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Sci/Tech News Megapack: February 12th, 2018

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    Sci/Tech News Megapack: February 12th, 2018

    Some of these don't have quotes because their sites didn't allow copy/paste.

    World Leaders Have Decided: The Next Step in AI is Augmenting Humans

    The whirlwind conversation covered everything from how long it will take to develop a sentient AI to how algorithms invade our privacy. During one of the most intriguing parts of the roundtable, the attendees discussed the most immediate way artificial intelligence should be utilized to benefit humanity.

    The group’s answer? Augmenting humans.

    New fuel cell demonstrates exceptional power density and stability

    A team of researchers led by Northwestern University professor and fuel cell pioneer Sossina Haile has created a new fuel cell offering both exceptional power densities and long-term stability at optimal temperatures, a discovery that heightens the viability of incorporating fuel cells into a sustainable energy future. "For years, industry has told us that the holy grail is getting fuel cells to work at 500-degrees Celsius and with high power density, which means a longer life and less expensive components," said Haile, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and professor of applied physics at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering. "With this research, we can now envision a path to making cost-effective fuel cells and transforming the energy landscape."
    Off switch to the inflammation at the root of many diseases found


    The key to a naked mole rat's cancer-free life?


    Charge your phone using ambient light and printed solar cells

    Ambient light may be all you need to charge your phone. Small, thin and flexible panels created with an inkjet printer can harvest energy from artificial light and sunlight.

    Conventional solar panels typically use silicon to capture the sun’s energy. But Sadok Ben Dkhil from Dracula Technologies and his team have developed a conductive plastic that can capture a wider range of wavelengths. “Our material can capture energy from indoor light, which isn’t possible with silicon,” says Ben Dkhil. The device is lightweight, non-toxic and can even be folded, which is not the case for silicon solar cells.
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