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Aug 19, 2016

Moon Express becomes first private company to get US approval for lunar mission

Posted by in categories: government, satellites

Spaceflight venture Moon Express wants to be the first private company ever to land on the Moon in 2017 — and now the company has been granted approval by the United States government to launch to the lunar surface. It’s the first time the government has granted regulatory approval for a private mission beyond Earth orbit. And Moon Express came very close to being denied permission to go.

No regulatory framework currently exists for a commercial space missions to another world. Lawmakers are working on a permanent solution, but it likely won’t be ready in time for Moon Express’ 2017 mission. So the company came up with its own temporary framework — a regulatory patch — that the US government could use to oversee the company’s mission. And after a meeting between the Federal Aviation Administration, the White House, and the State Department, Moon Express has been given the approval it needs to launch to the Moon.

So far, commercial companies have mostly just launched satellites into space; all specialized private missions, like launching cargo to the space station, have been overseen by NASA. That means Moon Express could be the first private company to land on the Moon, as well as the company that travels the farthest away from our planet.

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Aug 19, 2016

Audi’s New Suspension System Converts Potholes Into Energy

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

Audi has designed an active suspension system called eROT, which allows the electromechanical dampers to store the energy from bumps and potholes for use in the car. It also makes the ride far smoother, adapting the car to the road.

The automotive industry’s ‘green revolution’ hopes to make electric vehicles far more efficient. Every bit of force under the hood should be used to its maximum potential. That why you have concepts such as regenerative braking, which return some of the energy used in braking back into the system.

But Audi is looking at tapping another roadway staple: potholes. It has created a system called eROT, an active suspension system that stores the energy when a driver hit potholes, bumps, and other forces that induce kinetic energy on a car.

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Aug 19, 2016

For The First Time Ever, Wind Power Generated 106% of Scotland’s Energy Needs

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

The environmental group, WWF Scotland, confirmed that on August 7, 2016, wind power alone generated 106% of Scotland’s electricity needs for the single day. This shows that with more development, renewables are capable of eventually replacing fossil fuels.

We have been harnessing the wind’s energy for hundreds of years. Traditionally, it has been used to pump water or grind grains with the help of windmills. But recently, windmill’s modern equivalent, the wind turbine, has just achieved an incredible feat—generating 106% of an entire nation’s electricity needs in just one day.

Data analysis from the environmental group, WWF Scotland, has confirmed that on August 7, 2016, wind turbines in Scotland pumped 39,545 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity into the National Grid, while the nation’s total consumption stood at 37,202 MWh—which was 2,000 MWh over than what the nation consumed.

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Aug 19, 2016

Computadores poderão prever o que você está pensando

Posted by in category: futurism

Computadores poderão, em breve, adivinhar o que as pessoas estão pensando. Pesquisadores da Universidade de Oregon desenvolveram um sistema capaz de prever frases não ditas somente ao analisar a atividade do cérebro. Em testes a precisão em “adivinhar” os pensamentos foi de 70%.

Os pesquisadores usaram varreduras do cérebro feitas através de resson ncia magnética em 14 participantes, enquanto eles faziam a leitura silenciosa de 240 frases diferentes. Depois disso, os cientistas usaram um sistema para procurar padrões neurais associados a determinadas palavras.

Assim, eles criaram uma espécie de dicionário, conseguindo identificar através do cérebro o uso de determinadas palavras. Mais tarde, foi possível recombinar os padrões de atividade de palavras individuais para prever novas frases construídas com elas.

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Aug 19, 2016

NEXT Future Transportation System

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Meet the future of public transportation: self-driving modules.

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Aug 19, 2016

Live Stream

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

SENS RB2016 Conference is now live streaming come along and join them now and get the latest news! They are streaming for the next 3 days for those interesting in rejuvenation biotechnology.


All presentations at the Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference 2016 will be available to watch online via live streaming. There will be three separate streams, covering consecutive sections of the conference.

To access the streams bookmark the following links and tune in during the times specified:

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Aug 19, 2016

How Starshot will get us to Alpha Centauri in 20 years

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

Travelling into the darkest depths of the universe could soon be as easy as flicking on a switch, or at least a switch for a giant laser system that will fire a spacecraft at 150m kmph to Alpha Centauri.

Back in April 2016, the philanthropic research group Breakthrough Initiatives announced it was putting millions of dollars into developing a spacecraft capable of reaching Alpha Centauri in the next 20 years.

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Aug 19, 2016

Accelerating early disease detection with nanobiotechnology

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, health

Imagine this scenario: Annual physical examinations are supplemented by an affordable home diagnostic chip, allowing you to regularly monitor your baseline health with just a simple urine sample. Though outwardly you appear to be in good health, the device reveals a fluctuation in your biomarker profile, indicating the possible emergence of early stage cancer development or presence of a virus.

Diagnostic devices like a home pregnancy test have been around since the 1970s. It revolutionized a woman’s ability to find out if she was pregnant without having to wait for a doctor’s appointment to confirm her suspicions. The test relies on detecting a hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin, present in urine. But could detecting cancer, or a deadly virus, from a similar kind of sample and device be as simple and non-invasive?

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Aug 19, 2016

How to Succeed in the Asteroid Business Without Really Mining

Posted by in categories: business, finance, space

Asteroid miners need a short-term financial plan that will keep them in business until they can get rich extracting resources from space-rocks.

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Aug 19, 2016

UCLA physicists discover ‘apparent departure from the laws of thermodynamics’

Posted by in category: particle physics

Proving 2 temperatures coexist — disrupting thermodynamics.


Stuart Wolpert.

According to the basic laws of thermodynamics, if you leave a warm apple pie in a winter window eventually the pie would cool down to the same temperature as the surrounding air.

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