No, This is not that weird flying creature from classic Trek that infected Spock and killed Kirk’s brother.. This is an incredible construct called a bio-hybrid machine or bio-bot. It consists of silicon gel, some gold, and genetically engineered rat heart cells. It’s designed to move towards light and undulate just like a real sting-ray.
We are currently witnessing one of the big milestones in Artificial General Intelligence. An AI has beaten the best human GO player in the world.
As of this writing, 10-year world champion, Lee Sedol has lost the first two games of a best-of-five match against Google’s Deep Mind AI program, called AlphaGo. The match is taking place in Seoul, South Korea from March 9 -15, 2016.
A Laser at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center has been upgraded to an amazing 200 TeraWatts which can be paired with an X-ray laser to become a dynamic duo of science.
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center or SLAC is one of 10 “Office Of Science Laboratories” for the United State’s department of energy (DOE). This lab, operated at Stanford University, is one cool place. This high-end research facility has a resume that includes building the longest particle accelerator, discovering fundamental building-blocks of matter, and in their spare time they also created the very first website in North America.
Researchers have crunched the numbers to develop extremely efficient wings and fins that could help future flying and swimming drones.
Fixed-wing aircraft have been all the rage the past century or so but such winged flying machines are hardly the only way to do it. Rotary aircraft like helicopters are amazing machines as well and fill a much needed niche that even many VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) craft cannot. The first attempts at winged flight are lost in the contrails of time but there were surely were many misguided attempts over the centuries and even millennia. There had to be some caveman named Grog or Atouk who died jumping out of a tree feverishly flapping his arms in an attempt to fly (hopefully before he added his genes to our gene-pool).
Australian researchers have created an instruction manual or recipes for making Metallic glass that could help finally to make this wonder metal fulfill its promise.
Metallic glass sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Kinda like a foamy black hole. Glass is generally considered to be delicate and brittle; it’s the epitome of breakable. Metal is none of these. But what makes glass a glass? Primarily, it’s all about the arrangement of atoms. They are not laid out in an ordered structure. This is why it’s called an amorphous solid. Metal on the other hand is non-amorphous..a crystalline solid with an orderly arrangement of atoms forming crystal lattices.
Researchers have developed a diamond laser that, at 380 watts, is 20 times more powerful than any other of its kind.
I never heard of a diamond laser before. It kinda reminds me of those early Reese’s peanut butter cup commercials (Two great tastes that taste great together).
So how did these two crazy kids get together? Could they really have a future together?
Could a feed supplement hold a big part of the overall solution to the bovine flatulence problem? Perhaps so.