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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 11 Dec 2016, 22:49

Sandy wrote:
JasonL wrote:Safe plentiful fusion energy is just around the corner!
50 years, max. Same as in town!
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by Eric the .5b » 12 Dec 2016, 01:13

Warren wrote:
JasonL wrote:Safe plentiful fusion energy is just around the corner!
You know, one day that's going to be true.
Maybe, but that's not a good reason to hold your breath.
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Post by Mo » 22 Dec 2016, 22:08

2016 decided to end with a, "Sorry for sleeping with your sister, baby" bouquet.
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by Eric the .5b » 23 Dec 2016, 06:10

Mo wrote:2016 decided to end with a, "Sorry for sleeping with your sister, baby" bouquet.
If that pans out (and I bet it does), it is one Hell of a bouquet.
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by thoreau » 14 Jan 2017, 14:19

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Post by Eric the .5b » 14 Jan 2017, 14:51

thoreau wrote:We are apparently Asgardians:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/ ... lex-cells/
That is fascinating. It's like going from "All animals are vertebrates or invertebrates," to "All vertebrates are members of the Chordata phylum, which is just one of many". (Which may just be an artifact of science education, but hey.)
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by lunchstealer » 16 Jan 2017, 10:43

Eric the .5b wrote:
thoreau wrote:We are apparently Asgardians:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2017/01/ ... lex-cells/
That is fascinating. It's like going from "All animals are vertebrates or invertebrates," to "All vertebrates are members of the Chordata phylum, which is just one of many". (Which may just be an artifact of science education, but hey.)
And some members of Chordata are invertebrate.
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Post by JD » 24 Jan 2017, 15:01

Scientists have created bacteria that thrive using an expanded "genetic alphabet".

The blueprint for all life forms on Earth is written in a code consisting of four "letters": A, T, C and G, which pair up in the DNA double helix.

But the lab organism has been modified to use an additional two, giving it a genetic code of six letters.
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Previous research had shown that an "unnatural base pair" (UBP), consisting of two synthetic letters called X and Y, could be incorporated into the DNA of Escherichia coli bacteria.

But the resulting bugs grew slowly, and the UBP was expunged after several rounds of cell division.

Now, Prof Floyd Romesberg, from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, and colleagues, have shown that their single-celled organism can hold on indefinitely to the synthetic base pair as it divides.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38737693

(As a side note, I was amused that the headline is "Extra letters added to bug genetic code", because it sounds like scientists added the extra letters in order to annoy the genetic code.)

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Post by dbcooper » 15 Feb 2017, 18:32

So, the Broad Institute won the CRISPR/Cas9 patent battle.

Apparently the UC's lawyers' claims were partially undone by this (very honest) past statement from Doudna:

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UC Berkeley excluded me from a (probably worthless) patent (idea was mine) for making a similar (in tone) conclusion in an internal report.
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 22 Feb 2017, 14:25

Hearing the news, Trump immediately signed an executive order banning aliens from these planets from entering the U.S.

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Post by thoreau » 22 Feb 2017, 14:34

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
Hearing the news, Trump immediately signed an executive order banning aliens from these planets from entering the U.S.
Nope, he only barred the ones who pray facing Mecca.

He learned from Star Trek that there are some pretty hot women in space, and he's hoping one of them will be his next wife.
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 22 Feb 2017, 15:20

thoreau wrote:
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
Hearing the news, Trump immediately signed an executive order banning aliens from these planets from entering the U.S.
Nope, he only barred the ones who pray facing Mecca.

He learned from Star Trek that there are some pretty hot women in space, and he's hoping one of them will be his next wife.
But first he'll have to figure out which part to grab.

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Post by pistoffnick » 08 Mar 2017, 14:46

http://hackaday.com/2017/03/05/solid-st ... thium-ion/

The battery breakthrough we have been waiting for might be here.
battery are low-cost, noncombustible, long cycle life, high energy density, and fast charge and discharge rates. The pair is also claiming three times the energy density of a current lithium-ion battery. They also claim that the batteries recharge in minutes instead of hours.
edit to add: what an awesome surname: Dr. Goodenough!
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by Andrew » 08 Mar 2017, 15:49

I'm not exactly sure when the "future" arrived, but Li ion batteries wouldn't be a bad dividing line.
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Post by Sandy » 08 Mar 2017, 17:56

Andrew wrote:I'm not exactly sure when the "future" arrived, but Li ion batteries wouldn't be a bad dividing line.
LSI chips, I think. That's the enabler of most things we consider futuristic now, including biotech (since computer-aided analysis has driven a lot of that).
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Post by nicole » 13 Mar 2017, 11:31

I don't see why this is only being marketed for use with mobile phones http://gethushme.com/
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Post by Aresen » 16 Mar 2017, 12:13

'Bob' blows up.
The fact that 2017cbv is the second recorded Type Ia supernova to occur in NGC 5643 is thus extremely valuable. By comparing the distance to the galaxy as calculated from each supernova, astronomers can better characterize the real-world variance in supernova Type Ia magnitudes that occur, which in turn will improve the accuracy of using these events to measure distance.
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by Eric the .5b » 30 Mar 2017, 02:59

I think text to speech just took a bit of a jump.
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by dbcooper » 30 Mar 2017, 03:06

Eric the .5b wrote:I think text to speech just took a bit of a jump.
Can it sing a Stock, Aitken, & Waterman song?
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by JD » 30 Mar 2017, 16:20

Eric the .5b wrote:I think text to speech just took a bit of a jump.
Next job to be taken by machines: news anchor.

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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by Eric the .5b » 30 Mar 2017, 18:46

JD wrote:
Eric the .5b wrote:I think text to speech just took a bit of a jump.
Next job to be taken by machines: news anchor.
And promotional video narrator.
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by Eric the .5b » 31 Mar 2017, 12:36

Ok, making a photo look like a painting has been doable for some time, though the output is impressive. But making a Monet look like a photo?

https://github.com/junyanz/CycleGAN

I may have to play surround with this one.
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by Eric the .5b » 07 Apr 2017, 04:00

A little machine learning, and eyes can look anywhere.
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Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

Post by JD » 07 Apr 2017, 11:20

Eric the .5b wrote:A little machine learning, and eyes can look anywhere.
Freaky. I like it. It occurs to me that probably the next (somewhat more difficult) step from there is making the entire head move, and eventually you work up to entire body movements.

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