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Jul 17, 2024

Space radiation can damage satellites − my team discovered that a next-generation material could self-heal when exposed to cosmic rays

Posted by in categories: materials, satellites

The space environment is harsh and full of extreme radiation. Scientists designing spacecraft and satellites need materials that can withstand these conditions.

In a paper published in January 2024, my team of materials researchers demonstrated that a next-generation semiconductor material called metal-halide perovskite can actually recover and heal itself from radiation damage.

Jul 17, 2024

A hopping robot could explore Europa using locally harvested water

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

Various forms of hopping robots have crept into development for use in different space exploration missions. We’ve reported on their use on asteroids and even our own moon. But a study funded by NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) in 2018 planned a mission to a type of world where hopping may not be as noticeable an advantage—Europa.

Jul 17, 2024

Creation of the Humanoids 1962

Posted by in categories: media & arts, robotics/AI

Mind uploading and androids and neuromorphic components.

Jul 17, 2024

Huawei’s long-awaited Windows challenger will likely come to PCs this year — HarmonyOS Next makes the transition from phones to desktops and laptops

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

HarmonyOS Next, on the other hand, is an Android-free variant of HarmonyOS. The new operating system doesn’t use AOSP libraries, can’t run.apk files, and is a significant step towards complete independence from US-based software for the vendor. HarmonyOS Next is not currently shipping with Huawei products but is available as a developer sandbox to develop and test apps for native HarmonyOS use. HarmonyOS Next hasn’t yet arrived on PC, but recent leaks suggest it soon will, paving the way for a new Chinese homegrown desktop OS.

Images of HarmonyOS Next for PC suggest an operating system taking design cues from MacOS. The system has a familiar status bar and dock bar combo on the top and bottom. The fullscreen/minimize/close buttons live on the right-hand side of programs, mirroring MacOS’s traffic light system.

Huawei’s recent strategy for HarmonyOS has publicly been phones-first. With HarmonyOS being open-source, much like Android, widespread adoption across the Chinese market and beyond outside of Huawei phones is possible and a big goal for Huawei. HarmonyOS already makes up 16% of the Chinese phone market, which is expected to grow in the coming years.

Jul 17, 2024

Hip-Hop History in Space: Missy Elliott’s Song Beamed to Venus by NASA

Posted by in categories: media & arts, space travel

“Both space exploration and Missy Elliott’s art have been about pushing boundaries,” said Brittany Brown. “Missy has a track record of infusing space-centric storytelling and futuristic visuals in her music videos, so the opportunity to collaborate on something out of this world is truly fitting.”

The planet Venus just received a gift from NASA, but this time it’s not in the form of a spacecraft or lander, but instead in the form of a hip hop song transmitted by the agency’s Deep Space Network, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”, which was originally released in 1997 by the hip hop artist, Missy Elliott. Not only is Venus the favorite planet of Missy Elliott, but this also marks only the second time a song has been transmitted into the unknown, with the first being “Across the Universe” from The Beatles in 2008.

The song was sent to Venus on July 12, 2024, at 10:05 am PDT by the Deep Space Station 13 radio dish antenna located in Barstow, California, with the command being sent from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The song took approximately 14 minutes to reach Venus traveling at the speed of light.

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Jul 17, 2024

Youth with conduct disorder show widespread differences in brain structure

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A neuroimaging study of young people who exhibit a persistent pattern of disruptive, aggressive, and antisocial behavior, known as conduct disorder, has revealed extensive changes in brain structure.

NIH-funded study of conduct disorder identifies new brain areas associated with the disorder, offering future directions for research efforts and clinical practice.

Jul 17, 2024

Scientists confirm first lunar cave that could help shelter astronauts from the moon’s extreme temperatures

Posted by in category: space

After pondering its existence for decades, scientists have confirmed the first moon cave. Here’s how the structures could contribute to long-term lunar exploration.

Jul 17, 2024

Atom by Atom, Scientists Built a Wonder Material That May Transform Electronics

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics

This high-mobility film shows unprecedented potential.

Jul 17, 2024

Anti-inflammatory drug extended the lifespan of mice by 20 per cent

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension


A drug that inhibits inflammation helped mice live longer and reduced the animals’ incidence of cancer and age-related health problems.

By Grace Wade

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Jul 17, 2024

Exoplanet with weird orbit is transforming into a hot Jupiter before our eyes

Posted by in category: space

“Astronomers have been searching for exoplanets that are likely precursors to hot Jupiters, or that are intermediate products of the migration process, for more than two decades, so I was very surprised — and excited — to find one,” team leader Arvind Gupta, a NOIRLab postdoctoral researcher, said in a statement. “It’s exactly what I was hoping to find.”

The scientists first used the NN-EXPLORE Exoplanet and Stellar Speckle Imager (NESSI) to remove “twinkling” patterns caused by Earth’s atmosphere, as well as reduce noise coming from other sources of light that could pollute the signal from the star TIC 241,249,530 as its planet transits its face.

Next, they measured the velocity of the exoplanet around the star using the NEID spectrograph to determine the star’s shift in light.

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