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NASA | Computer Model Shows a Disk Galaxy's Life History

We evolved from this so that we could be aware that we evolved from this. Astounding. What's next?

 

This cosmological simulation follows the development of a single disk galaxy over about 13.5 billion years, from shortly after the Big Bang to the present time. Colors indicate old stars (red), young stars (white and bright blue) and the distribution of gas density (pale blue); the view is 300,000 light-years across. The simulation ran on the Pleiades supercomputer at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and required about 1 million CPU hours. It assumes a universe dominated by dark energy and dark matter. .

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Technology and human evolution are developing exponentially, entering the steep of an asymptotic curve. Unfortunately, so is the possibility of setting back human evolution hundreds if not millions of years. Which will prevail? It's a nail biter!
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X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves

X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
The X PRIZE Foundation, the brainchild of entrepreneur and futurist Peter Diamandis, is already working on some of the world's biggest problems, and on Monday, it added another to the list: global education.
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Where is the technology that helps people navigate MOOCs so they can have a full college education all by themselves...and for little or no cost?!

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The Photon Belt: Raising Earth's Vibration

The Photon Belt: Raising Earth's Vibration | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Every 10,700 years or so, our solar system passes through a 2100 year-wide belt of highly charged ion particles know as the photon belt.
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Scientists grow fully-functioning organ inside a mouse from scratch

Scientists grow fully-functioning organ inside a mouse from scratch | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have grown a fully-functional organ inside a mouse; opening the possibility of one day manufacturing compatible organs for transplant without the need for donors. Using mouse embryo cells, scientists at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine created an artificial thymus gland with the same structure and function as an adult organ.

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Buddhist Extremists Vow To Unleash Tranquility On West!

Speaking in front of a nondescript altar surrounded by candles, burning sticks of incense, and a small golden statue of the Buddha, Rinpoche did not specify when or where an assault of profound inner stillness would occur, but stated in no uncertain terms that the fundamentalist Buddhist cell plans to target all Western suffering.


“In the name of the Great Teacher, we will stop at nothing to unleash a firestorm of empathy, compassion, and true selflessness upon the West,” said Rinpoche, adding that all enemies of a freely flowing, unfettered state of mind will be “besieged with pure, everlasting happiness.” “No city will be spared from spiritual harmony. We will bring about the end to all Western pain and anxiety, to all destructive cravings, to all greed, delusion, and misplaced desire. Indeed, we will bring the entire United States to its knees in deep meditation.”

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Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution

Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Big power stations in Europe could be redundant within 10-20 years as electric cars, cheaper batteries and new solar technologies transform the way electricity is generated, stored and distributed, say analysts at the world’s largest private bank.


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Once again rapid decentralization rears its lovely head. 

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Life Found in the Harsh Vacuum of Outer Space -

Life Found in the Harsh Vacuum of Outer Space - | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
Totally baffling- there are microorganisms somehow surviving in the harsh vacuum of outer space.
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Artificial cells mimic natural protein synthesis -- Another barrier between artificial and natural falls.

Artificial cells mimic natural protein synthesis -- Another barrier between artificial and natural falls. | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Weizmann Institute scientists have created an artificial network-like cell system that is capable of reproducing the dynamic behavior of protein synthesis.

 

This achievement could help gain a deeper understanding of basic biological processes and pave the way toward controlling the synthesis of naturally occurring and synthetic proteins for many uses.

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Science is getting ever closer to being godlike.

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Lantern

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Defeat internet censorship. Give or get access to the open internet by sharing connections through your social network.

 

Lantern's goal is access: creating fast, reliable connections to the open Internet. With Lantern, every computer can act as a server. By running Lantern, every user with uncensored access can become an access point for those without, providing gateways to censored sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
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Right on.

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Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth

Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A new 'species' has emerged only in recent decades, says Gaia Vince, yet it is already having a huge effect on life on our planet. What is it? That new creature is us, or more precisely, what humanity is becoming. The entirety of our species, Homo sapiens, is evolving into a superorganism; I’ll call this new life force Homo omnis, or ‘Homni’.

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Upgrade Your Brain: Liquid Hard Drive Implants Could Increase Intellect

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Researchers discover novel way of liquid data storage, paving way for biocompatible brain implants
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▶ Seth Lloyd on the Universe as a Quantum Computer

"Dr. Seth Lloyd, a self-described "quantum mechanic" and professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, says the universe itself is a giant quantum computer"

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Astronauts Who Had Spiritual Experiences ‘Up There’

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Several astronauts who have seen Earth from space have had profoundly awakening spiritual experiences. Here are just a few of them.
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Only a handful of us will have the experience like these astronauts did, but there is a remarkable facsimile thanks to the newly unveiled livestreaming HD cameras pointing at earth from the iSS: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/International_Space_Station/Where_is_the_International_Space_Station. I for one have been watching earth in real-time with perhaps some of the same wonder, contemplation, fascination and awe.

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▶ Global Brain: Web as Self-organizing Distributed Intelligence - Francis Heylighen

Distributed intelligence is an ability to solve problems and process information that is not localized inside a single person or computer, but that emerges from the coordinated interactions between a large number of people and their technological extensions. The Internet and in particular the World-Wide Web form a nearly ideal substrate for the emergence of a distributed intelligence that spans the planet, integrating the knowledge, skills and intuitions of billions of people supported by billions of information-processing devices. This intelligence becomes increasingly powerful through a process of self-organization in which people and devices selectively reinforce useful links, while rejecting useless ones. This process can be modeled mathematically and computationally by representing individuals and devices as agents, connected by a weighted directed network along which "challenges" propagate. Challenges represent problems, opportunities or questions that must be processed by the agents to extract benefits and avoid penalties. Link weights are increased whenever agents extract benefit from the challenges propagated along it. My research group is developing such a large-scale simulation environment in order to better understand how the web may boost our collective intelligence. The anticipated outcome of that process is a "global brain", i.e. a nervous system for the planet that would be able to tackle both global and personal problems.

