How scientists are upgrading the brain with access to robotic machines

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Cathy Hutchinson (featured image) was a 53-year-old mother of two who, in 1996, suffered a brain-stem stroke, leaving her a quadriplegic. Ten years later, she became a research subject of a company called Cyberkinetics. The company implanted a device on her brain called the Utah array, “a pill-sized implant whose 96 microelectrodes bristle from its base… Read more »

Experts Warn UN Panel About the Dangers of Artificial Superintelligence within next 100 Years

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In a current United Nations meeting about emerging global risks, political representatives from around the world were cautioned about the dangers posed by artificial intelligence and other future technologies. The event, organized by Georgia’s UN representatives and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), was set up to foster debate about the national… Read more »

World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Climate Change

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Energy and Climate Change

Reading this excelent report about Climate Change The world is moving towards a crucial climate change meeting in Paris in December 2015 (COP21). The negotiations there will be based on national pledges, formally known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, with the goal of setting the world on a sustainable path. As energy production and use… Read more »

More VW trouble: 2016 diesels have new suspect software

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U.S. regulators say they have a lot more questions for Volkswagen, triggered by the company’s recent disclosure of additional suspect software in 2016 diesel models that potentially would help exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests. The new software was first revealed to Environmental Protection Agency and California regulators on Sept. 29, prompting the company… Read more »

The U.S. cities that will stay above sea level after global warming–and the ones that will disappear

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We’ve all heard doomsday predictions about what global warming means for coastal US cities. And now a new, interactive map from nonprofit climate science publication Climate Central illustrates precisely how American cities will fare under the best and worst possible climate futures—and which ones will disappear completely. Climate Central is not the first group to…… Read more »

A new interactive map shows the toxic waste sites near you

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A new interactive map shows the Superfund sites near you. Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.onearth.org More than 1,300 Superfund sites are littered across the United States. These are the places that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed so contaminated with hazardous waste that they need long-term response plans to deal with the clean up…. Read more »

A British lord created a device that runs on free electricity from the air

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The internet of things—millions of connected sensors, beacons, and wearables analyzing and mapping microscopic bits of data to make our lives better—is widely assumed to be the next big trend in digital technology. But however small a sensor may be, it still requires some energy to function—and, often, batteries that need occasional replacing. Lord Drayson, a…… Read more »