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Jul 22, 2019

Your brain loves conspiracy theories. Here’s why

Posted by in category: neuroscience

It’s not ‘us’ (reasonable people) vs. ‘them’ (irrational conspiracy nuts).

Let’s face it — you love a good conspiracy theory. At least, statistically there is a good chance you do. About half of Americans believe in at least one conspiracy theory in any given year. How could that be? What is it about the regular, everyday reality we don’t like?

A recent study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology says that the answer to this predilection towards conspiracy-fueled thinking may lie in how our brains deal with probabilities. What may be responsible is a general cognitive bias associated with low probabilities. People tend to believe more in conspiratorial explanations of events as the probability of them actually occurring gets lower.

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Jul 22, 2019

Nividia GPU Proves Apollo 11 Moon Mission Wasn’t Fake!!

Posted by in categories: computing, space travel

The incredible power of the GPU! Next gen consoles are gonna be lit! 😍.

Half-a-century has passed since mankind first set its foot on the moon. And while NASA is preparing to send the first woman to the moon, some humans still believe that space exploration done by US-based agency NASA was nothing more than a fake moon mission.

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Jul 22, 2019

Hydrogen power is here to stay. How do we convince the public that it’s safe?

Posted by in category: energy

Via World Economic Forum

It’s a clean and viable replacement for fossil fuels in transport, energy storage and power-to-gas applications. But public doubts around hydrogen safety are contributing to the delay in its adoption around the world.

Jul 22, 2019

‘BioSolar Leaves’ are better at cleaning the air than trees, say the technology’s developers

Posted by in categories: food, innovation

Via World Economic Forum

This nature-inspired invention uses microscopic plants to suck pollution from the air while producing organic biomass that can be harvested and used in food.

Jul 21, 2019

Canadian Space Agency

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Countdown to the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing: We’re proud to join NASA’s quest to return to the Moon! We’re contributing Canadarm3, a smart robotic system that will help maintain the Lunar Gateway, a small space station in lunar orbit!


Jul 21, 2019

Powerful new telescope joins the search for possible laser pulses from aliens

Posted by in category: alien life

Statistically, it’s pretty much a given that alien life is out there somewhere, whether that’s Martian microbes or highly intelligent life beaming comms through the cosmos. While the Curiosity rover is poking around in the dirt for the former, the Breakthrough Listen initiative is searching for the latter. Now, a new telescope array has joined the hunt, scanning the skies for flashes of laser light that alien civilizations might be giving off.

Jul 21, 2019

Italy passes law to send unsold food to charities instead of dumpsters

Posted by in categories: food, law

Italy joins growing list of countries looking to end food-waste.

Jul 21, 2019

Scientists discovered a new species of tiny sharks that glow in the dark

Posted by in category: futurism

Sharks are known to stalk and sniff out prey before they attack. But all this newly discovered shark species has to do is glow in the dark, and the prey comes to them.

The 5 1/2-inch American Pocket Shark is the first of its kind to be discovered in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a new Tulane University study. It’s less fearsome than it is wondrous.

Scientists stumbled upon a teeny male kitefin shark in 2010 while studying sperm whales in the Gulf. It wasn’t observed again until 2013, when National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researcher Mark Grace found it in a pool of less luminous specimens.

Jul 21, 2019

Will the X3 ion thruster propel us to Mars?

Posted by in category: space travel

X3 is a powerful ion thruster that could one day propel humans beyond Earth. The thruster was successfully tested few months ago, and could be selected by NASA as a crucial component of propulsion system for future Mars missions.

X3 is a Hall-effect thruster—a type of ion thruster in which the propellant (most commonly xenon) is accelerated by electric and magnetic fields. Such thrusters are safer and more fuel efficient than engines used in traditional chemical rockets. However, they currently offer relatively low thrust and acceleration. Therefore, engineers are still working to make them more powerful.

Nearly 31.5 inches (80 centimeters) in diameter and weighing around 507 lbs. (230 kilograms), X3 is a three-channel nested thruster designed to operate at power levels up to 200 kW. The thruster is jointly developed by the University of Michigan (U-M), NASA and the U.S. Air Force. The project is funded through NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnership (NextSTEP).

Jul 21, 2019

Regenerative Medicine: Fat-derived Stem Cells — Medical Frontiers-JAPAN Live & Programs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

This 2-part series on “Regenerative Medicine” shows how it is possible to replace lost or damaged body parts by using human cells. Surviving a disease such as cancer can leave scars, both physical and emotional. Whether it’s due to a mastectomy or radiation therapy, scars are hard to avoid. Fat-derived stem cells can help patients return close to their original state, providing peace of mind. We also look at the benefits of using oil to balance the amount of fat in a body.