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Old 12-01-2011, 02:46 PM   #741
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The Singularity Summit 2011. What will happen when we surpass human intelligence with computational power?

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A video showing the gas mixtures of different foods pertaining to modified atmospheric packaging...this is the type of work that interests me. Finding a relation of packaging to food...so that the packaging is pretty much customized for the type of food being packaged. Ill post up some more stuff next week, but the level of complexity gets pretty deep when you start to add in the moisture contents, temperature, humidity, etc.





What is Modified Atmosphere Packaging?
Modified Atmosphere Packaging is an optimal blend of pure oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen within a high barrier or permeable package. A finely adjusted and carefully controlled gas blend is developed to meet the specific respiration needs for each packaged food product.

Plastic films, foils and other packaging materials that demonstrate specified gas permeability properties and/or water vapour permeability properties are selected for use. These high barrier substrates become MAP Packages after they are formed into trays, lid stock or bags and filled with a select blend of oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen environmental gasses.

Packaging films are selected to match the characteristics and needs of the food product. Film permeability, water vapour transmission rates and sealing characteristics need to be measured and tested at film selection and again at package converting and product fill stages, since the ability of a film to handle MAP performance characteristics may vary within each stage
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you packaging engineer you.
anything you want to know more about? particularly food or plastic packaging? or even food science/processing...
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I don't get as excited as you do Zach, but it's definitely cool that the science actually works. My cousin bought some of those debbie meyer green bags on TV when we were living together and I'd be lying if I said our lettuce didn't stay fresh for well over a month. Dr. Tyson talks about it in that interview with Colbert when he mentions that NASA has the tech to keep a piece of meat edible for 30 years. That's downright impressive. I'm just glad there are people like you dedicated to it so I can reap the benefits.



I was reading this paper earlier and there's a paragraph that essentially says they've got a good grasp on what our consciousness looks like on EEG.
The 'conscious pilot' - dendritic synchrony moves through the brain to mediate consciousness
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gamma synchrony. In animals and surgical patients undergoing general anesthesia, gamma
synchrony between frontal and posterior cortex is the specific marker which disappears with
loss of consciousness and returns upon awakening [29, 30].7 In what may be considered
enhanced or optimized levels of consciousness, highest amplitude, frequency, and phase
coherent gamma synchrony have been recorded spanning cortical regions in meditating
Tibetan monks
So not only does this specific type of synchrony disappear under anesthesia, but it is hyperactive during intense meditation. HOLY SH!T. And the paper is 2 years old too; I would love to know what they've found since it was written.
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anything you want to know more about? particularly food or plastic packaging? or even food science/processing...
Hah not yet, maybe once i've got some drones to sell and need fancy packaging.

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I was reading this paper earlier and there's a paragraph that essentially says they've got a good grasp on what our consciousness looks like on EEG.
The 'conscious pilot' - dendritic synchrony moves through the brain to mediate consciousness


So not only does this specific type of synchrony disappear under anesthesia, but it is hyperactive during intense meditation. HOLY SH!T. And the paper is 2 years old too; I would love to know what they've found since it was written.
That is unbelievably cool.
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I don't get as excited as you do Zach, but it's definitely cool that the science actually works. My cousin bought some of those debbie meyer green bags on TV when we were living together and I'd be lying if I said our lettuce didn't stay fresh for well over a month. Dr. Tyson talks about it in that interview with Colbert when he mentions that NASA has the tech to keep a piece of meat edible for 30 years. That's downright impressive. I'm just glad there are people like you dedicated to it so I can reap the benefits.



I was reading this paper earlier and there's a paragraph that essentially says they've got a good grasp on what our consciousness looks like on EEG.
The 'conscious pilot' - dendritic synchrony moves through the brain to mediate consciousness


So not only does this specific type of synchrony disappear under anesthesia, but it is hyperactive during intense meditation. HOLY SH!T.
Those bags have ethylene absorbers constructed into them. Ethylene gas is the main reason why fresh produce ripens so fast (its called the ripening hormone). It only takes one fruit/vegetable in a bunch to spoil/ripen the rest hence the phrase "one bad apple spoils the bushel". Its produces a signal that other produce around it recognizes once the piece has been injured or bruised...yes produce does recognize other injured produce lol.

