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Never mind killer robots—here are six real AI dangers to watch out for in 2019 – Technology Review

Never mind killer robots—here are six real AI dangers to watch out for in 2019 – Technology Review

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Once it was fashionable to fret about the prospect of super-intelligent machines taking over the world. The past year showed that AI may cause all sorts of hazards long before that happens.

The latest AI methods excel at perceptual tasks such as classifying images and transcribing speech, but the…

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Crows Understand Cause and Effect, Even When the Cause is Hidden – 80beats : 80beats – Discover Magazine

Crows Understand Cause and Effect, Even When the Cause is Hidden – 80beats : 80beats – Discover Magazine

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New Caledonian crow

For the New Caledonian crow, birdbrain is a misnomer: These members of the corvid family have proved their problem-solving and tool-wielding abilities again and again. The birds may have yet another impressive cognitive capacity, a new study suggests: causal reasoning. The ability to link an event with the mechanism that caused it, even if that mechanism is hidden, is the basis of modern science—and our most basic knowledge of the world around us. If New Caledonian crows are capable of causal reasoning as well, we can better trace and understand the evolution of this ability.

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Can You Have Infinite Anything And Not End Up With Infinite Everything? – Forbes

Can You Have Infinite Anything And Not End Up With Infinite Everything? – Forbes

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My son, known to the Internet as “The Pip” will be eight in about a month, and is currently obsessed with the TV competition show American Ninja Warrior. He watches every episode (via DVR mostly, because his bedtime falls in the middle of the regular time slot), and we make regular trips to the Albany Ninja Lab where he doggedly works…

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Battery with a twist – Science Daily

Battery with a twist – Science Daily

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…….Markus Niederberger, Professor for Multifunctional Materials at ETH Zurich, and his team (have created a new prototype battery). The researchers have developed a prototype for a flexible thin-film battery that can be bent, stretched and even twisted without interrupting the supply of power.

What makes this new battery special is its electrolyte — that part of the battery through which lithium-ions move when the battery is charged or discharged. This electrolyte was discovered by ETH doctoral student Xi Chen, lead author of the study that recently appeared in the scientific journal Advanced Materials.… Source

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Xiaomi launches big 5G smartphone challenge to Huawei – TechCentral

Xiaomi launches big 5G smartphone challenge to Huawei – TechCentral

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Xiaomi introduced its first phones compatible with the latest 5G cellular technology in China, as the country’s once-biggest smartphone maker prepares for an uphill battle against domestic rival Huawei Technologies.

At an event in Beijing, billionaire co-founder Lei Jun introduced the 5G-capable Mi 9 Pro, the latest of Xiaomi’s classic product line, and gave the world a first look at a new concept phone called Mix Alpha, with a display wrapping all the way around the device.

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Sources: President Trump is visiting Silicon Valley for the first time since 2016 for a fundraiser, but its location is a mystery, even to the donors – Tech Memes

Sources: President Trump is visiting Silicon Valley for the first time since 2016 for a fundraiser, but its location is a mystery, even to the donors – Tech Memes

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On Tuesday, a person familiar with the matter said former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy was hosting the event, after a neighbor told The Wall Street Journal that he had spotted tents erected outside Mr. McNealy’s Palo Alto home.

Mr. McNealy is now executive chairman of Wayin, which helps marketers make use of social media, and has publicly praised Mr. Trump, saying in a CNBC interview in April 2017 that CEOs were relieved that “eight years of waterboarding” had stopped under the new administration.… Source

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Why Fossils Are Mostly Male – Atlas Obscura

Why Fossils Are Mostly Male – Atlas Obscura

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While these biases certainly generate interesting theories about Pleistocene behavior (and modern human behavior), they create very real problems for science based on museum collections. These specimens are one of the largest sources of data for understanding the anatomy, variability, diet, range, and more of long-extinct animals. And if that’s the case, much of what we know about these creatures comes from a population that’s not reflective of reality.

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New efficient way to convert heat into electricity found: Study – Outlook India
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Electricity, That’s Hot, and That’s How We Get More

New efficient way to convert heat into electricity found: Study – Outlook India Excerpt: Researchers have found a new way to capture heat and turn it into electricity, an advance that could increase the efficiency of energy generation from car exhaust, interplanetary space probes, and industrial processes. The scientists, including those from The Ohio State University in the US, found a new way to design thermoelectric semiconductors — materials that could convert heat to electricity.
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Why AI is a threat to democracy—and what we can do to stop it – Technology Review

Why AI is a threat to democracy—and what we can do to stop it – Technology Review

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 Rather than create a grand strategy for AI or for our long-term futures, the federal government has stripped funding from science and tech research. So the money must come from the private sector. But investors also expect some kind of return. That’s a problem……

…..at the same time that there’s a tremendous amount of power being consolidated in China. China has a sovereign wealth fund devoted to fundamental basic research in AI. They’re throwing huge amounts of money at AI. And they have a totally different idea than the US when it comes to privacy and data.

