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Jun 30, 2016

DARPA Develops Largest Sensor Network to Navigate “Minefield” of Space Junk

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At some point we could see an EPA in space especially with the mining that will be occurring starting in 2017.


Even the smallest piece of space junk could cause a horrible crash.

Jun 29, 2016

You can eat vegetables from Mars, say scientists after crop experiment

Posted by in categories: food, space

Dutch researchers successfully raise radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes in soil mixed to match that of the red planet – giving hope that settlers could grow food.

Jun 28, 2016

The Beginning of the Universe? Quantum Computer Could Simulate Particle Physics

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

Want to simulate the creation of the Universe — use QC.


Scientists have for the first time simulated the creation of particle and antiparticle pairs in a quantum computer.

(Photo : gr8effect / Pixabay)

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Jun 27, 2016

Sun Has Likely Entered New Evolutionary Phase, Say Astronomers

Posted by in categories: evolution, space

The Sun has hit a heretofore unforseen middle-aged evolutionary phase that is characterized by decreasing solar magnetic activity, including starspots and coronal mass ejections, say the authors of a new paper just submitted to APJ Letters. NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope enabled the team to make the determination. The good news is that we have another 5 billion years of relative quiescence before the Sun begins its expansion as a Red Giant.


The Sun has likely already entered into a new unpredicted long-term phase of its evolution as a hydrogen-burning main sequence star — one characterized by magnetic sputtering indicative of a more quiescent middle-age. Or so say the authors of a new paper submitted to The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Using observations of other sunlike stars made by NASA ’s Kepler Space Telescope, the team found that the Sun is currently in a special phase of its magnetic evolution.

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Jun 27, 2016

Do Giant Planets Contain “Dark” Hydrogen?

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This experiment has accessed the conditions under which hydrogen starts to transition from a gas to a metal. What the researchers find is that the transition to a fully metallic state occurs at significantly higher pressures and temperatures than predicted. And during that transition the hydrogen is not only somewhat conducting, but also opaque to visible light, while still transparent to infrared wavelengths.

The implication is that planets like Jupiter and Saturn should actually have thick interior layers of this ‘dark’ hydrogen above their conductive, metallic hydrogen zones. And the infrared transparency of dark hydrogen may help explain how heat leaks out and allows these, and any other, gas-giant worlds to cool and evolve.

Perhaps the most remarkable discovery is that even the simplest element in the universe still has some tricks up its sleeve — if pushed into the right conditions.

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Jun 26, 2016

DARPA To Develop Military Aircraft Engine Capable Of Mach-5 Speed

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Guessing the pressurization suits (like those in space) will have to be worn. Some of my friends who were test pilots for experimental type aircraft use to tell me how they had to push the jets to their limits and at times wear pressurization suits due to pressurization in the cockpit. So, this should be interesting.


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Jun 26, 2016

Virginia looks at new opportunities for Wallops spaceport

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI, security, space, transportation

WALLOPS ISLAND — With space station resupply launches expected to resume in August and a runway under construction for testing drone flights, Virginia is looking at another opportunity to lure a major federal research program to the state’s expanding spaceport complex on this Eastern Shore barrier island.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is expected to begin looking for a place to base a new “science and technology testing ground” for unmanned vehicle systems — operating in the air and underwater — and boosters say the regional spaceport would be an ideal fit.

“What better place to do it than here?” said Peter Bale, chairman of the Wallops Island Regional Alliance, as members of the House Appropriations Committee visited last week.

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Jun 25, 2016

LIFE, Business & the Butterfly Effect

Posted by in categories: business, space, sustainability

How we can influence the butterfly effect to better our personal endeavours (article I just wrote).


It’s funny, when we look around at our daily lives, we begin to see the things which reflect us. Our environment breeds our mindset. Our aptitude becomes driven by the exponential increase of clutter or minimalism, by work, or by passions. We each have the opportunity to create our own atmosphere, ensuring we surround ourselves by the people and places which foster an eminent light within us. This fire ignites the desire to reach our potential, present in the opportunity the future holds. Like a dream that feels all too real, our life can have many outcomes that lead to the predictable… or the unknown. We are each given a myriad amount of choices — varying in amplitude — which culminate to provide a chance at betterment… or the opposing force. We are given the responsibility to define that road ahead. By making the most of every minuscule and prominent decision, the balance will tip in our favor. People often fail to see this metric… that each choice has a butterfly affect across the horizon of time. Kindness can have a lasting impact. It can make the difference between life and death — success — or failure — because it is the most assured way of bettering the souls of yourself and others.

When we take the path of most resistance, it often starts with countless hurtles, and intermittent mountains along the way. The frontier is never easy, but it always comes with vast rewards to those who can brave it. Each day of life is another battle, and when you have within your mind a war-zone that plagues your focus, it can seem an impossible feat to overcome. But… so was creating fire, then harnessing power, then driving, then flying and exploring space. It never stopped us before, and it should never stop us now. It might start with an adjustment of priorities, of things which eclipse your sight on a consistent basis. It can be searching for more about your passion, and looking into bridging the gap between your interests and your life.

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Jun 25, 2016

NASA Wants to Launch Interstellar Space Missions in 20 Years

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, quantum physics, robotics/AI, space, time travel

The craving to explore beyond our solar system grows sturdier every day. This proves true for the understanding of wormholes and time travel as well. In order to satisfy our thirst for the unknown, NASA will research unknown physics revolutionizing exploration of space. We first have to advance our understanding of space-time, the quantum vacuum, gravity and other physical phenomena. This info will help NASA send robots on interstellar space missions. Precisely 15 areas will be studied comprising human exploration, landing systems, nanotechnology and robots.

Jun 24, 2016

Is Cause & Effect Limited By The Speed Of Light?

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How fast can a cause make an effect? Is there a speed limit? How much of the universe can you influence with any given action?

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