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Better and Better : An Interview with Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler : Sam Harris

Better and Better : An Interview with Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler : Sam Harris | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
At a global level, the gap between wealthy nations and poorer nations continues to close. Across the board, we are living longer, wealthier, healthier lives. Certainly, there are still millions of people living in dire, back-breaking poverty, but using almost every quality-of-life metric available—access to goods and services, access to transportation, access to information, access to education, access to life-saving medicines and procedures, means of communication, value of human rights, importance of democratic institutions, durable shelter, available calories, available employment, affordable energy, even affordable beer—our day-to-day experience has improved massively over the past two centuries.
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USB stick can sequence DNA in seconds - tech - 17 February 2012 - New Scientist

USB stick can sequence DNA in seconds - tech - 17 February 2012 - New Scientist | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
A new product announced today could help doctors pinpoint pathogens, or identify the origins of fossilised bones in the field...
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Successful human tests for first wirelessly controlled drug-delivery chip

Successful human tests for first wirelessly controlled drug-delivery chip | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
About 15 years ago, two professors had the idea to develop a programmable, wirelessly controlled microchip that would deliver drugs after implantation in a patient's body.
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Zap your brain into the zone: Fast track to pure focus - life - 06 February 2012 - New Scientist

Zap your brain into the zone: Fast track to pure focus - life - 06 February 2012 - New Scientist | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Whether you want to smash a forehand like Federer, or just be an Xbox hero, there is a shocking short cut to getting the brain of an expert, says Sally...
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Man-made diamonds could unlock bionic eye

Man-made diamonds could unlock bionic eye | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Man-made diamonds could unlock bionic eye...

In 2009, the federal government committed $50 million over four years to develop the bionic eye in Australia. While Bionic Vision Australia secured the lion's share, Monash University received $8 million to work on an implant which will stimulate the visual cortex within the brain, bypassing the eye and optic nerve.

 

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PNG find prompts human migration rethink

PNG find prompts human migration rethink | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it

49,000-year-old artefacts have been unearthed in PNG, suggesting a rethink of human migration patterns. Ancient artefacts unearthed in the highlands of Papua New Guinea provide some of the earliest evidence of human settlement of Sahul, the primordial landmass that once joined Papua New Guinea with Australia.

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Science decodes 'internal voices'

Science decodes 'internal voices' | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Researchers turn brain waves from thoughts of words into actual words, in a breakthrough that could benefit comatose and locked-in patients.
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A fetish for photons › Science Features (ABC Science)

A fetish for photons › Science Features (ABC Science) | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it

Abbie Thomas meets the impressive Tanya Monro, a woman so inspiring she could turn anyone's head towards physics.

One fantasy she is turning into a reality is an instant flu virus sensor, the development of which involved virologists, immunologists, chemists and physicists.

"The dream is that you'll go to the doctor and find out what you've got on the spot — not just be told to go home and sleep it off," she says.

The virus detector is made from an optical fibre coated with a metal deposit, to which antibodies of different strains of flu have been attached. This area is called the sensing region.

When the fibre is dipped in, say, saliva from the patient, the virus particles in that saliva bind to the antibodies that match them and this changes the optical density of the sensing region.

When white light is shone through the fibre, the sensing region lights up with a particular wavelength, allowing researchers to identify the strain of virus.

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Asthma rate and costs from traffic pollution higher: Much higher than past traditional risk assessments have indicated

Asthma rate and costs from traffic pollution higher: Much higher than past traditional risk assessments have indicated | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
A team of resource economist researchers has revised the cost burden sharply upward for childhood asthma and for the first time include the number of cases attributable to air pollution, in a new study.
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#51: Stone Age Art Studio Unearthed | Prehistoric Culture | DISCOVER Magazine

#51: Stone Age Art Studio Unearthed | Prehistoric Culture | DISCOVER Magazine | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it

Early humans were able to plan and knew more about chemistry than we'd thought. 
Archaeologists revealed last year that a cave with a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean is home to the world’s oldest known art studio. While digging in a thin sand layer in South Africa’s Blombos cave, an international team discovered two tool kits used by Stone Age artists 100,000 years ago.

