Best, most beautiful and most useful examples of dinosaur feathers found in amber

An amber specimen is now said to hold one of the best, most beautiful and most useful examples of dinosaur feathers. In recent decades, it’s become increasingly clear that modern-day birds are related to dinosaurs. And, while specimens of amber containing the remnants of feathered dinosaurs have been found before, an amber specimen described on …

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Pokemon Go and other games will be the nexus of making the augmented reality everywhere and gaming enhancing wearables on everyone

Pokemon Go became the top US mobile game within days of its launch. Many see it reaching 1 billion global installs to surpass the 550 million peak of Candy Crush. Pokemon Go and the follow on Mario and Zelda augmented reality games could get to over 1.6 billion mobile phone installs to surpass Facebook. Nintendo …

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NASA identifies craters on Ceres with permanent shadows which should trap water ice

Scientists with NASA’s Dawn mission have identified permanently shadowed regions on the dwarf planet Ceres. Most of these areas likely have been cold enough to trap water ice for a billion years, suggesting that ice deposits could exist there now. “The conditions on Ceres are right for accumulating deposits of water ice,” said Norbert Schorghofer, …

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What is in store for us : Ai and the future

Julia Bossmann, Foresight Institute discusses AI and the future. Discusses the recent conquering of GO with AI. She notes how this success was more than ten years sooner than many expected. Policy is an Alphago neural network trained to make reasonable moves based upon supervised learning of 100,000 games. Value network is an Alphago neural …

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Google’s Larry Page has spent over $100 million funding flying car startups Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk

Google founder Larry Page has personally funded Zee.Aero since its launch in 2010 while demanding that his involvement stay hidden from the public, according to 10 people with intimate knowledge of the company. Larry Page has a plan to usher in an age of personalized air travel, free from gridlocked streets and the cramped indignities …

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Talk Polywell has interesting discussion of EMC2 fusions work and progress and possible ways forward

Talk Polywell is having a discussion with Dr. Jaeyoung Park who leads EMC2 Fusion. Nextbigfuture had a recent interview with Dr. Jaeyoung Park and is still in active correspondence with him. If there are any questions you have about EMC2 Fusion’s electrostatic fusion process and progress for Dr. Park, then please put that into the …

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Editas will test CRISPR gene editing in humans by 2017

Biotechnology startup Editas Medicine intends to begin tests of a powerful new form of gene-repair in humans within two years. Speaking this week at the EmTech conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Editas CEO Katrine Bosley said the company hopes to start a clinical trial in 2017 to treat a rare form of blindness using CRISPR, a …

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US Army tests remote controlled weapons for base protection

Remotely-controlled weapons systems have drastically reduced the number of Soldiers needed for perimeter security at an expeditionary base camp here. “Every Soldier I have assigned to securing the perimeter is one I don’t have that can execute support missions,” said Lt. Col. Raphael Heflin, commander, 142nd Combat Service Support Battalion, or CSSB, 1st Armored Division. …

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Pictures of the Spacex crash on the barge

@ID_AA_Carmack Rocket hits hard at ~45 deg angle, smashing legs and engine section pic.twitter.com/PnzHHluJfG — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 16, 2015 @ID_AA_Carmack Before impact, fins lose power and go hardover. Engines fights to restore, but … pic.twitter.com/94VDi7IEHS — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 16, 2015 @ID_AA_Carmack Full RUD (rapid unscheduled disassembly) event. Ship is fine minor …

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China signs more high speed rail deals for Africa and is in talks for Asian projects

China has signed a deal to build a 480km railway link between Kenya’s largest seaport of Mombasa and the capital Nairobi — the first stage of a line that will eventually link Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. The railway, built at a cost of US$3.8 billion, is the first to be built in …

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