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Look at all those chemtrails! Just look at them! Our Lizard Alien Overlords are really stepping up their game. Soon, the Earth will be transformed to be just like their home planet.

I hope you like glizarg with your breethan, because you are going to get tons.
 
A spectacular cloud formation captured during a flight has delighted weather enthusiasts and enraged conspiracy theorists.
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Now that's funny!
 
You had one job! One!
Washington Post's symbolic Women's March on Washington error
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Why proofreading and copy editing matters.

And not forgetting how to spell ass - u - me

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The writing is on the wall. World governments will move quickly to digital currency over the next decade to counter the threat from private digital currencies like bitcoin. Cash will also be outlawed.

This could be a hugely positive step that would enable increased efficiency and decreased corruption, but more than likely state monetary power will increasingly be used as a tool of fine-grained control.

Imagine China's social credit system combined with an ability to track every RMB in real-time, all watched over by an immensely powerful State AI. China is becoming a Borg Nation.
Editor’s note: Sheng Songcheng, the author of the article, is a member of the Eleventh National People's Congress, the Director of the Investigation and Statistics Department of the Peopl...
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Wall Street is also considering using bitcoins for trading transactions

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I find this hilarious.
A married couple in the Australian capital of Canberra have made headlines after announcing that they’ll get divorced if laws to allow same-sex couples to legally married are passed. The Christian couple, Nick & Sarah Jensen, have been married for over 10 years, and told journalists that they have a happy and healthy marriage and
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If somebody else's gay marriage threatens your own, your marriage has bigger problems than the existence of gay marriage.

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This week's SciTech is particularly interesting, including $100 whole genome sequencing and a new approach to PCR. Check it out!
 
SciTech Digest - 03/2017.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2017/01/neuromorphic-tank-spotting-novaseq-dna.html

Neuromorphic tank spotting, NovaSeq DNA sequencers, Cavity regeneration, BIC Lasers, Long carbon nanotubes, DIY antiaging, Reactive 3D printing, Superior alumina alloys, Scarless wound regeneration, Digital DNA replicator.

1. Neuromorphic Tank Spotting.
The US air force has successfully used IBM’s neuromorphic TrueNorth chips to rapidly identify military and civilian vehicles from aerial imagery https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603335/air-force-tests-ibms-brain-inspired-chip-as-an-aerial-tank-spotter/. Part of the work involved competing the neuromorphic chip against other machine learning systems, for which performance and accuracy was similar but with TrueNorth using less than 5% of the power used by other systems. In related news Google continues to roll out it’s RAISR machine learning image upscaling technology for saving 75% of bandwidth on image downloads https://www.blog.google/products/google-plus/saving-you-bandwidth-through-machine-learning/, and a deep learning system beats professional poker players http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/01/deepstack-ai-has-beaten-professional.html.

2. NovaSeq DNA Sequencers
Illumina has launched a new generation of DNA sequencers called NovaSeq that it intends to develop to the point of being able to sequence an entire human genome for $100 http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/01/illumina-introduces-novaseq-seriesa-new.html. The device is actually designed to sequence up to 48 whole genomes per run and subsequent generations may even hit $10 per genome after that. New innovations packed into NovaSeq include reengineered dyes and surface chemistries, improved optics for 4x faster scan speed, higher density flow cells to include more genomes per run, and better analysis software.

3. Drug for Tooth Repair
A drug that has been used in clinical trials for treating Alzheimer’s disease has been shown to be effective in stimulating stem cells in the pulp of teeth in order to generate new mineralised dentine in large cavities http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/news/newsrecords/2017/01-January/Natural-tooth-repair-method-using-Alzheimer%27s-drug-could-revolutionise-dental-treatments.aspx. The drug was delivered by being embedded in biodegradable collagen sponges applied to the site, and which degraded over time to be replaced by new, strong, dentine. This could reduce the need for fillings and ideally would be formed into a product people could take at home as a preventative from time to time.

