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    oldish news, but something that I'm very much into, my second msn article of the day trololo

    The universe could turn out to be a "vast and complex hologram", meaning that life in 3D is an illusion, astrophysicists have said.

    Researchers from the University of Southampton, working with colleagues from Canada and Italy, say they have found substantial evidence of a holographic universe - an idea first suggested in the 1990s.

    They reached their conclusion after investigating irregularities in the cosmic microwave background - otherwise known as the "afterglow" of the Big Bang.

    Evidence for the theory matches more traditional explanations in strength, they have said.

    Thus, what we think of as our 3D world may be an illusion.

    Professor of mathematical sciences at Southampton, Kostas Skenderis, said it was similar to watching a 3D film in the cinema.

    While we perceive the pictures as having height, width and depth, they do in fact come from a flat screen.

    In a 3D universe, Professor Skenderis said, the difference is that we are able to touch objects, and the "projection" appears to be "real", even though it could be an illusion.

    He also compared the idea to the "hologram on a credit card ... however, this time, the entire universe is encoded".

    "Holography is a huge leap forward in the way we think about the structure and creation of the universe," Professor Skenderis added.

    "Einstein's theory of general relativity explains almost everything large scale in the universe very well, but starts to unravel when examining its origins and mechanisms at quantum level.

    "Scientists have been working for decades to combine Einstein's theory of gravity and quantum theory.

    "Some believe the concept of a holographic universe has the potential to reconcile the two.

    "I hope our research takes us another step towards this."
    http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/...cid=spartanntp

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    UAE plans to build 'mini city' on Mars by 2117






    Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Tuesday announced the Mars 2117 project which aims to build a miniature city on the Red Planet within 100 years.
    Sheikh Mohammed, also Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, said the UAE was currently among the world's top nine investors in space science.
    In a series of tweets accompanied by photos of what it describes as the planet's first miniature city, he said the 2117 Mars project aimed to build knowledge and scientific capabilities, involving the conversion of local universities into research centres.
    The project, launched at the World Government Summit, will focus on parallel research into exploring means of mobility, housing, energy and food as well as speeding up the time it takes to travel to the planet.

    “The new project is a seed that we plant today, and we expect future generations to reap the benefits, driven by its passion to learn to unveil a new knowledge,” Sheikh Mohammed added. “The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans. Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality.”
    The first phase of the project will focus on preparing the human cadres able to achieve scientific breakthrough to facilitate the arrival of humans to the Red Planet in the next decades.
    The Mars 2117 Project will start with an Emirati scientific team and will be extended to include international scientists and researchers.
    In November, Sheikh Mohammed approved the final designs of the UAE's Mars Hope probe which is scheduled to reach the Red Planet in 2021.
    He gave the green light to start manufacturing the probe’s prototypes, the Arab world’s first Mars probe.
    The approval came as Sheikh Mohammed inaugurated a new satellite manufacturing facility at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai.
    In 2015, Dubai unveiled the blueprints for the first Arab mission to Mars.

    The Hope probe is scheduled to leave Earth in 2020 and aims to produce entirely new types of data that will enable scientists to build the first truly holistic models of the Martian atmosphere.
    The probe will be the first to study changes in the Martian atmosphere throughout its daily and seasonal cycles.
    Hope will be a compact spacecraft the size and weight of a small car. It will blast off in a launcher rocket, then detach and accelerate into deep space.
    It will reach a speed of 126,000 kilometres per hour for the 600 million km journey around the sun to Mars, which will take around 200 days.
    The probe will orbit the Red Planet until at least 2023, with an option to extend the mission until 2025. It will send back more than 1000 GB of data to be analysed by teams of researchers in the UAE, and shared freely with more than 200 institutions worldwide for the benefit of thousands of space specialists.

