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Nov 14, 2020

Drones light up Seoul’s night sky in bid to give South Koreans a boost

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, economics

This was the second drone flash mob event this year, aimed at invigorating and encouraging the public to overcome the economic difficulties and COVID-19 challenges.

More than 120 of new cases were reported on Friday in densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have struggled to stem transmissions tied to various places, including hospitals, nursing homes, churches, schools, restaurants and offices.

Nov 14, 2020

Scientists Recreated the Nuclear Reaction That Happened Right After the Big Bang

Posted by in category: cosmology


In a research laboratory deep beneath a mountain in Italy, scientists have made a new measurement of a nuclear reaction that immediately followed the Big Bang.

🌌 You like badass space stuff. So do we. Let’s nerd out over the universe together.

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Nov 14, 2020

Examining Crew-1 launch weather criteria and abort modes

Posted by in category: space

With each new crew launch from the U.S. comes the inevitable questions: Why all the weather rules? What are the vehicle’s abort modes and how will it perform a launch abort and aim itself to a predetermined location in the Atlantic Ocean stretching from the Kennedy Space Center across to the western Irish coast?

The Crew-1 mission of SpaceX’s Dragon 2 capsule is contending with these questions, with its launch already delayed from Saturday because of weather. The mission is currently set to launch at 19:27 EST (00:27 UTC) on Sunday, 15 November (Monday, 16 November UTC) from LC-39A in Florida to bring Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi to the International Space Station.

Why do NASA, the 45th Space Wing of the Space Force, their safety officers, and all launch providers make such a big deal about the weather? Who cares if it’s raining 18 km from the pad when the safety rules say rain cannot be closer than 18.5 km? Isn’t that close enough?

Nov 14, 2020

Ransomware Gang Devises Innovative Extortion Tactic

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, innovation

The gang behind the Ragnar Locker ransomware posted an ad on Facebook in an attempt to publicly shame a victim so it would pay a ransom. Security experts say the innovative tactic is indicative of things to come.

See Also: Palo Alto Networks Ignite 20: Discover the Future of Cybersecurity, Today

Earlier this week, the cyber gang hacked into a random company’s Facebook advertising account and then used it to buy an ad containing a press release stating Ragnar Locker had breached the Italian liquor company Campari and demanded it pay the ransom or see its data released. The security firm Emsisoft provided an image of the ad to Information Security Media Group.

Nov 14, 2020

Single ‘polypill’ found to cut heart attacks, stroke

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Reducing the number of prescriptions to fill “makes life easier for the physician and the patient,” says one cardiologist. But critics note possible risks.

Nov 14, 2020

Tesla Taxis Trickle Into NYC — Model 3 Cost Estimates vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid & Ford Fusion Hybrid Cost Estimates

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

It was recently shared that yellow Tesla Model 3 taxis have started rolling out in New York City, a year after they were officially approved for taxi service in the city.

Nov 14, 2020

EyeQue VisionCheck, World’s 1st Automated Eye Test

Posted by in category: futurism

Circa 2018

They say, “We’re putting accurate vision tests directly into the hands of people around the world. Our patented technology makes self-administered eye tests available to billions of people– many of whom may not have had the ability to test their eyes and correct their vision without access to low cost, convenient solutions.”

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Nov 14, 2020

Japanese robot-made eyeglasses combine the best of Warby Parker and Lenscrafters

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Buying a pair of prescription glasses is cumbersome process. Retail stores often charge hundreds of dollars—not including add-ons like UV coating—and require customers to return days or weeks later to pick up their spectacles.

Japanese eyewear maker JINS wants to change this. An unknown brand in the US, the Tokyo-based company is getting ready to expand outside of Asia and open its first US store this week. The outlet on San Francisco’s Powell Street—the heart of the city’s shopping district—will sell glasses ranging in price from $60 to $120 that take 30 minutes to make. (The price covers the frames, lenses, UV coating, and case; progressive, bifocal, colored, or polarized lenses will cost an additional $60 to $80.)

JINS is hoping Americans will start seeing glasses as an impulse buy—maybe something they might pick up to match an outfit.

Nov 14, 2020

Federal utility fined $900K for nuclear violations, coverup

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, security

Federal regulators have fined the nation’s largest public utility more than $900,000 for violating procedures during the startup of a Tennessee nuclear reactor and subsequently misleading investigators. Two managers and a plant operator who worked at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Barr Nuclear Plant in Spring City were also issued violations by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Howard Hall, director of the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Nuclear Security, said the notice of violation to TVA points to “a systemic problem in management.”

“As someone who has worked in this field essentially my entire life, I would have been appalled to receive such a letter,” Hall said.

Nov 14, 2020

South Korea’s Hyper-Tube Train Reached Speeds Over 621mph (1,000km/h) During A Test

Posted by in category: transportation

Take a look at the new mass transit vehicle South Korea is developing.

A hyper-tube train currently in development in South Korea reached a record speed of more than 621mph during testing on Wednesday, hitting speeds normally only seen by airplanes.

The Korean Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) announced the major milestone on Wednesday, claiming the train may have gone as fast as 633mph. The hyper-tube system has been in development since 2017, and had previously managed a top speed of 443mph. For comparison, Japanese Shinkansen trains top out at a maximum operating speed of 200mph, with commercial aircraft cruising at speeds between 497mph and 621mph.

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