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September 22, 2014

Rap News Takes A Funny Look at the Singularity




 The Singularity
A science fiction themed special edition of Juice News sees futurist Ray Kurzweil square off against talk show host Alex Jones as they debate whether the blistering pace of technological progress is benign or dangerous.

The Latest XPRIZE May Be The Most Important Yet




 XPRIZE
The $15M Global Learning XPRIZE is a competition that challenges teams from around the world to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic.

Car Tech: Which Technologies Cause Car Accidents and Which Ones Prevent Them?



Which Technologies Cause Car Accidents and Which Ones Prevent Them?

 Cars
Technology is a double-edged sword when it comes to car accidents--some technology causes accidents, while other technology prevents them. This article discusses why and how technology contributes to car accidents or keeps them from happening.

Solar Power To Provide Abundant Energy Soon



Solar Power To Provide Abundant Energy Soon


 Solar Energy
Solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years and the price has been falling dramatically. The technology is now set to dramatically change the world.

September 19, 2014

Researchers Find Pathway that Contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease



 Researchers Find Pathway that Contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease

 Alzheimer's Disease
Researchers have discovered a defect in a key cell-signaling pathway they say contributes to both overproduction of toxic protein in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients as well as loss of communication between neurons -- both significant contributors to this type of dementia.

September 18, 2014

Dremel Introduces New Desktop 3D Printer



Dremel Introduces New Desktop 3D Printer
 3D Printing
The Dremel 3D Idea Builder was announced today at MakerCon in New York City, the first 3D printer to be released by a major tool manufacturer. With initial sales being handled by traditional tool-sales outlets Home Depot, Amazon, and Canadian Tire, it promises to help expose 3D printing to a new range of users. 

September 17, 2014

Google's Eric Schmidt on The Interconnected and Improving World




 Futurology
At this year's Google Zeitgeist the most remarkable thing about what Eric Schmidt spoke of was the timelines involved.  What sounded like it might be from the far future, may be on our technological horizon in less than ten years.

Human Gene Helps Mice Learn Faster



Human Gene Helps Mice Learn Faster
 Genetics
Researchers have shown that the human version of a gene called FOXP2 makes it easier to transform new experiences into routine procedures. When they engineered mice to express humanized FOXP2, the mice learned to run a maze much more quickly than normal mice.

Viewing Alien Exoplanets Directly




 Exoplanets
After many years of research and development, it is now becoming possible to not only detect alien exoplanets, but to view them directly.  As the list of exoplanets grows, we are getting more and more details of these potential homes for future generations.

September 16, 2014

Sam Harris on Consciousness




 Consciousness
Sam Harris describes the properties of consciousness and how mindfulness practices of all stripes can be used to transcend one's ego.

Big Blue Brings Watson To A Wide Audience With Watson Analytics



Watson Analytics

 Watson
Watson Analytics from IBM brings predictive business analytics to a wide cloud-based audience with a new natural language-based freemium service.

Researchers Improve Creation of Pluripotent Stem Cells With Programming Techniques



Researchers Improve Creation of Pluripotent Stem Cells With Programming Techniques
 Stem Cells
Researchers have developed a new cocktail that coaxes adult cells to become pluripotent stem cells of a high enough quality to be used in therapeutic applications. Their research showed that using a different combination of reprogramming factors can produce a much higher quality results.

September 15, 2014

Eco Efficiency: How Modern Transportation is Cutting Back on Fossil Fuels



Eco Efficency How Modern Transportation is Cutting Back on Fossil Fuels

 Cars
There are alternatives to fossil fuels. In fact, many are on the road right now. This article presents the exiting news of how our transportation systems are currently using new, more efficient resources.

Robotic Cheetah Now Runs and Jumps Unteathered




 Robotics
MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for jumping for their robotic cheetah, a sleek, four-legged assemblage of gears, batteries, and electric motors that weighs about as much as its feline counterpart.
 
The Story of the Chessboard


The classic parable of how the inventor of the game of chess used his knowledge of exponential growth to trick an emperor is commonly used to explain the staggering and accelerating growth of technology. The 33rd square on the chessboards represents the first step into the second half of the chessboard, where exponential growth takes off.

33rd Square explores technological progress in AI, robotics, genomics, neuroscience, nanotechnology, art, design and the future as humanity encroaches on The Singularity.











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