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The Onion | Disney Lab unveils its latest line of genetically engineered child stars

October 21, 2010

Source: The Onion — September 16, 2008

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The Onion | World’s oldest neurosurgeon turns 100

October 21, 2010

Source: The Onion — January 17, 2008

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Multiple stab wounds may be harmful to monkeys

October 21, 2010

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Source: The Onion — February 27, 2008

NASA Ames’ Worden reveals DARPA-funded ‘Hundred Year Starship’ program

October 18, 2010 by Amara D. Angelica

"We'Pete Worden at Long Conversation (Long Now Foundation)

comic | Map of online communities

October 13, 2010

Source: xkcd webcomics — October 11, 2010

First Pass: What’s Wrong with the Grand Challenges for Engineering

October 11, 2010 by Daniel W. Rasmus

podcast | the New York Times — Bits: Tech Talk

October 1, 2010

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How my predictions are faring — an update by Ray Kurzweil

October 1, 2010

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Review of The Singularity Is Near: The Movie; tickets to Woodstock Film Festival still available

September 22, 2010 by Phil Bowermaster

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New supercomputer on a chip ‘sees’ well enough to drive a car someday

September 16, 2010 by Amara D. Angelica

Convolutional neural networks or ConvNets are a multi-stage neural network that can model the way brain visual processing area V1, V2, V4, IT create invariance to size and position to identify objects. Each stage is composed of three layers: a filter bank layer, a non-linearity layer, and a feature pooling layer. A typical ConvNet is composed of one, two or three such 3-layer stages, followed by a classification module. (Yale University)

Galileo was wrong. The church was right!

September 13, 2010

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Source: Galileo Was Wrong conference website — September 23, 2010

Future food for cities

September 10, 2010 by Derek Jacoby

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humor | Forbidden Gates: GRIN Technology & Spiritual Warfare — no kidding, actual book

September 7, 2010

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Source: Tom and Nita Horn — August 26, 2010

Providing Low-cost Clean Water for a Billion People

September 6, 2010 by William Bing

A possible implementation of our Naishio solution.  The pressure from the water volume is sufficient to propel fresh water across the membrane (A), and photovoltaics (D) generate all the energy needed to pump water from the repository (C) to the water tank and circulator (E).  Sensors (B) communicate between the solar pump and membrane to regulate the water level and ensure it doesn’t become contaminated. (Image credit: Sarah Jane Pell)

Ray Kurzweil responds to “Ray Kurzweil does not understand the brain”

August 20, 2010 by Ray Kurzweil
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