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Is This the First Computational Imagination? | MIT Technology Review

'Imagine an oak tree in a field of wheat, silhouetted against a cloudless blue sky on a dreamy sunny afternoon. The chances are that most people reading this sentence can easily picture a bucolic scene in their mind’s eye. This ability to read a description of a scene and then imagine it has always been uniquely human. But this precious skill may no longer be ours alone.

Anyone thinking that these kinds of imaginings are far beyond the ability of today’s computing machines will be surprised by the work of Hiroharu Kato and Tatsuya Harada at the University of Tokyo in Japan.

Today, these guys unveil a machine that can translate a description of an object into an image. In other words, their computer can conjure an image of an external object not otherwise present. That’s a pretty good definition of imagination—in this case of the computational variety.'

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/537786/is-this-the-first-computational-imagination/

[1505.05190] Image Reconstruction from Bag-of-Visual-Words

'The objective of this work is to reconstruct an original image from Bag-of-Visual-Words (BoVW). Image reconstruction from features can be a means of identifying the characteristics of features. Additionally, it enables us to generate novel images via features. Although BoVW is the de facto standard feature for image recognition and retrieval, successful image reconstruction from BoVW has not been reported yet. What complicates this task is that BoVW lacks the spatial information for including visual words. As described in this paper, to estimate an original arrangement, we propose an evaluation function that incorporates the naturalness of local adjacency and the global position, with a method to obtain related parameters using an external image database. To evaluate the performance of our method, we reconstruct images of objects of 101 kinds. Additionally, we apply our method to analyze object classifiers and to generate novel images via BoVW. '

http://arxiv.org/abs/1505.05190
The ability to read a description of a scene and then picture it has always been uniquely human. Not anymore.
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Is This A 1.7-Million-Year-Old Man-Made Bridge?

' ... According to ancient Indian legend, King Rama built a bridge between India and Sri Lanka more than a million years ago. Some have looked at NASA satellite images and noted what looks like the remnants of such a bridge. The question is whether it is man-made or a natural formation. ... '

http://www.disclose.tv/news/is_this_a_17millionyearold_manmade_bridge/118448
The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge. In Beyond Science Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena ...
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+Rob Jongschaap .and to think the story if Rama and Sita happened 2 million years ago and there are records of it.

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Samsung details a dual-OS phone-docking hybrid device

' ... The phablet may be transformed into a touchpad for the laptop or as a secondary screen running Android at the same time, said Torres. Lee Mathews in Geek.com similarly noted how Samsung's patent application made "several references to a device that can boot a different OS depending on its current configuration. Standalone, it could load up Android. When docked inside the laptop shell, it could boot Windows." Torres noted the distinction of Samsung's patent putting the two operating systems inside the same device and also leaving "the door open for other platforms, which probably means Tizen." ... '

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-samsung-dual-os-phone-docking-hybrid-device.html
What's this? A dual operating system hybrid device? The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office this month revealed a patent application from Samsung Electronics, titled 'Electronic Apparatus, Docking Apparatus, Controlling Method Thereof, and Computer-Readable Recording Medium.'
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BBC - Future - Can you learn in your sleep?

' ... The idea of learning as you sleep was once thought very unlikely, but there are several ways – both low- and hi-tech – to try to help you acquire new skills as you doze. While there is no method that will allow you to acquire a skill completely from scratch while you are unconscious, that doesn’t mean that you still can’t use sleep to boost your memory. During the night, our brain busily processes and consolidates our recollections from the day before, and there could be ways to enhance that process. ... '

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140721-how-to-learn-while-you-sleep
Sleep learning used to be a pipe dream. Now neuroscientists say they have found ways to enhance your memory with your eyes closed, says David Robson.
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NASA wants you to design the next big thing in aerospace technology - CSMonitor.com

'NASA wants to expand its study of the universe, particularly human exploration of Mars, and it wants your help.

The Early Stage Innovations team at NASA is looking for proposals from American universities for technology that would benefit NASA's space program and the wider aerospace community.

Approximately 12 research teams will receive $500,000 in grant money toward researching and developing their product over the next two to three years.'

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0527/NASA-wants-you-to-design-the-next-big-thing-in-aerospace-technology

NASA Seeks Innovative Early-Stage Technology Proposals | NASA

' ... "We are looking for innovative ideas where top researchers from U.S. universities can help solve the toughest space technology challenges as we look to begin our journey to pioneer our solar system," said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "The areas of focus we selected align with our Space Technology Roadmaps, which reflect the National Research Council's review of these roadmaps." ... '

http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-universities-to-submit-innovative-early-stage-technology-proposals
America's space exploration arm is crowdsourcing ideas for new technology to help expand its study of the universe. How can you submit your ideas?
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Measuring the mobs | Science/AAAS | News

' ... Rather than visually counting heads, it might be possible to count the streams of digital data flowing from the mobile phones in everyone's pocket: phone calls, tweets, and Web browsing, all of which can be geolocated. The problem is that no one knows how reliable those streams are for estimating the head count. When you have a million people in one place, what proportion can be expected to use their phones in various ways over a given time period? Now, researchers have made a stab at that calibration. Using crowds of known sizes—at an airport and a stadium in Milan, Italy—a study published in Royal Society Open Science reports that mobile phone data predicted the actual number of people on the ground with an average error rate of just 13%.  ... '

http://news.sciencemag.org/social-sciences/2015/05/measuring-mobs
Mobile phone data helps narrow down the number of people in a crowd
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Spacecraft built from graphene could run on nothing but sunlight - space - 28 May 2015 - New Scientist

'... While cutting graphene sponge with a laser, they noticed the light propelled the material forwards. That was odd, because while lasers have been used to shove single molecules aroundMovie Camera, the sponge was a few centimetres across so should be too large to move.