4. Bound States in the Continuum Lasers
Lasers have been created for the first time using a novel phenomenon known as bound states in the continuum (BIC) http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/new_laser_based_on_unusual_physics_phenomenon_could_improve_telecommunicati. The device uses an etched nanostructured semiconducting membrane that, when powered with a laser beam, induces a BIC state able to emit its own frequency laser beam. BIC systems contain waves that are perfectly confined or bound in an open system, remaining localised and trapped rather than escaping. Benefits of BIC lasers would include easy tuning to emit different wavelengths and custom shaped beams. Next step is for the group to make the BIC laser electrically powered rather than optically powered.

5. Making Long Carbon Nanotubes
Commercial manufacturing processes can now produce carbon nanotubes with lengths up to 10mm and diameters of only 5 - 12nm http://www.chemengonline.com/a-process-for-making-longer-carbon-nanotubes-2/. The new nanotubes are produced in a custom designed heated reactor and because they are longer these new carbon nanotubes better facilitate being spun into yarns using textile processing equipment, which have also been woven into sheets for armour and area-heating applications given they emit infrared heat when a voltage is applied.

6. DIY Health & Antiaging
A couple of DIY antiaging initiatives this week. First, you can now go to a clinic and pay for a transfusion of blood plasma collected from teenagers and young adults as a first commercial effort to offer the antiaging rejuvenation benefits seen in many parabiosis experiments https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603242/questionable-young-blood-transfusions-offered-in-us-as-anti-aging-remedy/. This is pitched as a clinical trial but has come under harsh criticism; still, watch this space. Second, an increasing number of people are doing their own gene therapy experiments on themselves by designing the vectors, ordering from reagent companies, and arranging for professionals (or otherwise) to administer the treatment https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603217/one-mans-quest-to-hack-his-own-genes/; in this case additional copies of human growth hormone were added to muscle cells.

7. Reactive 3D Printing Advances
New materials and polymers used in standard 3D printing processes can be chemically activated by UV light after printing in order to enable incredibly useful properties http://news.mit.edu/2017/technique-enables-adaptable-3-d-printing-0113. These properties include the ability to chemically incorporate monomers from solution in order to grow the polymers already in the 3D printed structure, which can alter properties such as strength, stiffness, hydrophobicity, and swelling. They can even cause two different structures to fuse and chemically join together. In related news an interesting type of liquid metal 3D printing has been developed http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2017/01/020.html.

8. Superior Alumina Alloys
Alumina materials that incorporate dilute lanthanide dopants for the first time have been developed and resulting in delayed phase transitions and improved temperature resilience that might be very useful for laser gain media http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=45533.php. 400ppm of lanthanide ions results in the alumina becoming stable at temperatures up to 300C hotter than previously; as a laser gain media this enables significant boosts to thermal conductivity and rapid heat dissipation, which would allow much more powerful lasers to be operated.

9. Wound Healing Without Scars
Skin wounds can now be prompted to regenerate back to a healthy state without scarring by first stimulating the formation of new hair follicles, which subsequently stimulate the conversion of some surrounding cells into new fat cells https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2017/january/using-fat-to-help-wounds-heal-without-scars. This gives the healed skin a normal, healthy look. In addition to better healing and regeneration of wounds, whether from injury or surgical procedure, the technique might also be used to reverse and prevent major wrinkles of the skin as aged skin contains many of the same hallmarks of wounded skin.

10. Tiny Digital DNA Duplicator
An innovative new DNA replication device makes clever use of adaptive PCR (polymerase chain reaction) https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/01/11/dna-duplicator-small-enough-to-hold-in-your-hand/. In this system, in addition to your DNA of interest, a copy of the sequence in the form of left-handed DNA with fluorescent tags is added (must be ordered / synthesised elsewhere) to the same vessel. Left handed DNA is the mirror image of DNA in life and doesn’t react with anything but because the sequence is identical it has the same temperature response and the fluorescence is dependent on whether the left handed DNA is denatured or not. The device can then image the same and determine exactly when it is fully denatured, annealed, and elongated, and cycle the temperature precisely and accurately in order to achieve this. I think that is pretty clever.