 

Summer School in cognitive Science: Web Science and the Mind Institut des sciences cognitives, UQAM, Montréal, Canada http://www.summer14.isc.uqam.ca/

http://www.isc.uqam.ca/ ;

FRANCIS HEYLIGHEN, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, ECCO - Evolution, Complexity and Cognition research group

Towards a Global Brain: the Web as a Self-organizing, Distributed Intelligence

http://youtu.be/w2sznrVtiLg


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Tom Cockburn's curator insight, July 17, 4:06 AM

Apart from outraging some religious groups and upsetting some neo- luddites,this sounds interesting,provided we have some checks and balances/ failsafe options too

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A Video About Our Planet That Is Both The Most Terrifying And The Most Motivating Thing Ever

A Video About Our Planet That Is Both The Most Terrifying And The Most Motivating Thing Ever | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

"The truth is that we might be screwed. But the truthier truth is that we might not be — or might not be completely screwed.

 

And, y'know, a near-catastrophe is really different from a full-on catastrophe. That's why I watched every minute of this documentary. And that's why I marched in the People's Climate March on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014."

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The next window into our universe has a telescope lens as big as a car, takes photos with 3.2 billion pixels, and uses big data analytics

Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a massive telescope …

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Amazing. It used to take months to deep-field photograph just a portion of the sky, but this new telescope takes deep-field images of the entire night sky every three days. When all of this information is coupled with powerful big data processing technology, amazing things are being discovered...and we've only scratched the surface

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Can we prevent the end of the world?

Can we prevent the end of the world? | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A post-apocalyptic Earth, emptied of humans, seems like the stuff of science fiction TV and movies. But in this short, surprising talk, Lord Martin Rees asks us to think about our real existential risks — natural and human-made threats that could wipe out humanity. As a concerned member of the human race, he asks: What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen?

 

http://on.ted.com/s04PN


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Echo: Economy Of Hours | Banking Time | An Alternative to Currency

Echo: Economy Of Hours | Banking Time | An Alternative to Currency | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it
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Echo puts a whole new spin on business by trading in time and skills, not pounds and pence. You give what you have, you get what you need, an hour for an hour. We call it the Economy of Hours

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Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis possible

Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis possible | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

Temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones, researchers say. Electrical engineer Todd Coleman at the University of California at San Diego is devising noninvasive means of controlling machines via the mind, techniques virtually everyone might be able to use.

Commanding machines using the brain is no longer the stuff of science fiction. In recent years, brain implants have enabled people to control robotics using only their minds, raising the prospect that one day patients could overcome disabilities using bionic limbs or mechanical exoskeletons.

But brain implants are invasive technologies, probably of use only to people in medical need of them. Instead, Coleman and his team are developing wireless flexible electronics one can apply on the forehead just like temporary tattoos to read brain activity.

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Scientists Find a Way to Transmit Brain Waves Across Internet

An international team of researchers was able to use electroencephalography (EEG) to convert the words “hola” and “ciao” from a person's brain waves into binary. That data was transmitted from a subject in India to another subject in France, where the process was successfully reversed. In other words, the researchers say they've created a brain-to-brain communication system.

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Scientists bypass spinal column non-invasively to trigger walking | KurzweilAI

Scientists bypass spinal column non-invasively to trigger walking | KurzweilAI | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

The illustration shows how a computer  can connects the brain directly to the locomotion center in the spine via a magnetic device

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Message From the Future — "Life vs. Entropy"

"Greetings. We are from the future… In the future, promoting entropy is the cardinal crime… Every organism is a brief upwelling of structure against chaos......
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"Zero Point" - A 360-Degree Immersive Film

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"Zero Point is a documentary from Danfung Dennis on how virtual reality has, and will, change our lives--and it's being produced entirely for Oculus Rift...

 

"Yes, it all sounds like a hell of a headtrip, but if you're into technology or film, it's hard not share some of Dennis's excitement in the project. "We know that this is a fundamentally new form of communication, it's this new visual language, and we need to invent the syntax and the grammar for how to effectively communicate a narrative and experience when you have no control over where the user could be looking."

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Much more than mere entertainment.

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Powerful Genetic Engineering Technique Could Modify Entire Wild Populations

Powerful Genetic Engineering Technique Could Modify Entire Wild Populations | The Asymptotic Leap | Scoop.it

A new technology has the potential to wipe out diseases, turn back evolutionary clocks, and reengineer entire ecosystems, for better or worse.

 

Today, researchers aren’t just dropping in new genes, they’re deftly adding, subtracting, and rewriting them using a series of tools that have become ever more versatile and easier to use. In the last few years, our ability to edit genomes has improved at a shockingly rapid clip. So rapid, in fact, that one of the easiest and most popular tools, known as CRISPR-Cas9, is just two years old. Researchers once spent months, even years, attempting to rewrite an organism’s DNA. Now they spend days.

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Jason Tozer – Photographer

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And now for something completely different...close ups of soap bubbles that are truly striking.

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Discovery Of 'Electric Bacteria' Hints At The Potential For Alien Life

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Microbiologists have learned that certain strains of bacteria are capable of using energy in its purest form by eating and breathing electrons. It's a discovery that demonstrates an entirely new mode of life on Earth — and possibly beyond.
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Wow!

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