Skype Can Now Translate Your Voice Calls Into 10 Different Languages in Real-Time

Breaking Barriers

With the advent of the internet, there are fewer barriers to communication than ever before. Distance has basically become negligible in terms of talking to each other. Ongoing developments have continued to make it even easier. Now, in many cases, language is no longer a barrier.

Microsoft and Skype have added another language to it real-time translation service. The software giant announced last week that it is adding Japanese as its tenth language. The other languages are English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and Russian. The services are available on Skype as well as all Microsoft Lees verder

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23andMe Can Now Tell You If Your DNA Puts You at a Higher Risk for Diseases

Direct-To-Consumer 2.0

On April 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed course on genetic testing kits from 23andMe, indicating that the company can now directly tell consumers when their DNA puts them at a higher risk for 10 different diseases. The current 23andMe risk profile includes Alzheimer’s, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hereditary thrombophilia, Parkinson’s, and Gaucher’s. The FDA’s turnaround is a gentler version of its original decision from 2013, which prevented the company from sharing these risks based on concerns they could be risky for consumers.

The Director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Jeffrey Shuren, cautioned consumers in Lees verder

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Renewables Are Keeping the Air Force Energized in Field Environments

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Power Struggle

War has long gone high tech. While we may not yet have artificially intelligent robot soldiers, plenty of innovations have made our soldiers more reliant on electricity. Modern forces are in need of reliable sources of this power to successfully complete their missions around the world. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO) is working on solutions to meet that need.

Working with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, they hope to create “a totally deployable, self-sustaining power system.” They are making significant progress with a mobile renewable power station. The station is housed in Lees verder

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Why Apple Should Buy Tesla and Make Elon Musk CEO


Apple: A Bit Lost

Elon Musk is the unstoppable innovation juggernaut of our time. He has taken us to space, and is single-handedly leading us into a new age in energy. However his company, Tesla, is plagued by issues related to capital. Conversely, Apple is a powerhouse of stability. Their sales are steady, probably because they continually pour out the same tired products that (they know) people are willing to buy. They also don’t take risks. Ever.

This is why Apple should buy Tesla and make Elon Musk the CEO—Apple lacks innovation and growth, and Tesla lacks cash and financial stability. To Lees verder

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The Future of the Human Brain: Smart Drugs and Nootropics

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A Scientific Way of Enhancing Performance?

Doing research to define what nootropics are is kind of like asking Tekkies which VPN is the best one to use. You get an avalanche of responses from a group of people who are absolute evangelists for the technology, and each is totally sold on their particular solution. This isn’t a criticism; it is the observation of an interested outsider looking in on a movement—the movement to achieve next level humanity.

Nootropics, broadly speaking, are substances that can safely enhance cognitive performance. We’re not talking about convincing your doctor to write you a Ritalin or Lees verder

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We May Be Completely Wrong About How Our Brains Form Memories

One Experience, Two Memories

Scientists have long believed the human brain stores memories following a two-step process. Memories are first stored in the brain’s “short-term” memory, and are later moved to the “long-term” memory. New research from the Riken-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics have proven that this may not be the case. Their study, published in the journal Science, can change the way we approach neurodegenerative diseases that attack memory.

Previously, scientists thought that the memory is first stored as a short-term location in the brain’s hippocampus. It then gets converted into a long-term memory, and stored Lees verder

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How Close Are We to Melding Mind and Machine?

Leaving Limitations Behind

Just as ancient Greeks fantasized about soaring flight, today’s imaginations dream of melding minds and machines as a remedy to the pesky problem of human mortality. Can the mind connect directly with artificial intelligence, robots and other minds through brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies to transcend our human limitations?

Over the last 50 years, researchers at university labs and companies around the world have made impressive progress toward achieving such a vision. Recently, successful entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk (Neuralink) and Bryan Johnson (Kernel) have announced new startups that seek to enhance human capabilities through brain-computer Lees verder

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Google’s Next Smartphone Screens Might Be Curved

Super Materials of Tomorrow [INFOGRAPHIC]

Investing in Screens

Rumors about Google’s Pixel smartphone are swirling. One currently making the rounds in the South Korean press is that a one trillion KRW ($875 million) investment is in the works for LG Display, popular producer of screens for smartphones and tablets.

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According to the Yonhap News Agency, the deal isn’t simply a purchase agreement — it’s a strategic move on two separate levels. Aside from potentially giving the Pixel curved edges courtesy of flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels, the deal would also limit Google’s Lees verder

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