Bang! Russia Announces New Tokamak Prototype Near Completion – Part of Largest World Fusion Experiment

Russia just announced near completion of its own new tokamak prototype. Russia is one of the nations involved in the ITER experiment, the world’s largest fusion experiment. Each nation involved in the project has to have its own tokamak. The tokamak is one of several types of magnetic confinement devices being developed to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power.

Law, Privacy and Genome Human Rights Failure in Russia – Putin’s Fascination with Hitler’s Eugenics Project

The Human Genome Organization (HUGO) and the European Union developed genetic information privacy regulations to protect the public. A majority of experts have agreed for the need for genetic information privacy. In 2014 the HUGO Committee on Ethics, Law and Society (CELS) presented a human rights approach to an international code of conduct for genomic and clinical data sharing. The code of conduct is supposed to prevent human rights violations during the research of genomes, allowing enough protection to allow scientific research in the genome field.

Warning, Russia’s FSB Service to Start Collecting Biometric Data of Foreign Visitors Using New Tech

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation is the principal security agency of Russia and the main successor agency to the USSR’s KGB. The FSB’s main responsibilities are within the country and include counter-intelligence, internal and border security, counter-terrorism, and surveillance as well as investigating some other types of grave crimes and federal law violations.

Russian Scientists Created Glow in the Dark Tobacco Without Using Any Chemicals – New Addictive Product Perhaps?

Russian scientists and Planta LLC created the first glow in the dark tobacco without using any chemicals or radiation. Planta LLC, currently operating in Moscow, states it specializes in the glow in the dark plants and has been in business since 2017. The plants were grown without the use of ultraviolet rays. The cultivated tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum, was infused with four ferments from the biosynthesis of the bioluminescent fungi genes.

Wow! 4,000 Year Old Life Map Found in Sarcophagus

Archeologists have discovered a 4,000-year old Egyptian sarcophagus with an unprecedented finding: an ancient map of the afterlife. A sarcophagus is a box-like funeral receptacle for a corpse, most commonly carved in stone, and usually displayed above ground, though it may also be buried. Discovery of the map was reported by the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, which is an annual peer-reviewed academic journal covering research and reviews of recent books of importance to Egyptology. It was established in 1914 by the Egypt Exploration Society.

Making the Invisible Visible: Astonishing Tech that Can See Through Walls!

The new work by MIT researchers “Making the Invisible Visible: Action Recognition Through Walls and Occlusions” will be presented at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), an annual research conference sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It is considered, together with CVPR, the top level conference on computer vision. The conference is usually spread over four to five days. It will take place in Seoul, South Korea, October 27 – November 2, 2019.

Human action recognition is a core task in computer vision. It has broad applications in video games, surveillance, gesture recognition, behavior analysis. The work uses a neural network model that can detect human actions through walls and occlusions, and in poor lighting conditions. Our model takes radio frequency (RF) signals as input, generates 3D human skeleton as an intermediate representation, and recognizes actions and interactions of multiple people over time.  

The paper introduces, RF-Action, an end-to-end deep neural network that recognizes human actions from wireless signals. End to end deep learning is an idea of outputting complex data types from raw features, for example, audio transcripts, image captures.

A deep neural network is a neural network with a certain level of complexity, a neural network with more than two layers. Deep neural networks use sophisticated mathematical modeling to process data in complex ways.

Usually, computer technologies use human poses on video. Algorithms are then used to identify the behavior parameters of the multiple people. The engineers from MIT developed an algorithm that combines multiple parameters: raw camera data transmitted to the neural network, while also creating a skeletal model with the body. Next algorithmic analysis models and chooses appropriate actions. It is also able to identify body movements, such as a hand shake between two people.

To achieve the visual data using a system from multiple cameras, an Alpha Pose algorithm was used, which takes 2D skeletal models and converts them to 3D. Alpha Pose is an accurate multi-person pose estimator, which is the first real-time open-source system that matches poses that correspond to the same person across frames, they also provide an efficient online pose tracker called Pose Flow.

Consequently, to achieve RF scanning through the walls and other obstacles, the engineers designed a transceiver.  A transceiver is a device comprising both a transmitter and a receiver that are combined and share common circuitry or a single housing. The transceiver has two sets of antennas oriented vertically and horizontally. Hence, the signals are formed in 2D and the neural network receives multiple images.

Recently, University of California researchers created a method to identify a person through a wall using video and Wi-FI signals. The video-WiFi cross-modal gait-based person identification system XModal-ID has a variety of applications, including surveillance and security. The approach makes it possible to determine if the person behind the wall is the same as the one in a video footage, using only a pair of off-the-shelf WiFi transceivers outside.

The full paper can be read here.

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Intriguing New Results Outlining the Genomes of Vikings and Eurasian Population

There is an intriguing new analysis of the findings pertaining to the genome-wide markers in the current Eurasian population. Apparently, there are two streams of genes.

