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Jan 20, 2021

Remote control glider sets speed record: 548 mph

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

How fast do you think an unmanned aircraft can go? What about an *unpowered* unmanned aircraft? Would you believe 548 mph? It’s true.

Jan 20, 2021

6 billion planets like Earth? Scientists make stunning estimate

Posted by in category: alien life

Astronomers propose new estimate of Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy.

Jan 20, 2021

Malwarebytes said it was hacked by the same group who breached SolarWinds

Posted by in categories: government, security

Our internal systems showed no evidence of unauthorized access or compromise in any on-premises and production environments.

Our software remains safe to use, Kleczynski added.

After today’s disclosure, Malwarebytes becomes the fourth major security vendor targeted by the UNC2452/Dark Halo threat actor, which US officials have linked to a Russian government cyber-espionage operation.

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Jan 20, 2021

PAL-V’s flying car is testing in EU

Posted by in category: transportation

We’re *so* close to flying cars 🚁.

Jan 20, 2021

Plant Cells of Different Species Can Swap Organelles

Posted by in category: futurism

In grafted plants, shrunken chloroplasts can jump between species by slipping through unexpected gateways in cells walls.

Jan 20, 2021

Telsa VC investor Tim Draper bets jetpack suits and flying motorcycles are the next frontier in human flight

Posted by in category: transportation

VC investor Tim Draper has invested in start-ups developing human jetpack suits and flying motorcycles via VTOL technology enabling human propulsion.

Jan 20, 2021

Fusion companies aiming at trillion dollar market

Posted by in categories: energy, government, space

This is the third installment in a three-part series. Read parts one and two.

In the third and final part of our series, Fusion Industry Association director Andrew Holland tells Asia Times’ correspondent Jonathan Tennenbaum how the private sector is leap-frogging government programs in the race to develop commercial fusion power plants.

Andrew Holland: So now the private sector is coming in. You mentioned high-temperature superconductors. That’s an important new thing. There’s a whole range of new developments that come from outside of the fusion space that are now being applied.

Jan 20, 2021

The First Cubesat With a Hall-Effect Thruster has Gone to Space

Posted by in categories: energy, satellites

Student-led teams aren’t the only ones testing out novel electric propulsion techniques recently. Back in November, a company called Exotrail successfully tested a completely new kind of electric propulsion system in space – a small hall-effect thruster.

Hall effect thrusters themselves have been around for awhile. However, they have been limited in their practicality, primarily because of their size. Normally they are about the size of a refrigerator and require kilowatts of power, making them impractical for any small satellites.

That’s where Exotrail’s novel system shines. It is about the size of a 2 liter bottle of soda (or pop if you’re from that part of the world), and only requires around 50 watts of power. This makes the propulsion system ideal for satellites ranging from 10 to 250 kg.

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Jan 20, 2021

Trillions of Brood 10 cicadas to emerge in U.S. after 17 years underground

Posted by in category: futurism

The noisy bugs will appear for the first time since 2004 in 15 states.

Jan 20, 2021

NHS patients among first to access new CAR T cell therapy for lymphoma

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, policy

NHS clinicians in England will be among the first to offer a cutting-edge personalised cancer treatment to some people with lymphoma, after the CAR T cell therapy was approved for NHS use.

Tecartus – a immune-boosting treatment that engineers a patient’s own immune cells to kill their cancer – has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for people with a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

NICE estimates that around 100 people a year with mantle cell lymphoma could be treated with this therapy. Kruti Shrotri, head of policy development at Cancer Research UK, said the news will be welcomed by people with mantle cell lymphoma.

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