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Oct 7, 2020

Dark Matter Particles the Size of Planets? –“Yes” Say ‘Cold-Model’ Physicists

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

“At first, we thought it was absurd. How else could you respond to the idea that black holes generate swirling clouds of planet-sized particles that could be the dark matter thought to hold galaxies together? We tend to think about particles as being tiny but, theoretically, there is no reason they can’t be as big as a galaxy,” said theoretical physicist Asimina Arvanitaki, at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics referring to the heated debate about the standard model for dark matter that proposes that it is ‘cold,’ meaning that the particles move slowly compared to the speed of light which is tied to the mass of dark matter particles. The lower the mass of the particle, the ‘warmer’ it is and the faster it will move.

On January 9, NASA physicists using the Hubble Space Telescope reported that although the type of particle that makes up dark matter is still a mystery, a compelling observational test for the cold dark matter passed “with flying colors,” The NASA team used a new “cosmic magnifying glasses” technique that found that dark matter forms much smaller clumps than previously known, confirming one of the fundamental predictions of the widely accepted “cold dark matter” theory.

Physicists at the University of California, Davis, taking the temperature of dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up about a quarter of our universe now report that the model of cold (more massive) dark matter holds at very large scales” said Chris Fassnacht, a physics professor at UC Davis, “but doesn’t work so well on the scale of individual galaxies.” That’s led to other models including ‘warm’ dark matter with lighter, faster-moving particles and ‘hot’ dark matter with particles moving close to the speed of light that have been ruled out by observations.

Oct 7, 2020

This Swimming Squid Robot Looks Absolutely Amazing

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego have built a squid robot that can propel itself through the water untethered, just like the real thing.

“Essentially, we recreated all the key features that squids use for high-speed swimming,” Michael T. Tolley, co-author of the paper published in the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics last month.

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Oct 7, 2020

An earlier universe existed before the Big Bang, and can still be observed today, says Nobel winner

Posted by in categories: cosmology, futurism


Sir Roger Penrose: ‘The Big Bang was not the beginning. There was something before, and that something is what we will have in our future’

Oct 7, 2020

An HIV-fighting strategy might help against COVID-19

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Vaccines could take years, and preventative drugs could help bridge the gap.

Though many people are pinning their hopes on a COVID-19 vaccine, another option is available: preventive treatment. At a Senate hearing this week, Anthony Fauci noted that a vaccine — which is probably months or years away — isn’t the only way to protect someone from a life-threatening virus.

These treatments could protect people against infection for a few weeks or months, said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. While most ongoing research studies are focused on finding treatments for people who are already sick with COVID-19, some researchers are looking to see if they can stop people who are at high risk from getting sick in the first place.

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Oct 7, 2020

Tungsten optical disc can store data for 1 billion years

Posted by in category: computing


When you need to tell the future how cool you were, data longevity is key. A team of researches might have created a data storage medium for the ages with tungsten and silicon nitride.

Oct 7, 2020

Pitt Scientists Discover Tiny Antibody Component That is Highly Effective in Preventing and Treating SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Animal Models

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The discovery is being used to make a drug for potential therapeutic and preventive use against COVID-19.

Oct 7, 2020

A Robot Made This

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A cafe in Dubai has opened up that is operated by robots, this is what it looks like. 🤖.

Oct 7, 2020

Surviving Corona — A Warning: Facts, Fakery, and Hope for the Future

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, finance, mapping, policy

In this brief, at times controversial— even radical—volume. Dr. Ian C. Hale guides us through likely scenarios and gives us life-saving recommendations for effectively dealing with the next waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a must read for public policy makers, medical professionals, and those mapping out their financial future in the post-corona world.

Oct 7, 2020

Blastoff! SpaceX’s Starlink megaconstellation gets new batch of satellites

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 6, 2020. The private spaceflight company has now launched well over 700 of these internet-providing satellites into orbit. [SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites and lands rocket at sea](

Credit: SpaceX

Oct 7, 2020

WATCH: This New Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal Can Move

Posted by in category: futurism

Circa 2015

First we kick them, then we give them the tools they need to destroy all of humanity. Good job, us.

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