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Oct 28, 2015

Russia announces plans to send humans to the Moon in 2029

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The Russian Federal Space Agency — commonly referred to as Roscosmos — just announced its plans to send humans to the Moon in 2029, RT News reported. It’s part of the agency’s ultimate goal of creating and maintaining a lunar station. Vladimir Solntsev, head of Roscomsos Energia, made the announcement Tuesday at a space and technology conference in Moscow; he noted that they are currently building the spacecraft for the mission now, with its first flight into space planned for 2021.

After its initial flight, the plan is to have the spacecraft dock with the International Space Station in 2023, according to Solntsev. Then in 2025, Roscosmos will send an uncrewed version of the spacecraft to the Moon, before finally sending astronauts in the vehicle in 2029.

It also looks like the European Space Agency may be along for the ride. Two weeks ago, BBC News reported that the ESA had been in talks with Roscosmos to collaborate on sending a lander to the Moon’s south pole. The mission, called Luna 27, would be the first in a series of missions that would eventually return humans to the lunar surface. “We have an ambition to have European astronauts on the Moon. There are currently discussions at international level going on for broad cooperation on how to go back to the Moon,” Bérengère Houdou, head of lunar exploration at ESA, told BBC News.

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Oct 28, 2015

Mirror of the future

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This Microsoft developer built a voice-controlled smart mirror in 20 hours.

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Oct 28, 2015

Facebook just made it easier to talk to people you’re not friends with

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Chatting with strangers on Facebook just got a bit easier.

The social network is launching a new feature for Messenger called Message Requests, that makes it easier for people to receive (or ignore) messages from people they aren’t friends with.

See also: You no longer need a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger.

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Oct 28, 2015

You can eat dinner under the sea at this restaurant in the Maldives

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Oct 28, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg Posts on Facebook From the ‘Incredible’ Taj Mahal

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Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg has started his latest trip to India with a visit to the Taj Mahal and described the country’s most-photographed and photogenic monument as “even more stunning” than he had expected.

Mr. Zuckerberg is in the South Asian nation to deepen his social media company’s connection with the country, which is home to the largest number of Facebook users outside the U.S.

In a post from Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, on his Facebook page, Mr. Zuckerberg said that he had “always wanted to see” the mausoleum, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 1600s.

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Oct 28, 2015

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Oct 28, 2015

Introducing the Nissan IDS Concept

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-TLo86K7Ck

At the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Nissan unveiled a concept vehicle that embodies Nissan’s vision of the future of autonomous driving and zero emission EVs: the Nissan IDS Concept.

Presenting at the show, Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “Nissan’s forthcoming technologies will revolutionize the relationship between car and driver, and future mobility.”

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Oct 28, 2015

Let There Be Hair: Blocking These Enzymes May Restore Your Follicles

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Losing hair can be a distressing experience for many people, but treatments are often ineffective, expensive or riddled with side effects. Could this development change that?

A study from Colombia University has shown blocking a certain family of enzymes can rapidly restore hair. The enzymes are called the Janus kinase (JAK) family, and two drugs have already been approved for blood diseases (ruxolitinib) and rheumatoid arthritis (tofacitinib), and are also undergoing other clinical trials.

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Oct 28, 2015

Yamaha shows Motobot motorcycle-riding humanoid robot

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI, transportation

The aim of the exercise is to develop rider-support systems similar to those we are seeing developed in automobiles to make driving safer. “We want to apply the fundamental technology and know-how gained in the process of this challenge to the creation of advanced rider safety and rider-support systems and put them to use in our current businesses, as well as using them to pioneer new lines of business,” says Yamaha’s release.

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Oct 28, 2015

Silicon Battery Technology Produces Ten Times More Energy

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, energy, transportation

Substantially smaller and longer-lasting batteries for everything from portable electronic devices to electric cars could be come a reality thanks to an innovative technology developed by University of Waterloo researchers.

Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, and a team of graduate students have created a low-cost battery using silicon that boosts the performance and life of lithium-ion batteries. Their findings are published in the latest issue of Nature Communications.

Waterloo’s silicon battery technology promises a 40 to 60 per cent increase in energy density, which is important for consumers with smartphones, smart homes and smart wearables.

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