New computers could delete thoughts without your knowledge

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 21:49

ZURICH, Switzerland (PNN) - April 23, 2017 - “Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind,” wrote the playwright John Milton in 1634.

But nearly 400 years later, technological advances in machines that can read our thoughts mean the privacy of our brains is under threat.

Scientists invent device that can literally read your mind

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/26/2017 - 21:52

TOKYO - Japan (PNN) - April 18, 2017 - A device that can read people’s minds by detecting their brainwaves has been developed in a breakthrough that could eventually enable people with “locked-in syndrome” to communicate.

Google AI experiment may lead to robots that can learn without human input

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/26/2017 - 21:49

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Kalifornia (PNN) - April 18, 2017 - Machines that can think for themselves - and perhaps turn on their creators as a result - have long been a fascination of science fiction.

Creating robots that can learn without any input from humans is moving ever closer, thanks to the latest developments in artificial intelligence.

NASA is working on a vacuum airship for Mars missions

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/19/2017 - 18:59

HOUSTON, Texas (PNN) - April 10, 2017 - It sounds like something out of science fiction - a vacuum airship filled with empty space, which will soar above the thin atmosphere of Mars.

But NASA is actually putting money into investigating the idea - as well as researching an artificial gravity chamber for spacecrafts.

Atmosphere found around Earth-sized planet GJ 1132b

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 22:00

ATACAMA DESERT, Chile (PNN) - April 6, 2017 - Scientists say they have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-sized planet for the first time.

They have studied a world known as GJ 1132b, which is 1.4-times the size of our planet and lies 39 light years away.

Their observations suggest that the "super-Earth" is cloaked in a thick layer of gases that are either water or methane or a mixture of both.

The study is published in the Astronomical Journal.

Southern Kalifornia Edison to bring on line 50 MW Tesla Powerpack 2 systems

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 20:24

LOS ANGELES, Kalifornia (PNN) - April 4, 2017 - Kalifornia will shortly bring more Tesla energy storage systems online in Southern Kalifornia Edison’s (SCE) service area.

The 50 MW projects (utilizing Tesla’s Powerpack 2) are conducted by Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investing arm of Macquarie Group (a global finance corporation).

Prospects for life in solar system are good

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 20:22

HOUSTON, Texas (PNN) - March 29, 2017 - There is evidence for subsurface oceans within nearly a dozen bodies (planets, asteroids and moons) in the Solar system.

Jupiter's Europa, Saturn's Enceladus, and Titan have the strongest evidence.

Scientists invent oxygen particle that allows you to live without breathing

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/29/2017 - 20:32

BOSTON, Massachusetts (PNN) - March 28, 2017 - A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital have invented what is being considered one the greatest medical breakthroughs in recent years. They have designed a microparticle that can be injected into a person’s bloodstream that can quickly oxygenate his or her blood. This will even work if the ability to breathe has been restricted, or even cut off entirely.

Scientists hack a human cell and reprogram it like a computer

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/29/2017 - 20:29

BOSTON, Massachusetts (PNN) - March 27, 2017 - Cells are basically tiny computers: they send and receive inputs and output accordingly. If you chug a Frappuccino, your blood sugar spikes, and your pancreatic cells get the message. Output: more insulin.

Hyperloop tech company offers first look at futuristic travel pods

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:55

CULVER CITY, Kalifornia (PNN) - March 21, 2017 - Building a new 700mph transport system sounds pretty tricky, so one Hyperloop company has decided to kick things off by building the passenger pods first.

Hyperloop is a proposed plan to transport people or cargo between cities at near-supersonic speed in vacuum-sealed pods.