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DNA Double Take

DNA Double Take | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Your DNA and identity are not as entwined as once thought. In fact most people have multiple genomes floating around, from mutations and remnants of pregnancies or twins.
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Focus: Imaging with Your Wi-Fi Hotspot

Focus: Imaging with Your Wi-Fi Hotspot | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The Wi-Fi signals that provide internet access can also produce images of the transmitter’s 3D surroundings, even through walls.
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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 | The virtual life | 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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Scientists turn hydrogen into metal in breakthrough that could revolutionise the planet

Scientists turn hydrogen into metal in breakthrough that could revolutionise the planet | The virtual life | Scoop.it
For nearly 100 years, scientists have dreamed of turning the lightest of all the elements, hydrogen, into a metal. Now, in a stunning act of modern-day alchemy, scientists at Harvard University have finally succeeded in creating a tiny amount of what is the rarest, and possibly most valuable, material on the planet, they reported in the journal Science.
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SpaceX's Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars

SpaceX's Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars | The virtual life | Scoop.it
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) to send hundreds of people to Mars to colonize the Red Planet.
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The Great A.I. Awakening

The Great A.I. Awakening | The virtual life | Scoop.it
How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services — and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself.
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New theory of gravity might explain dark matter

New theory of gravity might explain dark matter | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A new theory of gravity might explain the curious motions of stars in galaxies. Emergent gravity, as the new theory is called, predicts the exact same deviation of motions that is usually explained by invoking dark matter
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Mystery of Bermuda Triangle may have finally been solved

Mystery of Bermuda Triangle may have finally been solved | The virtual life | Scoop.it

Over the centuries, theories have abounded over the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle where more than 75 planes and hundreds of ships are said to have disappeared. Scientists may now have an answer.

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“ANA AVATAR” selected as a top-prize concept at XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit | KurzweilAI

“ANA AVATAR” selected as a top-prize concept at XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(credit: ANA) A concept for remote-controlled “avatar” humanoid robots, presented by ANA, Japan’s largest airline, was named one of the three “top
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Researchers discover machines can learn by simply observing

Researchers discover machines can learn by simply observing | The virtual life | Scoop.it
It is now possible for machines to learn how natural or artificial systems work by simply observing them, without being told what to look for, according to researchers at the University of Sheffield.
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Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star - Pale Red Dot campaign reveals Earth-mass world in orbit around Proxima Centauri

Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star - Pale Red Dot campaign reveals Earth-mass world in orbit around Proxima Centauri | The virtual life | Scoop.it
ESO, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere
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Life may have emerged not once, but many times on Earth

Life may have emerged not once, but many times on Earth | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Far from being a miracle that happened just once in 4 billion years, life's beginnings could have been so commonplace that it began many times over
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A new academic hoax: a bogus paper on “the conceptual penis” gets published in a “high quality peer-reviewed” social science journal

A new academic hoax: a bogus paper on “the conceptual penis” gets published in a “high quality peer-reviewed” social science journal | The virtual life | Scoop.it
It's been 21 years since physicist Alan Sokal submitted a bogus paper to a special "Science Wars" issue of the cultural studies journal Social Text. His paper, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity", maintained that quantum gravity was a social construct, using many bizarre quotes from postmodern scholars to make its case. Almost immediately…
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This German Retiree Solved One of World's Most Complex Maths Problems - and No One Noticed

This German Retiree Solved One of World's Most Complex Maths Problems - and No One Noticed | The virtual life | Scoop.it
"We found it, and it's beautiful."
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Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Form of Matter: Time Crystals

It's official, time crystals are real.
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Google’s Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR (and Maybe Teach AIs to Live In It)

Google’s Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR (and Maybe Teach AIs to Live In It) | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Let a thousand virtual worlds rain down from the clouds. Or the cloud as Google backs a tiny British startup with its massive computing infrastructure.
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It may not feel like anything to be an alien | KurzweilAI

It may not feel like anything to be an alien | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
An alien message in Arrival movie (dredit: Paramount Pictures) By Susan Schneider Humans are probably not the greatest intelligences in the universe.
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For the first time, researchers reveal a causal link between RNA splicing and aging

For the first time, researchers reveal a causal link between RNA splicing and aging | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Aging is a key risk factor for a variety of devastating, chronic diseases, yet the biological factors that influence when and how rapidly cells deteriorate over time remain largely unknown. Now, for the first time, a researc
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Pain-free vaccine nanopatch wins scientist CSL Young Florey Medal

Pain-free vaccine nanopatch wins scientist CSL Young Florey Medal | The virtual life | Scoop.it
University of Queensland professor Mark Kendall is awarded one of the nation's highest science honours for his pioneering work on pain-free vaccines that can be administered without a needle.
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The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate—or is it?

The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate—or is it? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Five years ago, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three astronomers for their discovery, in the late 1990s, that the universe is expanding at an accelerating pace.
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An international group of scientists wants you to join Asgardia - the first space nation

An international group of scientists wants you to join Asgardia - the first space nation | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Protectors of Earth, unite! 
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‘Star in a jar’ could lead to limitless fusion energy | KurzweilAI

‘Star in a jar’ could lead to limitless fusion energy | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A test cell for the National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade with tokamak in the center. (credit: Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications) Physicists
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An Interesting SETI Candidate in Hercules

An Interesting SETI Candidate in Hercules | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A candidate signal for SETI is a welcome sign that our efforts in that direction may one day pay off. An international team of researchers has announced the detection of “a strong signal in the direction of HD164595” in a
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Physicists propose method for braiding light

Physicists propose method for braiding light | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Physicists have proposed a way to braid three beams of light by guiding the beams along swirling, vortex-shaped defects in the optical medium through which the beams travel. The braided light would have an unusua
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New study suggests we might have spotted a fifth force of nature

New study suggests we might have spotted a fifth force of nature | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The Universe works in mysterious ways.
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