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Apr 6, 2016

Lab-Grown Beef is Now Almost Affordable

Posted by in category: food

At about $30 a pound, it’s still more expensive than Whole Foods… but not by a lot.

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Apr 6, 2016

Supermassive black holes may be lurking everywhere in the universe

Posted by in category: cosmology

A near-record supermassive black hole discovered in a sparse area of the local universe indicates that these monster objects — this one equal to 17 billion suns — may be more common than once thought, according to University of California, Berkeley, astronomers.

Until now, the biggest supermassive black holes — those with masses around 10 billion times that of our sun — have been found at the cores of very large in regions loaded with other large galaxies. The current record holder, discovered in the Coma Cluster by the UC Berkeley team in 2011, tips the scale at 21 billion and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The newly discovered black hole is in a galaxy, NGC 1600, in the opposite part of the sky from the Coma Cluster in a relative desert, said the leader of the discovery team, Chung-Pei Ma, a UC Berkeley professor of astronomy and head of the MASSIVE Survey, a study of the most and black holes in the local universe with the goal of understanding how they form and grow supermassive.

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Apr 6, 2016

Top Scientists Weigh In On Whether We All Live In A Hologram

Posted by in category: computing

Meanwhile, Chalmers said, “We’re not going to get conclusive proof that we’re not in a simulation, because any proof would be simulated.”


Maybe we’re just blips on some cosmic computer screen.

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Apr 6, 2016

The Future Of Space Architecture? Soft And Inflatable

Posted by in categories: habitats, space travel

The idea of inflatable space habitats has been around for as long as the idea of space travel. Now, one is finally on its way to the ISS.

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Apr 6, 2016

Navigating Sustainability and Your Fiduciary Duty — By Al Gore and David Blood | Huffington Post

Posted by in categories: business, economics, environmental, sustainability

Eco handshake.

“Misinterpreting signals to make them consistent with a pre-determined outcome is, psychologists tell us, a common phenomenon in human nature. Unfortunately, it is also a frequent dynamic in modern financial markets, particularly when it comes to sustainability.”

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Apr 6, 2016

Samsung granted patent for smart contact lenses with a tiny camera

Posted by in category: electronics

In an ever expanding universe of wearables, Samsung is doing its best to keep all bases covered. Today, the publication of a patent application shows the company is developing smart contact lenses.

The patent application, filed in South Korea, shows a contact lens equipped with a tiny display, a camera, an antenna, and several sensors that detect movement and the most basic form of input using your eyes: blinking.

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Apr 6, 2016

Modernizing Manufacturing: How to Build the Satellite of the Future

Posted by in categories: futurism, satellites

Satellite manufacturing today is a lengthy, meticulous process; its high tech nature, and the cost in time and money make advances slow compared to sectors like the mobile industry. But an explosion in demand for connectivity and other space services is driving the need for ever-more capable satellites. It is at this crossroads, that bold new ideas are being forged.

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Apr 6, 2016

Do Aliens Exist? Here’s What Scientists Say About Life on Other Planets

Posted by in category: alien life

Aliens might be out there…watching.

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Apr 6, 2016

We have a very real opportunity to change how we age, be part of that change!

Posted by in category: life extension

Dear Friends,

This month we at the MMTP are launching our crowdfunding campaign on Lifespan.io. Our Senolytics research is very important to the field of aging and longevity research and if we successfully raise sufficient funds, we will be ready to make a significant impact on aging!

We are seeking like minded groups and organisations to show their support, by becoming our official supporters. Showing your support means your logo will be displayed on some of our official media and website, demonstrating you are standing with us to get this vital work underway.

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Apr 6, 2016

Elon Musk’s Space Dream Almost Killed Tesla

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

SpaceX started with a plan to send mice to Mars. It got crazier from there.

In late October 2001, Elon Musk went to Moscow to buy an intercontinental ballistic missile. He brought along Jim Cantrell, a kind of international aerospace supplies fixer, and Adeo Ressi, his best friend from Penn. Although Musk had tens of millions in the bank, he was trying to get a rocket on the cheap. They flew coach, and they were planning to buy a refurbished missile, not a new one. Musk figured it would be a good vehicle for sending a plant or some mice to Mars.

Ressi, a gangly eccentric, had been thinking a lot about whether his best friend had started to lose his mind, and he’d been doing his best to discourage the project. He peppered Musk with links to video montages of Russian, European, and American rockets exploding. He staged interventions, bringing Musk’s friends together to talk him out of wasting his money. None of it worked. Musk remained committed to funding a grand, inspirational spectacle in space and would spend all of his fortune to do it. And so Ressi went to Russia to contain Musk as best as he could. “Adeo would call me to the side and say, ‘What Elon is doing is insane. A philanthropic gesture? That’s crazy,’” said Cantrell. “He was seriously worried.”

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