warrenellis + sci   118

We need an ‘AI sidekick’ to fight malicious AI
(Centaur AI mode - the usual joke being, what end of the centaur do we get to be)
ai  tech  sci 
january 2019 by warrenellis
Roundworms Just Came Back to Life After 40,000 Years Frozen in Siberian Permafrost
(first the Black Sarcophagus, now they wake up the prehistoric iceworms, how very 2018)
history  sci  cryogenics 
july 2018 by warrenellis
Enhancement of human color vision by breaking the binocular redundancy
"This technique
represents a significant enhancement of the spectral perception of typical humans, and may have
applications ranging from camouflage detection and anti-counterfeiting to art and data visualization"
sci  med  body 
april 2017 by warrenellis
Scientists Predict Existence of Flat Liquid | Physics | Sci-News.com
Now, physicists at the University of Jyväskylä have conducted quantum molecular dynamics simulations that predict a liquid phase in atomically thin gold islands that patch small pores of graphene.
june 2015 by warrenellis
33rd Square | Memories Found To Be Preserved During The Cryonics Process
"Until recently it hasn’t been understood whether important higher-level functions, like memory, are preserved in the natural cryonic process. Now, Natasha Vita-More and Daniel Barranco, have proven for the first time that cryogenically-suspended nematode worms keep their memories after reanimation."
sci  med 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Pill of super-protective 'heavy' fat may be key to eternal youth - health - 13 May 2015 - New Scientist
"COULD a shiny orange capsule of modified fat help to keep you young? For the first time next month, fats designed to reinforce our cells against age-related damage will be given to people in a clinical trial. The participants have a rare genetic disorder, but if the treatment works for them, it could eventually help us all live longer, more youthful lives, says the scientist behind the work."
sci  med  longevity 
may 2015 by warrenellis
Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos : Nature News & Comment
The technique used by Huang’s team involves injecting embryos with the enzyme complex CRISPR/Cas9, which binds and splices DNA at specific locations. The complex can be programmed to target a problematic gene, which is then replaced or repaired by another molecule introduced at the same time. The system is well studied in human adult cells and in animal embryos. But there had been no published reports of its use in human embryos.
genetics  med  sci 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Scientists in China Just Edited Genes in Human Embryos for the First Time | Motherboard
The low success rate suggests that CRISPR-Cas9 is not anywhere near ready for primetime in human embryos, according to Art​hur Caplan, head of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

“This is a rather inauspicious start,” said Caplan. “The technique didn’t cleave where the scientists wanted, they got crossovers they didn’t expect—I’d say the experiment didn’t work very well.”
genetics  med  sci 
april 2015 by warrenellis
What Are the Colors of Alien Life? - The New Yorker
"Rothschild has been collaborating with a team of undergraduates from Stanford and Brown to engineer an artificial extremophile called Hell Cell; the project, or one like it, may free future astronomers from their terracentricity by giving them access to the biosignatures of speculative, synthetic life-forms. "

sci  space  bio 
april 2015 by warrenellis
BBC News - Micro-machines journey inside animal for first time
"In a case of science fiction meeting reality, microscopic "machines" have journeyed inside a living animal for the first time. The tiny devices delivered a cargo of nano-particles into the stomach lining of a mouse."
sci  tech 
january 2015 by warrenellis
PLOS ONE: Identifiable Images of Bystanders Extracted from Corneal Reflections
"Here we combined robust face perception and high-resolution photography to mine face photographs for hidden information. By zooming in on high-resolution face photographs, we were able to recover images of unseen bystanders from reflections in the subjects' eyes."
crime  sci  tech 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Synthetic biology could be big boost to interplanetary space travel
In the cover story of today's issue of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, four bioengineers describe how synthetic biology – what some have termed "genetic engineering on steroids" – could allow space travelers to use microbes to produce their own fuel, food, medicines and building materials from raw feedstocks readily available on Mars or the moon, instead of carrying all supplies aboard the spacecraft or making them at the destination with conventional non-biological methods.
