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Aug 4, 2021

The ISS Backflipped Out of Control After Russian Module Misfired, New Details Reveal

Posted by in category: space

Initial reports said the space station spun 45 degrees. The actual figure is far scarier.

Aug 4, 2021

Diatoms, an Evolutionary Mystery, Come into Nano-Focus

Posted by in category: nanotechnology

The jewels of the microbial world, when seen with new nano-scale imaging techniques, look like little modernist cathedrals.

Aug 4, 2021

Scientists Partially Restored a Blind Man’s Sight With New Gene Therapy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Using a technique called optogenetics, researchers added light-sensitive proteins to the man’s retina, giving him a blurry view of objects.

Aug 4, 2021

Researchers discover new strategy for developing human-integrated electronics

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, engineering, health

Polymer semiconductors—materials that have been made soft and stretchy but still able to conduct electricity—hold promise for future electronics that can be integrated within the body, including disease detectors and health monitors.

Yet until now, scientists and engineers have been unable to give these polymers certain advanced features, like the ability to sense biochemicals, without disrupting their functionality altogether.

Researchers at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) have developed a new strategy to overcome that limitation. Called “click-to-polymer” or CLIP, this approach uses a chemical reaction to attach new functional units onto .

Aug 4, 2021

Venus’ clouds may harbor ‘aerial’ aliens, MIT scientists say

Posted by in categories: alien life, chemistry

The skies of Venus may contain signatures of alien life, according to scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In the search for alien life, the second planet from our Sun has long been ignored. It’s easy to see why: the Venusian surface reaches temperatures exceeding 800 degrees Fahrenheit; its dense atmosphere applies nearly 100 times more pressure to objects than Earth’s atmosphere; and the planet rains sulfuric acid, a corrosive chemical that causes severe burns to humans.

As such, most scientists have focused on finding signs of ancient alien life on Mars, or current life on moons like Europa or Enceladus. But Earth’s closest neighbor might have been the place to look all along.

Aug 4, 2021

New Shape Opens ‘Wormhole’ Between Numbers and Geometry

Posted by in categories: cosmology, mathematics

Mathematicians have proved that a geometric object called the Fargues-Fontaine curve can connect arithmetic and geometry. The work is a major advance in one of the most ambitious projects in mathematics.


The grandest project in mathematics has received a rare gift, in the form of a mammoth 350-page paper posted in February that will change the way researchers around the world investigate some of the field’s deepest questions. The work fashions a new geometric object that fulfills a bold, once fanciful dream about the relationship between geometry and numbers.

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Aug 4, 2021

Australian mathematician discovers applied geometry engraved on 3,700-year-old tablet

Posted by in category: futurism

An Australian mathematician has discovered what may be the oldest known example of applied geometry, on a 3700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet.

Known as Si.427, the tablet bears a field plan measuring the boundaries of some land.

Aug 4, 2021

AI drug discovery booms in China

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Chinese upstart companies and IT goliaths hope to turn country’s artificial intelligence prowess into world-leading drug innovation. Do they have an edge over Western players?

Aug 4, 2021

Can Pentagon’s AI Predict Events Days in Advance?

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

The use of Artificial Intelligence in warfare has ballooned, and the United States wants to use it to crack the data received from globally deployed sensors.

Aug 4, 2021

Maana Electric’s TerraBox turns sand and electricity into solar panels

Posted by in categories: climatology, solar power, space travel, sustainability

This could revolutionize the way solar panels are produced on Earth and in space. The solar panel manufacturing process also releases oxygen as a by-product, which could be used by future astronauts to create breathable environments in space.


The Luxembourg-based startup Maana Electric will soon be testing its TerraBox, a fully automated factory the size of several shipping containers that takes sand and produces solar panels. The company aims to send these small warehouse container-like boxes, capable of building solar panels using only electricity and sand as inputs, to the deserts of the Earth, in order to contribute to the fight against climate change.

If all goes according to the plans, the technology could reach the Moon, Mars, and beyond as well to help future space colonies meet their energy needs. The TerraBox fits within shipping containers, allowing the mini-factories to be transported to deserts across the globe and produce clean, renewable energy.

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