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Transformative? New Device Harvests Energy from Darkness – NYTImes
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From Darkness, Comes Power, Literally, Thanks to These Folks

Transformative? New Device Harvests Energy from Darkness – NYTImes Excerpt: Dr. Raman wondered whether he could use all that darkness to make something to light it up, not unlike the way that solar panels generate electricity from the sun’s heat and light.He did. In new research published on Thursday in the journal Joule, Dr. Raman demonstrated a way to harness a dark night sky to power a light bulb.His prototype device employs radiative cooling, the phenomenon that makes buildings and parks feel cooler than the surrounding air after sunset. As Dr. Raman’s device releases heat, it does so unevenly, the top side cooling more than the bottom. It then converts the difference in heat into electricity. In the paper, Dr. Raman described how the device, when connected to a voltage converter, was able to power a white LED…..
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Coast Guard Issues Lithium-Ion Battery Warning After Deadly Boat Fire – Newsy

Coast Guard Issues Lithium-Ion Battery Warning After Deadly Boat Fire – Newsy

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The Coast Guard’s bulletin suggests investigators may be looking into whether devices being charged may have sparked the California boat fire.

In the wake of a deadly California boat fire, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued new safety requirements for passenger vessels.

The bulletin asks boat operators to make sure all required firefighting and lifesaving equipment is operational, that all emergency escapes are clearly identified and functional, and that crews are properly trained. The Coast Guard also recommends operators limit unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries. 

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Scientists propose ‘Spaceline’ elevator to the Moon – Tech Crunch

Scientists propose ‘Spaceline’ elevator to the Moon – Tech Crunch

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Fans of sci-fi and fringe tech may already be familiar with the idea of the “space elevator,” which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like — and totally impossible with today’s technology. But a pair of scientists think they’ve found an alternative: a Moon elevator. And it’s…

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Pajamas monitor heart rate, breathing while person sleeps – FierceElectronics

Pajamas monitor heart rate, breathing while person sleeps – FierceElectronics

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Pajamas may never be the same.

Wearable technology to monitor health parameters is progressing beyond patches and watches, possibly to the pajamas you sleep in. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed physiological-sensing textiles that can be woven or stitched into sleep garments dubbed “phyjamas.” The “phyjamas” can incorporate sensing circuitry to monitor heart rate,  respiratory rate, and other health parameters.

University of Massachutsetts graduate students Ali Kiaghadi and S.

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Graphene, Heal Thyself: Carbon Molecule Can Rebuild Holes – Discover Magazine

Graphene, Heal Thyself: Carbon Molecule Can Rebuild Holes – Discover Magazine

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Physicists led by Konstantin Novoselov, who along with Andre Geim discovered graphene and won the physics Nobel Prize, trained an electron microscope at a sheet of graphene. They deposited palladium or nickel, which damage graphene by encouraging carbon bonds to break, onto a section of the sheet. When the researchers shot an electron beam at the damaged area, the beam mobilized the metal atoms to eat away at the graphene, etching nanometer-scale holes. But the holes didn’t last long: Provided with a reservoir of spare carbon atoms, the graphene incorporated the fresh carbon to patch the holes, as can be seen in the image.

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World’s most shocking ‘Electric eel’ in Amazon – Daily Bayonet

World’s most shocking ‘Electric eel’ in Amazon – Daily Bayonet

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According to new findings, two new species of electric eel have been discovered in the Amazon, one of which includes the Electrophorus Voltai, which can deliver a record-breaking electric shock.

The findings, published on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, theorise that the species evolved from a shared ancestor millions of years ago. We take a closer look into Amazonia’s newest discover in terms of its origination and just how exactly it is compared to its siblings. 

Newest addition to the family 

The Electrophorus Voltai, or better known as E.

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Water found on a potentially life-friendly alien planet – National Geographic

Water found on a potentially life-friendly alien planet – National Geographic

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In a first for astronomers studying worlds beyond our solar system, data from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed water vapor in the atmosphere of an Earth-size planet. Although this exoplanet orbits a star that is smaller than our sun, it falls within what’s known as the star’s habitable zone, the range of orbital distances where it would be warm enough for liquid water to exist on a planet’s surface.

