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This 12,400-year-old puppy may be brought back to life using cloning

Well-preserved remains of a 12,400-year-old puppy from the
extinct Pleistocene canid species have been discovered near the Tumat
village in the Sakha Republic of Russia. Scientists believe the puppy was an ancient pet — one of man’s first
best friends. How they plan to bring the animal back to life.

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And now we’re crying over that Futurama episode again.


In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.

The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive— which is a lot to expect of a rat.

The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy— and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.


Wonderful wonderful Slinky.


No matter how long the slinky is, the bottom of the slinky will stay still (hover) until the top reaches it. Even if the slinky is over 1000 feet long.

that shit cray 





UC Berkeley scientists have developed a system to capture visual activity in human brains and reconstruct it as digital video clips. Eventually, this process will allow you to record and reconstruct your own dreams on a computer screen.

more here


Can’t wait.

i love it when sci-fi starts becoming just straight-up life

I’m imagining how different YU+ME might have been if Fiona had had one of these.

For me, most of the coolness of dreams is emotion that can’t be recorded.




Introducing…The URBEE – The World First PRINTED Car (WIDK)

Posted to WIDK by Emily Moore

(Daniel Bates, Daily Mail) — The world’s first ‘printed’ car has finally rolled off the printing press.

The ‘Urbee’ was made using a special printer which built up layer upon layer of bodywork – almost as if the car was ‘painted’ into existence, except using layers of ultra-thin composite that are slowly ‘fused’ into a solid.

But unlike most ‘innovations’ in cars, this one won’t break down after 5 years – Urbee is built to last 30. Project leader Jim Kor, told MailOnline today: ‘For us, this unveiling was quite a milestone.

Underneath is a petrol and electric hybrid engine which helps make it one of the greenest cars in the world.

Experts have said the car uses eight times less energy than a similar vehicle and can go can go 200mpg on the motorway.

It also has a sleek, futuristic design which makes it look like a prop from a science fiction film like the Fifth Element.

The ‘printing’ process, however, it what has attracted so much attention: it was completely different to the normal way car manufacturers build a car, which is to bolt chunks of bodywork on where they need to go.

Engineers on the Urbee instead put layers of ultra thin composite material on top of each other so they become fused together to make it 3D in a process called ‘additive layer manufacturing’.

Kor says, ‘We are a small group of designers and engineers in Winnipeg trying to make a difference.

‘Making things this way could revolutionize how we produce things. It has certainly changed my way of thinking about manufacturing.

‘This process of 3-D printing turned into ‘digital manufacturing’ would change the way we replace parts within machines.’

The Urbee, which took 15 years to make, has three wheels, two seats and a combustion engine in case of emergencies.

It can be charged for a few pence from a normal plug socket or from a small solar panel array or wind turbine.

The Urbee has a small single cylinder engine that generate a mere eight horsepower, yet it can go up to 70mph if necessary because it is so light and efficient.

Even driving around the city it can do 100mpg and Canadian firm Kor EcoLogic, which designed it, insists that it could become a viable runaround for normal people.

Project leader Jim Kor told the TEDxWinnipeg conference that the vehicle was amongst the greenest ever made.

He said the way it was printed ‘only puts material where one needs it’.

‘It is an additive process, building the part essentially one ‘molecule’ of material at a time, ultimately with no waste,’ he added.

‘This process can do many materials, and our goal would be to use fully-recycled materials.’

Although the prototype has finally been completed it will be some time before the Urbee is available to buy in car showrooms.

The team behind it still have to raise the money for a second prototype, which will be at least $1million (£610,000).

Even then it will cost up to $50,00 (£32,000) to buy new, although the price should drop if it is mass produced.

Other professions which have shown an interest in additive layer manufacturing including medicine with some suggestion that prosthetic body parts could eventually be ‘printed’ to the size and shape they are required.

Wow, I didn’t think they were already at the point of printing complex machinery! Awesome!

My whole dashboard today has been a reminder of how we are living in the goddamn future.