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NOVA: Finding Life Beyond Earth

Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history: Are we alone? Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling CGI, "Fi...
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Are you ready for pop-up, shape-shifting food? Just add water. | KurzweilAI

Fun with food: These pasta shapes were generated by immersing a 2D flat gelatin film into water. (credit: Michael Indresano Photography) Researchers at
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Recent fossils of 'ape-like creature' may prove mankind born in Europe not Africa, scientists say

Recent fossils of 'ape-like creature' may prove mankind born in Europe not Africa, scientists say | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

The discovery of the creature, nicknamed 'El Graeco,' proves our ancestors were starting to evolve in Europe 200,000 years before the earliest African hominid

 
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Is consciousness just an illusion? - BBC News

Is consciousness just an illusion? - BBC News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett believes the human brain might not be that special.
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The next agricultural revolution: a ‘bionic leaf’ that could help feed the world | KurzweilAI

The next agricultural revolution: a ‘bionic leaf’ that could help feed the world | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
The radishes on the right were grown with the help of a bionic leaf that produces fertilizer with bacteria, sunlight, water, and air. (credit: Nocera lab,
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Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving

Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

The soil in the rainforests of Barro Colorado is packed with nutrients, but where does it come from? The answer lies high up in the canopy, where a remarkable, prolific species of nest-building ants drops its waste.

 
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Smartphones may be changing the way we think

Smartphones may be changing the way we think | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
We rely on our digital devices to connect with others and for memory and navigation shortcuts. What is that doing to our brains?
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First nanoengineered retinal implant could help the blind regain functional vision | KurzweilAI

First nanoengineered retinal implant could help the blind regain functional vision | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Activated by incident light, photosensitive silicon nanowires 1 micrometer in diameter stimulate residual undamaged retinal cells to induce visual sensations.
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How to control robots with your mind | KurzweilAI

How to control robots with your mind | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
The robot is informed that its initial motion was incorrect based upon real-time decoding of the observer’s EEG signals, and it corrects its selection
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Groundbreaking technology rewarms large-scale animal tissues preserved at low temperatures | KurzweilAI

Groundbreaking technology rewarms large-scale animal tissues preserved at low temperatures | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Inductive radio-frequency heating of magnetic nanoparticles embedded in tissue (red material in container) preserved at very low temperatures restored the
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Image recognition app scans paintings to act like Shazam for art

Image recognition app scans paintings to act like Shazam for art | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A smartphone app uses image recognition to let users scan artworks in galleries for extra information and curate their own digital collection
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Scientists have found a way of growing human tissue on apples - BBC News

Scientists have found a way of growing human tissue on apples - BBC News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Ottawa have developed a way of growing human cells and tissue on apples.
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Brain-computer interface advance allows paralyzed people to type almost as fast as some smartphone users | KurzweilAI

Brain-computer interface advance allows paralyzed people to type almost as fast as some smartphone users | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Typing with your mind. You are paralyzed. But now, tiny electrodes have been surgically implanted in your brain to record signals from your motor cortex, the
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Is a stretchable smart tablet in our future?

Is a stretchable smart tablet in our future? | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
MSU engineering researchers have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made entirely using an inkjet printer, raising the possibility of inexpensive mass production of smart fabric.
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When AI improves human performance instead of taking over | KurzweilAI

When AI improves human performance instead of taking over | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

The game results show that placing slightly “noisy” bots in a central location (high-degree nodes) improves human coordination by reducing same-color

 
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What if you could type directly from your brain at 100 words per minute? | KurzweilAI

What if you could type directly from your brain at 100 words per minute? | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
(credit: Facebook) Regina Dugan, PhD, Facebook VP of Engineering, Building8, revealed today (April 19, 2017) at Facebook F8 conference 2017 a plan to
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Mixed reality: Experience gets more intuitive, immersive, and empowering

Mixed reality: Experience gets more intuitive, immersive, and empowering | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Increasingly, augmented and virtual reality are about more than gaming—companies are finding enterprise potential in the technology. The goal: to replace keyboards and flat displays with new paradigms for communication and collaboration, bringing a major shift in user engagement.

 

Mixed reality elevates the potential of AR, VR, and IoT technology by combining the best of our digital and physical realities. Instead of removing users completely from the real world, or simply layering flat content on top of our immediate view, MR adds intelligence—physics, gravity, dimension, even personality—to digital content relative to the space around us. As a result, we are able to blur the lines between what is real and what is imagined while stripping away the barriers that interfere with our ability to make decisions quickly, absorb and process critical information, visualize possible scenarios before acting, or share knowledge and tasks between individuals and groups. Science fiction no longer, the future of engagement is here, and enterprises will likely be the first to embrace it.


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Fascinating: How Transparent Glass Frogs Mate

Fascinating: How Transparent Glass Frogs Mate | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

Rainy season is also mating season for the glass frogs of Panama. First, the female collects water from a leaf in order to hydrate the eggs inside her. She then releases them for the male to fertilize.

 
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Could the Tiny Zebrafish Teach Us to Cure Blindness?

Could the Tiny Zebrafish Teach Us to Cure Blindness? | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

By learning how zebrafish regenerate their retinas, researchers could figure out how to help humans do the same
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Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise | KurzweilAI

Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Hate treadmills? No prob. The Tranquility Pod uses “pleasant sound, gentle vibration, and soothing light to transport the body, mind, and spirit to a
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Brain has more than 100 times higher computational capacity than previously thought, say UCLA scientists | KurzweilAI

Brain has more than 100 times higher computational capacity than previously thought, say UCLA scientists | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Neuron (blue) with dendrites (credit: Shelley Halpain/UC San Diego) The brain has more than 100 times higher computational capacity than was previously
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IBM-led international research team stores one bit of data on a single atom | KurzweilAI

IBM-led international research team stores one bit of data on a single atom | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Scanning tunneling microscope image of a single atom of holmium, an element that researchers used as a magnet to store one bit of data. (credit: IBM Research
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The Best Speech about Humanity - Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan gives the best speech ever about humanity and how foolish we behave. Pale Blue Dot is one of the most important and reflective speeches about th
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Researchers Find Myopia-Causing Cells in Retina | Medicine, Neuroscience | Sci-News.com

Researchers Find Myopia-Causing Cells in Retina | Medicine, Neuroscience | Sci-News.com | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A team of researchers at Northwestern University has discovered a type of retinal ganglion cell that may cause myopia when it dysfunctions.
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An ultra-low-power artificial synapse for neural-network computing | KurzweilAI

An ultra-low-power artificial synapse for neural-network computing | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

(Left) Illustration of a synapse in the brain connecting two neurons. (Right) Schematic of artificial synapse (ENODe), which functions as a transistor. It

 
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Life on Mars: Preparing for the Red Planet

Life on Mars: Preparing for the Red Planet | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Six people are living in isolation for eight months on a volcano in Hawaii as part of a NASA-funded study to simulate human exploration of Mars. We chronicle their mission in 360 video.
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