Science Wrap: Google and NASA are building a quantum-computer-powered AI

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Happy weekend, folks! In case you’re not the thousands people gawking at all the amazing maker creations at the Bay Area Maker Faire, we’ve got lots of cool and freaky science going for your reading enjoyment. We’ll look at an AI learning machine put together by NASA and Google, an extremely expensive piece of 3D printed meat, and much more.

The key to eternal youth is vampiric mice [New Scientist]

While the idea of fresh infusions of young blood to keep yourself young is a popular trope for vampires or Dracula, one group of Stanford University scientists have proven that this really works to keep old mice hearts young.

This is going to get pretty freaky.

According to Saul Villeda of Stanford University, the scientists interconnected the circulatory systems of old and young mice in their experiments so they would share blood. A few days later, Saul observed that there were more stem cells in the brains of the older mice, as well as a 20 percent increase in connections between brain cells

So while sucking the blood of younger people won’t make you younger, injecting it directly into your bloodstream might make you smarter.

The Deep Horizon oil spill sickened fish for at least a year [Popular Science]

Although the Deepwater Horizon disaster happened nearly two years ago, we’re still learning more about the effects it had on the environment. A recent study led by researchers from the Louisiana State University revealed that the crude oil has continued to sicken Gulf Coast fish for nearly a year.

In the study, LSU researchers collected groups of Gulf killifish four times between May 2010 and August 2011. In the fish samples, the researchers found indications of damage to the fish's livers and gills from when they tried to breath the contaminated water and metabolize the crude oil. The scientists also found that fewer fish hatched that year. Meanwhile, the few that did spawn were either smaller than usual or had birth defects.

Burger built in lab costs $325,000 [The Verge]

A few months ago, we found out that a hypothetical 3D printed burger would costs over $300,000. Now we can verifiably confirm the fact now that the University of Maastricht has created an in-Vitro slab of meat that costs €250,000 (roughly $325,000).

Sure, it’s not very cost efficient, but it also contains no fat whatsoever. Wait, what’s the point, then?

This extremely pricey piece of meat was culled together from 20,000 thin strips of cultured muscle tissue spun out of tens of billions of muscle cells. Sure, it’s not very cost efficient, but it also contains no fat whatsoever. Wait, what’s the point, then?

Dr. Mark Post, who lead the research in the Netherlands, assures The New York Times that it tastes "reasonably good." Now there's a ringing endorsement.

Google and NASA are building a quantum computer powered AI [NY Times]

Google and NASA are teaming up to build a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab that will supposedly focus on machine learning. It’s quite literally a robot mind that learns.

The two organizations have chosen to use a quantum computer provided by D-Wave Systems of Burnaby, British Columbia over more traditional supercomputers because it can perform complex calculations thousands of times faster.

According to a New York Times report, this machine learning lab will focus on taking “note of patterns of information to improve their outputs.” These sort of learned behaviors could help computers improve on recognizing information or even power saving on mobile devices.

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