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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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Aug 19, 2016

The Force is most definitely with this ultra-detailed 3D-printed lightsaber

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, weapons

Want your own lightsaber? with this printer you can have your own.

This 3D-printable custom lightsaber is truly a thing of beauty. Here’s how you can make your own.

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Aug 19, 2016

Restoring the Classic BMW 507 Racecar of Elvis Presley Using 3D Printing Technology

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, transportation

BMW is a German car manufacturer that has decided to make use of 3D printing technology in order to restore the BMW 507 racecar of Elvis Presley. Through additive manufacturing technology, they were able to reconstruct the window winders of the car as well as its door handles.

For sure, Elvis never anticipated that his racecar which he purchased in 1958 will be restored after 60 years with the help of a 3D printer. Jack Castor owned the vehicle and was purchased by BMW Group Classic 2 years ago and kept it in the pumpkin factory.

Restoring the Classic BMW 507 Racecar of Elvis Presley Using 3D Printing Technology

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Aug 19, 2016

QUESS and Quantum Communications

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, encryption, government, internet, quantum physics, space

Excellent write up on QUESS; and yesterday we saw that the first set of code was transmitted successfully which means so far success. However, many are asking when will the US respond about our own efforts around our own efforts of a Quantum satellite and our own progress around improving the net infrastructure to ensure we’re not a sitting duck for government backed hackers. Granted we have been operating for many years a version of a Quantum Internet at Los Alamos; however, we need to expand and accelerate the efforts around the Quantum Internet restructuring.

In mid August China launched “QUESS” (Quantum Experiments at Space Scale), a new type of satellite that it hopes will be capable of “quantum communications” which is supposed to be hack-proof, through the use of “quantum entanglement”. This allows the operator to ensure that no one else is listening to your communications by reliably distributing keys that are then used for encryption in order to be absolutely sure that there is no one in the middle intercepting that information.

According the Chinese scientists involved in the project, quantum encryption is secure against any kind of computing power because information encoded in a quantum particle is destroyed as soon as it is measured. (According to Tibor Molnar a scientist at the University of Sydney), the only way to ‘observe’ a photon is to have it interact with (a) an electron, or (b) an electromagnetic field. Either of these interactions will cause the photon to “decohere” – i.e., interfere with it in a way that will be apparent to the intended recipient.

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Aug 19, 2016

Focus: Giant Molecule Made from Two Atoms

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

Experiments confirm the existence of 1-micrometer-sized molecules made of two cesium atoms by showing that their binding energies agree with predictions.

Strongly bound diatomic molecules such as H2H2or O2O2 are less than a nanometer across. Surprisingly, scientists have been able to create two-atom molecules more than a thousand times larger by using exotic atoms that attract one another only very weakly. Now, a pair of physicists have calculated what makes these “macrodimers” stable, and they have verified their predictions by creating micrometer-sized molecules containing two cesium atoms. The macrodimers could have applications in quantum computing.

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Aug 19, 2016

Augmented Reality Or Augmented Humanity?

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, entertainment

A write-up from Popular Science on the bioethics conference I was a part of recently and the corresponding 2-min highlight video. It was truly a fascinating event, inspired by Deus Ex! And here’s the video:

With the release of the new video game, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Human By Design holds a conference to discuss the future of human augmentation.

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Aug 19, 2016

The Military Is Genetically Modifying Bacteria to Make Even Tinier Computers

Posted by in categories: computing, genetics, military

Geobacter is so common that junior-high students use it in science fairs, but it could also wire the military’s future nanoelectronics.

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