sci  bio  space 
november 2014 by warrenellis
Scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds: Many Interacting Worlds theory challenges foundations of quantum science -- ScienceDaily
"The team proposes that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. That is, rather than evolving independently, nearby worlds influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics."
october 2014 by warrenellis
Constructor Theory
"The basic principle of constructor theory is that all fundamental laws of nature are expressible entirely in terms of statements of which tasks (i.e. classes of physical transformations) are possible and which are impossible, and why. This is a new mode of explanation, intended to supersede the prevailing conception of fundamental physics which seeks to explain the world in terms of its state (describing everything that is there) and laws of motion (describing how the everything changes with time). By regarding counter-factuals ('X is possible' or 'X is impossible') as first-class, exact statements, constructor theory brings all sorts of interesting fields, currently regarded as inherently approximative, potentially into fundamental physics. These include the theories of information, knowledge, thermodynamics, life, and of course the universal constructor."
october 2014 by warrenellis
K. Eric Drexler on the future of nanotechnology
"K. Eric Drexler of Oxford University discusses his latest book Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization. Drexler, who has been referred to as “the founding father of nanotechnology” covers how society can conserve resources and make more efficient products through nanotechnology; how nanotechnology can solve some of the world’s most pressing problems; how this varies from what you’ve seen in science fiction; and, how we can improve manufacturing at the molecular level."
podcast  audio  nano  sci 
october 2014 by warrenellis
New Particle Is Both Matter and Antimatter - Scientific American
"Physicists think that every particle of matter has an antimatter counterpart with equal mass but opposite charge. When matter meets its antimatter equivalent, the two annihilate one another. But some particles might be their own antimatter partners, according to a 1937 prediction by Italian physicist Ettore Majorana. For the first time researchers say they have imaged one of these Majorana particles"
sci  quantum 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Hugh Everett: The man who gave us the multiverse - physics-math - 25 September 2014 - New Scientist
"Hugh Everett's many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics arose from what must have been the most world-changing drinking session of all time. One evening in 1954, in a student hall at Princeton University, grad student Everett was drinking sherry with his friends when he came up with the idea that quantum effects cause the universe to constantly split."
sci  space 
october 2014 by warrenellis
New material steals oxygen from air
"Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen can be released again when and where it is needed"
october 2014 by warrenellis
Is our universe a conscious hologram?
"Yes, and I have solved it" - good god, Dr. Jack Sarfatti is still alive
mad  sci  weird 
september 2014 by warrenellis
2014/09/10 DARPA Program “Grows” Lasers Directly on Silicon-Based Microchips
"DARPA’s Electronic-Photonic Heterogeneous Integration (E-PHI) program has successfully integrated billions of light-emitting dots on silicon to create an efficient silicon-based laser. The breakthrough, achieved by researchers working on the program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), will enable the production of inexpensive and robust microsystems that exceed the performance capabilities of current technologies."
sci  tech 
september 2014 by warrenellis
The Satanic Service of Fireflies | Hazlitt Magazine | Hazlitt
The photon emission resulting from the reaction would tell her just how well her special cells were expressing His Biological Namesake, from which she could determine just how busy this gene du jour was. It never mattered to her what gene she was testing; she was just there for the light. She’d trick the cells into expressing luciferin, open them up, and swirl in His enzyme.
sci  writing 
september 2014 by warrenellis
Initial Success! | Experiment
"Can we biologically extend the range of human vision into the near infrared?"
sci  bodymod 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Radical New Theory Could Kill the Multiverse Hypothesis | Science | WIRED
"Though galaxies look larger than atoms and elephants appear to outweigh ants, some physicists have begun to suspect that size differences are illusory. Perhaps the fundamental description of the universe does not include the concepts of “mass” and “length,” implying that at its core, nature lacks a sense of scale."
august 2014 by warrenellis
Young blood to be used in ultimate rejuvenation trial - health - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist
"In October, people with Alzheimer's disease will be injected with the blood of young people in the hope that it will reverse some of the damage caused by the condition."
med  sci 
august 2014 by warrenellis
The Improbable Scenario of the Runaway Future: Deconstructing the Singularity | World Future Society
"But a new species fusing technology and humanity to become super-beings and elites of a global technocracy – this is conceivable, possible and doable. I cannot support, though, the concept of any post-human future from a philosophical, ethical and social perspective.

