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Sep 21, 2021

Never-before-seen colossal comet on a trek toward the sun

Posted by in category: space

Only one week after astronomers noticed a moving object in the sky, they’ve identified it as a long-periodicity comet from the Oort Cloud.

Sep 21, 2021

When it comes to life on Mars, size does matter

Posted by in category: alien life

Despite ongoing efforts to find ancient life on Mars, Martian meteorites tell a different story.


A new study suggests that Mars may have been a dry desert during its past, decreasing the chances of the Red Planet hosting life.

Sep 21, 2021

Elon Musk Confirms “Challenges” With Toilet on Tourist Spacecraft

Posted by in categories: business, chemistry, Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

Maybe try a 100 percent recycling rate for sewage and chemical extraction.


As if going to the bathroom in microgravity wasn’t complicated enough.

It sounds as though the four space tourists on SpaceX’s historic Inspiration4 flight last week had a bit of a smelly mishap. The Waste Management System experienced an “anomaly” — that’s code of “uh oh” in space jargon — with its suction fan causing the crew to struggle with doing their business while floating hundreds of miles above the surface.

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Sep 21, 2021

Which Types of Brain Activity Support Conscious Experiences?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Summary: Brain activity during conscious wakefulness presents large integrated and dynamic network modules which fragment during sleep.

Source: AIP

Consciousness remains one of the brain’s biggest mysteries. We know very little about how it emerges from activity within the brain, but most neuroscientists agree consciousness is dynamic in nature.

Sep 21, 2021

Lasers beam high-speed internet between cities through open air

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

Alphabet’s floating internet venture Project Loon may have been deflated, but its legacy looks set to live on through a new effort called Project Taara. The team has salvaged the technology to deliver internet connectivity with lasers, demonstrating the viability in a new test between two cities separated by the Congo River.

Originally a Google side hustle before being spun off into its own project by parent company Alphabet, Project Loon had lofty goals of connecting remote regions to the internet by beaming lasers between high-altitude balloons. After years of successful trials however, the project was eventually grounded in January 2021 due to sky-high costs.

The balloons may have been a bust, but there’s still life in the lasers. After all, wireless optical communication systems could help connect communities where it’s not feasible to build complex grids of underground optical fiber cables, and where cellular or satellite internet is patchy or expensive.

Sep 21, 2021

Treasury unleashes cryptocurrency sanctions to fight ransomware

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, cybercrime/malcode

Cybersecurity

The new sanctions will block all trades involving Suex and U.S. entities.

Sep 21, 2021

New Artificial Intelligence Tool Accelerates Discovery of Truly New Materials

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

The new artificial intelligence tool has already led to the discovery of four new materials.

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have created a collaborative artificial intelligence tool that reduces the time and effort required to discover truly new materials.

Reported in the journal Nature Communications, the new tool has already led to the discovery of four new materials including a new family of solid state materials that conduct lithium. Such solid electrolytes will be key to the development of solid state batteries offering longer range and increased safety for electric vehicles. Further promising materials are in development.

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Sep 21, 2021

COLLIDE! Why particle physics at Oxford matters… | Facebook

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Thu, Sep 23 at 8 AM PDT.


Join us on-line from 4pm to 7pm on Thursday 23 September for a livestream event to learn about particle physics research at Oxford. Hear from researchers studying High Energy collisions, and phenomena like dark matter, antimatter, and neutrinos; follow a guided tour of our Minecraft model of the CERN laboratory; and watch exciting demonstrations from the Accelerate! show. Oxford particle physicists will be available through the evening to answer your questions.

Live, via the Oxford Physics YouTube channel. Everyone is welcome, regardless their knowledge of physics.

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Sep 21, 2021

Musk Says You Need To Be A Good Driver To Become FSD Beta Tester

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

How true Eric Klien?


Elon Musk has announced that Tesla owners who want to be FSD Beta testers will have to accept being monitored and then drive safely for seven days.

Sep 21, 2021

Merck’s anti-COVID drug molnupiravir moves to phase 3 for prevention

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Merck, known as MSD outside the US and Canada, and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics have announced that its MOV-e-AHEAD study has started to enrol its first participants to test antiviral molnupiravir in post-exposure prophylaxis of COVID-19 infection.

The global study will include approximately 1,332 participants who are 18 years or over and reside in the same household as someone with laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, has at least one sign or symptom of COVID-19 and has not had those signs and symptoms for more than five days.

Participants will be randomised onto molnupiravir, an investigational oral antiviral therapeutic, or placebo every 12 hours for 5 days. The trial will not look at vaccinated people, those who have had COVID-19 before or anyone showing signs or symptoms of infection.

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