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Interesting story on a guy, billy barr, who lived alone in a ghost town for 40 years and to break the boredom, started recording everything he could on a daily basis about the conditions around him, snow, rain, avalanches, times of snow, times of snow melt... anything measurable.
He's collected a HUGE amount of incredibly important data that has been totally separate from anything else and perhaps more importantly, collected out of boredom, not an agenda.

"His claims have already been labelled as biased by climate change deniers, but barr himself thinks that this is particularly why his data is so important – there’s no reason for bias. He wasn’t out to prove anything when he first started meticulously recording data. No one can logically accuse him of having a hidden agenda because he started his project long before people began talking about global warming."


I opened this link earlier and I'm sorry, I have no idea who shared it first.
billy bar has been living alone in Gothic, a deserted Colorado mountain town, for the past 40 years, passing the time by recording all kinds of useful data.
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The internets provideth.
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Face it kid, I'm the one who knows how to beg at the table.

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Lots of good stuff this week!
 
SciTech Digest - 02/2017.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2017/01/polymer-assembled-antibodies-polymer.html

Polymer assembled antibodies, Polymer assembled nanoparticles, Optical computer processing, Commercial ceramic matrixes, Optogenetic cell protein control, Google’s machine learning, Biopolymer nanopore sequencing, Topological zero resistance, CES highlights, All about graphene.

1. Polymers Assemble Arrays of Antibody Sensors
By attaching a certain type of polymer to protein antibodies, both of which naturally repel one another, a solution of the combined molecules spontaneously self assembles into ordered arrays up to 100 layers deep on surfaces http://news.mit.edu/2017/3-d-antibody-arrays-sensing-malaria-diseases-0104. This has the potential to make diagnostic antibody sensors up to 100 times more sensitive and able to detect much lower concentrations of target molecules. The structures naturally form tiny channels through which the target solution can flow through and so should be compatible with many microfluidic technologies too. The technique also formed ordered layered arrays of fluorescent proteins and so showing the promise of creating different functional surfaces.

2. Polymers Assemble Custom Nanoparticle Arrays
In related polymer self assembly news a different approach attaches different polymer chains to the surface of nanoparticles in order to direct the programmed self assembly of the nanoparticles into various micrometer sized structures https://www.cmu.edu/mcs/news/pressreleases/2016/1224-Polymer-Nanoparticles.html. This process is reversible and allows the structures to be “dissolved” if needed. Such programmed self assembly is similar to the DNA origami directed self assembly of nanoparticles that we’ve seen in other work previously, and the latest work for which is building DNA nanotubes between molecular surface supports, offering to build custom structures anchored to defined surface locations http://hub.jhu.edu/2017/01/05/dna-nanotubes-build-bridge-between-molecules/.

3. Optical Computing Processor
Hewlett Packard has demonstrated its latest all-optical, 1,000 component, computer processor http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/processors/hpes-new-chip-marks-a-milestone-in-optical-computing. This is the biggest and most complex optical chip in which all of the photonic components work together to perform a computation. Specifically this chip embodies an Ising Machine in which processing is performed on four different spins (or polarisations) of light, and the problem to be solved is built into the temperatures of the heaters on the chip used to alter the index of refraction of the interferometers in which the light is combined. Future applications are in speeding up specific rather than general purpose computing applications.

4. Ceramic Matrix Composites Get Field Tested
Interwoven coated ceramic fibers embedded in a ceramic matrix form ceramic matrix composite materials that are strong, light, and withstand temperatures much higher than metal alloys https://www.ornl.gov/news/ceramic-matrix-composites-take-flight-leap-jet-engine. The LEAP aircraft engine has recently become the first widely deployed CMC product that needs less cooling and achieves 15% fuel savings for the aircraft. This particular CMC contains silicon carbide ceramic fibers coated in boron nitride and embedded in silicon carbide; these materials avoid the brittleness that characterises ceramics and act more like a piece of wood.

5. Optogenetic Control of Proteins in Cells
A significant advance in the field of optogenetics was made possible with a computational approach for analysing protein structure and determining which parts of a protein could be modified without changing normal function, and then targeting these protein loops with optogenetic modifications that now allow a much wider range of proteins to be controlled with light or other triggers, to be turned on and off like a switch http://uncnews.unc.edu/2017/01/05/scientists-use-light-control-logic-networks-cell/. The engineered proteins can have their normal activity switched on and off as quickly as the light can be toggled; changing light intensity controls the proportion of protein activation and controlling the time of light exposure controls how long the proteins are active in the cell. This might create a light-controlled CRISPR for example, or a broad range of controllable catalysts, DNA repair, or other applications.

