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New Research Claims That Consciousness Itself Is an Energy Field

A molecular geneticist and quantum biologist argues that our entire conscious experience comes from a field of wayward electromagnetic waves in our brain. Waves of electrical activity get sent out by neurons and, as they propagate across swaths of the brain, orchestrate our entire conscious experience. The research, published last month in the journal Neuroscience

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We vibrated earthworms to learn about safely connecting human brains to computers

This year, my colleague Andrey Pototsky and I were awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in Physics for our experimental work involving vibrating living earthworms. Sound waves can also form “solitons.” These are waves that move for long distances and pass by each other without any deformation occurring Potential to produce and modify nerve impulses in

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Nanogenerators ‘scavenge’ power from their surroundings

Imagine a mobile phone charger that doesn’t need a wireless or mains power source. Or a pacemaker with inbuilt organic energy sources within the human body. Researchers are picking up the challenge of ‘scavenging’ invisible power from low-frequency vibrations in the surrounding environment, including wind, air or even contact-separation energy (static electricity). “Triboelectric nanogenerators (or

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Brain-Inspired Robot Controller Uses Memristors for Fast, Efficient Movement

Robots are stuck in an analog world, and any physical interactions they have with the world (mediated through sensors) are fundamentally analog in nature. In this hybrid analog-digital computation platform, in which the digital component runs the high-level algorithm, the analog component is responsible for sensor fusion and motion control. Source: Brain-Inspired Robot Controller Uses

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#RoboticFabric: Roboticizing fabric by integrating functional fibers

Flexible materials  respond to external stimuli for actuation, structural control, and sensing for fabric-based robots that move, support loads, and allow closed-loop controls to create smart adaptable clothing, self-deployable shelters, and lightweight shape-changing machinery. Roboticizing fabric by integrating functional fibers | PNAS

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Regulatory Struggle to Maintain Copper Networks: Day going to come, likely during coming decade, when telcos will throw up their hands, declare walking away from copper

  The California Public Utilities Commission has been investigating the quality of service performance on the telco networks operated by AT&T and Frontier. Telcos caused a lot of their own problems, have deemphasized copper maintenance for decades. Day is going to come, likely during coming decade when telcos will just declare they are walking away

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Meet Network That Could Be Poised To Dethrone Ethereum: Co-founder Gavin Wood has started another platform called #Polkadot

Allows each app developer to create her own blockchain that can talk to other ledgers; “Going to see a lot of different innovative products that can’t exist in a smart contract environment. Game blockchains, ensuring gamers don’t cheat. Blockchains within consortia. They are difficult to deploy in a smart contract environment,” says Wood. Source: Meet

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Life Versus #DarkEnergy: How An Advanced #ETCivilization Could Resist Accelerating Expansion of the Universe

The presence of dark energy in our universe is causing space to expand at an accelerating rate. As a result, over the next approximately 100 billion years, all stars residing beyond the Local Group will fall beyond the cosmic horizon and become not only unobservable, but entirely inaccessible, thus limiting how much energy could one

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IEEE Report on #NanoNetwork Communications

Nanotechnology is enabling the development of devices on a scale ranging from one to a few hundred nanometers. At this scale, novel nanomaterials and nanoparticles show new properties and behaviors not observed at the microscopic level. In the future, networks of nano-devices will be a key component of almost every field of our society, with

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