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Commentary: The Coming Robot Arms Race

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      Drones can already fly themselves independently and may soon be able to make their own tactical decisions, writes columnist Peter Apps. With Russia about to wrap up its quadrennial "Zapad-2017" war games, Apps assesses how progress in artificial intelligence technology is fueling an international race to develop autonomous weapons platforms. "That’s a truly revolutionary shift – and one every major nation wants to lead," he writes.

      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-robots-comm...

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      Electronics

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          In our ever changing world we have electronics where we never did before.

          We have computers, tablets, and cell phones to name a few. Thinking about personal choice and of course money an iPhone is not for every one. I certainly can't afford a iPhone. I have to go with the cheapest one offred. Most all phones offer locking otions. So if lose ur phone no one can just start using it. HA ! Can u say Hackers !

          Right now on the market they offer a 4 pin option, a finger print option, a face recognition option. All according to CBS this morning all are hackable.

          The newest locking option is the six pin option, with limited chances makes it right now the best option out there. And not hackable YET. With the amount of pin slots and chances offered to figure it out. Yet they did not talk about the apps or programmes out there that help hackers crack these codes. Or that little pin hole that factory resets ur phone. Or what happens when u replace the Sim card.

          We rely on our cell phones so much so a lot of people go threw with draws when something happens to it. We going for our tablets were we can down load a phone app. Which by the way is free and has no monthly charge. Well unless ur making payments on it.

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          Series Of Potent Hurricanes Stokes Scientific Debate

          'For Gabriel Vecchi, professor of geosciences at Princeton University's Environmental Institute, the surge in cyclones is evidence of an "active era" for storms in the Atlantic since the mid 1990s, even if not every year saw strong storms.

          'A period of relative calm for hurricanes, stretching from 2013 to 2016, can be explained by the presence of the equatorial Pacific warming trend, El Nino, which produces wind shear that tends to discourage the formation of hurricanes.

          'There was also little hurricane activity in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

          '"There is still a lot of debate in the scientific community," over what causes this shift between calm and tumultuous times for storms, Vecchi said.

          'Some think a surge in industrial pollution after World War II may have produced more pollutant particles that blocked the Sun's energy and exerted a cooling effect on the oceans.

          '"The pollution reduced a lot of hurricane activity," he told AFP.

          'Pollution began to wane in the 1980s due to regulations such as the Clean Air Act, allowing more of the Sun's rays to penetrate the ocean and provide warming fuel for storms.

          'Vecchi said the "big debate" among scientists is over which plays a larger role -- variations in ocean currents or pollution cuts. There is evidence for both, but there isn't enough data to answer a key question.'

          https://www.yahoo.com/news/series-potent-hurricane...

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          Radioactive Diamond Batteries: Making Good Use Of Nuclear Waste

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              Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed a method to make a diamond out of nuclear waste, creating a battery that has no moving parts, no emissions of any type including radiation, needs no maintenance, does not need to be recharged and will operate for thousands of years.
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              Did We Just Discover Alien Life?

              Are FRBs created by aliens?

              Draft version February 28, 2017 Typeset using LATEX twocolumn style in AASTeX61

              FAST RADIO BURSTS FROM EXTRAGALACTIC LIGHT SAILS

              Manasvi Lingam1, 2 and Abraham Loeb2 1Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

              2Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, The Institute for Theory and Computation, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

              USA ABSTRACT We examine the possibility that Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) originate from the activity of extragalactic civilizations. Our analysis shows that beams used for powering large light sails could yield parameters that are consistent with FRBs.

              The characteristic diameter of the beam emitter is estimated through a combination of energetic and engineering constraints, and both approaches intriguingly yield a similar result which is on the scale of a large rocky planet.

              Moreover, the optimal frequency for powering the light sail is shown to be similar to the detected FRB frequencies. These ‘coincidences’ lend some credence to the possibility that FRBs might be artificial in origin.

              Other relevant quantities, such as the characteristic mass of the light sail, and the angular velocity of the beam, are also derived. By using the FRB occurrence rate, we infer upper bounds on the rate of FRBs from extragalactic civilizations in a typical galaxy. The possibility of detecting fainter signals is briefly discussed, and the wait time for an exceptionally bright FRB event in the Milky Way is estimated.

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              Fed Up With Moderation, China Bans Livestreaming

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                  http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/06/fed-up-with-mod...

                  China is banning livestreaming. It is also banning anonymous online comments.

                  If a web site suspects a user is using a fake name, they are required to log the details and potentially report.

                  Wow. So much for privacy on the Internet.

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                  ‘Beating Heart’ Patch Offers New Hope For Desperately Ill Patients

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                      From clot-busting drugs to bypass surgery, cardiologists have many options for treating the 700,000-plus Americans who suffer a heart attack each year. But treatment options remain limited for the 5.7 million or so Americans who suffer from heart failure, an often debilitating condition in which damage to the heart (often resulting from a heart attack) compromises its ability to pump blood.

                      “Severe heart damage can pretty much incapacitate people,” says Dr. Timothy Henry, director of cardiology at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. “You can’t climb a flight of stairs, you’re fatigued all the time, and you’re at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.”

                      Medication is available to treat heart failure, but it’s no panacea. And some heart failure patients undergo heart transplantation, but it remains an iffy proposition even 50 years after the first human heart was transplanted in 1967.

                      But soon, there may be another option.

                      A PATCH FOR THE HEART

                      Researchers are developing a new technology that would restore normal cardiac function by covering scarred areas with patches made of beating heart cells. The tiny patches would be grown in the lab from patients’ own cells and then surgically implanted.

                      The patches are now being tested in mice and pigs at Duke University, the University of Wisconsin and Stanford University. Researchers predict they could be tried in humans within five years — with widespread clinical use possibly coming within a decade. – 'Beating Heart' Patch Offers New Hope for Desperately Ill Patients – Aug.25.2017 https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/beating-heart... via NBC News

                      https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/beating-heart...

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                      Trump Cybersecurity Advisers Resign In 'Moral' Protest

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                          BY JOSEPH MARKS, SENIOR CORRESPONDENT,

                          More than one-quarter of a panel tasked with advising the Homeland Security Department on cybersecurity and infrastructure protection resigned en masse Monday, citing President Donald Trump’s “insufficient attention” to the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities, among other complaints.

                          Resigning members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council also cited the president’s failure to single out neo-Nazis and white supremacists for condemnation after a violent protest earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia.

                          “The moral infrastructure of our nation is the foundation on which our physical infrastructure is built,” the council members stated in a group resignation letter.

                          The resignation letter, obtained by Nextgov, also cites Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement and to revoke building standards related to flooding risk.

                          “Your actions have threatened the security of the homeland I took an oath to protect,” the letter writers tell the president.

                          The resignations come after Trump disbanded two business advisory councils earlier this month following a wave of resignations by chief executive officers. Those CEOs similarly condemned Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville.

                          http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2017/08/trump-c...

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