"Kurzweil, though, argues that by mid-century, humanity will be indistinguishable from our technology, presupposing we will fuse completely with our technology, and that by the end of this century “the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will be trillions of trillions of times more powerful than unaided intelligence”"
sci  bodymod 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Design to Expand Human Potential - Interview with Natasha Vita-More | The Creativity Post
"Another feature which I developed for this concept is what I call “Substrate Autonomous Person”, meaning that the person wearing or using this body would be able to move back and forth between platforms or environments seamlessly."
sci  bodymod 
june 2014 by warrenellis
BBC Radio 4 - Four Thought, Series 4, Rachel Armstrong
"Rachel Armstrong proposes we should harness the computing power of the natural world to create new sustainable ways of living."
peopleIknow  listenlater  sci  comp 
may 2014 by warrenellis
MIT School of Science
"At the core of much of Dincă’s current research is the goal of making a particular kind of porous material called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which have traditionally been used for gas storage and separation. Dincă and colleagues are intent on synthesizing new MOFs that conduct electricity, a function these materials currently lack."
sci  chem 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Human psychophysiology, macroscopic ... [J Altern Complement Med. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI
"Ending with several experimental examples wherein a therapeutically processed device and an unprocessed device are critically compared, one finds strong evidence to propose that an information entanglement process is converting the unprocessed device to a functional replica of the processed device in that its therapeutic efficacy is comparable to that of the treatment device. Furthermore, arguments are provided to indicate that a practitioner's biofield is capable of expanding the range of diagnostic capability of commercial measurement instruments so that the practitioner/device hybrid system becomes a potent psychoenergetic instrument for diagnostic and treatment purposes."
sci  med 
april 2014 by warrenellis
New Quantum Theory Could Explain the Flow of Time | Science | WIRED
“Finally, we can understand why a cup of coffee equilibrates in a room,” said Tony Short, a quantum physicist at Bristol. “Entanglement builds up between the state of the coffee cup and the state of the room.”
sci  time 
april 2014 by warrenellis
In His Image: Cloning of a Man
"In 1978, J.B. Lippincott Company published as fact a story previously told only as science fiction: the tale of an eccentric, wealthy businessman longing for a son -- but not exactly a son. Instead, the California millionaire in his twilight years is looking for more than an heir: he is looking for a clone of himself."
sci  weird  bullshit? 
april 2014 by warrenellis
[1401.1219] Consciousness as a State of Matter
We examine the hypothesis that consciousness can be understood as a state of matter, "perceptronium", with distinctive information processing abilities.
sci  neuro  mind 
april 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - China cloning on an 'industrial scale'
"This place produces an astonishing 500 cloned pigs a year: China is exploiting science on an industrial scale."
cloning  sci  med 
january 2014 by warrenellis
Cosmology in ghost-free bigravity theory with twin matter fluids: The origin of "dark matter" [CL] | arXiver
"We study dynamics of Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker (FLRW) spacetime based on the ghost-free bigravity theory. Assuming the coupling parameters guaranteeing the existence of de Sitter space as well as Minkowski spacetime, we find two stable attractors for spacetime with “twin” dust matter fields: One is de Sitter accelerating universe and the other is matter dominated universe. Although a considerable number of initial data leads to de Sitter universe, we also find matter dominated universe or spacetime with a future singularity for some initial data. The cosmic no-hair conjecture does not exactly hold..." Science writing as demented poetry. My favourite.
sci  space 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Human Origins: The Other Parent
"If we conclude that pigs did in fact cross with apes to produce the human race, then an avalanche of old ideas must crash to the earth."
