Archive for the ‘space’ category

Aug 25, 2016

Ban Ki-moon: ‘digital technologies like 3D printing have the potential for massive destruction’

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biological, law, security, space, terrorism

More on the UN’s concern on the next gen technologies.

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

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Aug 25, 2016

Here’s a cautionary tale about why we shouldn’t colonize any Earth-like neighboring planets

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An Earth-like planet in the habitable zone of the nearest star to the sun seems like a tantalizing site for a colony. But should we go there at all?

Aug 25, 2016

Asteroid Redirect

Posted by in category: space

What would we do if an asteroid was coming directly towards Earth?

Don’t worry, NASA has a plan.

Aug 24, 2016

Habitable planet found in solar system next door

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

Fantastic news! (for once)

Paris (AFP) — Scientists Wednesday announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting the star nearest our Sun, opening up the glittering prospect of a habitable world that may one day be explored by robots.

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Aug 24, 2016

Scientists Discover New Earth-Like Planet

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I am ready to go any time.

An earth-like planet has been discovered orbiting the closest star to our solar system, according to CNN.

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Aug 24, 2016

World not prepared for biological attacks, new technology threats: Ban Ki-moon

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioengineering, biological, government, robotics/AI, security, space

CISO & CSO at many companies are certainly going to have their work cut out for them in the long-term future as more and more new tech such as 3D Printing, Synthetic Bio, etc. are adopted into companies; really brings a new level of security concerns not only in government; but also the private sector.

He pointed out that while there were international organisations to prevent the spread of nuclear and chemical weapons, there was no such agency to deal with biological weapons.

Speaking at the Council debate on weapons of mass destruction (WMD), he sought to expand its definition beyond nuclear, chemical and biological to embrace the threats arising from 21st century science, technology and globalisation.

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Aug 24, 2016

New Earth-Like Exoplanet Could Be Discovery of the Century

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In what’s being hailed as one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of the century, scientists with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) today confirmed the discovery of an Earth-like exoplanet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri-our nearest neighboring star. Details of the team’s discovery were just published in Nature.

Rumors of a possible Earth-like exoplanet first surfaced on August 12 in the German weekly Der Spiegel. Citing an anonymous source with the La Silla Observatory research team, the magazine claimed the rumored planet “is believed to be Earth-like and orbits at a distance to Proxima Centauri that could allow it to have liquid water on its surface-an important requirement for the emergence of life.”

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Aug 24, 2016

Quantum Entanglement: Slower Than Light

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics, space

Although this is true (speed of communication via entanglement is not at the speed of light); like other early stage technologies this will also evolve and improve in time.

China recently launched a satellite to test quantum entanglement in space. It’s an interesting experiment that could lead to “hack proof” satellite communication. It’s also led to a flurry of articles claiming that quantum entanglement allows particles to communicate faster than light. Several science bloggers have noted why this is wrong, but it’s worth emphasizing again. Quantum entanglement does not allow faster than light communication.

This particular misconception is grounded in the way quantum theory is typically popularized. Quantum objects can be both particles and waves, They have a wavefunction that describes the probability of certain outcomes, and when you measure the object it “collapses” into a particular particle state. Unfortunately this Copenhagen interpretation of quantum theory glosses over much of the subtlety of quantum behavior, so when it’s applied to entanglement it seems a bit contradictory.

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Aug 24, 2016

ESO confirms the discovery of Earth’s closest potentially habitable neighbour

Posted by in categories: physics, space

Astronomers have today confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting the sun’s nearest neighbour, Proxima Centauri, which has the potential to host liquid water, and therefore life.

The exoplanet in question, Proxima b, is thought to be the Earth’s closest potentially habitable neighbour, making this discovery a major landmark in humanity’s exploration of the universe.

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Aug 23, 2016

Defense Systems Update

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics, space

Glad defense is finally taking this seriously. Something, that many of us already had concerns about.

The properties of quantum entanglement could deliver the first hack-proof communications.

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