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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flights criticised as 'dangerous, dead-end tech'

Australian astronaut Andy Thomas says space tourism bid is 'really just a high-altitude aeroplane flight'

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Lightyear partners with LeasePlan NL to deliver first AWD solar-powered family car

Solar race spawned Lightyear plans to partner with Dutch-based car leasing service LeasePlan to release the first consumer solar-based vehicle by 2020. Lightyear has been aiming to create a consumer version of an energy positive solar vehicle for years now, effectively meaning they produce more energy than they consume.

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Artificial intelligence, natural stupidity

Psychologist Amos Tversky, with Daniel Kahneman, collaborated not on artificial intelligence, but on the study of natural stupidity. Their research into cognitive biases eventually became recognized in an emerging field of behavioral economics. In hindsight, I can claim to have received an "A" in a Ph.D.

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Waste plan floats bottle deposit scheme

Consumers will have to pay a returnable deposit on bottles, cans and disposable cups under a new government strategy. The strategy also compels councils to provide separate collections for food waste. Recycling will be made less confusing for households, and manufacturers will need to foot the cost of disposing of the goods they produce.

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Who Needs Verizon? Blockstream Broadcasts Entire Bitcoin Blockchain From Space

A new age of bitcoin is about to begin, as users around the world will no longer need internet access to spend the cryptocurrency on everyday transactions. The startup Blockstream, which raised $101 million from Khosla Ventures and others, is now streaming the entire bitcoin blockchain from five satellites strategically positioned in orbit around Earth to reach all major landmasses.

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Cities could be where universal basic income takes root

In response, a growing number of politicians, social scientists, and even tech entrepreneurs- with names like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sam Altman at the fore-are viewing universal basic income (UBI) as a policy tool that could help curb these detrimental effects.

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The discovery giving the Great Barrier Reef a fighting chance

It's the discovery that could help "buffer" the Great Barrier Reef from a raft of climate change impacts, including ocean acidification. Australian scientists have found the largest mass of a type of marine plant hailed for their ability to more efficiently and more powerfully remove carbon from the atmosphere.

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Solar-powered car breaks world record in efficiency during 4,100 km Australian trip

As advancements are made in both photovoltaic technology and solar-powered car design, efficiency rates have been skyrocketing. Nowhere has this been more apparent, or exciting, than in the field of solar-powered racing. A team from the University of NSW just obliterated the previous solar-powered car efficiency record.

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Microsoft Develops A.I. That Understands Laughter Enough to Judge Comedy

Modern-day open mics of the battle of the bands occasionally make use of applause meters, which are often times less than accurate. But Microsoft has developed an artificial intelligence capable of detecting how hard a person is laughing that could easily be used to judge a comedy show.

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Tomorrow Now: Envisioning The Next Fifty Years | Bruce Sterling with Samit Basu

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ExxonMobil Shareholders' Push for Emissions Targets Shows Investors Want Climate Action, Not Platitudes

WASHINGTON (December 17, 2018)-Following the close of international climate talks in Poland, ExxonMobil investors filed a resolution calling on the company to set and disclose carbon emissions reduction targets for its products and operations in line with Paris Agreement temperature goals.

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First Functional Fully 3D-Printed Electric Motorcycle

BigRep's NOWlab built an electric motorcycle that, excluding the electrical components, consists purely of 3D printed parts. The e-bike, NERA, was designed by Marco Mattia Cristofori and Maximilian Sedlak and NOWlab's co-founder, Daniel B√ľning, directed the project.

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Researchers may have just found a cure for dementia

Posted December 18, 2018 09:56:07 Dementia patients could soon have their memory restored and symptoms of the disease reversed thanks to a landmark study in Queensland. Researchers have found they can blast away the "toxic plaque" from the brain using non-invasive, non-toxic treatments and an ultrasound.

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Reverse-engineered heart cells clump and pump - Futurity

A new model could be an important step toward making diseased hearts heal themselves, scientists say, reducing the need for bypass surgery, heart transplants, or artificial pumping devices. For the new study, researchers removed connective tissue cells from a human heart, "reverse-engineered" them into heart stem cells, then "re-engineered" them into heart muscle cells.

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MIT can shrink 3D objects down to nanoscale versions

The scientists' approach starts by creating a scaffold made of polyacrylate, an absorbent material you find in diapers. They then soak the structure in a solution of fluorescein molecules that attach to the scaffold when exposed to light -- creators can use lasers to place most any particle wherever they want, whether it's genetic material or metal nanoparticles.

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