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Jun 9, 2018

NASA’s priorities appear to be out of whack with what the public wants

Posted by in categories: policy, space travel

A recent survey of 2,541 Americans by Pew Research Center shows that priorities felt by people are not the same intended by NASA. But: 1) Where the questions t…he most appropriate ones, in order to understand what people really think? 2) Is the NASA’s indicated priority, re-prioritization of human spaceflight by still focusing only on trained astronauts, the best strategic policy, considering the global civilization as the main stakeholder, or even just the US people stakeholder? 3) Which questions were missing, in your opinion, in this survey?


The Trump administration has vowed to make America great again in spaceflight, and the centerpiece of its space policy to date has been a re-prioritization of human spaceflight as central to NASA’s activities. As part of this initiative, the White House has sought to reduce funding for satellites to observe environmental changes on Earth and eliminate NASA’s office of education.

However, a new survey of 2,541 Americans by Pew Research Center, which aims to represent the views of US adults, finds that these views appear to be out of step with public priorities.

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Jun 9, 2018

The United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (1968 — 2018): UNISPACE+50

Posted by in category: space travel

Adriano Autino, Founder and President of Space Renaissance International and Vice President of Space Renaissance Italia, will be present at UNISPACE+50 event at… UNOOSA with a delegation of the two associations to share SRI vision and projects. Stay tuned!


18 — 21 June 2018, Vienna, Austria.

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Jun 9, 2018

Elon Musk responds to Boeing’s claim it will beat SpaceX to Mars: ‘Do it’

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

“I firmly believe that the first person that steps foot on Mars will get there on a Boeing rocket,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg tells The Street.

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Jun 9, 2018

Intel’s New Path to Quantum Computing

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Intel’s director of quantum hardware, Jim Clarke, explains the company’s two quantum computing technologies.

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Jun 8, 2018

I tried the wristband that lets you control computers with your brain

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Neurotechnology startup CTRL-Labs hopes to create the first mass-market brain-computer interface using an electrode-studded wristband. We got an early taste of how it works.

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Jun 8, 2018

Will a cryogenically-frozen corpse ever come back to life?

Posted by in categories: cryonics, life extension

Will we ever be able to bring cryogenically frozen corpses back to life? A cryobiologist explains.

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Jun 8, 2018

Two Quantum Computing Bills Are Coming to Congress

Posted by in categories: computing, government, quantum physics

Quantum computing has made it to the United States Congress. If this field of quantum information is the new space race, the US doesn’t want to fall behind.

After all, China has funded a National Laboratory for Quantum Information Sciences, set to open in 2020, and has launched a satellite meant to test long-distance quantum secure information. Two new bills, one of which is still a draft, are meant to establish the US as a leader in the field.

“Quantum computing is the next technological frontier that will change the world, and we cannot afford to fall behind,” said Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) in a statement passed to Gizmodo. “We must act now to address the challenges we face in the development of this technology—our future depends on it.”

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Jun 8, 2018

Dynamics of Telomere Rejuvenation during Chemical Induction to Pluripotent Stem Cells

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Chemically induced pluripotent stem cells (CiPSCs) may provide an alternative and attractive source for stem cell-based therapy. Sufficient telomere lengths are critical for unlimited self-renewal and genomic stability of pluripotent stem cells. Dynamics and mechanisms of telomere reprogramming of CiPSCs remain elusive. We show that CiPSCs acquire telomere lengthening with increasing passages after clonal formation. Both telomerase activity and recombination-based mechanisms are involved in the telomere elongation. Telomere lengths strongly indicate the degree of reprogramming, pluripotency, and differentiation capacity of CiPSCs. Nevertheless, telomere damage and shortening occur at a late stage of lengthy induction, limiting CiPSC formation. We find that histone crotonylation induced by crotonic acid can activate two-cell genes, including Zscan4; maintain telomeres; and promote CiPSC generation. Crotonylation decreases the abundance of heterochromatic H3K9me3 and HP1α at subtelomeres and Zscan4 loci. Taken together, telomere rejuvenation links to reprogramming and pluripotency of CiPSCs. Crotonylation facilitates telomere maintenance and enhances chemically induced reprogramming to pluripotency.

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Jun 8, 2018

You’d Need 6.3 Billion Years to Do What This Supercomputer Can Do in a Second

Posted by in category: supercomputing

Summit, a supercomputer built in the United States for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is taking the lead from China for the title of world’s speediest computer.

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Jun 8, 2018

Milestone claimed as experimental nuclear reactor reaches temperature of the Sun

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

One of the possible pathways to limitless and clean energy can be found in hollow, doughnut-shaped chambers known as tokamak nuclear fusion reactors. A relatively new player on the scene, a UK company called Tokamak Energy, is claiming a new milestone in the area after heating its ST40 device to 15 million degrees Celsius, similar to temperatures found at the center of the Sun.

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