Predictions of human intelligence possible from DNA alone as we near effective embryo selection and gene editing of humans

Stephen Hsu at Infoproc reports that we now know enough about the genetic architecture of human intelligence to make predictions based on DNA alone. While it is a well-established scientific fact that variations in human cognitive ability are influenced by genes, many have doubted whether scientists would someday decipher the genetic code sufficiently to be …

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Dexmo exoskeleton combines Virtual reality with haptic force feedback

The Dexmo exoskeleton allows its wearer to touch, grasp, and feel virtual objects as if they were real. A virtual baseball feels firm in the hand, an egg fragile. Pick up a digital rubber duck while wearing the Dexmo, and it can be squished pleasingly between the fingers. The exoskeleton, designed by a team of …

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Moon found around dwarf planet Makemake in the Kuiper Belt so now all four dwarf planets (Pluto, Eris, Makemake, and Haumea) have confirmed moons

A Southwest Research Institute-led team has discovered an elusive, dark moon orbiting Makemake, one of the “big four” dwarf planets populating the Kuiper Belt region at the edge of our solar system. Makemake’s moon — nicknamed MK2 — is very dark, 1,300 times fainter than the dwarf planet. A nearly edge-on orbital configuration helped it …

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Artificial Intelligence beats human expert in air combat simulator which foreshadows Skynet and drones beating human pilots

Artificial intelligence (AI) developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate was recently assessed by subject-matter expert and retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee – who holds extensive aerial combat experience as an instructor and Air Battle Manager with considerable fighter aircraft expertise – in a high-fidelity air combat simulator. The artificial intelligence, …

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Toyota will spend a billion dollars on a five year project to make mainstream affordable helper robots for the elderly

The researcher hired by Toyota Motor Corp. to spearhead its robotics and artificial intelligence efforts says the automaker’s production principles can be applied to build affordable helper robots for rapidly aging societies. Robot makers are struggling with the same scale challenges that the auto industry overcame with the “miracle” that occurred when Henry Ford developed …

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Phase locking arrays of microlasers could lead to terahertz security scanners

Terahertz radiation — the band of electromagnetic radiation between microwaves and visible light — has promising applications in security and medical diagnostics, but such devices will require the development of compact, low-power, high-quality terahertz lasers. In this week’s issue of Nature Photonics, researchers at MIT and Sandia National Laboratories describe a new way to build …

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Thailand is considering a polywell fusion project

According to the Thai Ministry of Energy’s Integrated Blueprint, up to 5 per cent of the country’s energy requirements will be met by nuclear power by 2036. Nuclear power has advantages over fossil fuels in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, yet the Fukushima disaster reminded the world of the dangers associated with fission plants – …

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Anti-aging rapamycin is being tested in 20 dogs

Scientists who study aging are currently riveted by a group of 20 dogs in Seattle. The dogs, all house pets older than six years old, are early test subjects in a trial of a drug called rapamycin. The way the drug works is not completely understood, but it’s been used for years to prevent rejection …

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US Navy Lasers, Railgun, and Hypervelocity Projectiles

Three new weapons that could improve the ability of Navy surface ships to defend themselves against enemy missiles—solid state lasers (SSLs), the electromagnetic railgun (EMRG), and the hypervelocity projectile (HVP). Any one of these new weapon technologies, if successfully developed and deployed, might be regarded as a “game changer” for defending Navy surface ships against …

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In three days Tesla electric cars will have autopilot for highway steering and parallel parking

Tesla Motors software upgrade, version 7, will be released this Thursday. It will include autopilot features. The autopilot will help steer the car on the highway and parallel park the car. Tesla demonstrated many autopilot features, but the upgrade won’t include all of those, said Musk. One feature that will not be available allowed the …

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Carnival of Nuclear Energy 279

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 279 is up at Hiroshima Syndrome Neutron Bytes – The Chicken and Egg Conundrum of Forging a Future for Advanced Nuclear Reactors The bad news is that anyone who is paying attention to the barriers to market entry for advanced nuclear reactors knows what they are. The good news is …

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