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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:26 pm

The death of car ownership?


Owning a car, in just a few short decades, could be a lot like owning a horse — mostly for hobbyists and really unnecessary for transportation purposes.   Continue Reading »

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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Google’s AI has dreams that are amazing and disturbing


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?   Was once famously asked by American sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick.  And the answer appears to be, no, they don’t. Dog-headed knights atop horses, or camel-birds and pig-snails, and of Dali-esque mutated landscapes is what they dream of.

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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:16 pm

A Hologram you can touch made with superfast lasers


Jules Verne introduced holography to literature in 1893 with The Castle of the Carpathians and ever since the halls of science fiction are well-decorated with dreams of holograms, nd how else would we know that Obi-Wan was Leia’s only hope?   Continue Reading »


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July 1st, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Are API’s for the human genome coming soon?


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory geneticist Gholson Lyon, recently pointed out in an article about Apple’s DNA-related ambitions that we don’t yet have a “killer app to interact with [our DNA] quickly and easily.   Continue Reading »

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June 30th, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Amazing connection between gut bacteria and cognitive functioning


Oregon State University researchers have discovered a new link between cognitive functioning and gut bacteria.  In recent years the science involving bacteria in the gut and its link to health and cognitive functioning has boomed.  Parkinson’s disease has even been linked to changes in gut bacteria.  Published in the journal Neuroscience, a new study shows that diets high in fat and sugar are probably impacting cognitive functioning, because of their impact on the type of bacteria that thrive on high-fat and high-sugar diets.   Continue Reading »

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11 critical skills for the future