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Sep 30, 2019

‘Basically Holy Grail of Space’: Elon Musk Unveils New Mars Rocket Prototype, Expects Missions in Months

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has unveiled the latest iteration of his space company’s newly assembled Starship, outlining a speedy development timeline for the centerpiece vehicle of SpaceX’s quest to launch humans to the moon and Mars.

Musk showed a crowd of space enthusiasts and reporters at SpaceX’s rocket development site late on Saturday in the remote village of Boca Chica, Texas, animations of Starship landing on the moon and Mars and predicted that the rocket’s first orbital flight could come in the next six months, followed by missions to space with humans aboard the next year.

“This is basically the holy grail of space,” Musk said, standing between a towering, newly assembled Starship rocket and Falcon 1 — the company’s first vehicle whose debut orbital mission was celebrated by SpaceX 11 years ago.

Sep 30, 2019

Rethinking Drones As Autonomous Robotics

Posted by in categories: business, drones, military, robotics/AI

We hear it daily — “Launch your drone program!” Uninspired marketing campaigns littered across social media, websites and emails. A detrimental circle of brands mirroring brands, unwittingly stalling the rise of drones. The problem is, as an industry, they’re missing the damn point. Take for example a use case we see all too often — construction. When handheld drills started showing up on jobsites, we didn’t hear Black + Decker say, “launch your drill program!” Why not? Drills are just enablers. They allow workers to do what they were already doing — except better, faster and more efficiently. The breakthrough had little to do with the actual tool itself, and more the new ability to enable faster holes. Drones are no different.

The goal isn’t to “put a drone on every construction site.” Drones are promising new vehicles that have the potential to transform industry, but they also inherently introduce new costs and complexities. The thought of adding new tools, new responsibilities, new certifications and permits, and new burdens to an already complex operation is the exact opposite of what most project managers consider helpful. This might begin to explain why drone service providers today are collectively struggling to grow at any meaningful velocity. We’re creating “launch your drone programs” solutions that make it easier for businesses to own and operate drones, when we should be making the drone invisible, and become laser-focused on the data drones generate and an infrastructure that supports rapid spatial insights.

We need to stop putting drones on construction sites, and start giving the industry the very thing that drones enable — insight. Drones will be on every job site in the next few years, but not as another tool on the tool belt. The project manager isn’t adopting a drone program. They’re adopting a visual insights program that captures a new, historical perspective across their sites. They’re providing situational awareness holistically throughout their organization. They’re making decisions based on the actual state of projects, and the insights affordable by new perspectives and sensors.

Sep 29, 2019

Alzheimer’s symptoms reversed by head-worn device using electromagnetic waves

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, wearables

A small clinical trial, announced by U.S. company NeuroEM Therapeutics, shows reversal of cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease patients after just two months of treatment using a wearable head device. Electromagnetic waves emitted by the device appear to penetrate the brain to break up amyloid-beta and tau deposits.

Sep 29, 2019

Have you ever wondered how many black holes exist?

Posted by in category: cosmology

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What about what happens when two black holes collide?

Goddard Scientist Roopesh Ojha sheds light on the supermassive and stellar mass black holes within our galaxy. Scientists believe one supermassive black hole exists at the center of every galaxy and that many, many more of their much smaller siblings, the stellar mass black holes, surround it.

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Sep 29, 2019

The UK has opened a 1,300 km cycle trail linking England and Scotland

Posted by in category: futurism

From the Peak District to John O’Groats, nearly 1,300 kilometres of off-road ups and downs, forest trails and canal paths await two-wheeled adventurers in the UK. The newly launched Great North Trail creates a continuous route linking England and Scotland in a bid to open up the countryside to cyclists. Passing through the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and Kielder Forest in England, up to Loch Lomond, the Trossachs National Park and Loch Ness in Scotland, the route takes in some of the UK’s best-known beauty spots. In Scotland, cyclists can branch towards Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly part of the UK, or John O’Groats on the northeast tip.

Sep 29, 2019

How Tech Can Help Curb Emissions

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

Wangari Maathai for years told people to plant trees. She is the reason Kenyans plant trees in protected forests, and will continue for a very long time.


Trees are a low-tech, high-efficiency way to offset much of humankind’s negative impact on the climate. What’s even better, we have plenty of room for a lot more of them.

A new study conducted by researchers at Switzerland’s ETH-Zürich, published in Science, details how Earth could support almost an additional billion hectares of trees without the new forests pushing into existing urban or agricultural areas. Once the trees grow to maturity, they could store more than 200 billion metric tons of carbon.

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Sep 29, 2019

Hanwha Q Cells Dedicates Largest Solar Panel Factory In Western Hemisphere

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, transportation

Hanwha Q Cells officially opened its 300,000 square foot solar panel factory in Dalton, Georgia last week, claiming it is the largest such manufacturing facility in the western hemisphere. The $200 million factory employs more than 650 workers and is capable of producing 12,000 solar panels a year — enough to generate 1.7 GW of electricity. Its standard production panel features six bus bars, has an efficiency of about 19%, and an output of up to 345 watts.

Sep 29, 2019

Are 3-mile-deep boreholes the long-term answer for nuclear waste stalemate?

Posted by in categories: chemistry, nuclear energy

Result: Some 6 million pounds of spent nuclear waste, generated over a half-century, remain in seismically sensitive spots on the California coast, at both San Onofre and Diablo Canyon. That’s among some 200 million pounds of radioactive waste languishing at 80 reactor sites in 35 states from sea to shining sea, where it will remain for the foreseeable future.

“We’ve so tainted this whole process because of fear,” said James Conca, a controversial nuclear energy advocate with a doctorate in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology. “You get everyone so scared you never do anything.

”Look, we know where to put this stuff,” he said. ”We’ve known for 60 years. We have an operating deep geologic repository right now — but it’s only for bomb waste.”

Sep 29, 2019

“Off-the-Shelf” Stem Cells Could Bring a Regenerative Revolution

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

It’s the promise of stem cell medicine: Someday soon, clinics will rebuild diseased or broken hearts, kidneys, pancreases or blood by growing and reprogramming human cells, then adding them back to the bodies of the patients they came from.

If only it were that easy.

After two decades of human stem cell research, researchers have learned how to create what appear to be reasonably functional versions of several types of cells, first using genetic tricks to turn cells back to an uncommitted state and then molding them into the type of cell needed — say, an insulin-producing cell or a particular kind of nerve cell. And many early clinical trials of stem cell medicine have shown genuinely promising results.

Sep 29, 2019

9 Benefits of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

Posted by in categories: energy, health

Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a compound that generates energy in your cells and has a wide range of health benefits. Here are 9 benefits of coenzyme Q10.