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Jan 13, 2020

A gold nugget made of plastic

Posted by in category: materials

ETH researchers have created an incredibly lightweight 18-carat gold, using a matrix of plastic in place of metallic alloy elements.

Jan 13, 2020

Breathtaking Image Shows Powerful Magnetic ‘Ropes’ Surrounding The Whale Galaxy

Posted by in category: space

Sometimes you just have to stand back in awe at the beauty of the Universe – and that’s absolutely the case with this image from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), which captures the side view of a spiral galaxy know as the Whale Galaxy.

But if you look closer, the stunning picture also shows something else: the magnetic ‘ropes’ around the edges of the galaxy’s disc.

These filaments, like cosmic strands of hair, show the galaxy’s magnetic field extending into its halo.

Jan 13, 2020

World’s first city discovered by U.S. spy satellite

Posted by in category: futurism

Old U.S. spy satellite images of the Middle East have unearthed a stunning discovery: the world’s first city, Tell Brak – 4,000 years older than the Great Pyramids. From the Series: The Life of Earth: The Age of Humans

Jan 13, 2020

Crew Dragon faces its last big test before human spaceflight on Saturday

Posted by in category: space travel

One launch emergency. Four parachutes. Eight SuperDracos.

Jan 13, 2020

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra might have more RAM than your PC

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra might have over-the-top specs with 16GB of RAM and a ridiculous variety of cameras.

Jan 13, 2020

Mars’ Poles Remain Key To Understanding Its Climate, Says Planetary Scientist

Posted by in categories: climatology, space

Real Mars research at the end of the world.

The end of the world serves as host to an international group of researchers trying to understand Mars’ Poles.

Jan 13, 2020

Blood Test to Diagnose Brain Cancer in Development

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Brain cancer remains challenging to diagnose, due to nonspecific symptoms and a lack of cost-effective tests. A new blood test that uses attenuated total reflection (ATR)-Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy in conjunction with machine learning technology, may help advance the detection of brain cancer.

The patented technology, developed by a team at the University of Strathclyde, uses infrared light to produce a “bio-signature” of a blood sample and applies artificial intelligence to check for the signs of cancer.

The research is published in Nature Communications in a paper titled, “Development of high-throughput ATR-FTIR technology for rapid triage of brain cancer.

Jan 13, 2020

Fly me to the moon: Japanese billionaire Maezawa seeks girlfriend for SpaceX voyage

Posted by in categories: education, space travel

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa’s search for a girlfriend to join him on a voyage around the moon will be the subject of a new documentary program, in the latest attention-grabbing stunt by the entrepreneur.

44-year-old Maezawa, who sold his online fashion retailer Zozo Inc to SoftBank Group Corp, is seeking single females aged over 20 for the show, which will be shown on streaming service AbemaTV.

Jan 13, 2020

Tiny Electric Thrusters from Phase Four, Accion Could Go Interplanetary

Posted by in category: space travel

Circa 2019

Electric thrusters for spacecraft are increasingly shrinking, and could prove key for new space missions. And, according to two novel space tech companies, Phase Four and Accion Systems, they might even go interplanetary.

Conventional rockets that rely on chemical reactions “are a great way to generate a lot of thrust, but they are very inefficient when it comes to generating thrust given the amount of propellant they carry,” Simon Halpern, founder and CEO of space propulsion company Phase Four in El Segundo, California, told “That’s why launching even a small satellite requires a gigantic multistory rocket.”

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Jan 13, 2020

Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Researchers foresee myriad benefits for humanity, but also acknowledge ethical issues.