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Oct 5, 2020

A single atom can function as either an engine or a fridge

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Scientists reported a single-atom energy-conversion quantum device operating as an engine, or a refrigerator, coupled to a quantum load.

Oct 5, 2020

The Secret is Out: Scientists Figured Out How Tardigrades Became Immune to Radiation

Posted by in category: biological

Japanese researchers have discovered the secret to one of the tardigrade’s most impressive abilities. Tardigrades are immune to high levels of radiation and it’s all because of a protein. It turns out, human biology may be capable of developing it, too.

Oct 5, 2020

A quantum leap In the drug development world

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

Microfluidic chips that simulate human tissue enable us to conduct medical experiments in ways that could not have been even imagined only a few years ago. Two leading Israeli researchers report from the turbulent Israeli front line of the global ‘organ-on-a-chip’ sector.

Oct 5, 2020

Cognitive Electronic Warfare Could Revolutionize How America Wages War With Radio Waves

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI, space

The U.S. #military, like many others around the world, is investing significant time and resources into expanding its electronic #warfare capabilities across the board, for offensive and defensive purposes, in the air, at sea, on land, and even in space. Now, advances in #machinelearning and #artificialintelligence mean that electronic warfare systems, no matter what their specific function, may all benefit from a new underlying concept known as advanced “Cognitive Electronic Warfare,” or #Cognitive EW. The main goal is to be able to increasingly automate and otherwise speed up critical processes, from analyzing electronic intelligence to developing new electronic warfare measures and countermeasures, potentially in real-time and across large swathes of networked platforms.

The holy grail of this concept is electronic warfare systems that can spot new or otherwise unexpected threats and immediately begin adapting to them.

Oct 5, 2020

SkyWatch and Picterra combine imagery access with AI tools

Posted by in categories: business, information science, robotics/AI, satellites

SkyWatch Space Applications, the Canadian startup whose EarthCache platform helps software developers embed geospatial data and imagery in applications, announced a partnership Oct. 5 with Picterra, a Swiss startup with a self-service platform to help customers autonomously extract information from aerial and satellite imagery.

“One of the things that has been very difficult to achieve is this ability to easily and affordably access satellite data in a way that is fast but also in a way in which you can derive the insights you need for your particular business,” James Slifierz, SkyWatch CEO told SpaceNews. “What if you can merge both the accessibility of this data with an ease of developing and applying intelligence to the data so that any company in the world could have the tools to derive insights?”

SkyWatch’s EarthCache platform is designed to ease access to aerial and satellite imagery. However, SkyWatch doesn’t provide data analysis.

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Oct 5, 2020

China pushes ahead with giant 13,000 satellite LEO constellation

Posted by in categories: internet, policy, satellites, space

China is pushing ahead with developing a giant Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation competing with SpaceX, Amazon and OneWeb, according to the Washington DC-based analyst Bhavya Lal and California State University’s Professor Larry Press.

Press, professor of information systems at the California State University, mentioned a recent Chinese spectrum filing in a blog of the CircleID website. China “has filed a spectrum application with the International Telecommunication Union for two constellations with the cryptic names GW-A59 and GW-2″ for a total of 12,992 satellites, Press said.

“We heard about an announcement of a constellation with nearly 13,000 satellites,” Bhavya Lal said in SpaceWatchGlobal’s Space Café webtalk last week. Lal is a senior space policy analyst at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington DC and was in the lead for IDA’s recently published report “Evaluation of China’s Commercial Space Sector”.

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Oct 5, 2020

High throughput screening identifies molecules that reduce cellular stress

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

For many, getting older can unfortunately mean an increased risk of illness from cardiovascular disease to cancer. University of Michigan scientists are actively researching the biological underpinnings of aging with the aim of developing interventions that could potentially help people live longer, healthier lives.

A new paper in the journal Science Advances describes the discovery of several promising small molecules that appear to reduce in mouse skin and could lengthen life.

“Cellular resistance appears to be a common feature of long-lived organisms, such as invertebrates and mice,” says the paper’s lead author David Lombard, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology. Lombard is part of a multidisciplinary group at U-M’s Paul F. Glenn Center for Aging. Recent research from colleague and fellow study author Richard Miller, M.D., Ph.D., found several promising drugs, including rapamycin, a cancer drug, and acarbose, a diabetes drug, that extended life in mice.

Oct 5, 2020

Quantum computing: Photon startup lights up the future of computers and cryptography

Posted by in category: quantum physics

UK startup Nu Quantum is breaking new ground in the quantum photonics space.

Oct 5, 2020

Hepatitis C discovery wins the Nobel Prize

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The virus is a major cause of liver cancer and can lead to people needing a liver transplant.

Oct 5, 2020

Scientists dazed and confused by extraordinary amount of gold in the universe

Posted by in category: space

They say if you spread out all the gold ever mined from the Earth in all of history, it would only cover a football field 18 inches deep.

Now when you wrap you mind around that image, it doesn’t seem like very much, especially when you digest the fact that the solar system is literally brimming with gold but scientists can’t quite figure out where all this hard-to-make metal is being created.