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Sep 25, 2020

Some severe COVID-19 cases linked to genetic mutations or antibodies that attack the body

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Very interesting!

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“The plan was to scan patients’ genomes—in particular, a set of 13 genes involved in interferon immunity against influenza. In healthy people, interferon molecules act as the body’s security system. They detect invading viruses and bacteria and sound the alarm, which brings other immune defenders to the scene.

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Sep 25, 2020

Scientists Built the Best Solar Laser Ever

Posted by in category: innovation

They’re not just for supervillains anymore.


Scientists in Japan and Germany have made a breakthrough in the field of solar lasers—and they’ve changed the game completely.

🤯 You like badass science. So do we. Let’s nerd out over it together.

Sep 25, 2020

A Real-Life Gundam Mecha Just Took Its First Steps

Posted by in category: futurism

A Gundam doesn’t take baby steps.

Sep 25, 2020

Daimler unveils electric bus with 441 kWh solid-state battery pack

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The Navy has fielded a 650-round ammo backpack nicknamed ‘Avenger’ to troops at some point in the last two years.


Daimler has unveiled an electric bus equipped with a solid-state battery pack — probably becoming the first planned production EV with a solid-state battery.

The German automaker has been aggressively electrifying its deep lineup of big vehicles from buses to commercial trucks.

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Sep 25, 2020

The Navy has a 650-round ammo backpack that looks like it’s straight out of ‘Predator’

Posted by in category: military

The Navy has fielded a 650-round ammo backpack nicknamed ‘Avenger’ to troops at some point in the last several years, the service confirmed to Task & Purpose, although officials declined to elaborate on the scope or details of the system’s employment.

“Unfortunately we cannot disclose this type of information as it pertains to troop location, movements, and tactics,” Lisa Oswald, a spokeswoman for Naval Supply Systems Command, told Task & Purpose.

Sep 25, 2020

Earth Is Getting a New Mini-Moon That Might Be a Piece of Human-Made Junk

Posted by in category: space

No, like, it literally might be garbage.


A strange object is hurtling toward Earth and, according to estimations of its trajectory, it will briefly become a mini-moon.

🌌You like badass space stuff. So do we. Let’s nerd out over the universe together.

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Sep 25, 2020

Newfound brain structure explains why some birds are so smart—and maybe even self-aware

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Circuitry of the pallium mirrors the mammalian neocortex.

Sep 25, 2020

DARPA: Research advances for near-zero-power sensors

Posted by in categories: electronics, energy

DARPA’s near-zero-power sensors have extended battery lifetimes from four weeks to up to four years, but more work needs to be done.

Sep 25, 2020

The Giant Black Hole We Imaged For The First Time Now Appears to Be… Glittering

Posted by in category: cosmology

Last year, for the first time, the world gazed in collective wonder at an actual direct image of a black hole’s shadow.

Now, looking back at earlier, more rudimentary images, scientists have found evidence that the ring around M87 has a wobble that makes it look as though it’s glittering.

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Sep 25, 2020

U.S. Air Force Acquisition Chief is impressed by SpaceX Starlink’s performance during Live-Fire exercise

Posted by in categories: internet, military, satellites

The United States Air Force signed a deal with SpaceX valued at around $28 million in 2018, to assess the Starlink network’s performance on military platforms. The Air Force is actively experimenting with how space-based internet could enhance Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). These operations require moving vast quantities of data between the five domains of warfare: ground, sea, sky, outer space, and cyberspace. The military needs a reliable communication system at all times to protect and defend the country from potential threats. The assessment of Starlink will offer the military insight on whether it should purchase Starlink service long-term.

U.S. Air Force Chief for Acquisition Dr. Will Roper, who serves as the principal adviser for technology research and development, met with reporters to discuss a live-fire military exercise that took place early this month, Investors news reports. During the conference, Roper shared SpaceX’s Starlink network was tested during the live-fire exercise as part of the military’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). – “What I’ve seen from Starlink has been impressive and positive,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “They’re cleverly engineered satellites cleverly deployed. So, there’s a lot to learn from how they’re designed and I think that there’s a lot we can learn from them.”

Roper shared that the Air Force connected Starlink to a “variety of air and terrestrial assets”. Starlink terminals are hooked to the cockpit of a Boeing (BA) KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft to assess the network’s performance while the airplanes fly.