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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2016, 01:49:50 PM »
This could be a major breakthrough, did the CERN LHC discover a whole new particle and change our models?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/is-particle-physics-about-to-crack-wide-open/?WT.mc_id=SA_TW_SPC_BLOG

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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2016, 10:05:09 AM »
This could be a major breakthrough, did the CERN LHC discover a whole new particle and change our models?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/is-particle-physics-about-to-crack-wide-open/?WT.mc_id=SA_TW_SPC_BLOG

I just came to post this article as well, even as someone who is very ignorant of physics after school basics, this looks very exciting. Can anyone who understands please tell me, could this mean we are edging nearer a to Big Bang explanation? or is that still too far away?
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« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2016, 09:13:13 PM »
So Japan has an anti-aging drug that has proven to extend lifespan in mice, reversing problems that occur due to age. They're beginning human trials as early as next month. Basically, if this drug works on humans as well, there is a very real possibility we could expand the healthy human lifespan.

Anti-Aging Drug Trials to Begin for Humans
http://www.the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003030620

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2016, 10:14:51 PM »
So Japan has an anti-aging drug that has proven to extend lifespan in mice, reversing problems that occur due to age. They're beginning human trials as early as next month. Basically, if this drug works on humans as well, there is a very real possibility we could expand the healthy human lifespan.

Anti-Aging Drug Trials to Begin for Humans
http://www.the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003030620

Which would bring about any number of apocalyptic scenarios... or at least bring them sooner.  :o
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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2016, 07:09:33 AM »
So Japan has an anti-aging drug that has proven to extend lifespan in mice, reversing problems that occur due to age. They're beginning human trials as early as next month. Basically, if this drug works on humans as well, there is a very real possibility we could expand the healthy human lifespan.

Anti-Aging Drug Trials to Begin for Humans
http://www.the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003030620

Which would bring about any number of apocalyptic scenarios... or at least bring them sooner.  :o
I'm sure y'all will end your lives voluntarily to make room for us youngsters  ;)

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« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2016, 01:26:06 PM »
So Japan has an anti-aging drug that has proven to extend lifespan in mice, reversing problems that occur due to age. They're beginning human trials as early as next month. Basically, if this drug works on humans as well, there is a very real possibility we could expand the healthy human lifespan.

Anti-Aging Drug Trials to Begin for Humans
http://www.the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003030620

Which would bring about any number of apocalyptic scenarios... or at least bring them sooner.  :o
I'm sure y'all will end your lives voluntarily to make room for us youngsters  ;)

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2016, 02:42:55 PM »
Boston Dynamics' latest robot, SpotMini, can bring you a drink and do your dishes. It's so cool to watch these untethered bots move around and interact with environments. Like the research the Japanese are doing, these robots have the potential to be tremendously useful in aiding the elderly or people who become disabled.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf7IEVTDjng[/youtube]

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« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2016, 03:49:23 PM »
And one more for today. The article title is a bit click-baity, but the reasoning behind it is sound. It's absolutely an ethical question that people, auto manufacturers, and governments are going to struggle to answer as self-driving vehicles become more common.

Your Self-Driving Car Will be Programmed to Kill You ... Deal With It.
http://gizmodo.com/your-self-driving-car-will-be-programmed-to-kill-you-de-1782499265

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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2016, 02:52:27 AM »
And one more for today. The article title is a bit click-baity, but the reasoning behind it is sound. It's absolutely an ethical question that people, auto manufacturers, and governments are going to struggle to answer as self-driving vehicles become more common.

Your Self-Driving Car Will be Programmed to Kill You ... Deal With It.
http://gizmodo.com/your-self-driving-car-will-be-programmed-to-kill-you-de-1782499265

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #24 on: June 29, 2016, 10:00:05 PM »
Speaking of vehicles controlled by AI, apparently an AI fighter plane just (repeatedly) beat a real pilot in a simulated dogfight.

Summary Article:
http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/an-artificial-intelligence-just-beat-a-real-human-in-a-1782778500

More In-Depth Details:
http://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_features/alpha.html

While the AI only exists in a dogfighting simulation now, imagine if you installed it on a drone that was armed and maneuverable enough to outfly and shoot down human pilots, and you've pretty much got what's going on here.

I'm sure Skynet is happy.

EDIT: Apparently, the guys on the FoxTrotAlpha comments are arguing about the definition of dogfight, which is a fight at close visual range. This was not that ... it was shooting missiles and countermeasures at a distance, which I think is more accurately referred to as engagement.
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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2016, 07:00:50 PM »
An article pertinent to my interests (and perhaps yours!)

A significant portion of the population are fearful about genetic manipulation and cyberization.
http://gizmodo.com/most-americans-are-still-fearful-of-a-transhumanist-bra-1784278230

Personally, I have no problem with it. If we can genetically mod out problems like Down Syndrome and other issues, I say go for it. I also wouldn't have any objection to a process that ensured my child got the "best" combination of my genes and my spouse's, rather than playing the generic lottery.

However, I can absolutely see how this would create a divide between Haves and Have Nots (as seen in Gattaca and many other movies), due to the cost, so I do have concerns in that regard. Ideally, I'd like a utopian world where gene therapy is available to everyone free of charge.

Of course, given a country as advanced as the United States can't even pass universal health care, that's probably a pipe dream. :o

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« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2016, 07:09:18 PM »
My only question is what the downstream affects would be.  Say you are able to modify Down Syndrome, what happens when those people have kids or even their grandkids?  What happens when those modified genes end up mutating?  I would also be afraid that too much messing around for too long of duration will take away some genetic diversity and create a genetic bottleneck that could come into play generations down the line.

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« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2016, 07:58:18 PM »
I would also be afraid that too much messing around for too long of duration will take away some genetic diversity and create a genetic bottleneck that could come into play generations down the line.

Ha, that's actually an element of my espionage SF novel. So I've thought about it!

My thinking is that, once you get to the point where you can routinely and reliably select for specific genes, you'd automatically take care of that issue, since you'd select with each new generation thereafter. I could see this being an issue if you selected for genetics and then stopped doing it in future generations, but I'm not sure if it would happen if it became a normal part of the human experience. Just as you selected away from genes leading to genetic diseases in the first generation, you'd continue to do in each following generation, thus avoiding the mutation and/or genetic bottleneck problem.

In another vein (not related to health issues) I've also read several SF novels that posited that once we can create "designer babies", all of the sudden, very attractive people will become extremely common, to the point where our definition of attractiveness changes. For instance, if the world ends up in a place where 95% of its people look like, say, Scarlett Johansson, Beyonce, Idris Elba, Lee Byung-hun, and Tom Hiddleston (just picking some attractive people at random) all of the sudden the definition of "attractive" changes.

Some books I've read suggest people would start getting into body modification to differentiate themselves. Others suggest the definition of "attractive" would change drastically, or people who didn't match the "designer" mold would suddenly become more desirable, not less. What humans find desirable has changed over time, many times.

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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #28 on: August 01, 2016, 10:32:10 PM »
Japan's Latest Robot Experiment Moves on Its Own Using a Neural Network

https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/30/japan-humanoid-alter-robot/

And creepifying video:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYzOZQDsm5w[/youtube]


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Re: Science for Science Fiction! (Articles and the Like)
« Reply #29 on: August 03, 2016, 02:43:29 PM »
Um ... okay, China. :0

China's futuristic 'straddling bus' is actually a thing, goes on its first test run
http://shanghaiist.com/2016/08/02/straddling_bus_launch.php

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPdl3uxW3aI[/youtube]

I kinda want to ride it...