Fruits that produce high amounts of Ethylene:

Apples
Kiwifruit
Apricots
Mangos
Avocados
Papayas
Bananas
Peaches
Cantaloupe
Pears
Honeydew
Plums

Fruits that are sensitive to Ethylene:

Eggplant
Peas
Cucumbers
Okra
Beans
Peppers
Cauliflower
Spinach
Cabbage
Squash
Brussel Sprouts
Lettuces
Broccoli
Greens



Edit: its how we get tropical produce and produce from other parts of the world. Produce is picked green, shipped, and exposed to ethylene gas before it hits the shelves...and to the consumer, the produce looks ripe. Its reversing mother nature and creating substitute processes.
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Hah not yet, maybe once i've got some drones to sell and need fancy packaging.



That is unbelievably cool.
just hit me up, by then I should have the experience and knowledge to create and develop some "fancy" packaging.

I can relate somewhat to you and scott though. Packaging distribution uses alot of math and physics to make calculations based on the environment a package/product is subjected to. Not to mention everything is generally shipped in a package at some point...including space technology. I should upload an article I read about missiles that had to have some sort of special packaging designed for them so that they could be transported to a deconstruction facility. Neat stuff.
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Edit: its how we get tropical produce and produce from other parts of the world. Produce is picked green, shipped, and exposed to ethylene gas before it hits the shelves...and to the consumer, the produce looks ripe. Its reversing mother nature and creating substitute processes.

When bananas are picked they are dark green, almost black.
Then they put them in rooms filled with ethylene gas and they are ripened artificially. That is why bananas (as far as i am concerned) taste so bland and dull.

I think tomatoes are ripened the same way. Pay attention to tomatoes the next time you are in the store. I know that repeated breeding produces the same results. But look at the tomatoes, especially the ones in packages. They are all the same size, the same color, all of them are identical. It does not look natural. Store bought tomatoes are bland too. Fresh tomatoes from the backyard are the best !
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Newfound Alien Planet Hot Enough to Melt Iron

Astronomers have found an alien planet not much bigger than Earth, but so blisteringly hot that life has no shot of gaining a foothold there.

The exoplanet, known as Kepler-21b, is just 1.6 times bigger than our home planet, making it a so-called "super Earth." But it orbits so close to its parent star that astronomers estimate its surface temperature to be about 2,960 degrees Fahrenheit (1,627 degrees Celsius) - hot enough to melt iron.

Researchers found Kepler-21b using NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. Kepler spots alien worlds using what's called the "transit method," which looks for telltale dips in a star's brightness caused when a planet crosses in front of the star's face from Kepler's perspective, and blocks some of its light.

Astronomers then confirmed Kepler-21b with the help of telescopes at Arizona's Kitt Peak National Observatory.

Kepler-21b is located 352 light-years from Earth. Its mass is no more than 10 times that of our home planet, researchers said, but it sits just 3.7 million miles (6 million kilometers) from its host star and takes 2.8 days to complete one orbit. Earth, for comparison, zips around the sun at a distance of 93 million miles (150 million km).

Kepler-21b's parent star, known as HD 179070, is 1.3 times more massive than the sun. HD 179070 is a little hotter and brighter than our star, researchers said, and a little younger, too. Astronomers estimate its age at 2.84 billion years, compared to 4.6 billion years for the sun.

HD 179070 cannot be seen by the unaided eye, but a small telescope can easily pick it out, researchers said.

Since its launch in March 2009, the $600 million Kepler spacecraft has identified 1,235 alien planet candidates. Kepler-21b is just the 26th of these to be confirmed by follow-up observations, but Kepler scientists have estimated that at least 80 percent of the instrument's finds will end up being the real deal.

