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artificial intelligenceProgress to restoring vision for sufferers of retinal disorders

Engineers and neuroscientists at the University of Sheffield have demonstrated for the first time that the cells in the retina carry out key processing tasks. This could pave the way for improving retinal implants and therefore the sight of thousands …

broadbandKardashev scale useless for forecasting future civilization

Reminder of the Kardashev scale A Type 1 Kardashev civilization is capable of harnessing the total energy of its home planet. Solar Energy received by the Earth from the sun is 174 Petawatts (1.74 X 10^17 watts). A type 2 …

asiaCarnival of Space 436 – Ceres white spots are salt deposits and Closeups of Pluto

Planetaria – Mystery solved? odd bright spots on Ceres explained as salt deposits False color view of Occator crater on Ceres, showing the unusual bright spots. The image was taken by the framing camera on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from a …

antiagingThe potential 100 year life of the B-52 bomber and the history of attempted replacements

The B-52 is an Air Force plane that refuses to die. Originally slated for retirement generations ago, it continues to be deployed in conflict after conflict. It dropped the first hydrogen bomb in the Bikini Islands in 1956, and laser-guided …

broadbandMitosens Mitochondrial Repair Project Funded and still raising funds

Engineering backup copies of mitochondrial genes to place in the nucleus of the cell, aiming to prevent age-related damage and restore lost mitochondrial function. This is attacking one of seven kinds of known aging damage. Each cell in the body …