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Jul 28, 2020

As Comet NEOWISE Fades Fast, A Halley-Type Comet Is Seen That May Peak During America’s Next Eclipse

Posted by in category: space

As the world tries to see and photograph Comet NEOWISE (or check-out this week’s extra-bright rings of Saturn), a comet similar to Halley’s comet—last seen in 1954—has been found by astronomers using a telescope in Arizona.

They’ve calculated that comet 12P/Pons-Brooks will return to the Solar System in April 2024—which is when a total solar eclipse will next be observable from Mexico, the US and Canada.

Jul 28, 2020

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Cabin Design Reveal

Posted by in category: space travel

Join a virtual walkthrough of SpaceShipTwo Unity’s cabin, curated by our design team.

Want to fly to space with us? Join our community of Spacefarers to take One Small Step towards reserving your seat on our flights. More info; https://virgingalactic.com/smallstep/

Jul 28, 2020

New Technology Could End Drone Disruption At European Airports

Posted by in category: drones

Drone disruptions have become notorious at a number of European airports in the last few years, causing thousands of canceled flights. New technology, present at airports now, could help in detecting drones early and preventing disruptions. The anti-drone technology could be a gamechanger, allowing for seamless operations even with rogue drones around.

The first major case of a drone disruption came in 2018 at London’s Gatwick Airport. The airport had to shut down intermittently for three days after suspected drones were spotted near the runway. The shutdowns caused millions in losses for airlines and left thousands of flights affected.

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Jul 28, 2020

Scientists revive ancient microbes from the sea

Posted by in category: biological

The organisms had been in a dormant state in the seabed in the South Pacific since the age of dinosaurs.

Jul 28, 2020

US Army’s New Attack Helicopter

Posted by in categories: futurism, military

What kind of futuristic helicopter is the US military about to unleash against enemy combatants? Check out today’s new military video where we take a close look at the FARA program to see the militaries requirements for a new attack helicopter to patrol the enemy skies.

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Jul 28, 2020

Changes in Brain Cartilage May Explain Why Sleep Helps You Learn

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Summary: Altering the structure of perineuronal nets could be a mechanism that underlies sleep-induced memory changes.

Source: SfN

The morphing structure of the brain’s “cartilage cells” may regulate how memories change while you snooze, according to new research in eNeuro.

Jul 28, 2020

Take a first look inside Virgin Galactic’s spaceship cabin for tourists

Posted by in category: space travel

Virgin Galactic is giving its customers a first look inside the cabin that will carry them to the edge of space and back, as the space tourism company gets closer to finishing development of its spacecraft.

“Every seat is a window seat,” Virgin Galactic design director Jeremy Brown told CNBC about the interior.

The cabin’s design is the central piece of the company’s product, especially due to the variety of stages during a Virgin Galactic spaceflight. In all, a trip will last about 90 minutes from takeoff to landing. But that will include taking off from a runway under the power of a jet-powered carrier aircraft, a brief free-fall after the spacecraft is released from under the aircraft at about 50,000 feet altitude, a rocket-powered burst of acceleration skyward hitting more than three times the speed of sound and then a few minutes floating weightless in micro-gravity at the edge of space.

Jul 28, 2020

The Government Is Building an Unhackable Quantum Internet

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, government, internet, quantum physics

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has announced a plan to make a quantum internet it says is virtually unhackable. This is definitely a long-term plan that will require new kinds of engineering and technology, not something that will be implemented next year. Let’s take a look at the concept, the plan the DoE has laid out, and how long it all might take.

Within the framework of quantum mechanics, the network proposed here is pretty intuitive. (That’s a big caveat, though!) The report begins with a surprising notion: Although headlines and research have focused on the power of quantum computing, we’re far away from any practical and recognizable computer powered by quantum phenomena. The idea of a quantum network, the DoE says, is far closer to our reach.

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Jul 28, 2020

Deep sea microbes dormant for 100 million years are hungry and ready to multiply

Posted by in categories: biological, climatology

For decades, scientists have gathered ancient sediment samples from below the seafloor to better understand past climates, plate tectonics and the deep marine ecosystem. In a new study published in Nature Communications, researchers reveal that given the right food in the right laboratory conditions, microbes collected from sediment as old as 100 million years can revive and multiply, even after laying dormant since large dinosaurs prowled the planet.

The research team behind the new study, from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, the Kochi University and Marine Works Japan, gathered the ancient samples ten years ago during an expedition to the South Pacific Gyre, the part of the ocean with the lowest productivity and fewest nutrients available to fuel the marine food web.

“Our main question was whether life could exist in such a nutrient-limited environment or if this was a lifeless zone,” said the paper’s lead author Yuki Morono, senior scientist at JAMSTEC. “And we wanted to know how long the could sustain their life in a near-absence of food.”

Jul 28, 2020

U.S. Marines to get “Alpha” exoskeleton for super strength

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

Robotic augmentation is coming to a war zone near you. For now, the first stop bypasses the battlefield.