The discovery, announced this week in two independent studies, comes from years of observations of the exoplanet K2-18b, a super-Earth that’s about 111 light-years from our solar system.

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Electrochemical reactions drive morphing of materials – Nature.com

Electrochemical reactions drive morphing of materials – Nature.com

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If pressure is applied to a block of rubber, it flattens, but reverts to its original form once the pressure is removed — the shape transformation is said to be volatile. But if the same pressure is applied to Play-Doh, the new shape persists even without the pressure. Such a difference is due to inherent dissimilarities in each material’s properties, rather than in the nature of the shape produced, and it has not been possible to turn the volatility of a material’s shape changes on or off on demand. Writing in Nature, Xia et al.

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Enormous bubbles discovered near centre of the Milky Way – Cosmos

Enormous bubbles discovered near centre of the Milky Way – Cosmos

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Astronomers using radio telescopes in South Africa have discovered a pair of enormous bubbles of high-energy electrons ballooning 700 light years away from the centre of our galaxy.

One bubble is above the plane of the Milky Way disk; the other is below it.

The bubbles appear to have been created by a high-energy event that punched into the interstellar medium above and below the galactic centre sometime in the past few million years.

One possibility is that the triggering event was an outburst from the black hole at the center of our galaxy, created by a surge…

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Flagstaff AZ Schools Closed for Ransomware – Twit TV
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Flagstaff AZ Schools Closed for Ransomware – Twit TV

The pirating of governments through ransomware continues, with a Flagstaff, AZ school district being the latest to fall prey. Twit TV Flagstaff, AZ kids might never have gotten a snow day off school, but now they get a ransomware day off!
A gene-editing first: scientists tried CRISPR to fight HIV – News 12 New Jersey
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Gene-Editing Could Bring Life-Saving Hope to Children with AIDS

CRISPR is being used to attack the Aids virus for the first time.  Can science end Aids with the gene-editing power of CRISPR. The work could lead to a breakthrough in Aids research that could be particularly effective at helping children afflicted with the disease. News 12 New Jersey Scientists are reporting the first use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR to try to cure a patient’s HIV infection by providing blood cells that were altered to resist the AIDS virus. The gene-editing tool has long been used in research labs, and a Chinese scientist was scorned last year when he revealed he used it on embryos that led to the birth of twin girls. Editing embryos is considered too risky, partly because the DNA changes can pass to future generations.
UK leads drive to develop electric car battery that can cover 150 miles on 6 minutes of charge – Mirror UK
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The Brits Go Big on Electric Car Charging and Range

The UK is making a major push to take the lead in the electric car range and charge race.  Mirror UK Last week, the Faraday Institution – a research charity backed by the UK government – announced £55 million of funding for five battery projects, in a bid to improve the technology that sits at the heart of electric vehicles….. Research has shown that arranging the materials in a structured way can dramatically improve battery performance, but at present there is no mass-manufacturing route to do so. The Nextrode project will investigate new manufacturing methods to create structured electrodes cheaply, and in high manufacturing volumes.  The hope is that this will lead to the development of an electric car battery that can retain enough charge in 6 minutes to travel 150 miles, according to Professor David Greenwood from the University of Warwick, who is also involved in the project.
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Peat Wars: Should Ancient Bogs Be Miracle Plant Food? Or Precious Carbon Sink? – 80beats : 80beats – Discover Magazine

Peat Wars: Should Ancient Bogs Be Miracle Plant Food? Or Precious Carbon Sink? – 80beats : 80beats – Discover Magazine

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Ready for 6G? How AI will shape the network of the future – Technology Review

Mobile-phone technology has changed the way humans understand and interact with the world and with each other. It’s hard to think of a technology that has more strongly shaped 21st-century living.The latest technology—the fifth generation of mobile standards, or 5G—is currently being deployed in select locations around the world. And that raises an obvious question. What factors will drive the development of the sixth generation of mobile technology? How will 6G differ from 5G, and what kinds of interactions and activity will it allow that won’t be possible with 5G?
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‘Flight Shaming:’ Can Air Travel be Part of a More Sustainable Future? – The Globe Post

‘Flight Shaming:’ Can Air Travel be Part of a More Sustainable Future? – The Globe Post

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In what was arguably the most in-depth dive into climate policy in the history of cable television, CNN held a seven-hour town hall marathon featuring 10 of the top U.S. presidential candidates September 4. Yet one of the most impactful and challenging facets of the man-made climate crisis, cutting down on carbon emitted from the massive (and growing) air travel industry, never came up.

Air travel accounts for a substantial portion of total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, air travel emits 12…

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