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Aug 27, 2019

You might actually be immortal according to quantum mechanics

Posted by in categories: cosmology, quantum physics

Then again, maybe not.

In a previous post, I explained why quantum mechanics predicts that there are countless versions of you running around in what could be an infinite number of parallel universes.

This time, I’m going to introduce a controversial proposal by MIT physicist Max Tegmark, that uses these parallel universes to argue that you might actually be immortal.

Aug 27, 2019

XNRGI: Ist die neue Lithium-Metall-Batterie der Superakku?

Posted by in category: futurism

Die neue Batterie von XNRGI verspricht 1.100 Kilometer Reichweite für Elektroautos. Zugleich ist der Akku leichter, günstiger und sicherer — wie geht das?

Aug 27, 2019

Researchers have found a way to make electric car batteries from glass bottles

Posted by in categories: engineering, sustainability, transportation

Who knew?

Not only are the batteries eco-friendly, but they are powerful as well. The researchers found a way to make them last longer and provide more electricity batteries by using silicon anodes — an electrode through which the current enters into an electrical device — instead of traditional graphite.

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Aug 27, 2019

Deadly Outbreak Of Superbug Salmonella Hits The US

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

A deadly outbreak of “superbug” salmonella sprung up in the US late last year. While this is certainly not the first time drug-resistant bugs have been found in the US, the outbreak marks yet another milestone on the road to a future without antibiotics.

Over 250 people across 32 states fell sick with a strain of Salmonella that’s resistant to multiple antibiotics between June 2018 and March 2019, according to a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least two people died from the infection, and a further 60 cases were so severe that they required hospitalization.

The outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella infections was linked back to beef bought in the US and a “Mexican-style soft cheese” obtained in Mexico. They found that the strain didn’t respond to ciprofloxacin and had “decreased susceptibility” to azithromycin, two of the main antibiotic drugs used to treat Salmonella infections. The unusual strain – known as Salmonella enterica serotype Newport – emerged no later than 2016 and is still continuing to spread among cattle.

Aug 27, 2019

How Blue-Green Algae Can Harm Your Dog

Posted by in category: futurism

Aug 27, 2019

These Researchers Want to Run a Cable From the Earth to the Moon

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

It would be much easier to escape Earth’s gravity if you could skip the energy-intensive rockets.

That’s the idea behind the Spaceline, a newly-proposed type of space elevator that would link the Earth and the Moon in a bid drastically cut the cost of space travel.

Described in research published to the preprint server ArXiv by researchers at Columbia University and Cambridge University, the Spaceline would be tethered to the surface of the Moon and dangle down into geostationary orbit around the Earth like a plumb bob, waiting for astronauts to latch on and ride into the cosmos. The proof-of-concept paper found that the Spaceline could be constructed out of materials that exist today, raising the possibility of easier space travel and perhaps even orbital settlements.

Aug 27, 2019

Futurist Predicts Cyborgs Will Replace Humans on Earth

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, futurism

When British futurist James Lovelock looks to the future, he doesn’t see humans ruling the Earth.

“Our supremacy as the prime understanders of the cosmos is rapidly coming to end,” he wrote in his new book “Novacene,” according to NBC News. “The understanders of the future will not be humans but what I choose to call ‘cyborgs’ that will have designed and built themselves.”

Aug 27, 2019

What Is Quantum Gravity?

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics, space

Gravity was the first fundamental force that humanity recognized, yet it remains the least understood. Physicists can predict the influence of gravity on bowling balls, stars and planets with exquisite accuracy, but no one knows how the force interacts with minute particles, or quanta. The nearly century-long search for a theory of quantum gravity — a description of how the force works for the universe’s smallest pieces — is driven by the simple expectation that one gravitational rulebook should govern all galaxies, quarks and everything in between. [Strange Quarks and Muons, Oh My! Nature’s Tiniest Particles Dissected (Infographic)].

Aug 27, 2019

Newly Built Computer Mimics The Human Brain

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

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Aug 27, 2019

DARPA Making Progress on Miniaturized Atomic Clocks for Future PNT Applications

Posted by in category: futurism