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This “Portal” Lets You Beam a Hologram of Yourself Into Video Calls

Beam Me Up A startup wants to upgrade our video calls by bringing hologram tech to the masses — although the gadgets are starting at the deep price of $60,000 apiece. The idea behind PORTL Hologram, TechCrunch reports, is to create a new kind of video call that projects a 3D image of your likeness, not unlike the holograms from …

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Japanese Towns Use This Robotic Wolf to Scare Off Bears, and It’s Terrifying

Halloween weekend is upon us, and as millions don costumes and visit haunted houses (as if real life wasn’t scary enough right now), several towns in Japan won’t be seeing any evil creatures, real nor in spirit—because they’ve got a terrifying robotic wolf to protect them. Most recently added to this list is Takikawa, located on Japan’s northernmost island of …

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Construction workers 5X as likely to be in hospital for COVID

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Construction workers have a much higher risk of hospitalization with COVID-19 than do people with other jobs, according to a new study. Analyzing data from mid-March to mid-August on hospitalizations in Austin, Texas, the researchers found that construction workers there were five times as …

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Historic SpaceX Astronaut Launch Delayed Due to “Nail Polish” Hiccup

“Nail Polish” On Tuesday, SpaceX and NASA announced they had to delay the first-ever operational “crew shift” launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft from October 31 to November 14 — the latest in a long line of prior delays. This time, Teslarati reports, it was due to a hardware issue: a tiny layer of protective lacquer, likened to “nail polish” …

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Science of Honeywell Trapped Ion Quantum Computers

Science of Honeywell Trapped Ion Quantum Computers Brian Wang | October 29, 2020 | Tony Uttley, President of Honeywell Quantum Solutions, described the science and technology of Honeywells Trapped Ion quantum computers at the Q2B 2019 (Quantum to Business) conference. Today, Honeywell revealed their roadmap to creating high capacity error corrected quantum computers. In an …

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This Flying Car Costs $599K—and It’s Now Street Legal in Holland

We’ve all had the experience of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic with nothing but miles of red taillights ahead, wishing we could somehow break away from the pack and zoom off to our destination traffic-free. Now drivers in the Netherlands are one step closer to making this vision a reality, as a commercial flying car has just been approved for use …

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If a Robot Is Conscious, Is It OK to Turn It Off? The Moral Implications of Building True AIs

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Measure of a Man,” Data, an android crew member of the Enterprise, is to be dismantled for research purposes unless Captain Picard can argue that Data deserves the same rights as a human being. Naturally the question arises: What is the basis upon which something has rights? What gives an entity …

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The Ministry for the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson

    25th September 2020 The Ministry for the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson Kim Stanley Robinson – author of the famous Mars trilogy – has a new book, The Ministry for the Future, being published on 6th October. We are giving away copies to three lucky readers.     Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer who …

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2018 Michigan Meteorite Was Filled With Organic Compounds

Clean Look An unusual meteorite that streaked across the sky of Michigan as a fireball before landing on a frozen lake in 2018 has granted scientists with a peek at the things space rocks can ferry down to Earth. Namely, the meteorite was chock full of organic compounds — carbon-containing molecules that serve as the building blocks of life on …

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Water discovered on sunlit surface of Moon

    26th October 2020 Water discovered on sunlit surface of Moon Astronomers report detecting molecular water on the sunlit surface of the Moon, using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).     NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery indicates that water …