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Aug 12, 2018

A PhD should be about improving society, not chasing academic kudos

Posted by in category: futurism

I wish the academy would incentivise scholars to improve society, not chase citations. I want us to reimagine a PhD that is designed not to win kudos within the academic community, but rather aimed at discovering something new that will be useful for practitioners and have real social impact.

Too much research is aimed at insular academic circles rather than the real world. Let’s fix this broken system.

Julian Kirchherr

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Aug 12, 2018

UCLan unveils world’s first graphene skinned plane

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, business, engineering, nanotechnology, robotics/AI, transportation

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has unveiled the world’s first graphene skinned plane at an internationally renowned air show. Juno, a three-and-a-half-metre wide graphene skinned aircraft, was revealed on the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) stand as part of the ‘Futures Day’ at Farnborough Air Show 2018.

The University’s aerospace engineering team has worked in partnership with the Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI), Haydale Graphene Industries (Haydale) and a range of other businesses to develop the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which also includes graphene batteries and 3D printed parts.

Billy Beggs, UCLan’s Engineering Innovation Manager, said: The industry reaction to Juno at Farnborough was superb with many positive comments about the work we’re doing. Having Juno at one the world’s biggest air shows demonstrates the great strides we’re making in leading a programme to accelerate the uptake of graphene and other nano-materials into industry.

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Aug 11, 2018

Scientists hail malaria breakthrough as bed nets prove deadly to mosquitoes

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Clinical malaria cases in Burkina Faso drop by 12% after trial of nets treated with new chemical combination.

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Aug 11, 2018

African space programs will boost development with satellite data

Posted by in categories: business, Elon Musk, space travel

The fascinating space adventures of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are essential viewing for anyone seeking to understand the future of business and industry here on Earth.

Rockets and space are increasingly important to Africa, where more countries have been partnering to launch or are launching their own satellites. Still, discussions here remain more prosaic than determining how soon we’ll be colonizing Mars or sending industrial operations to the moon.

The satellites launched by the likes of SpaceX are smaller than ever before. Powerful nano-satellites, the size of soccer balls, are able to deliver detailed imagery and information about a chosen territory from space. These advances in technology and cheaper launch vehicles mean more developing countries can use satellites to collect troves of valuable data.

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Aug 11, 2018

Intel 9th Gen Core CPU and Z390 Platform Launches on 1st October

Posted by in categories: computing, materials

Intel is prepping their latest mainstream processor lineup for release soon. As part of the 9th Gen family, the new processors will come with more cores and faster clocks, all thanks to improvements in the 14nm process node. Now, we have details on when the new processors will launch and be available in retail channels.

Intel To Launch 9th Generation Unlocked Processors Including Flagship Core i9-9900K 8 Core, 16 Thread Chip on 1st October

We have known that the 9th Generation Core desktop processors are arriving on the mainstream platform soon but we haven’t had a concrete launch date, till now. Our sources report that Intel is planning to launch their unlocked SKU family along with the Z390 series on 1st October which does confirm previous rumors. As expected, the launch will include all three unlocked SKUs which are mentioned below along with their specifications:

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Aug 11, 2018

What’s the speed of death? Scientists have measured how fast one type of cell death strikes

Posted by in category: futurism

Scientists have measured how quickly the signal to commit form of cellular suicide called apoptosis travels.

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Aug 11, 2018

New AI Helps Spot Scientists Overlooked

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Wikipedia has a long-acknowledged gender bias problem. A new AI system is offering to help that issue by spotting missing scientist entries, most of which are female, and even generating write-ups for the omitted posts.

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Aug 11, 2018

Heavens to shine with new ‘star’ as first space sculpture prepares for launch

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Look up into the night sky towards the end of October and you may catch sight of a brand new ‘star’ twinkling in the cosmos.

The tiny speck of light is not the offspring of a seething nebula, but the world’s first space sculpture, which will orbit the Earth for three weeks this autumn.

The length of a football field, and the shape of an elongated diamond, the ‘Orbital Reflector’ artwork is the brainchild of US artist Trevor Paglen and will be launched on board on one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets.

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Aug 11, 2018

Spaceport race is on as municipalities woo the likes of SpaceX and Bezos’s Blue Origin

Posted by in category: space travel

Camden County, Ga., played a bit part in aerospace history as home to a 1960s plant that built and tested NASA rocket motors. Now, county leaders want to revive that heritage with a new commercial spaceport.

“We can be part of the new space race in the 21st Century,” said Steve Howard, project leader and the Camden County administrator.

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Aug 11, 2018

V.S. Naipaul, Nobel-winning author who drew admiration and revulsion, dies at 85

Posted by in category: habitats

V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidad-born Nobel laureate whose celebrated writing and brittle, provocative personality drew admiration and revulsion in equal measures, died Saturday at his London home, his family said. He was 85.

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