Stephen Hawking’s latest black-hole paper could be a fresh way to solve a black-hole conundrum

Almost a month after Stephen Hawking and his colleagues posted a paper about black holes online, physicists still cannot agree on what it means. Some support the preprint’s claim — that it provides a promising way to tackle a conundrum known as the black hole information paradox, which Hawking identified more than 40 years ago. …

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Star Wars the Force Awakens has good chances to be the first movie to get over $1 billion in North America

Globally, Star Wars is now the third highest grossing worldwide release of all-time with over $1.73 billion. Based on international numbers alone, it is now the seventh highest grossing release with $921.4 million, just behind Avengers: Age of Ultron. Star Wars the Force Awakens taking first place for the fourth weekend in a row with …

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Humans split from chimps 10 million years ago and gorillas appeared 12.5 million years ago

A new analysis of an ape that lived 12.5 million years ago suggests it is a type of gorilla. If that’s true, it means gorillas evolved much earlier than thought, and also pushes back the time when humans split from chimps by about 2 million years. David Begun of the University of Toronto in Canada …

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Granular gel as a 3D writing medium to create fragile and complex things like artificial jelly fish and can write and grow living tissue cells

University of Florida Researcher Angelini came up with the idea to use microscopic hydrogel particles as a medium for 3-D printing of soft matter. These particles are 99.8 percent water and 20 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. He found that he could manufacture soft materials into shapes more fragile than anything …

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DARPA has cheap, network of radiation detectors for cloud based map of radiation

Dr. Vincent Tang, a program manager in DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, describes DARPA’s progress toward automated, always-on radiological detection systems designed to detect nuclear materials quickly over vast distances. He spoke at DARPA’s “Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum” on Sept. 9, 2015. DARPA has developed a radiation detector that is small and cheap, integrates …

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Star Trek Renegades episode available and other Star Trek TV and online possibilities

Director Tim Russ and writer Ethan H Calk are both from the world of ”Star Trek” – trekkies know Russ as wise Vulcan Tuvok from the ”Voyager” and ”TNG” series, and Calk was a writer on ”Deep Space Nine” – but this low budget curiosity isn’t exactly canon. The story of ”Star Trek: Renegades” : …

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A projection of expected progress for Neuromorphic chips and applications in public health and automated image and pattern related monitoring

Jeff Funk, Associate Professor at National University of Singapore, makes some projections and analysis of Neuromorphic chips. The presentation describes the advantages and disadvantages of synaptic chips when compared to conventional chips and how rapid rates of progress in speed, density, and power efficiency are making synaptic chips economically feasible for supercomputing applications. The biggest …

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Big Star Wars Expansions for Disneyland and Disney World

Disney’s Bob Iger announced that the company will introduce “Star Wars”-themed lands in the company’s Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., during Disney’s D23 Expo on Saturday afternoon. The Star Wars expansion will be 14 acres. California Adventure area is 67 acres. Star Wars …

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Evidence of small scale farming 23000 years ago well before when full scale farming was “invented” some 12000 years ago

Until now, researchers believed farming was “invented” some 12,000 years ago in the Cradle of Civilization — Iraq, the Levant, parts of Turkey and Iran — an area that was home to some of the earliest known human civilizations. A new discovery by an international collaboration of researchers from Tel Aviv University, Harvard University, Bar-Ilan …

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Latest on CRISPR and genomics starting with compression of full genome data by over 1 million times and thousands of fold progress on CRISPR genome changes

It is now possible to record a human genome (differences relative to a reference is only 2 megabytes. This is instead of 9 terabytes for a human genome with image data. Genomes for the entire human population is 2 petabytes. Getting to one off target in one in 100 trillion (10^14) to one in 10 …

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Mach 3 naval guns are double the speed of standard shells and brings some benefits expected from hypersonic railguns

A guided HVP (Hyper Velocity Projectile.) round from a standard Mk 45 deck gun could bring a significant margin of the railguns promised capabilities to the fleet sooner, USNI News understands. The HVPs from a traditional deck gun will be slower than one launched from a railgun — a little over Mach 3 versus Mach …

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