6. Google’s Machine Learning Advances
First, it looks like Google’s DeepMind has well and truly mastered Go with their AlphaGo platform, not merely defeating expert human opponents in televised tournaments but now - initially secretly - defeating everyone in online Go games for a consecutive 51 game winning streak http://www.kotaku.com.au/2017/01/google-the-mystery-account-destroying-online-go-was-ours/. Second, an independent project successfully used the TensorFlow system to create and train an agent able to play and master MarioKart 64 (lots of fond memories!) http://kevinhughes.ca/blog/tensor-kart, and even used Google’s autonomous car system to train and drive in the MarioKart 64 courses.

7. Nanopore Sequencing for Other Biopolymers
Nanopore DNA sequencing involves a strand of DNA being threaded through a 2nm wide nanopore and the change in voltage measured as different bases pass through the pore provides identification and sequence data. This same technique is now being applied to identify and sequence other large, complex biopolymers such as polysaccharides and proteins http://spectrum.ieee.org/video/biomedical/diagnostics/zaps-of-electricity-can-identify-mysterious-molecules. Quickly identifying complex sugars simply hasn’t been possible until now and this should further help to classify the large range of different sugars that the body makes use of.

8. Zero Resistance Conductance on Topological Insulators
Theoretical computer simulations suggest that certain pulses of light can be used to induce edge paths in atomically thin topological insulators such as tungsten disulfide that exhibit zero electrical resistance for the flow of electrons https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/news/2017-01-04-slac-study-light-can-switch-topological-materials.aspx. Further, this could be done in such a way as to avoid heating of the material that would quickly prevent the effect. The effect only lasted for as long as the light was hitting the material and the next step will be to reduce theory to practice; the group will collaborate with other labs to create and test the materials for the predicted effect.

9. CES Sensor & Battery Highlights
At the CES conference this year Elliptic Labs is seeking to get its software proximity sensor technology into every smartphone, which utilises the speaker and microphone and removes the need for a dedicated infrared proximity sensor, which would allow phone screens to expand to a lot more real estate http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/consumer-electronics/portable-devices/ces-2017-littleknown-elliptic-labs-could-reshape-the-smartphone-industry. Meanwhile Panasonic has a bendable lithium-ion battery available for flexible and curved devices such as wearables http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/consumer-electronics/portable-devices/ces-2017-panasonic-shows-off-bendable-lithiumion-battery-for-iot-wearables.

10. Graphene^5
Big graphene week this week. First, a new graphene manufacturing technique should be able to mass-produce graphene sheets using roll-to-roll manufacturing http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_558117_en.html. Second, graphene can now be used to create flexible OLED electrodes https://www.fraunhofer.de/en/press/research-news/2017/january/milestone-in-graphene-production.html. Third, the huge currents graphene can carry are being better characterised http://www.tuwien.ac.at/aktuelles/news_detail/article/124630/. Fourth, sheathing tiny copper wires on chips with graphene can protect the wires and prevent them blowing when carrying large currents http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/devices/graphene-girded-interconnects-could-enable-next-gen-chips. Finally, new porous 3D forms of graphene have only 5% of the density of steel but 10 times the strength http://news.mit.edu/2017/3-d-graphene-strongest-lightest-materials-0106.

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Universal Basic Income is getting a lot of press lately. India, in particular, seems to be a prime candidate for UBI. Modi's government is cracking down on the black market and rampant tax evasion, and therefore may be able to fund a UBI that raises 265 million Indians out of poverty.
A political and economic masterstroke would be for the Union budget to contain a basic income scheme for the bottom 50 percent — the poor and lower middle class
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Getting rid of all that cash money actually hurts the poor more than anything so he's probably put more people into poverty with that tactic... The rich in India evade taxes with gold, land and swiss bank accounts.

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