The team placed pieces of graphene sponge in a vacuum and shot them with lasers of different wavelength and intensity. They were able to push sponge pieces upwards by as much as 40 centimetres. They even got the graphene to move by focusing ordinary sunlight on it with a lens.

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Graphene sponge could be used to make a light-powered propulsion system for spacecraft that would beat solar sails. "While the propulsion force is still smaller than conventional chemical rockets, it is already several orders larger than that from light pressure," they write.

"The best possible rocket is one that doesn't need any fuel," says Paulo Lozano of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He thinks a graphene-powered spacecraft is an interesting idea, but losing electrons would mean the craft builds up a positive charge that would need to be neutralised, or it could cause damage.
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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22630235.400-spacecraft-built-from-graphene-could-run-on-nothing-but-sunlight.html#.VWb9Orw1w_s
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+Paresh Desai ..aha....I will look into some reviews....maybe they still around...thanks all the same

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Dive Into ‘Infinity’ With Dizzying Views of A Colossal Cave

'A series of 360° panoramas allows anyone with an internet connection to experience Vietnam's Son Doong cave, one of the planet's biggest.'

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150520-infinity-cave-son-doong-vietnam-virtual-tour-photography-conservation/
A series of 360° panoramas allows anyone with an Internet connection to experience Vietnam's Son Doong cave, one of the planet's biggest.
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+Rob Jongschaap ....well going by your posts it looks like it

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How Spacetime is built by Quantum Entanglement: New Insight into Unification of General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

' ... The holographic principle is widely regarded as an essential feature of a successful Theory of Everything. The holographic principle states that gravity in a three-dimensional volume can be described by quantum mechanics on a two-dimensional surface surrounding the volume. In particular, the three dimensions of the volume should emerge from the two dimensions of the surface. However, understanding the precise mechanics for the emergence of the volume from the surface has been elusive. Now, Ooguri and his collaborators have found that quantum entanglement is the key to solving this question. Using a quantum theory (that does not include gravity), they showed how to compute energy density, which is a source of gravitational interactions in three dimensions, using quantum entanglement data on the surface. ... '

http://www.ipmu.jp/node/2174
 
How Spacetime is built by Quantum Entanglement: New Insight into Unification of General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics
Physicists and mathematicians have long sought a Theory of Everything (ToE) that unifies general relativity and quantum mechanics. General relativity explains gravity and large-scale phenomena such as the dynamics of stars and galaxies in the universe, while quantum mechanics explains microscopic phenomena from the subatomic to molecular scales.

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White House hits pause on editing human germline cells | Science News

' ... “The Administration believes that altering the human germline for clinical purposes is a line that should not be crossed at this time,” Holdren writes. The full implications of creating genetically altered humans “could not be known until a number of generations had inherited the genetic changes made — and choices made in one country could affect all of us.” ... '

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/white-house-hits-pause-editing-human-germline-cells
The White House has hit pause, for now, on clinical experiments that could alter the human germ line.
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A Clever Lamp That Requires No Batteries, Outlets, or Sun

' ... It looks kind of like a pulley hanging from the ceiling. You lift a 25-pound weight (rocks, sand, whatever) by pulling down on a beaded cord. After the weight has reached the top and you let go, it slowly descends, powering a drive sprocket and gear train that lights an LED. Once the bag hits the floor, you repeat the process. The light lasts 20 to 30 minutes each cycle. ... '

http://gizmodo.com/a-clever-lamp-that-requires-no-batteries-electricity-1707042596
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Flippin' amazing development. ...the attitude and approach of the inventers are so encouraging. They enthusiastic about the ideas. I hope Kenya can maintain the manufacturing plant...
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A perfect negative crystal floating in space - 01 July 2014 - New Scientist
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Researchers have developed a detailed picture of one of the complex molecular machines inside the nucleus of our cells. A University of Wisc

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The combination of Science and Art is something that really inspires me. It boths shows the beauty but also the mystery of what you normally

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With your phone and a piece of Cardboard you can see some pretty amazing stuff. Try out a set of demos showing immersive experiences on Andr

Health 'Buzzwords' Encourage Consumers to Buy Certain Food Products
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Our food choices may be partially influenced by certain health buzzwords that lull consumers into thinking certain products are "better" for

BCXSY create linear clock for Designers’ Days
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This prototype clock by Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto tells the time in a straight line by replacing the hands with a pivoting shell-like s

Earth from Space: Desert bullseye
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Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. Discover a giant geological wonder in the Sahar

Poll: Most Americans Think Future Tech Will Make Life Better (Infographic)
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59 percent of those polled were optimistic, while 30 percent thought the changes would make people worse off.

apple presents 30 years of mac, highlighting 30 years of classic design ...
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30 years of mac: thirty years ago, most people didn’t even know how to use a computer.

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Antimaterie klinkt als sciencefiction, maar wordt in ziekenhuizen al toegepast in een PET-scanner om bijvoorbeeld een tumor te lokaliseren.

Are humans changing the world faster than animals can evolve?
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Humans are fundamentally changing the planet and could be causing nearly 20,000 species to become extinct. Elizabeth Kolbert, author of "The

Astronomers have found the oldest known star in the universe
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Australian astronomers have found the oldest known star in the universe, a discovery that may help to resolve a long-standing discrepancy be

Shelters resembling giant pompoms warm skaters on a frozen river
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Canadian firm RAW Design has created a series of skating shelters that look like giant pompoms to keep skaters warm on a frozen river in Win