bio  sci 
august 2013 by warrenellis
GR20/Amaldi10: Space-time is not the same for everyone
different elementary particles "experience" the existence of different space-times
july 2013 by warrenellis
Scientists detect dark lightning linked to visible lightning
"Researchers have identified a burst of high-energy radiation known as 'dark lightning" immediately preceding a flash of ordinary lightning. The new finding provides observational evidence that the two phenomena are connected, although the exact nature of the relationship between ordinary bright lightning and the dark variety is still unclear, the scientists said." DARK LIGHTNING
april 2013 by warrenellis
LHC team observes first instance of D-mesons oscillating between matter and antimatter
"Put simply, antimatter is identical to matter except that it exists with an opposite electrical charge. In this new research, the team was studying mesons—a group that along with other particles are made up of quarks. Mesons are made up of just two quarks, one matter, the other antimatter. Research over the years has led to theories that the quarks that exist as part of mesons, can oscillate between matter and antimatter."
march 2013 by warrenellis
Time reversal findings may open doors to the future
"Imagine a cell phone charger that recharges your phone remotely without even knowing where it is; a device that targets and destroys tumors, wherever they are in the body; or a security field that can disable electronics, even a listening device hiding in a prosthetic toe, without knowing where it is."
time  timetravel  sci  tech 
february 2013 by warrenellis
What if Google Could Think Like You Do? – ReadWrite
"The New York Times reported Monday that the Obama Administration is close to announcing the Brain Activity Map, which scientists quoted by the paper say could be on the scale of the The Human Genome Project, a $3.8 billion project to map the human genome that, the Times reported, returned $800 billion in jobs and other benefits."
sci  med  neuro 
february 2013 by warrenellis
The nuclear reactor in your basement
"How would you like to replace your water heater with a nuclear reactor? That's what Joseph Zawodny, a senior scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center, hopes to help bring about. It would tap the enormous power of the atom to provide hot water for your bath, warm air for your furnace system, and more than enough electricity to run your house and, of course, your electric car."
sci  tech  energy 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Curves in spacetime violate Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
"If an object traveling through spacetime can loop back in time in a certain way, then its trajectory can allow a pair of its components to be measured with perfect accuracy, violating Heisenberg's uncertainty principle"
sci  timetravel 
february 2013 by warrenellis
BBC News - Lab rats 'acquire sixth sense'
"An experimental device allowed the rats to "touch" infrared light - which is normally invisible to them."
sci  tech  bodymod 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Sound bullets in water
"In 2010, researchers at Caltech led by Chiara Daraio, a professor of aeronautics and applied physics, developed a nonlinear acoustic lens that can focus high-amplitude pressure pulses into compact "sound bullets." In that initial work, the scientists demonstrated how sound bullets form in solids. Now, they have done themselves one better, creating a device that can form and control those bullets in water." SOUND BULLETS. Ah, world, you are too good to me, some days.
sci  med 
november 2012 by warrenellis
First Teleportation From One Macroscopic Object to Another | MIT Technology Review
"...practical quantum routers and the quantum internet that relies on them are just around the corner."
sci  comms 
november 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - Popular physics theory running out of hiding places
"If superparticles were to exist the decay would happen far more often. This test is one of the "golden" tests for supersymmetry and it is one that on the face of it this hugely popular theory among physicists has failed."
november 2012 by warrenellis
Interstellar travelers may be helped by physicist's calculations that solve the Pioneer anomaly
"Kopeikin's research suggests that the photons move faster than expected from the Newtonian theory thus causing the appearance of deceleration, though the craft were actually traveling at the correct speed predicted by the theory."
space  sci 
october 2012 by warrenellis
Physics team proposes a way to create an actual space-time crystal
He suggested that it should be possible to construct a so called space-time crystal by adding a fourth dimension, movement in time, to the structure of a crystal, causing it to become an infinitely running clock of sorts
sci  time 
july 2012 by warrenellis
Bee research breakthrough might lead to artificial vision
"An international research breakthrough with bees means machines might soon be able to see almost as well as humans. The Australian and French research shows that honeybees use multiple rules to solve complex visual problems."
sci  gz  drones  tech 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Chinese group breaks distance record for teleporting qubits
"In this context, teleportation is used to denote the exchange of information describing the states of two separate entities without having to move any actual information through the space between them."
sci  tech  comms 
may 2012 by warrenellis
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