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Your World This Week, Nov. 9-15

This week in science: high greenhouse gas levels are slated to be a “permanent reality;” one energy drink can have some nasty health impacts; Google, Facebook, Pharrell, and more give scientists the movie star treatment; how self-folding paper will change robotics, medicine, and the world.

This Self-Folding Paper Might Revolutionize Robotics, Medicine, And The World As We Know It

By weight, graphene paper is about 200 times stronger than steel. And, somehow, that’s not its most incredible characteristic. What has scientists excited now is the paper’s ability to fold itself with the application of heat. Although that ability might not sound all that useful–let alone incredible–at first, the researchers behind this discovery think otherwise.

According to Jiuke Mu, a Ph.D. student at Donghua University and one of the material’s inventors, graphene paper could be used for applications including wirelessly controlled micro robots, smart clothing that adapts to temperature changes, artificial muscles and devices for tissue engineering, as well as devices that are able to walk backward and forward on their own.

For more information on graphene paper’s mind-boggling uses and how it works, visit Live Science.

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What The GOP Presidential Candidates Think About Climate Change

The third GOP presidential debate airs this Wednesday on CNBC, and now that Donald Trump is no longer the unchallenged frontrunner, viewers are likely in for one helluva smear fest.

What we likely won’t see, however, is much substantive discussion — or any discussion, really — of climate change. And after reading the GOP presidential contenders’ remarks on the topic below, it’s easy to see why:

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXVIII

China Military Parade Soldiers

Image Source: The Atlantic

Front Row At China’s Awe-Inspiring Military Parade

China Military Parade Air Show

Image Source: The Atlantic

Spectacle and sheer size of an awe-inspiring scale are two things that China can certainly bring to the table. The military parade the country held yesterday, commemorating the end of World War II, could very well be its most impressive performance yet. 12,000 troops, 500 pieces of military hardware, 200 aircraft of various types, and god knows how many spectators (as well as Vladimir Putin) were on hand for this dazzling display of synchronization and military might. Take a front row seat at The Atlantic.

China Military Parade Band

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Your World This Week, Volume IX

Ibm Computer

This “rodent brain” chip has the capacity to do a lot of “deep thinking” at low costs. Image Source: IBM

IBM’s New “Rodent Brain” Chip Could Make Your Phone Super Smart

The line between human intelligence and technology is thinning with every passing day–and IBM’s latest chip further diminishes it. Known as TrueNorth, this chip is composed of 48 million artificial “nerve” cells, roughly the number of neurons packed into a rodent’s head.

The hope is that this chip, if implanted into smart phones, will be able to identify images, recognize spoken words and understand natural language at the lowest power cost yet (for example, while recently-developed GoogleNow offers similar features, it requires an internet connection, which not all smartphone users have). For more on how IBM’s TrueNorth sets the future of smart tech in the right direction, read the profile at Wired.

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