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Oct 7, 2020

AL-SUS Step Lift

Posted by in category: futurism

This step lift turns a staircase into an escalator.

Oct 7, 2020

Toyota Announces Hydrogen-Powered Semi Truck

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

The Japanese carmaker’s North America division will be partnering with Hino USA, a commercial vehicles manufacturer, to produce the “heavy” Class 8 fuel cell truck specifically for the North American market.

The truck itself will be based on the existing Hino XL Series chassis and powered by Toyota’s fuel cell technology.

Toyota is planning to show off the first demonstration vehicle in the first half of 2021, but we still know little about it. The prototype of a prior initiative called Project Portal 2.0 may provide some clues: revealed in 2018, the prototype was a 670 horsepower semi with 1,325 pound-feet of torque and a towing capacity of 80,000 pounds. Its fuel cells gave it a reported range of 300 miles, CNET reports.

Oct 7, 2020

UAE to develop small lunar rover

Posted by in category: space

WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates plans to send a small rover to the moon in 2024, the latest step in the country’s growing space ambitions.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president and ruler of Dubai, formally announced the Emirates Lunar Mission Sept. 29. That mission will place a small rover on the moon carrying several instruments that officials with the country’s space agency say will complement lunar missions by other nations.

“Primarily, we would like to advance our capabilities and technologies,” said Hamad Al Marzooqi, project manager for the Emirates Lunar Mission at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, in an Oct. 5 interview. “Since we’re going to the moon, it would be a shame if we don’t do interesting science there.”

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?