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Jun 2, 2016

The Economic Lessons of Star Trek’s Money-Free Society

Posted by in category: economics

In the latest ‘Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy’ podcast, writer Manu Saadia discusses what we can learn about post-money life from the ‘Star Trek’ franchise.

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Jun 2, 2016

A Host of Soon-to-be-Expired Patents are Set to Revolutionize 3D Printing

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, materials

Patents filed on many pre-existing 3D printing processes are about to expire. As this occurs, it will bring on a new era in 3D printing. Machinery and material costs will plummet, and the quality of prints will increase.

An important shift is occurring in the 3D printing world: patents are expiring. Patents filed on pre-existing industrial printing processes, especially those filed at the turn of the century, have already expired or are set to expire in the coming years.

Take, for example, the case of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). The patent on FDM expired in 2009. As a result, prices for FDM printers dropped from over $10,000 to less than $1,000, which caused consumer-friendly 3D printer manufacturers– like MakerBot and Ultimaker– to pop up.

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Jun 2, 2016

New Evidence That Black Holes May Actually Be 2D Holograms

Posted by in categories: cosmology, quantum physics

A team of theoretical physicists used Loop Quantum Gravity, string theory’s biggest contender, and showed that the calculations are consistent with the idea that black holes have no insides, but that objects are stuck on their surface.

There’s a lot in our universe we don’t completely understand, such as dark matter and dark energy. Indeed, in the bizarre world of quantum physics, ideas are constantly shifting and changing regarding the true nature of the (somewhat mysterious) forces that govern our universe.

This is what’s happening now in the debate over what black holes really are.

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Jun 2, 2016

A Sci-fi Cyberpunk Thriller HD: “Temple”

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, media & arts

ENJOY!!! 2045 A.D. Cybernetically enhanced beings are in control of society. A new genetic disease is making humans reject their own organs, forcing one man to steal cybernetic implants from others to survive. By director Nguyen-Anh Nguyen.

Temple is a concept for a feature film project, produced by the team of the Akira Project.

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Jun 2, 2016

Elon Musk: There’s a ‘one in billions’ chance our reality is not a simulation

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Mathematically it makes sense.

Practically speaking, it’s pretty much irrelevant.

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Jun 2, 2016

A Sci-Fi Short Film HD: “Arene”

Posted by in categories: entertainment, military

When a young woman finds herself captured on board a military aircraft. The soldiers don’t think much of her, until their commander confirms her identity and all hell breaks loose. Produced by the talented Stoyan Yankov and Directed by talented Henrik B. Clausen! See the details below for more info…

INFORMATION AND CREDITS / ARENE

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Jun 2, 2016

NO-A [ Sci-Fi 3D Animated Short Film ] Official

Posted by in category: entertainment

Nifty!


Award winning graduation film NO-A completed at the Savannah College of Art and Design by a core team of 8 students.

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Jun 2, 2016

New nanotech fabric dissolves odor and stains whenever it’s exposed to bright light

Posted by in categories: energy, nanotechnology

Not a big fan of laundry day? Well what if you could wash your clothes just by stepping into the sunshine? Thanks to researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, a self-cleaning textile could make that possible in the very near future. With the help of special nanostructures grown directly into the fabric, these new textiles could degrade organic matter like dirt, dust, and sweat when exposed to a concentrated light source.

To achieve this effect, the nanostructures used by the RMIT University team are made copper and silver. These metals are great at absorbing visible light, and when they’re exposed to light from the sun or even a light bulb, the nanostructures react with increased energy that creates “hot electrons”.

Related: Columbia’s most comfortable clothes are also its smartest, thanks to textile tech.

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Jun 2, 2016

Elon Musk believes we are probably characters in some advanced civilization’s video game

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, Elon Musk, entertainment, virtual reality

Don’t believe me? Here’s Musk’s argument in full:

The strongest argument for us being in a simulation probably is the following. Forty years ago we had pong. Like, two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were.

Now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it’s getting better every year. Soon we’ll have virtual reality, augmented reality.

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Jun 2, 2016

How We Want to Turn Asteroids Into Spacecraft

Posted by in categories: engineering, space travel

It’s funny, because even in the space industry, it isn’t every day that you get to work on a really far reaching idea. At Made In Space the vast majority of our engineering energy goes to concepts that will be operational hardware within 5 years. We like to talk about the future a lot, and there is a great deal of whiteboard engineering of what space colonies will look like or what the constraints to manufacturing on Enceladus would be. But we don’t usually get to work directly on the long term stuff. Thanks to the NIAC program, we’ll be doing some of that work.

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program awards research grants with the intent of studying out-of-the-box ways that space exploration might be done differently. Most of the focus is longer horizon stuff that would be operational on 10+ year timescales. Made In Space recently proposed a new vision for exploring and using asteroids and was awarded a NIAC grant. This is what we proposed.

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