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Oct 7, 2020

The Pentagon Commissioned SpaceX to Build Missile-Tracking Satellites

Posted by in categories: internet, military, satellites

#SpaceX just partnered with the U.S. military’s #Space Development Agency (SDA) to manufacture four new satellites that the Pentagon will use to detect and track missiles from space.

The $149 million contract is for four satellites, according to Reuters, which are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2022. The actual #missile-tracking sensors will be developed by a separate subcontractor and attached to the #satellites later, but the military is hoping to piggyback on SpaceX’s recent success in ramping up satellite production for its #Starlink network.

It’s the first time SpaceX is building satellites for the military.

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Oct 7, 2020

New HEH botnet can wipe routers and IoT devices

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

The disk-wiping feature is present in the code but has not been used yet.

Oct 6, 2020

How do you like that, Elon Musk? Russian Space Agency inks deal to create cheaper competitor to SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Russia’s Space Agency will team up with a private company to build a reusable spacecraft, in a bid to compete with Crew Dragon, built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Estimates suggest the Russian project will be significantly cheaper.

On Friday, Roscosmos and the company ‘Reusable Transport Space Systems’ (RTSS) signed a five-year cooperation agreement with the aim of developing a spacecraft capable of carrying cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS). According to estimates, the cost of a return trip for Musk’s Crew Dragon is $150 million, whereas Russia intends to make it as cheap as $69 million.

The cargo ship, named Argo, is due to be completed by 2024, and from 2025 will complete up to three launches per year to the ISS.

Oct 6, 2020

Liz Parrish online talk during RAADfest 2020

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Watch Liz Parrish’s talk given on Sunday October 4, 2020, during the celebration of the annual event “Revolution Against Aging and Death Festival” (RAADfest 2020).

During her presentation Liz describes for the first time what BioViva Sciences and its exclusive partner Integrated Health Systems (IHS), are doing on the fronts of 1) Patient Access: 2) Research & Development and 3) Data Science.

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Oct 6, 2020

Blue Origin has the world’s coolest job opening

Posted by in category: space

- Silicon Valley Tech News

Oct 6, 2020

Astronomers Directly Image Planet 63 Light-Years Away

Posted by in category: space

The last few decades of astronomical surveys have revealed several thousand exoplanets in the cosmos, but very few have ever been seen directly. We can only infer the presence of most exoplanets from their gravity or ability to block starlight. However, researchers using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile recently turned it toward a star 63 light-years away called Beta Pictoris to hunt for a gas giant (Beta Pictoris c), and they snapped an image of it.

Our current level of technology makes it almost impossible to image exoplanets directly. Compared with stars, planets are so dim that we usually can’t resolve them in the halo of light. Beta Pictoris c joins a list of less than two-dozen extrasolar worlds (including Pictoris b) that scientists have spied directly, and some of those are still highly contentious.

Scientists were able to get this new image thanks to all the interest in the Beta Pictoris system over the years. Beta Pictoris c and its sibling world Beta Pictoris b are less than two million years old. Pictoris b was discovered via direct imaging, which again, is quite rare. However, anomalies in its radial velocity prompted astronomers to look closer. Radial velocity analysis is a less common way of detecting exoplanets that relies on using telescopes to detect small wobbles in stars caused by the gravity of their planets. Just last year, a team discovered Beta Pictoris c while attempting to explain those anomalous radial velocity readings.

Oct 6, 2020

NASA is testing the first of its new moonwalking spacesuits

Posted by in category: space

What will astronauts wear on the big day when they step foot on the moon as the first humans to do so in more than 50 years?

Oct 6, 2020

How machine learning is powering collective pandemic intelligence

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

From predicting viral load to identifying antiviral drugs, discover some of the AI projects working to fight COVID-19.

What can AI do in the race to contain COVID-19 and potential future pandemics? Discover how machine learning is powering collective pandemic intelligence.

Oct 6, 2020

Process for Regenerating Neurons in the Eye and Brain Identified

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Summary: Researchers have identified a network of genes in Zebrafish that regulate the process of determining whether certain neurons will regenerate.

Source: University of Notre Dame

The death of neurons, whether in the brain or the eye, can result in a number of human neurodegenerative disorders, from blindness to Parkinson’s disease. Current treatments for these disorders can only slow the progression of the illness, because once a neuron dies, it cannot be replaced.

Oct 6, 2020

Genetic Factor Discovery Enables Adult Skin to Regenerate Like a Newborn Baby’s

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

A newly identified genetic factor allows adult skin to repair itself like the skin of a newborn babe. The discovery by Washington State University researchers has implications for better skin wound treatment as well as preventing some of the aging process in skin.

In a study, published in the journal eLife on September 29, 2020, the researchers identified a factor that acts like a molecular switch in the skin of baby mice that controls the formation of hair follicles as they develop during the first week of life. The switch is mostly turned off after skin forms and remains off in adult tissue. When it was activated in specialized cells in adult mice, their skin was able to heal wounds without scarring. The reformed skin even included fur and could make goosebumps, an ability that is lost in adult human scars.

“We were able to take the innate ability of young, neonatal skin to regenerate and transfer that ability to old skin,” said Ryan Driskell, an assistant professor in WSU’s School of Molecular Biosciences. “We have shown in principle that this kind of regeneration is possible.”