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Evolution: A Game of Chance | Observations | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network

Evolution: A Game of Chance | Observations | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
One of the toughest concepts to grasp about evolution is its lack of direction. Take the classic image of the evolution of man, from knuckle-walking ape ...
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The Richard Feynman Trilogy: The Physicist Captured in Three Films - - - Open Culture - RichardDawkins.net

The Richard Feynman Trilogy: The Physicist Captured in Three Films - - - Open Culture - RichardDawkins.net | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out .......

 

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Cancer treatment with minor side effects

Cancer treatment with minor side effects | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Side effects are currently the biggest problem with any cancer treatment. A new company is drawing closer to the goal of creating a treatment which kills only cancer cells, leaving other cells unaffected.
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Single atom transistor gets precise position on chip - tech - 19 February 2012 - New Scientist

Single atom transistor gets precise position on chip - tech - 19 February 2012 - New Scientist | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
A phosphorus atom precisely positioned within a sheet of silicon could one day be a building block for traditional or quantum computers...

Watch a video explaining how the single-atom transistor was made

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Gecko feet inspire amazing glue that can hold 700 pounds on smooth wall

Gecko feet inspire amazing glue that can hold 700 pounds on smooth wall | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Biologists have long been amazed by gecko feet, which allow 5-ounce lizards to produce an adhesive force equivalent to carrying 9 lbs. up a wall without slipping.
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Russia reaches ancient Antarctic lake - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Russia reaches ancient Antarctic lake - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Russian scientists in Antarctica drill through nearly 4km of ice to reach a vast freshwater lake that has lain untouched for at least 14 million years.
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Jurassic katydid sings out after 165 million years - New Scientist

Jurassic katydid sings out after 165 million years - New Scientist | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
An exceptionally preserved fossil has allowed biologists to reconstruct the sound of an extinct bush cricket. So what did it sound like?
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Evidence of humans in PNG 50,000 years ago - The Science Show - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Evidence of humans in PNG 50,000 years ago - The Science Show - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it

Stone tools dated at 50,000 years have been excavated from the highlands of Papua New Guinea. The functions of the tools are unknown. Perhaps they were used to cut grass. This pre-dates earlier expectations for when humans occupied this region of the Pacific. Surprisingly, the area is about 2,000m above sea level. It’s very cold up there. This evidence will help rewrite the model of when humans moved out of Africa. It provides an insight into human modernity and adaptability not found elsewhere.

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One Per Cent: Whale acrobatics inspire a faster helicopter

One Per Cent: Whale acrobatics inspire a faster helicopter | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it

Noting the humpback's agility in water, Kai Richter and colleagues at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) wondered if something analagous to the bumps on its pectoral fins - known to provide lift underwater and boost the creature's buoyancy - could help them improve chopper design.

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Scientists create first free-standing 3-D cloak

Researchers in the US have, for the first time, cloaked a three-dimensional object standing in free space, bringing the much-talked-about invisibility cloak one step closer to reality.
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NASA's Kepler announces 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 planets

NASA's Kepler announces 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 planets | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets.

"Prior to the Kepler mission, we knew of perhaps 500 exoplanets across the whole sky," said Doug Hudgins, Kepler program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Now, in just two years staring at a patch of sky not much bigger than your fist, Kepler has discovered more than 60 planets and more than 2,300 planet candidates. This tells us that our galaxy is positively loaded with planets of all sizes and orbits."

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Richard Dawkins celebrates a victory over creationists

Richard Dawkins celebrates a victory over creationists | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Free schools that teach 'intelligent design' as science will lose funding...
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125 Great Science Videos: From Astronomy to Physics & Psychology | Open Culture

125 Great Science Videos: From Astronomy to Physics & Psychology | Open Culture | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it

// Astronomy & Space Travel A Brief, Wondrous Tour of Earth (From Outer Space) - Video - Recorded from August to October, 2011 at the International Space Station, this HD footage offers a brilliant tour of our planet and stunning views of the aurora borealis.

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Virtual Star Parties, More Astronomers Needed

Virtual Star Parties, More Astronomers Needed | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
For those of you following me on Google+, you know that I’ve been hosting virtual star parties with Phil Plait and Pamela Gay.
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