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This Week in Science: Oct 14 – 20, 2017

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Scientists Have Created a Concrete Roof That Generates Solar Power

Sunny Outlook Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed a new form of ultra-thin, curved roofing that’s capable of producing solar power.

MIT Has Started Issuing Diplomas Using Blockchain Technology

Digital Diploma With Blockchain Since the school’s inception, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has issued paper diplomas to over 200,000 students.

Scientists Made a Two-Dimensional Material That’s Never Been Seen in Nature

Unlike Anything in Nature A team of researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia has reportedly made a “once-in-a-decade discovery” that will radically change how we do chemistry.

Next Year, a Californian City Will Launch the First Basic Income Experiment in the U.S.

No Strings Attached The idea of a guaranteed income for all citizens regardless of their social and economic standing is called universal basic income (UBI), and it’s been floating around for centuries.

Scientists Cured a Deadly Neurological Disease Using a Revolutionary Method

Oral Therapy for Neurological Disease Sleeping sickness sounds like something from a fairy tale, except it isn’t, especially when you know how much pain and suffering this disease causes.

Scientists May Have Discovered a “Functional Cure” for HIV

Suppressing HIV Science has proposed multiple ways to rid the body of HIV, such as through careful surgery or gene editing, but a new study published this week offers a treatment for the disease unlike anything before it.

Google’s Parent Company Is Building a High-Tech Neighborhood in Toronto

Leveraging Technology You don’t need to look any further than the mobile device in your pocket for an example of how technology is shaping the world today, but Sidewalk Labs — the urban innovation arm of Google parent company Alphabet — wants to use technology to literally shape a piece of the world by building a high-tech neighborhood.

Scientists Developed a Way to Precisely Edit Genes in the Human Brain

Limits of Gene Editing Technologies designed for editing the human genome are transforming biomedical science and providing us with relatively simple ways to modify and edit genes.

Amazon Wants to Use Drones to Recharge the Batteries of Electric Vehicles

Amazon has been granted a patent for an ambitious new method of maintaining a charge in electric vehicles (EVs).

Scientists Now Know HIV’s Complete Structure, Clearing Path To Cure

Know Your Enemy A recent discovery from the University of Alabama at Birmingham may provide new inroads to combating the HIV-1 virus, the retrovirus that can cause AIDS.

Is Technology Really Going to Destroy More Jobs Than Ever Before?

No Need To Panic You’ve probably heard that a robot is going to take your job. It’s an oft-repeated refrain, heralded in article headlines and speeches from luminaries such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking.

Toyota Says They Will Have Intelligent Talking Cars by 2020

Bonding With Your Car Come 2020, Toyota will begin testing its own self-driving electric cars. However, instead of simply being autonomous, they’ll also come equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) capable of having a back-and-forth conversation with the driver.

With One Giant Wind Farm, We Could Power the Entire Planet

Oil is running out. Coal is dirty. And fracking, the process used to extract natural gas, contaminates ground water.

Leading Expert Says Bitcoin Will Soar Above $25,000 in 5 Years

Bitcoin’s Rise It has been almost a week since the latest historic Bitcoin price breakthrough, when the world’s most popular cryptocurrency surged past $5,300, only to reach $5,800 just a few hours later.

Scientists Want Us to Live in Lava Tubes on the Moon

The Best Place to Be Is Underground Because the moon has no atmosphere and is home to a host of unfriendly occurrences like extreme temperature variation, radiation, and meteorite impacts, astronauts who venture to our nearest neighbor will need to find proper shelter before they can accomplish anything outside of their vehicle.

Intel is Releasing a Processor That’s Built for Neural Networks

There’s no denying it, artificial intelligence (AI) is taking over how companies do business, with machine learning powering more and more systems and products — from mobile phones to online services.

Here’s How Sleeping Too Little Literally Transforms Your Brain

Good Night, Sleep Tight You’ve likely noticed your brain moving a bit slowly after a night of too little sleep.

Here’s How Time Becomes Space Inside a Black Hole

Inside a black hole, time and space swap when you pass beyond its event horizon. The post Here’s How Time Becomes Space Inside a Black Hole appeared first on Futurism.

Are We Living in an “Ancestor Simulation”?

Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles one of sci-fi’s biggest questions. The post Are We Living in an “Ancestor Simulation”?