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Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it? | Phil McDuff

We need to throw the kitchen sink at this with a total rethink of our relationship to ownership, work and capital, says economics writer Phil McDuff

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Origami Robot Gripper

Paper: http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/120930 News story: https://www.csail.mit.edu/news/new-robot-hand-soft-and-strong

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The New Space Age: Experts Ponder the Future of Cosmic Exploration

In 10 to 50 years, spaceflight might take us to the surface of the Red Planet, to the discovery of an Earth-like exoplanet and beyond. But, according to a group of experts, this future will depend on international collaboration, determination, and increasing access to space for people around the world.

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Scientists grow 'mini-brain on the move' that can contract muscle

Cambridge researchers grew 'organoid' that spontaneously connected to spinal cord

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XO exoskeleton from Sarcos wins another U.S. contract

SALT LAKE CITY and BELLEVUE, Wash. - Today, Sarcos Robotics announced that it has been awarded a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver a pre-production version of its Guardian XO full-body, autonomously powered robotic exoskeleton.

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Working women are more at risk of job automation than men

Among the positions with more than a 90% chance of becoming automated are administrative assistant, office clerk, bookkeeper and cashier - all fields dominated by women.

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Intel will build the first exascale supercomputer in the US

"Achieving exascale is imperative, not only to better the scientific community, but also to better the lives of everyday Americans," said Sec. Perry. "Aurora and the next generation of exascale supercomputers will apply [high-performance computing] and AI technologies to areas such as cancer research, climate modeling and veterans' health treatments."

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A "halo drive" could accelerate interstellar spacecraft to close to the speed of light

X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Amsterdam/N.Rea et al; Optical: DSS Back in 2016, the physicist Stephen Hawking and the billionaire Yuri Milner unveiled a plan to travel to the stars. The so-called Breakthrough Starshot project is a $100 million program to develop and demonstrate the technologies necessary to visit a nearby star system.

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JPMorgan Chase tests neuroscience-based video games to recruit interns

NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co is testing neuroscience-based video games to help recruit interns, as it seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce by broadening its candidate pool.

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Stem cell work could stem the aging process

Recently on A Firm Foundation for Life, we broadcast from the Texas Medical Center in Houston, the largest medical complex in the world with over 110,000 employees, 21 hospitals and eight specialty institutions. Our featured guest was Dr. Robert Roush, with the Huffington Center on Aging.

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Could nanotechnology be a form of spinal cord injury treatment?

To improve the quality of life of those suffering a spinal cord injury, ByAxon, an EU project funded by the FET programme, is bringing together a consortium of researchers from across Europe to develop a new wave of spinal cord injury treatment.

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China's multibillion-dollar plan to topple US in fastest supercomputer race

China is banking on its Shuguang supercomputers, operating about 50 per cent faster than the best current US machines, to help it regain the crown it lost to the US last year.

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Report: DeepMind will control any artificial general intelligence it creates, not Alphabet/Google

DeepMind - quite prominently - claims to be the "world leader in artificial intelligence research." AlphaGo and AlphaStar certainly lend credence to that title, but the Alphabet division's end goal is artificial general intelligence (AGI). If it ever achieves that landmark accomplishment, DeepMind - and not its parent company - will reportedly retain control.

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Donald Trump is reportedly no fan of self-driving cars

US president Donald Trump, a man habituated to being driven everywhere he goes, is reportedly not a fan of self-driving car technology. Citing four sources who've seen and heard Trump commenting on autonomous vehicles, Axios says the president's attitude in private is one of express antipathy.

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IBM May Have Found a Path to Dealing with Decoherence in Current Quantum Computers

In a recent Nature paper, researchers from IBM and other institutions devised two quantum algorithms to train a quantum support vector machine (SVM) classifier and proposed a novel approach to dealing with decoherence and noise in current quantum hardware.

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