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May 2, 2019

Two neutron stars collided near the solar system billions of years ago

Posted by in category: space

Astrophysicists Szabolcs Marka at Columbia University and Imre Bartos at the University of Florida, have identified a violent collision of two neutron stars 4.6 billion years ago as the likely source of some of the most coveted matter on Earth.

This single cosmic event, close to our solar system, gave birth to 0.3 percent of the Earth’s heaviest elements, including gold, platinum and uranium, according to a new paper appearing in the May 2 issue of Nature.

“This means that in each of us we would find an eyelash worth of these elements, mostly in the form of iodine, which is essential to life,” Bartos said. “A wedding ring, which expresses a deep human connection, is also a connection to our cosmic past predating humanity and the formation of Earth itself, with about 10 milligrams of it likely having formed 4.6 billion years ago.”

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May 2, 2019

Amazon Prime shipping could shrink to just one-day

Posted by in category: futurism

Your package could arrive one day sooner.

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May 2, 2019

India is preparing for a near record-breaking cyclone

Posted by in category: futurism

Indian authorities are evacuating nearly 1 million people along the country’s east coast ahead of a severe cyclone moving through the Bay of Bengal.

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May 2, 2019

Monster Cyclone in India Prompts the Biggest Evacuation in the Country’s History

Posted by in category: climatology

A massive cyclone is set to batter India over the next few days, spurring the biggest evacuation in the country’s history.

The extremely severe cyclone, dubbed “Fani,” is pummeling the Bay of Bengal and is projected to make landfall by Thursday night with approximately 120 mph (190 km/h) winds, with gusts up to 130 mph (210 km/h), according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Fani is also likely to bring “phenomenal” sea conditions in parts of the Bay of Bengal, according to the IMD.

More than 100 million people are in the path of the devastating cyclone, and nearly 900,000 people have been ordered to evacuate, the Associated Press reported. About 100,000 of those people are from the city of Puri, in the state of Odisha, which is home to the 858-year-old Jaganath Temple, the BBC reported. Officials fear that this ancient temple could be damaged by the cyclone.

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May 2, 2019

Arsenic-breathing life discovered in the tropical Pacific Ocean

Posted by in category: futurism

Arsenic is a deadly poison for most living things, but new research shows that microorganisms are breathing arsenic in a large area of the Pacific Ocean. A University of Washington team has discovered that an ancient survival strategy is still being used in low-oxygen parts of the marine environment.

“Thinking of as not just a bad guy, but also as beneficial, has reshaped the way that I view the element,” said first author Jaclyn Saunders, who did the research for her doctoral thesis at the UW and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The study was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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May 2, 2019

New form of dementia discovered, redefining mainstream Alzheimer’s science

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

Dubbed by one scientist as, “probably the most important paper to be published in the field of dementia in the last five years,” a team of researchers has described a newly defined neurodegenerative disease that closely mimics the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, but which has an entirely different pathological cause.

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May 2, 2019

The Biggest Problems We’re Facing Today & The Future of Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #46

Posted by in categories: engineering, futurism

In our final episode of Crash Course Engineering we are going to take all the tools and ideas we’ve discussed throughout this series and try to imagine where we’re headed. We’re going to explore some of the biggest problems that today’s engineers are trying to solve and make some guesses about what the future of the field might look like.

Crash Course Engineering is produced in association with PBS Digital Studios: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1mtdjDVOoOqJzeaJAV15Tq0tZ1vKj7ZV

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May 2, 2019

Fusion power is attracting private-sector interest

Posted by in category: energy

Reactor designs are inspired by everything from smoke rings to shrimps.

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May 2, 2019

Blue Origin’s New Shepard Spacecraft Launches Biggest Mission Yet, Sticks Landing

Posted by in category: space travel

The vehicle carried 38 experiments to suborbital space and back today.

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May 2, 2019

Ray Dalio had CEOs like Bill Gates and Elon Musk take a personality test—here’s what he found that makes them so successful

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Bridgewater Associates billionaire Ray Dalio once gave some of the world’s most successful visionaries — from Elon Musk to Bill Gates — a personality assessment to learn what makes them so successful. Here’s what he found.

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