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As we enter the age of robotics and artificial intelligence, we must face the impending issue of massive technological unemployment. One possible solution is universal basic income (UBI) — the idea of guaranteeing every citizen a minimum income to cover their basic needs, regardless of their employment status. Is this a good solution?
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Case in point, the world’s largest desalination project, the Sorek in Israel, is ramping up to full capacity. The plant is already providing 20% of the water consumed in the country, and it is expected to produce 627,000 cubic meters of water daily when at full capacity. The plant was built for around $500 million and uses a conventional desalination technology called reverse osmosis (RO).
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Saltwater can also be used as a fuel. This sports car has been designed to reach 217.5 mph (350 km/h) – using nothing but saltwater. Its radical drive system allows the 5,070lbs (2,300kg) Quant e-Sportlimousine to reach 0-60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, making it as fast as the McLaren P1.
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The beauty of a quantum computer, especially when it comes to breaking encryption algorithms, is that by utilizing so-called “qubits,” or “quantum bits,” it’s capable of performing immense computations, and far swifter than today’s fastest supercomputers. It’s actually capable of executing multiple high-level computations at the same time, which pretty much means that today’s most sophisticated encryption techniques—developed for “classical” or binary computing—haven’t
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Francesco Marsili from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that “any model of the world that contains hidden variables must also allow for entangled particles to influence one another at a distance.” Their study showed that when two photons are entangled and separated – at a distance of 185 meters (607 feet) in their test – they behave as if they are still part of one system. This phenomenon of entanglement persists when the experiment is repeated with varying pairs of entangled p
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Triton has what is called a “retrograde orbit,” which means that its orbit is opposite to Neptune’s rotational direction, indicating that the moon did not form along with its host planet. This orbit contradicts everything we know about how moons form.If that’s not enough to convince you that it’s clearly no ordinary moon, Triton’s surface is smooth, seemingly like metal. This may be caused by eruptions on the surface, as Triton is geologically active to this day, driven by the radioa
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A team at UNC Chapel Hill has developed a technique to clean nuclear waste using an electron-stripping technology adapted from solar power. Their discovery overcomes one of the greatest stumbling-blocks to the widespread adoption of nuclear power.
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One hundred years from now, human biology will have merged with synthetic biology to make something "other" than human, artificial intelligence will have become another form of life, and gene editing will be nearly as easy as the click of a button.
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Last year, researchers in China shocked the world (and alarmed many in the scientific community) by modifying the DNA of human embryos. Now, as reported in Nature News, a research team led by Yong Fan at Guangzhou Medical University has used CRISPR, a powerful gene editing tool, to introduce HIV-resistance into the embryos. The Chinese researchers collected 213 fertilized human eggs for the study, all of which were deemed unsuitable for in vitro fertilization because they contained an extra set
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The technology that Huang and his team used — known as CRISPR/Cas9 — is already used in some procedures. But it is only done with somatic or non-reproductive cells, like editing out certain genes that allow HIV to enter human cells.
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In support of this, prototypes of the new technology were demonstrated at the announcement. The idea is centered on the “Starchip,” a tiny tech wafer weighing a gram or so—essentially a miniature sensors and electronics payload. It contains everything: Cameras, communications package, navigational and autonomous AI computer programs, power supply, and so on. It’s tethered to a “Lightsail,” a meter-sized sheet just a few atoms thick and weighing a few grams at most; this is the nanocr
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If you aren’t farmilar with it, in short, it is a suit that is actually made of mushrooms and other biological materials that digest your flesh after you’ve died. Notably, these mushrooms (mycelium) are fantastic at digesting the toxins in the human body, breaking them down and preventing them from spreading to other areas of the environment. When asked about the various rules and regulations that may impede the use of the suit, Lee notes that nothing exists that should interfere with its u
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Many funeral services use carcinogenic embalming fluids, and studies have shown that embalmers exposed to these chemicals have increased incidences of myeloid leukemia. To that extent, our burial practices aren’t just bad for the environment—they are bad for us.
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“For much of human history, memory has been seen as a tape recorder that faithfully registers information and replays it intact,” say the film’s makers. “But now, researchers are discovering that memory is far more malleable, always being written and rewritten, not just by us but by others. We are discovering the precise mechanisms that can explain and even control our memories.”
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Indeed, W-18 is being compared to Fentanyl, a new opiate that has already been linked to over six hundred deaths in Canada. Given that W-18 is a hundred times more powerful than the aforementioned, there’s certainly more reason to worry about it. In addition, because of lack of support from pharmaceutical companies, the drug has only ever been tested on mice; so no one really knows how it will affect humans or how addictive is really is, neither do scientists know the kind of side effects it w
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Alphabet, the technology incubator and parent company of Google, may be looking to unload Boston Dynamics, the robotics company known for producing some amazing tech. If the rumors—which were reported in Bloomberg—prove to be true, it would be a startling development, but, in hindsight, perhaps not entirely unexpected. Boston Dynamics—which has excelled in creating sophisticated robots capable of standing, walking, running, jumping, and even resisting human misbehavior (such as being hit
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