Lifeboat News: The Blog Safeguarding Humanity Thu, 11 Aug 2022 00:22:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Super-Earth found ‘skimming’ habitable zone of red dwarf Thu, 11 Aug 2022 00:22:19 +0000

The discovery of a super-Earth around the red dwarf Ross 508 is reported by astronomers in Japan. Part of the planet’s elliptical orbit takes it within the star’s habitable zone, where liquid water may exist.

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Snapmaker Artisan can expertly 3D print, laser cut, and CNC carve, all in one consumer-friendly machine Wed, 10 Aug 2022 22:23:49 +0000

This cabin in the woods is an otherworldly, all-black, geometric structure built to provide cozy refuge even in harsh Finnish winters. It was designed for a California-based CEO who returned home to Finland with her family to be closer to her ancestral land so she could maintain it. The cabin is aptly named Meteorite based.

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This oddly-shaped Finnish cabin was made with cross-laminated timber to withstand subarctic cold! Wed, 10 Aug 2022 22:23:40 +0000

This cabin in the woods is an otherworldly, all-black, geometric structure built to provide cozy refuge even in harsh Finnish winters. It was designed for a California-based CEO who returned home to Finland with her family to be closer to her ancestral land so she could maintain it. The cabin is aptly named Meteorite based on its unique shape and is set in a clearing surrounded by spruce and birch trees. The cabin is made entirely from cross-laminated timber (CLT) which is a sustainable alternative to other construction materials.

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Math error: A new study overturns 100-year-old understanding of color perception Wed, 10 Aug 2022 22:23:06 +0000

A new study corrects an important error in the 3D mathematical space developed by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Erwin Schrödinger and others, and used by scientists and industry for more than 100 years to describe how your eye distinguishes one color from another. The research has the potential to boost scientific data visualizations, improve TVs and recalibrate the textile and paint industries.

“The assumed shape of color space requires a paradigm shift,” said Roxana Bujack, a computer scientist with a background in mathematics who creates scientific visualizations at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Bujack is lead author of the paper by a Los Alamos team in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the mathematics of color perception.

“Our research shows that the current mathematical model of how the eye perceives color differences is incorrect. That model was suggested by Bernhard Riemann and developed by Hermann von Helmholtz and Erwin Schrödinger—all giants in mathematics and physics—and proving one of them wrong is pretty much the dream of a scientist,” said Bujack.

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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked August 2022: Watch with us LIVE Wed, 10 Aug 2022 22:22:45 +0000

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 alongside new Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Watch 5.

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Off-grid desalination system Wave2O is ready to quench the world’s thirst Wed, 10 Aug 2022 20:23:01 +0000

Water scarcity is a major global crisis that already affects every continent. Around 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world’s population, lack access to safe drinking water. Desalination is the answer to long-term water security, but it’s also expensive, energy-intensive, and often inaccessible to isolated regions. This is why sustainable off-grid desalination systems powered by renewable energy are essential.

But thanks to the innovative microbial desalination cell (MDC) technology that follows a green, low-energy process with electro-active bacteria to desalinate and sterilize seawater, desalination is becoming a viable low-cost solution for water resources in many areas of the world and is putting an end to water scarcity even in isolated regions.

Now, researchers from the EU-funded W20 project have developed an off-grid innovative solution – the world’s first wave-driven desalination system – called Wave2O. The new system can be deployed quickly, operate completely off-grid, and supply large quantities of fresh water at a competitive cost. The technology uses the power of the ocean waves, a consistent and inexhaustible renewable energy source.

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Quantum teleportation demo sets new accuracy record Wed, 10 Aug 2022 20:22:51 +0000

An internet powered by the weird physics of the quantum world would be virtually unhackable and literally faster than lightning.

Now, we’re one step closer to making that next-level communications network a reality, thanks to a quantum teleportation breakthrough out of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

So, what the heck is quantum teleportation?

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Caught in a Solar Storm on the Way to Mars Wed, 10 Aug 2022 20:22:41 +0000

The space between the planets in our solar system is filled with a wispy sea of charged particles that flow out from the Sun’s atmosphere. This particle population is augmented by cosmic rays — speedy protons and atomic nuclei accelerated in extreme environments across the universe — which ebb and flow against the 11-year solar activity cycle. This undulating particle background is punctuated by bursts of high-energy particles from the Sun, which can be unleashed suddenly in violent solar storms.

Spacecraft that venture out from the protection of Earth’s magnetic field must navigate this ocean of particles and weather solar storms. And if we someday wish to send astronauts to other planets, we’ll need to know how high-energy solar particles, which pose a risk to the health of astronauts and electronic systems alike, travel through the solar system.

In a new publication, a team led by Shuai Fu (Macau University of Science and Technology), Zheyi Ding (China University of Geosciences), and Yongjie Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences) studied the high-energy solar particles produced in an event in November 2020, when the Sun emitted a solar flare and a massive explosion of solar plasma called a coronal mass ejection.

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Robot dogs could soon patrol US Space Force’s station Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:23:57 +0000

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An American non-profit organization built the first 3D-printed school in Madagascar Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:23:48 +0000

Thinking Huts intends to increase access to education.

Maggie Grout, who was born in a rural mountain village in China, was adopted rather young. “And I think that largely shaped my outlook through the rest of my life — knowing what poverty looks like, and how it impacts the opportunities you’re able to achieve in life. Having that allowed me to see more clearly what my purpose was in life — helping children gain access to education in underprivileged areas in the world,” she tells *IE* in an interview. Huts rely on additive manufacturing technologies to build sustainable schools. Recently, they built the first 3D-printed school in Madagascar.

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