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    Ha

    Before I started reading it I was like "that looks like something they'd build in Dubai"

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    Dubai is going to re locate to mars by 2025

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    http://health.usnews.com/wellness/he...sue?src=usn_fb

    Health Buzz: Scientists Use Spinach Leaves to Make Human Heart Tissue

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    The world’s fastest video camera

    A research group at Lund University in Sweden has developed a video camera* that can record at a rate equivalent to five trillion images per second, or events as short as 0.2 trillionths of a second. This is far faster than has previously been possible (100,000 images per second).
    http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-worlds...t-video-camera

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    First battery-free cellphone makes calls by harvesting ambient power

    https://phys.org/news/2017-07-batter...ent-power.html

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-e...-orbit?SThisFB

    First object teleported to Earth's orbit

    thats a great move for mankind

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    https://www.seeker.com/tech/elon-mus...6twitterdlvrit

    Elon Musk’s Neuralink Gets $27 Million to Merge Humans and Machines

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    esla CEO Elon Musk, perhaps the world’s most famous futurist, has made a career of pursuing far-fetched projects that have one leg planted firmly in science fiction. SpaceX aims to colonize Mars. The Boring Company wants to dig tunnels to transport cars at high speeds along sliding electric skates. And Hyperloop is planning to rocket commuters from San Francisco to Los Angeles in pods traveling at supersonic speeds.

    Musk’s latest venture, Neuralink, is no less ambitious, with a stated mission to develop “ultrahigh-bandwidth brain-computer interfaces” that will ultimately merge man and machine. The startup, founded in 2016 as a medical research company, made headlines this week with the news that it’s collected $27 million in funding, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. On Twitter, Musk denied that the company is seeking outside investors. In March, the Wall Street Journal reported that Musk was funding Neuralink out of his own pocket.
    Not much is known about Neuralink beyond Musk’s few public comments about the potential of brain-computer interfaces to accelerate human evolution. Musk sees real danger in artificial intelligence — he’s called AI a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization” — and believes that the best way to keep pace with machine intelligence is to upgrade human intelligence.
    “Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence," Musk told audience members at the World Government Conference in Dubai, proposing a high-bandwidth digital interface that can be interlaced with the brain to transmit data at the speed of thought.

    Musk elaborated on the brain-computer interface — also known as a neural lace — in an interview published on the blog Wait But Why. In it, he said that the immense creative capacity of the human brain is constrained by the need to compress our highly complex thoughts into speech or typed text.
    “That’s what language is — your brain has executed a compression algorithm on thought, on concept transfer,” Musk said in the interview. “If you have two brain interfaces, you could actually do an uncompressed direct conceptual communication with another person.”
    The idea is that by establishing a direct link into someone’s else’s thoughts — or even better, a massive interconnected network of thoughts — we will greatly speed the pace of scientific innovation and creative output, dreaming up solutions to the world’s most pressing problems and opening up entirely new spheres of entertainment and social interaction.
    Musk is far from the first to imagine a machine-augmented future. Neuroscientists and bioengineers have been tinkering with brain-computer connections for 50 years. Some of the most promising results have come from working with people with disabilities. A cochlear implant is essentially a computer-brain interface that restores hearing in profoundly deaf people by capturing audio through a microphone and sending electronic signals directly to the brain. Stroke victims and other people suffering from paralysis have used head-mounted EEG readers to control robotic arms and robot avatars using only their thoughts.
    In fact, reports indicate that Neuralink’s initial focus will be on medical and therapeutic applications for interfaces that will help people with brain and spinal cord injuries regain movement and functionality. That’s the same tack being taken by Kernel, another mind-machine startup launched by Braintree founder Bryan Johnson. Johnson has invested $100 million of his own money to develop medical applications like “brain chips” to cure epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, but his ultimate goal, like Musk, is augmented cognition for all.




    RELATED: High-Speed ‘Brain Modem’ Could Restore Vision, Speech, and Movement
    Experts say there are huge obstacles to overcome and likely decades to go before healthy people will be equipped with computer upgrades. Researchers with the Center for Sensimotor Neural Engineering wrote in April that even today’s best neural implants are extremely blunt tools that only allow us to listen to specific parts of the brain, not the entire complex network of neural signals. Plus, implanting wiring directly into the brain — which would be required for the level of sensitivity that Musk is envisioning — is a high-risk surgery that’s currently reserved for only the most severe cases.
    That’s not to say that brain-computer interfaces will never achieve the lofty goals of startups Neuralink and Kernel. More players in the tech space will likely push the development of things like biocompatible circuitry, or “co-adaptive” brain-computer interfaces that learn how to speak the brain’s language while the brain learns how to interpret new types of electrical information.
    The question is, which will come first, a network of augmented minds or a colony on Mars?

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    A one-dimensional fluidic nanogenerator to draw electricity from the bloodstream

    https://phys.org/news/2017-09-one-di...oodstream.html

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