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Jun 17, 2018

The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans

Posted by in category: neuroscience

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Jun 17, 2018

Astronaut Chris Hadfield says the rockets from NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin won’t take people to Mars

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

Sorry, Elon.

Chris Hadfield, a former astronaut, says the future rockets and spaceships of NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin would be too risky to get people to and from Mars. He thinks we need some possibly “outlandish” solutions for space travel to make round-trip travel to the red planet practical.

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Jun 17, 2018

Elon Musk: ‘I Am a Socialist’

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Tesla CEO and PayPal billionaire Elon Musk surprised many Friday when he declared on Twitter that he is a socialist. Conservative critics, however, may well have agreed, given his companies’ reliance on the state.

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Jun 17, 2018

Supermassive Black Hole Caught Spewing the Fiery Remains of a Dead Star

Posted by in category: cosmology

Spicy food has its consequences.

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Jun 17, 2018

Four billion years of evolution in six minutes

Posted by in category: evolution

Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired myths about evolution, encouraging us to remember that we’re a small part of a complex, four-billion-year process — and not the end of the line. “We’re not the goal of evolution,” Chakrabarty says. “Think of us all as young leaves on this ancient and gigantic tree of life — connected by invisible branches not just to each other, but to our extinct relatives and our evolutionary ancestors.”

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Jun 17, 2018

‘Smile, it’s the Future!’ — Emotions, Mixed Reality, and Techno-Telepathy

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, neuroscience

Let me propose a hypothetical future scenario: Let’s say that we’ve since developed an advanced method of brain-to-brain (B2B) communication, to which, naturally, has become quite popular among the younger generation of that time.

How might we judge futuristic societies using our present day standards? Better yet, how might the past have judged us today and would there be a difference?

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Jun 17, 2018

Astronauts install hi-def docking cameras for Crew Dragon, Starliner capsules

Posted by in category: space

In preparation for the commercial crewed modules that will arrive at the International Space Station soon, astronauts took a lengthy spacewalk to install some crucial equipment to the docking module. The extra-vehicular activity moved commander Drew Feustel to third on the list of all-time spacewalkers.

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Jun 17, 2018

Watch Hyper-Realistic Skin Get Made for Bionic Limbs

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, transhumanism

Watch extremely realistic limbs, complete with hair and freckles, get made from beginning to end.

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Jun 17, 2018

The Universe Is Not a Simulation, but We Can Now Simulate It

Posted by in categories: computing, cosmology

Computer simulations have become so accurate that cosmologists can now use them to study dark matter, supermassive black holes, and other mysteries of the real evolving cosmos.

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Jun 17, 2018

Combining Laser And Particle Beams For Interstellar Travel

Posted by in categories: engineering, particle physics, space travel

By jan mcharg, texas A&M university college of engineering

A new technology combining a laser beam and a particle beam for interstellar propulsion could pave the way for space exploration into the vast corners of our universe. This is the focus of PROCSIMA, a new research proposal by Dr. Chris Limbach and Dr. Ken Hara, assistant professors in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University.

NASA has chosen the proposal “PROCSIMA: Diffractionless Beam Propulsion for Breakthrough Interstellar Missions,” for the 2018 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) phase 1 study. PROCSIMA stands for Photon-paRticle Optically Coupled Soliton Interstellar Mission Accelerator, and is meant to evoke the idea that interstellar travel is not so far away.

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