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Monday, 22 January 2018

Famed geneticist Rusty Gage named interim president of troubled Salk Institute

quote [ Rusty Gage, the geneticist who upended science by proving that humans can generate new brain cells during adulthood, has been appointed interim president of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, which has been shaken by gender discrimination lawsuits filed by its faculty.

Gage, 67, is stepping in for Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, who recently made the unexpected announcement that she will retire as Salk?s president during late summer. Blackburn, who took the job two years ago, assumes the title of president emerita. ]

Regardless of who they get to permanently fill the position, it is going to be a huge challenge for in light of recent goings on there.
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by knumbknutz@11:11pmGMT] [0 comments]

Can Washington Be Automated?

quote [ An algorithmic lobbyist sounds like a joke. But it’s already here. Here’s who the robots are coming for next. ]

I doubt this will replace lobbyists, it sounds like it will just make them more effective at knowing who can be bought and for what price.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by raphael_the_turtle@1:08pmGMT] [0 comments]

Pentagon Confirms Existence of Russian Doomsday Torpedo

quote [ A leaked copy of the Pentagon?s Nuclear Posture Review states that Russia is developing a ?new intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo.?

But what really makes Kanyon nightmare fuel is the drone torpedo's payload: a 100-megaton thermonuclear weapon.

Kanyon is designed to attack coastal areas, destroying cities, naval bases, and ports. The mega-bomb would also generate an artificial tsunami that would surge inland, spreading radioactive contamination with the advancing water. To make matters worse there are reports the warhead is ?salted? with the radioactive isotope Cobalt-60. Contaminated areas would be off-limits to humanity for up to 100 years. ]

Yee Haw!

We're doomed.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Sad]
[by HoZay@12:23amGMT] [7 comments]

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Here?s why you can?t buy a high-end graphics card at Best Buy

quote [ ?Cryptocurrency can?t crash soon enough,? one gamer fumes. ]

I wonder how this will affect game development and sales going forward. Will developers hinder their own product in order to avoid negative reviews from gamers who can't afford or acquire the higher end graphic cards? Will there be a surplus in the card market when comcast and other shifty net providers throttle blockchain traffic?
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by raphael_the_turtle@9:28pmGMT] [10 comments]

Friday, 19 January 2018

This climate pioneer has a crazy solution for keeping the Arctic frozen

quote [ It?s one of the most striking ? and worrisome ? signs of global warming in the Arctic: The permafrost is beginning to thaw, and it?s releasing greenhouse gases that could actually accelerate climate change and threaten future generations.

If this continues unchecked, ?You will die,? said Russian ecologist Sergey Zimov, who runs a research outpost called the Northeast Science Station, ?Maybe not you, but there is no chance for your grandchildren.? ]

Both unnerving and inspirational - a very interesting short video worth watching to the end.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4]
[by Space_1889@4:05amGMT] [4 comments]



Thursday, 18 January 2018

Thought experiments

quote [ Brain-computer interfaces sound like the stuff of science fiction. Andrew Palmer sorts the reality from the hype. ]

I know BCIs are a popular topic here on SE, but I'm going to have ask y'all to try and keep this post to under a thousand comments. The last post I made was just too unwieldy for me to keep up with. ;P

This is a really good read btw. And I still very much recommend that WaitButWhy post on Neuralink.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by steele@2:34pmGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Cosmos TV Series Will Return in 2019

quote [ Fox and National Geographic announced yesterday (Jan. 13) that the series will return in the spring of 2019. Astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson will return as the series' host. ]

This pleases me, in a nerdgasm sort of a way...
[SFW] [science & technology] [+9 Good]
[by knumbknutz@1:27amGMT] [8 comments]

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Amazon Echo make life easier for blind users

quote [ as the three internet giants (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Sirii)are battling it out, Amazon Echo seems to be coming out on top?among the blind community because Echo gives users the ability to select customizable "skills" that control a variety of tasks and actions. Using the Amazon Echo was a game changer you can get the information you are looking for ten times faster than you would navigating a website. But perhaps it all comes down to cost. Amazon Echo remains the most affordable. ]

Link is to audio for text
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/spark/380-phantom-traffic-jams-catfishing-scams-and-smart-speakers-1.4482967/smart-speakers-make-life-easier-for-blind-users-1.4482978
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Informative]
[by yunnaf@8:52pmGMT] [1 comment]

Your Position, Triangulated

quote [ The evolution of the global positioning system, the greatest non-internet idea to come out of the Space Race, and why the military initially hobbled it. ]

We have GPS and yet, we're still lost
[SFW] [science & technology] [+5 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@2:42amGMT] [4 comments]

Terror in Paradise: I Got the Hawaii Missile Message and Prepared to Die

quote [ Something must be done. Not just about the flawed warning system in Hawaii, but about a world in which nations are poised to destroy each other with barely a moment's notice. ]

I just read JWWargo's shout, and found this. I live right outside DC. If i get this message, I'm going outside to sit in my garden.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2 WTF]
[by midden@12:16amGMT] [41 comments]



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