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Sep 11, 2019

How Bullying May Shape Adolescent Brains

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

In recent years, a steadily increasing volume of data has demonstrated that peer victimization — the clinical term for bullying — impacts hundreds of millions of children and adolescents, with the effects sometimes lasting years and, possibly, decades. The problem is even recognized as a global health challenge by the World Health Organization and the United Nations. And yet, researchers maintain there is still a limited understanding of how the behavior may physically shape the developing brain.

Sep 11, 2019

After leading Mars rover missions, Steve Squyres joins Blue Origin as chief scientist

Posted by in category: space travel

Just months after closing out the 15-year-long Opportunity rover mission on Mars, Cornell University astronomer Steve Squyres is taking advantage of a new opportunity: the post of chief scientist at Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture.

Today Blue Origin confirmed that Squyres, 63, will be joining the company, which is headquartered in Kent, Wash.

Squyres has been involved in NASA space missions including Voyager’s trip past the solar system’s giant planets and Magellan’s voyage to Venus. But his main claim to fame is his stint as principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers.

Sep 11, 2019

New metamaterial morphs into new shapes, taking on new properties

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, nanotechnology

A newly developed type of architected metamaterial has the ability to change shape in a tunable fashion.

While most reconfigurable materials can toggle between two distinct states, the way a switch toggles on or off, the new material’s shape can be finely tuned, adjusting its as desired. The material, which has potential applications in next-generation energy storage and bio-implantable micro-devices, was developed by a joint Caltech-Georgia Tech-ETH Zurich team in the lab of Julia R. Greer.

Greer, the Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Mechanics and Medical Engineering in Caltech’s Division of Engineering and Applied Science, creates materials out of micro- and nanoscale building blocks that are arranged into sophisticated architectures that can be periodic, like a lattice, or non-periodic in a tailor-made fashion, giving them unusual physical properties.

Sep 11, 2019

Blue Origin continuing work on New Glenn launch complex, support facilities

Posted by in category: space travel

Work on Blue Origin’s New Glenn launch complex – LC-36 – is well underway. Recent aerial imagery of Cape Canaveral from NOAA shows how far Blue has come on the launch complex. Meanwhile, the company is also working on an engine factory in Alabama, and a first stage refurbishment facility near Kennedy Space Center.

LC-36 – from Atlas-Centaur to New Glenn

LC-36 was originally constructed to launch the Atlas-Centaur – with its revolutionary liquid hydrogen-powered upper stage. The complex hosted its first launch on May 18, 1962. Due to the Atlas-Centaur’s increasing flight rate – and low reliability early on – a second pad – LC-36B – was built near the existing LC-36A.

Sep 11, 2019

SpaceX Files Paperwork for Starship Maiden Voyage

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SpaceX is gearing up for its biggest launch yet.

The company filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission, requesting permission to communicate with the upcoming first generation of its Starship spacecraft up to an altitude of 22.5 km (74,000 feet) at its South Texas launch site.

According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the first test flight of the next-gen craft could take place as soon as October.

Sep 11, 2019

‘Flying fish’ robot can propel itself out of water and glide through the air

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A bio-inspired bot uses water from the environment to create a gas and launch itself from the water’s surface.

The robot, which can travel 26 metres through the air after take-off, could be used to collect in hazardous and cluttered environments, such as during flooding or when monitoring .

Robots that can transition from water to air are desirable in these situations, but the launch requires a lot of power, which has been difficult to achieve in .

Sep 11, 2019

Explorium raises $19 million to unify AI model training and deployment

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI

Tel Aviv-based Explorium, a developer of cloud-based data and AI model prep solutions, has rasied $19 million in venture capital.

Sep 11, 2019

What will humans look like in 100 years?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, ethics, space

We can evolve bacteria, plants and animals. Is it ethical to evolve the human body? I say yes.

And it becomes a moral imperative because it’s going to be really hard to live on Mars if we don’t fundamentally modify the human body. Right? You go from one cell, mom and dad coming together to make one cell, in a cascade to 10 trillion cells. We don’t know, if you change the gravity substantially, if the same thing will happen to create your body. We do know that if you expose our bodies as they currently are to a lot of radiation, we will die. So as you’re thinking of that, you have to really redesign things just to get to Mars. Forget about the moons of Neptune or Jupiter.

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Sep 11, 2019

The extreme tech that will help people live forever

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

“Everyone is searching for a magic pill that will cure ageing,” explains Richard Siow, who heads up ageing research at King’s College London. “The truth is, lifestyle and diet changes are the most realistic way to extend your life. You can’t just adopt these as you get older. You need to start young – we’re ageing from the moment we’re born.”

Of course, diet and exercise alone won’t enable humans to achieve immortality. We profile the scientists and startups trying to hold back time.

Sep 11, 2019

Dogfish Head & Merrell Launch Limited-Edition Trail Running Shoe

Posted by in category: futurism

(Rockford, MI & Milton, DE) – Outdoor performance brand Merrell and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery have launched a co-branded trail running shoe inspired by two of their shared passions: the outdoors and beer. The limited-edition Merrell Agility Synthesis X Dogfish trail runner is now available in select retail stores and on, and will also be sold on September 29th at Dogfish Head’s annual Dogfish Dash in Milton, DE.

Merrell Agility Synthesis X Dogfish trail runner

Available in a “SeaQuench” colorway for men and women, the design of the shoe is inspired by the most thirst-quenching beer Dogfish Head has ever brewed: SeaQuench Ale is now the best-selling sour beer in America, and is recognized by its signature sea-foam green can and off-centered ingredients, including black limes and sea salt, all of which are incorporated into the shoe design.