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We Could Find Aliens by Spotting Their Satellites

Alien civilizations with technology on par with humanity's could be detectable using today's instruments. A new study suggests that if geostationary satellites are thick enough around an alien world, they could be spotted with telescopes already hunting for undiscovered planets.

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New development in contact lenses for red-green colour blindness using simple dye

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a contact lens that may help people with colour blindness simply by using a low cost dye, according to research published today (26 April 2018) in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials.

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CRISPR: The gene-editing tool revolutionizing biomedical research

It's challenging to tell a story about something that's invisible to the naked eye and tricky to explain. But it's one we undertook, because rarely does a discovery come along that could revolutionize medicine. It's called CRISPR and it stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.

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3D-printed plastic folds itself into amazing shapes - Futurity

Researchers have taken advantage of a common defect of the least-expensive kind of 3D printer to produce flat plastic items that, when heated, fold themselves into predetermined shapes, such as a rose, a boat, and even a bunny.

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The Floating City, Long a Libertarian Dream, Faces Rough Seas

The Seasteading Institute wants to construct a network of ocean structures to liberate humanity from state control (and taxes). In 1972, millionaire Michael Oliver founded a sovereign state off the coast of Tonga. He chose a shallow reef buffeted by ocean currents, and contracted a company to build an island dredged from the seabed.

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Calcium-based MRI sensor enables more sensitive brain imaging

MIT neuroscientists have developed an MRI sensor that lets them monitor neuron activity deep within the brain by tracking calcium ions. This type of sensing could allow researchers to link specific brain functions to their pattern of neuron activity, and to determine how distant brain regions communicate with each other during particular tasks.

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New catalyst turns ammonia into an innovative clean fuel

Taking measures against climate change and converting into societies that use significant amounts of renewable energy for power are two of the most important issues common to developed countries today. One promising technology ...

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New Tech Marries the Best of Photonics and Electronics on the Same Silicon Chip

Optical communication has revolutionized long-distance data transfer, but scaling it down to microchips is tougher. Now, though, a new technique means optical components can be integrated into general purpose chips using standard manufacturing processes and materials. Light can carry data faster than electrical connections, which makes it highly attractive to chipmakers eager to boost the speeds of their devices.

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Chilling Or Thrilling? JD.com Founder Envisions A '100%' Robot Workforce

AI and robotics are on the verge of revolutionizing retail. China's JD.com is at the forefront of the revolution, aiming for 100% automation - "no human beings anymore, 100% operated by AI and robots," as CEO Richard Liu said in a recent interview.

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Rising Sea Levels Could Render 'Thousands' of Islands Uninhabitable Before 2065

A new Pentagon-funded study published in Science Advances last week claims that rising sea-levels will render "thousands" of tropical islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans uninhabitable by the middle of the century. The study focused on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean and specifically Roi-Namur Island, where the US runs a military base that is home to over 1,200 personnel and civilians.

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We May Not Know When Automation Will Take Over, but the Anxiety Is Already Here

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. In an interview last year, Treasury Secretary Steven Munchin told Axios that job automation was "not even on our radar screen," citing that the risk was still "50-100 more years away."

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This Canadian professor says sex robots could save marriages

A Canadian professor has argued that bringing a sex robot into the bedroom could be the best thing to happen to a marriage. Marina Adshade, a professor at the University of British Columbia's Vancouver School of Economics, has said that using sex robots could complement human companionships in marriage, in a chapter in the book Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications.

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The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant, and the Courage to Speak Out in Opposition to Aging

It has been thirteen years since Nick Bostrom published The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant, a clear call to action regarding our relationship with aging and medical technology. The world has come to treat aging and the vast tide of death and suffering it causes as something set in stone, and so it was, for in past generations even the best of medicine could do little to influence the course of aging.

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These 'Spooky' Entangled Atoms Just Brought Quantum Computing One Step Closer

Scientists have made the biggest and most complex quantum-computer network yet, getting 20 different entangled quantum bits, or qubits, to talk to each other. The team was then able to read out the information contained in all those so-called qubits, creating a prototype of quantum "short-term memory" for the computer.

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Nepal's medical drones bring healthcare to the Himalayas

Thousands of people living in remote areas of Nepal have no access to proper healthcare facilities By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, April 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Nepali labourer Om Bahadur Purja sprained his leg in his remote village he would have faced a four-hour trek to the nearest medical centre - but for a pioneering scheme to bring healthcare to the Himalayas.

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