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Aug 25, 2016

Turkish court orders takeover of opposition media group

Posted by in category: terrorism

Although this is an old article; it does raise an ongoing question about Social Media Companies and the US Government’s battle with terrorism and other mass murders who often use social media. Could Social Media Companies be pushing their luck within the US as well as other countries battling terrorism by not shutting down people’s pages who have ties to terrorism or promoting murder?

Feel free to respond because I want to hear others perspective on this important topic that many are having to figure out.


(2÷3) Amb Bass: Also watching with concern reports of teargas and rubber bullets against those protesting the takeover.— US Embassy Turkey (@USEmbassyTurkey) March 5, 2016

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Aug 25, 2016

First test of Breakthrough Starshot interstellar probe highlights likely damage due to gas and dust

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space travel

(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers at Harvard University who are part of the Breakthrough Starshot team has been testing the likely damage to an interstellar spacecraft traveling at approximately one-fifth the speed of light as it makes its way to the Alpha Centauri star system. As they note in a paper describing their testing and results, which was uploaded to the arXiv preprint server, such damage could be catastrophic, but they believe they have a solution.

Earlier this year, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced to the world that he wants to send a probe to the Alpha Centauri star system—he put up $100 million of his own money to get the ball rolling on what is expected to be a multi-billion-dollar effort. At the time of the announcement, Milner told the press that his team of advisors had identified 20 main challenges that would have to be overcome in order for such a mission to be a success. In this new effort, the researchers have addressed one of those challenges—assessing the likely damage to the craft due to space dust and gases, and offering solutions to the problem.

The preliminary working design of a able to travel at ∼0.2c is little more than a circuit board that has come to be known as a wafersat—it would be attached to a light sail that would be the target of a laser sent from Earth to push it during the initial part of the journey. The wavsat would be made mostly of graphite and quartz. Thus, the researchers focused the bulk of their testing on these two materials. They discovered that particles of hit by the craft would mostly come in the form of collections of heavy atoms rather than particles—those collisions would cause two problems. The first would be the creation of pits on the surface of the craft, which would result in loss of material (up to 30 percent of the entire craft might be lost).

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Aug 25, 2016

How Do You Know Your Lab-Grown Burger Is Safe To Eat? — By Jamie Condliffe | MIT Technology Review

Posted by in categories: business, futurism, government, innovation

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“Startups are making realistic lab-grown foods, but government food regulators aren’t sure how to police them.”

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Aug 25, 2016

Forget ‘great,’ presidential hopeful Zoltan Istvan wants to make America immortal

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

New feature story on transhumanism out on Digital Trends:


Zoltan Istvan is the Transhumanist party leader and independent candidate for the forthcoming U.S. elections. And he wants you to live forever.

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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.

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Aug 25, 2016

China Eyes Manned Radar Station on the Moon

Posted by in category: space travel

This is about the only thing that will kick start the US space program back to life.


Even though the #US was the first to make it to the #moon, #China might be the first to have man live there. #spaceexploration

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Aug 25, 2016

Remote-controlled and crewless: is this the cargo ship of the future?

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The future of cargo transportation will be autonomous, according to Rolls-Royce, which has revealed plans for a remote-controlled, unmanned ship that could take to the seas as early as 2020.

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Aug 25, 2016

Creepy Humanoid Robot

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Meet Alter, the humanoid robot that controls its own movements.

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Aug 25, 2016

Your Conscious Brain Directs Your Actions Less Than You Think

Posted by in category: neuroscience

From time to time, the Singularity Hub editorial team unearths a gem from the archives and wants to share it all over again. It’s usually a piece that was popular back then and we think is still relevant now. This is one of those articles. It was originally published August 2, 2015. We hope you enjoy it!

Think your deliberate, guiding, conscious thoughts are in charge of your actions?

Think again.

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Aug 25, 2016

ESO Confirms: Earth-Sized Planet Found Around the Closest Star to Earth, Proxima Centauri

Posted by in category: alien life

A new planet that bears striking similarities to our own planet prompts remarkable inroad into the study of space. This also brings a new area to search for the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Back in 2013, the first signs of a planet over four light-years from our solar system were spotted. Since then, the scientific community has been working to gather more information via further observations, primarily with the help of the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

To study and observe the red dwarf star, which was named Proxima Centauri, the Pale Red Dot campaign was started. Scientists used the HARPS spectograph on the ESO’s 3.6 meter telescope at La Silla in Chile. Combined with data gathered from other telescopes around the world, astronomers, led by Guillem Anglada-Escudé, observed a wobbling star that was apparently caused by the gravitational pull of an orbiting planet.

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