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April 27, 2015

The Hubble Telescope's Quarter-Century of Breakthroughs



Pillars of Creation

 Space
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope. This single instrument has helped astronomers pinpoint the age of the universe, revealed the birthplace of stars and planets, advanced our understanding of dark energy and cosmic expansion, and more. 

Human Longevity Promises a Hundred Years of Scientific Advancement in a Decade



Human Longevity Promises a Hundred Years of Scientific Advancement in a Decade

 Life Extension
Scientific advances are going to really accelerate according to Human Longevity founder Craig J. Venter and the company's CMO, Brad Perkins. They both promise to bring about a hundred years worth of progress in the next 10 years, and a revolution in medicine.

How Dangerous is Artificial Intelligence?




 Artificial Intelligence
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the villain starts out as an artificial intelligence experiment gone wrong. So is AI really the biggest threat to humanity? 

April 24, 2015

One Arm Might Be Better Than Two for Rethink Robotics



One Arm Might Be Better Than Two for Rethink Robotics

Robotics
Priced very low, Sawyer, from Rethink Robotics is a single arm, high performance, collaborative robot designed to execute machine tending, circuit board testing and other precise tasks. Along with its 'bigger brother' Baxter, Sawyer could shake up the manufacturing industry.

New Possibilities for Silicon Available with Synthesis of Previously Unvailable Oxides



New Possibilities for Silicon Available with Synthesis of Previously Unvailable Oxides

 Chemistry
Silicon-oxide materials are found in nearly every electronic device and could hold many more applications and uses. With the discovery of a method to create new oxides, even more possibilities may be available.

April 23, 2015

Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans on How We Are Evolving Ourselves



Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans on How We Are Evolving Ourselves


 Biotechnology
Future humans could become great caretakers of our planet, as well as a more diverse, more resilient, gentler, and more intelligent species, write Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans in their new book, "Evolving Ourselves."

50 Years of Moore's Law and Beyond



50 Years of Moore's Law and Beyond

 Computers
Moore's Law, the trend that heralds in ever-faster computers every couple of years, is now 50 years old.  Will a new paradigm take its place to continue our progress in the years to come?

April 22, 2015

Modern Medical Procedures That Help Our Daily Life



Modern Medical Procedures That Help Our Daily Life

 Medicine
Here are some more examples of medical technologies that are improving our lives.

Is Human-Level Artificial Intelligence a False Promise?




 Artificial Intelligence
Film analyst Rob Ager has looked at the subject of artificial intelligence and points out some reasons why the promise of human-level AI is an over-optimistic pursuit.

Tesla To Announce Home Battery This Month



Tesla To Announce Home Battery This Month

 Elon Musk
Tesla Motors may be more about batteries than electric cars in the next few years.  The company is soon to announce a pair of new battery technologies: the Tesla home battery and a very large utility scale battery.

Delphi Automotive's Autonomous Car Drives Itself Across Country



Delphi Automotive's Autonomous Car Drives Itself Across Country

Self Driving Cars
Car parts maker, Delphi completed the longest automated drive in North America recently, traveling from San Francisco to New York in the first coast-to-coast trip ever taken by an automated vehicle.  

April 21, 2015

Hanson Robotics Shows Off 'Han'



Hanson Robotics Shows Off 'Han'

Robotics
David Hanson's new ultra-realistic humanoid robot called 'Han' recognizes and interprets people's facial expressions and can hold simple conversations. Han could one day be used in the hospitality and health care industries where face-to-face communication is considered essential.

April 20, 2015

Bill Gates and Elon Musk Discuss Superintelligence and More with Baidu's CEO Robin Li




 Superintelligence
Baidu CEO and chairman Robin Li interviewed Bill Gates and Elon Musk at the Boao Forum, last month. The discussion ranged from entrepreneurship to philanthropy, from "summoning the demon" of artificial intelligence to the pros and cons of technocratic government, to automated driving, and more.

Cancer Breakthrough - Cancer Cells Changed Back to Normal Cells



Cancer Cells Changed Back to Normal Cells

 Cancer
A new breakthrough study has shown that pancreatic cancer cells can be reverted back to normal cells by introducing a controlling protein. The work may open the door to controlling the deadly disease.