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MIT researchers design ‘perfect’ solar absorber

http://ift.tt/eA8V8J MIT researchers say they have developed a material that comes very close to the “ideal” for converting solar energy to heat (for conversion to electricity). 38 more words

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Massive electrode array system will do first large-scale network recording of brain activity

http://ift.tt/eA8V8J The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a grant Tuesday to develop an electrode array system that will “enable researchers to better understand how the brain works through unprecedented resolution and scale.” The electrode array is part of an advanced electronics system to monitor and modulate neurons, using more than 1,000 tiny [...] 9 more words

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Massive electrode array system will do first large-scale network recording of brain activity

http://ift.tt/eA8V8J The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a grant Tuesday to develop an electrode array system that will “enable researchers to better understand how the brain works through unprecedented resolution and scale.” The electrode array is part of an advanced electronics system to monitor and modulate neurons, using more than 1,000 tiny [...] 8 more words

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How cancer cells assure immortality by lengthening the ends of chromosomes

http://ift.tt/eA8V8J On Sept. 23, KurzweilAI noted that scientists at the Salk Institute had discovered an on-and-off “switch” in cells that might allow for increasing telomerase, which rebuilds telomeres at the ends of chromosomes to keep cells dividing and generating. 24 more words

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How cancer cells assure immortality by lengthening the ends of chromosomes

http://ift.tt/eA8V8J On Sept. 23, KurzweilAI noted that scientists at the Salk Institute had discovered an on-and-off “switch” in cells that might allow for increasing telomerase, which rebuilds telomeres at the ends of chromosomes to keep cells dividing and generating. 23 more words

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Last Things: Cold Comfort in the Far Future

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Robert Frost’s famous imagery—fire or ice, take your pick—pretty much sums it up. But lately, largely unnoticed, a revolution has unwound in the thinking about such matters, in the hands of that most rarefied of tribes, the theoretical physicists. 72 more words

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What is the Future of the Sharing Economy?

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This week’s episode is about the sharing economy. We discuss the term and try to decide if the companies that use it are really doing anything new or just using a buzzword to screw workers and evade regulations. 87 more words

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