1) Mongoloid from Central Asia to the territories of Turkey and Syria. (Mongoloid is a grouping of various people indigenous to East Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, North Asia, Polynesia and the Americas. It is one of the traditional three races first introduced in the 1780s by members of the Göttingen School of History)

2) Uralid from Eastern Siberia to the Estonian border.  (West Sibirid subtype, especially common in the basin of the Ob River among Khanty and Mansi people. Sometimes in Altai and Khakassia. Due to the harsh Siberian climate, this type was never very numerous. Today, the indigenous groups are largely outnumbered by Russians)

A Standard Ruler for the Cosmic Dawn – Incredible New Method to Study the Formation of the Universe

An American astrophysicist Julian B. Muñoz found a process to study the universe during an earlier era of its formation. Muñoz is a theoretical cosmologist at Harvard. After the Massive Explosion (Big Bang), the universe was hot quark gluon plasma, that cooled during the expansion of space. A gluon is an elementary particle that acts as the exchange particle for the strong force between quarks.

SOS! The Future of Our Civilization and Our Planet According to One Soviet Era Russian Scientist

Recently, Greta Thunberg became a household name as a global climate change ambassador. However, dire predictions about the survival of our civilization based on the environment has a Soviet era beginning.

Russian scientist Nikolai Kardashev was a Soviet and Russian astrophysicist, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and the Deputy Director of the Astro Space Center of PN Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Kardashev, who recently passed away, created a scale in 1964 that is named after him.

Russia Announces Revolutionary Quantum Computer Working Prototype – There are Defense Applications

Russia has announced the first functioning prototype of the Quantum Computer. The Quantum computing idea began in the 1980s when physicist Paul Benioff proposed a quantum mechanical model of the Turing machine. The field of quantum computing is closely related to quantum information science, which includes quantum cryptography and quantum communication.

Object C/2019 Q4 is Causing Skywatchers to Overlook Near-Earth Asteroids – Sometimes Only Noticing Them AFTER They Hit the Planet [VIDEO]

Astronomers have been so busy observing a mysterious object in deep space that they’re overlooking dangerous nearby asteroids with the potential of hitting the Earth, sometimes only noticing them as they strike or zoom past the planet.

Object C/2019 Q4 was first discovered on August 30 by amateur Ukrainian astronomer Gennady Borisov, and scientists have been baffled by it ever since. At first, the consensus was that it’s a giant space rock which originated in our own solar system. But, its composition remains a mystery and astronomers now believe it’s an interstellar traveler, only the second to have been discovered.

New Study: Daytime Nap Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Problems

Most of us do not need to be convinced of the benefits of daytime sleep. However, a number of studies have previously indicated a possible association between taking a nap during the day and serious cardiovascular diseases, or even type 2 diabetes. Scientists from the University Hospital Center in Lausanne, Switzerland decided to clarify this issue and decided to find out how the frequency of daytime sleep affects human health.

Australian Sea Snails May Hold Key To Curing Colorectal Cancer

Research scientists have long known that cures for deadly diseases can be discovered in the humblest (and least likely) of places. After all, Penicillin came from moldy bread accidentally left in a petri dish over the weekend.

But, sea snails curing cancer? 

Apparently. It seems that the mucus produced by the White Rock Shell sea snail, common to the shores of Australia and New Zealand, contains chemicals found to be effective at fighting off colorectal cancer.

Concepts of Yoga Explained: Analysis of Knowledge and Energy

On the eve of Hanuman Jayanthi, the importance of Hanuman Chalisa is worthwhile to recall. The half of first Choupai (Jai Hanuman Gyan Guna Sagar) is explored and brief of this is described. Veda, Upanishad and Bhagwad Gita all deals with involution and evolution. AIW (Ancient Indian Wisdom) clarifies that human being are coming from Bindu (Nuclei) containing all the characteristics (Swaroopa) of supreme reality (Permatma). After inception, human body starts developing from a Bindu in the form of causal body, subtle body and gross body till youth hood is achieved. After this (achieving youth hood) the evolution process should be started to reach the supreme reality (Permatma or Ram).  The same is explored in Hanuman Chalisa. How?

Strangest Unsolved Mysteries of The Human Body – How Are We Walking Around in These Things?

Throughout history, the human race has made some great advances in biology, with significant scientific discoveries proved by intuitive logic, successful hypothesizing and irrefutable empirical evidence. And, oh yeah. Just plain old dumb luck. Still, some mysteries of the human body have yet to be solved.

Here are some of the last remaining few…

Professions That Can Make You Filthy Rich – Hitting The Books Can Pay Off – Big Time

Are you determined to earn an education in a technical field rather than, say, with an English or Arts degree? While those sheepskins can lead to highly lucrative professional rewards, it’s not surprising that some of the best paying careers are in the Computer Science and Healthcare fields.  Here is a list of 12 well-paying jobs that could make you filthy rich by the time you’re ready for early retirement, after extensive educational requirements have been fulfilled.. But, to have a chance at amassing a small fortune over the next 20 years or so, you’ll have to earn it the old fashioned way: Going heavily into student loan debt…

USA vs Russia – The Next Generation Nuclear Race

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced open hearings on the environment impact assessment regarding the construction of a Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). The project announcement was originally made by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on February 28, 2019, with a tentative completion date of 2026. Dr. Kemal Pasamehmetoglu is a nuclear engineer and the executive director of the Versatile Test Reactor Project at the Idaho National Laboratory.  GE-HITACHI is the subcontractor for the design support.