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Jul 9, 2019

The Scientist Who Believes We Can Reverse Aging | Dr. Aubrey de Grey ►Rob Konrad: Conversations #010

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Dr Aubrey de Grey doesn’t just believe that aging, and the suffering that comes with it, can be slowed down — he believes it can be undone altogether.

What’s more, he thinks we are merely a few years away from making the scientific breakthroughs that will enable the medical field to put an end to death related to ageing — for good.

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Jul 9, 2019

ESA Video: What It Takes to Survive on Mars

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

NASA life support analyst Lucie Poulet explains how analog missions work and what they tell us about future crewed missions.

Jul 8, 2019

Simulation shows nuclear pasta 10 billion times harder to break than steel

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics

A trio of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. and Canada has found evidence that suggests nuclear material beneath the surface of neutron stars may be the strongest material in the universe. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, M. E. Caplan, A. Schneider, and C. J. Horowitz describe their neutron star simulation and what it showed.

Prior research has shown that when reach a certain age, they explode and collapse into a mass of neutrons; hence the name star. And because they lose their neutrinos, become extremely densely packed. Prior research has also found evidence that suggests the surface of such stars is so dense that the material would be incredibly strong. In this new effort, the researchers report evidence suggesting that the material just below the surface is even stronger.

Astrophysicists have theorized that as a neutron star settles into its new configuration, densely packed neutrons are pushed and pulled in different ways, resulting in formation of various shapes below the . Many of the theorized shapes take on the names of pasta, because of the similarities. Some have been named gnocchi, for example, others spaghetti or lasagna. Caplan, Schneider and Horowitz wondered about the density of these formations—would they be denser and thus stronger even than material on the crust? To find out, they created some computer simulations.

Jul 8, 2019

Star Trek-style force-field armour being developed by military scientists

Posted by in category: military

A space-age “force field” capable of protecting armoured vehicles and tanks by repelling incoming fire is being developed by British military scientists.

Jul 8, 2019

Invention: Plasma-powered flying saucer

Posted by in categories: innovation, transportation

By Justin MullinsPass a current or magnetic field through a conducting fluid and it will generate a force. Numerous aerospace engineers have tried and failed to exploit this phenomenon, known as magnetohydrodynamics, as an exotic form of propulsion for aircraft. But perhaps attempts so far have all been too big.

A very small design could have a better chance of taking off, says Subrata Roy, an aerospace engineer at the University of Florida, Gainesville, US.

With a span of less than 15 centimetres, his aircraft qualifies as a micro air vehicle (MAV), but it has an unconventional design to say the least. It is a saucer shape covered with electrodes that ionise air to create a plasma. This plasma is then accelerated by an electric field to push air around and generate lift.

Jul 8, 2019

NASA’s Giant Leaps: Past and Future

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

Fifty years ago, humans took their first steps on the Moon. The world watched as we made history.

On July 19 at 1 p.m. EDT, we’ll salute our #Apollo50th heroes and look forward to our next giant leap.

Will you be watching?

Jul 8, 2019

NASA ScienceCasts: Watch the History of our Solar System Fly

Posted by in category: space

Scientists are unlocking clues about the earliest formation of our solar system from a Kuiper Belt Object known as 2014 MU69.

Jul 8, 2019

Why is it impossible to create more Bitcoin?

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics

This article was originally an answer to a member of Quora, a Q&A site in which I am a cryptocurrency columnist. The reader is a “Bitcoin beginner”. If you understand the nature and purpose of a blockchain, the political leanings of Satoshi or the economics of a capped cryptocurrency, then this reviews things that you already know. But sometimes, a recap can be fun. It helps ensure that we are all on the same page…

In a previous post, we have already addressed a fundamental question:

It has nothing to do with how many individuals can own bitcoin or its useful applications. It simply means that—if widely adopted as a payment instrument or as cash itself—the number of total units is capped at 21 million. But each unit can subdivided into very tiny pieces, and we can even give the tiny pieces a new name (like femto-btc or Satoshis). It is only the originally named unit (the BTC) that is capped.

But, this article addresses a more primitive question. (Actually, it is a naïve question, but this adjective has a negative connotation, which is not intended). I interpret the question to be: What prevents me from creating, earning or being awarded an amount that brings the total circulation above 21 million BTC?

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Jul 8, 2019

Fly me to the 🌙!

Posted by in category: space travel

We’re preparing for the launch of our first #Artemis mission to the Moon. Get a preview of the launch countdown and see how NASA’s Space Launch System will send NASA’s Orion Spacecraft to lunar orbit:

Jul 8, 2019

Quantum Computing Fundamentals

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

The quantum computing revolution is upon us.

Establish a foundation of knowledge for understanding quantum computing with this two-course online program. Starts October 7th, 2019.