If that turns out to be the case, Kepler's discoveries will more than double the number of known alien planets, which currently stands at about 700. Astronomers think our Milky Way galaxy likely harbors billions of alien planets, though most are so far away that they'll be difficult for us to detect.


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It's official: Scientists are now wizards. They can manipulate objects without touching them.

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-...-diamonds.html
This sort of experiment has been carried out before on photons, clouds of gas, and other things too small to yield a practical use, but things just got real...
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This is going to be cool for west coasters (of the USA):

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18 Jupiter size planets found..... !

Imagine how many moons they have and what kind of environments that exist on them ?
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Astronomers have found 18 new alien planets, all of them Jupiter-size gas giants that circle stars bigger than our sun, a new study reports.
The discoveries increase the number of known planets orbiting massive stars by 50 percent. The exoplanet bounty should also help astronomers better understand how giant planets form and grow in nascent alien solar systems, researchers said.
The haul comes just a few months after a different team of researchers announced the discovery of 50 newfound alien worlds, including one rocky planet that could be a good candidate for life. The list of known alien planets is now well over 700 and climbing fast.

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I was thinking about that paper on consciousness last night and now I'm not as enthused as I was when I first read it. He has identified a neural analogue, and consciousness may very well exist somewhere in that long range synchrony but we have yet to explain the recursive nature of consciousness. Identifying what it looks like on an EEG is a step in the right direction but until we can explain the fact that we're able to think about ourselves ad infinitum we won't have a clear picture of what's going on.
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Imagine how many moons they have and what kind of environments that exist on them ?
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Astronomers have found 18 new alien planets, all of them Jupiter-size gas giants that circle stars bigger than our sun, a new study reports.
The discoveries increase the number of known planets orbiting massive stars by 50 percent. The exoplanet bounty should also help astronomers better understand how giant planets form and grow in nascent alien solar systems, researchers said.
The haul comes just a few months after a different team of researchers announced the discovery of 50 newfound alien worlds, including one rocky planet that could be a good candidate for life. The list of known alien planets is now well over 700 and climbing fast.

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That's nothing.
They found a star 400 times the diameter of our sun.
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I was thinking about that paper on consciousness last night and now I'm not as enthused as I was when I first read it. He has identified a neural analogue, and consciousness may very well exist somewhere in that long range synchrony but we have yet to explain the recursive nature of consciousness. Identifying what it looks like on an EEG is a step in the right direction but until we can explain the fact that we're able to think about ourselves ad infinitum we won't have a clear picture of what's going on.
I tried watching those singularity talks you posted (all 3 of them) and almost fell asleep by 10 min mark.
I can't imagine reading their papers.
Bunch of big convoluted sentences put together. It's like nerd philosophers.
I like papers that have experiments, data, and a way for me to reproduce their results, should I be willing to and have the resources.
I guess that's just the engineer in me talking.
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Those bags have ethylene absorbers constructed into them. Ethylene gas is the main reason why fresh produce ripens so fast (its called the ripening hormone). It only takes one fruit/vegetable in a bunch to spoil/ripen the rest hence the phrase "one bad apple spoils the bushel". Its produces a signal that other produce around it recognizes once the piece has been injured or bruised...yes produce does recognize other injured produce lol.

Fruits that produce high amounts of Ethylene:

Apples
Kiwifruit
Apricots
Mangos
Avocados
Papayas
Bananas
Peaches
Cantaloupe
Pears
Honeydew
Plums

Fruits that are sensitive to Ethylene:

Eggplant
Peas
Cucumbers
Okra
Beans
Peppers
Cauliflower
Spinach
Cabbage
Squash
Brussel Sprouts
Lettuces
Broccoli
Greens



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this whole time I thought you were going to school to figure out the best way to put boxes in other boxes.
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