scleroderma. "I spent my morning finishing the birthday cards that will accompany the children's future birthday gifts. I bought each child a birthday gift for every birthday b... More
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MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld and technology futurist Ray Kurzweil both believe that we are on the event horizon of a technological singularity.
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Made popular on August 01 2008, submitted by Andres
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The IEEE Spectrum has a special report on the Technological Singularity.
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Secure optical data storage could soon literally be at your fingertips thanks to work being carried out in Japan. Yoshio Hayasaki and his colleagues have discovered that data can be written into a human fingernail by irradiating it with femtosecond laser pulses. Back in 2005 capacities were said to be up to 5 mega bits and the stored data lasted for 6 months - the length of time it takes a fing... More
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Made popular on August 06 2008, submitted by Andres
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People sometimes ask me why am I such an optimist about the progress of technology in general and the technological singularity in particular? Well, my reply is simple. I choose to focus on the upside. I choose to be a deliberate, conscious optimist. That is not to say that I suggest we ought to ignore the many dangers that lie certainly ahead of us. What it means is that, once I’ve done... More
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In a seminar held at CERN today, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson. Their results are based on the analysis of considerably more data than those presented at the summer conferences, sufficient to make significant progress in the search for the Higgs boson, but not enough to make any conclusive statement on the existence or non-ex... More
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Made popular on December 13 2011, submitted by Andres
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Originally published in 2005 with the launch of The Singularity is Near. Ray Kurzweil answers some questions concerning the singularity.
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Made popular on December 11 2011, submitted by Jonjon
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The Chinese Singularity By: Ben Goertzel Published: January 4, 2010 Dr. Hugo de Garis, the father of evolvable hardware and a redoubtable AI researcher, moved to China several years ago, and is now leading the Artificial Brain Lab at Xiamen University. He is convinced a Singularity in the vein of Vinge and Kurzweil is likely to occur later this century — and that China is the most likely p... More
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