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Basically, people are exactly as shallow as their technology allows them to be
Brilliant OK Cupid experiement: http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/we-experiment-on-human-beings/

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Elon Musk: I will put humans on Mars by 2026

"I’m hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it’s certainly possible for that to occur," he told CNBC. “But the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make life multi-planetary.”

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Phase one of aiki wiki almost complete

Phase one of aiki wiki almost complete

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fromquarkstoquasars:

Brian Cox Quote About Discovery:
Shared via: SaganSense (on tumblr)

fromquarkstoquasars:

Brian Cox Quote About Discovery:

Shared via: SaganSense (on tumblr)

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Study shows ANTS organize data more efficiently than Google

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Now research shows that ants don’t just flourish because they work hard and will slavishly sacrifice themselves for the collective. Their success is also due to their group ability to process information “far more efficiently than Google” in the daily search for food, according to scientists.

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White people dancing to Benny Hill without knowing it. Chuckles

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I've been very fortunate in this regard :)

I've been very fortunate in this regard :)

(Source: theremina, via rouxez)

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We’ve just begun ‘suspended animation’ trials in humans.

With traumatic injuries, timing in treatment can be the difference between life and death. What if surgeons could hit the pause button, giving them precious additional time to treat the wounds? Suspended animation has been featured in a wide array of fictional films, but could it actually work on humans? The FDA has approved a small study that will allow surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh to try to suspend human life later this month. 


Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/suspended-animation-human-trials-about-begin#SB0HBafhEVdXYWMl.99

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What Ants can teach us about how to run the internet, cure cancer, and understand how the human brain works.

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French scientists say they can make earthquakes harmless. Best news ever

Nuclear power plants, and perhaps even whole cities, could be protected from earthquakes using “seismic invisibility cloaks” if researchers’ theories are proven right. Scientists from the Institut Fresnel in Marseilles have teamed up with geo-engineering company Ménard to show that by drilling boreholes in a precise pattern into the ground, they could divert seismic waves that travel through the earth’s surface during earthquakes.

Lets make this happen. Never expected there might be a cure for earthquakes. Living in Los Angeles, I find this comforting.

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emergentfutures:

Stephen Hawking: ‘Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?’
Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks, says a group of leading scientists
Full Story: The Independent

although I’m still wrapping my head around the relevance of the Johnny Depp pix attached.

emergentfutures:

Stephen Hawking: ‘Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?’

Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks, says a group of leading scientists

Full Story: The Independent

although I’m still wrapping my head around the relevance of the Johnny Depp pix attached.

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Ouch. Using pseudoscience to expose pseudoscience, an open letter to Tim Farley

Ouch. Using pseudoscience to expose pseudoscience, an open letter to Tim Farley

Dear Tim,

While reviewing your latest report on skeptic activities on Wikipedia, I realize it’s possible this site may have been wrong about you this whole time. Perhaps you’re not a black hat mastermind, regardless of the fact that you’re saavy enough to…

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The pathway to digital longevity.
From “A Roadmap to Immortality”

The pathway to digital longevity.

From “A Roadmap to Immortality

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The genetic roadmap to life extension. 
From 'The Roadmap to immortality'

The genetic roadmap to life extension. 

From 'The Roadmap to immortality'

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