Tag Archives: life

Is BabyX the Future of Silicon-Based Life Forms?

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. In the admittedly futuristic discipline of simulated artificial life form, or animat, research, BabyX is perhaps the most ambitious project to date. Its creator, Mark Sagar, has chosen no less a goal than simulating the neural machinery of an infant human in silico. A milestone that many pundits had predicted to still be many decades in the future, the advent of BabyX brings a host of moral and philosophical questions regarding artificial life: What are ...

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Florida's airports blink back to life after Irma

Irma pounds Georgia, thousands without power Airports across Florida slowly came back to life Tuesday, two days after Hurricane Irma struck. Most of the state’s major airports expected limited flights to resume in the morning, though none expected a full schedule of flights before Wednesday at the earliest. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, the world’s busiest airport, stayed open Monday but had widespread cancellations because of wind gusts up to 60 mph from Irma. Atlanta-based Delta(DAL) reported 1,100 cancellations throughout its system and more than 65 diverted flights Monday. It said it ...

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Movie About Lord Of The Rings Author's Life Adds A Major Character

While there are no new Lord of the Rings movies in the works, fans of J.R.R. Tolkien may be happy to know a biopic about the author is on the way. Nicholas Hoult (About A Boy, X-Men, Mad Max: Fury Road) is playing Tolkien, and now we know the actress who will play Edith Bratt, Tolkien’s love and the inspiration for Lord of the Rings characters such as Luthien and Arwen. Lily Collins, who starred in the Netflix movies To The Bone and Okja (and is the daughter of singer ...

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Real life ugly beasts inspire new book by 'Gruffalo' author Donaldson

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – An African safari has inspired a new book by Julia Donaldson in which the creator of children’s favorite “The Gruffalo” homes in on an unsightly bunch of wild animals known as “The Ugly Five.” A wildebeest, a warthog, a spotted hyena, a lappet-faced vulture and a marabou stork delight in their ungainliness until their view is challenged in a rhyming tale with a gentle twist. Donaldson’s best-selling stories often combine a message with a hint of comedy by reversing roles or expectations, and the importance of team ...

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Real life ugly beasts inspire new book by 'Gruffalo' author Donaldson

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – An African safari has inspired a new book by Julia Donaldson in which the creator of children’s favorite “The Gruffalo” homes in on an unsightly bunch of wild animals known as “The Ugly Five.” A wildebeest, a warthog, a spotted hyena, a lappet-faced vulture and a marabou stork delight in their ungainliness until their view is challenged in a rhyming tale with a gentle twist. Donaldson’s best-selling stories often combine a message with a hint of comedy by reversing roles or expectations, and the importance of team ...

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Biological Teleporter Could Transmit Life to Other Planets

You’ve probably attached images, documents, and a myriad of other files to an email, but what about a life form? That may be possible in the not-too-distant future, according to Synthetic Genomics, a company founded in 2005 by famed geneticist Craig Venter. The company has just unveiled an experimental version of the “digital-to-biological converter.” All this contraption needs is data, and it can build working viruses. This technology could allow scientists to “teleport” life across the globe or across the stars. The quest to make a machine that prints life ...

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Charlie Gard: Judge to decide where baby's life will end

A High Court judge is set to decide later where Charlie Gard’s life will end after another dispute between his parents and hospital bosses. Chris Gard and Connie Yates want permission to take the 11-month-old home for his final days. But Great Ormond Street Hospital said it was not practical to provide the level of life-support treatment to Charlie at the couple’s London home. It says a hospice would be a more appropriate place for him. The court hearing is due to resume at 14:00 BST. Doctors at the London ...

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Exhibit in New York celebrates life of Muppets creator Jim Henson

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new exhibit featuring the work of Muppets creator Jim Henson will go on permanent display in New York City on Saturday to celebrate the career of the American puppeteer who brought to life such characters as Miss Piggy and Big Bird. “The Jim Henson Exhibition,” housed in a new gallery space funded by the City of New York at the Museum of the Moving Image, features more than 300 artifacts related to Henson’s career, including 47 puppets, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, iconic costumes and ...

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Security Robot Takes Its Own Life in DC Fountain Tragedy

On July 17, a Knightscope K5 robot appears to have lost all patience for its job as a security guard and flung itself into a water fountain. It’s not exactly clear where in Washington DC the incident took place, with mentions of both GMMB and the Washington Harbor mall both popping up on Twitter. Either way, this ignores the true tragedy of the situation — the robot for whom stairs proved too difficult a foe to conquer. This isn’t the first time Knightscope has been in the public eye for ...

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