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Jun 25, 2018

Why the James Webb telescope launch could be the most exciting astrological event of the millennia

Posted by in categories: cosmology, space travel

The NASA James Webb telescope could prove to be the biggest leap forward to humankind’s exploration into deep space.

The Webb telescope will give us the ability to investigate the cosmos, unlocking secrets from the beginning of the Big Bang to how galaxies are formed and beyond, bringing us light years ahead of our current understanding of planetary evolution.

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Jun 25, 2018

Made in Space targets 2023 for building large structures in space and later future asteroid mining

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI, space

Within 4–5 years Made In Space believes their Archinaut space manufacturing robot and manufacturing mini factory will be making large structures like trusses and reflectors in space.

The Archinaut has an industrial-sized 3D printer, cartridges full of plastics and alloys, and robotic arms programmed to assemble the big items extruded by the printer without any human supervision. All Archinaut parts are able to survive in microgravity and harsh conditions like lunar dust storms and extreme temperatures.

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Jun 25, 2018

Microbiologists and plant scientists find secret to tackling cholera

Posted by in categories: futurism, genetics

While cholera rages across many regions of the world, a team of microbiologists and plant scientists has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the pandemic’s armor, which could lead to future treatments.

The current cholera began in Indonesia in 1961. Rather than fade away like its six previous worldwide outbreak predecessors, the responsible strain is thriving and actually picking up steam. A discovery, led by scientists from Michigan State University and Tufts University and featured in the current issue of PNAS, shows the key genetic change the seventh pandemic acquired to thrive for more than 50 years.

The interdisciplinary team of scientists reveal the first ever signaling network for a new bacterial signal, cyclic GMP-AMP (cGAMP), in the human cholera pathogen. The team also identified the first protein receptor of cGAMP as a phospholipase enzyme that remodels the V. cholerae membrane when cGAMP is produced.

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Jun 25, 2018

Methane-producing microbial communities found in fracking wells

Posted by in categories: alien life, genetics, health

Deep in the rocky earth, in the liquid-filled cracks created by fracking, lives a community of highly interactive microbes—one that could at once have serious implications for energy companies, human health and scientists investigating the potential for life on Mars.

New research has uncovered the genetic details of microbes found in fracking wells. Not only do a wide array of bacteria and viruses thrive in these crevices created by hydraulic fracturing—they also have the power to produce methane, according to a study led by scientists at The Ohio State University and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

That means it’s possible that the tiny life forms could create more energy—and from a different source—than the fracking companies are going after in the first place.

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Jun 25, 2018

Increase in storms could have ‘catastrophic impact’ on fishing industry

Posted by in categories: habitats, sustainability

Potential changes in the frequency and intensity of storms off the coast of the UK and around the world could have a “catastrophic impact” on the livelihood of fishermen and sustainability of fishing industries, research led by the University of Exeter has shown.

The research, based on a review of past studies and examination of future projections, warns that the increase in storms could make fishing more dangerous, displace fish from their natural habitats and interfere with the ability of fish to breed.

Storms off the coast of the UK are projected to become more frequent and intense over the next two centuries and more dramatic storms are expected in the North Sea and North Atlantic, to the West of the UK, Ireland and France, threatening the future of fishermen and the fish they catch.

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Jun 25, 2018

Has This Startup Cracked the Secret to Fusion Energy?

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, particle physics

A new startup hopes that orienting the spins of hydrogen atoms could finally crack the puzzle of commercially viable fusion energy, but some experts are skeptical.

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Jun 25, 2018

Hundreds of new genes may underlie intelligence—but also autism and depression

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience

Studies of massive genetic databases may lead to new therapies for mental disorders.

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Jun 25, 2018

Scientists have finally come up with a solution for the world’s most annoying household sound

Posted by in category: futurism

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have solved one of the world’s most annoying problems: how to stop the sound of a dripping tap.

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Jun 25, 2018

Insulin pill may be on the horizon for diabetics

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Research team successfully administers insulin to rats in capsule form, raising hopes that a version for humans could be developed.

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Jun 25, 2018

‘Space kingdom’ seeks citizens for life beyond Earth very soon

Posted by in category: space

VIENNA (Reuters) — Feel like the world is going to the dogs? Want to get away from it all? Here’s a solution: become a citizen of the nation of Asgardia and hope it makes good on its promise to colonize the moon.

Lembit Opik, Asgardia’s Head of Nation Igor Ashurbeyli and Yun Zhao attend the inauguration ceremony of Asgardia’s first Head of Nation in Vienna, Austria June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner.

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