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Oct 22, 2019

Physicists Create Unexpected New Form of Plutonium

Posted by in category: physics

Physicists using the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility have created a new compound of plutonium (Pu) with an unexpected, pentavalent oxidation state — Pu (V). The new compound is solid and stable, and may represent a transient phase in radioactive waste repositories.

Oct 22, 2019

Study details diet that fuels anti-inflammatory gut bacteria

Posted by in categories: energy, food

A new study out of the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands details the type of diet that was found to fuel the growth of healthy gut bacteria, particularly strains that have anti-inflammatory effects in the body. The results aren’t terribly surprising — that is to say, you’ll have to eat a healthy diet if you want a healthy gut. Among other things, the study found that high amounts of sugar and meat make things worse.

Oct 22, 2019

The Military Discovered A Way To Boost Soldiers’ Memories, And We Tried It | Future You | NPR

Posted by in categories: military, neuroscience

Researchers have found that giving your brain an electrical stimulation while you sleep can lead to quicker learning and improved memory. Future You’s episode 6 explores what this will mean in 2050.

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Oct 22, 2019

Without encryption we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, government, security, surveillance

And yet, in the midst of the greatest computer security crisis in history, the US government, along with the governments of the UK and Australia, is attempting to undermine the only method that currently exists for reliably protecting the world’s information: encryption. Should they succeed in their quest to undermine encryption, our public infrastructure and private lives will be rendered permanently unsafe.


The US, UK and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information.

• Edward Snowden is a US surveillance whistleblower.

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Oct 22, 2019

Study suggests alien probes are too tiny for astronomers to spot

Posted by in categories: alien life, existential risks

Space scientists may have missed alien probes because they’re just too small.

That’s the bold claim from an astrophysicist who reckons we’ve been looking for extraterrestrial life the wrong way.

The argument is an attempt to explain the Fermi Paradox, a decades-old thought experiment.

Oct 21, 2019

What is Build-A-Cell?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Cells are the fundamental “building blocks” that make up living organisms. Yet, we don’t know exactly how cells were formed in the first place. We also don’t know what all the molecules that make up any natural cell do. Finally, we can’t yet put molecules together ourselves to make new synthetic cells.

Addressing the questions and challenges posed above requires significant collaboration and cooperation. The Build-a-Cell community welcomes all who wish to learn about and cooperate in the work of fully understanding and engineering a diversity of synthetic cells.

The future of biotechnology is in realizing fully understood, lineage agnostic organisms, beginning with single cells.

Oct 21, 2019

Pushing quantum photonics

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones, quantum physics

Quantum computers use the fundamentals of quantum mechanics to potentially speed up the process of solving complex computations. Suppose you need to perform the task of searching for a specific number in a phone book. A classical computer will search each line of the phone book until it finds a match. A quantum computer could search the entire phone book at the same time by assessing each line simultaneously and return a result much faster.

Oct 21, 2019

China Reveals Wind Tunnel Tests Of Space Plane-Launching High-Speed Mothership Aircraft

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

Such a system would give China the ability to rapidly and unpredictably access space with a reusable orbiter.

Oct 21, 2019

Five science projects that could shape the future

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, science

Researchers at Australia’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience are exploring new frontiers in healthcare and energy storage. Bec Crew reports.

Oct 21, 2019

Creepy human-like skin makes your phone ticklish and pinchable

Posted by in category: mobile phones

A smartphone case made from artificial human-like skin responds to being pinched, tickled and stroked to add an extra layer of interactivity to the device.

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