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Dec 4, 2015

Evidence that our Sun could release ‘superflares’ 1000x greater than previously recorded

Posted by in categories: physics, space

Oh, joy.


What the Sun might look like if it were to produce a superflare. A large flaring coronal loop structure is shown towering over a solar active region. (credit: University of Warwick/Ronald Warmington)

Astrophysicists have discovered a stellar “superflare” on a star observed by NASA’s Kepler space telescope with wave patterns similar to those that have been observed in the Sun’s solar flares. (Superflares are flares that are thousands of times more powerful than those ever recorded on the Sun, and are frequently observed on some stars.)

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Dec 4, 2015

The Year We Decided to Live Forever

Posted by in category: life extension

In 2015, tech billionaires pursued anti-aging and cheating death like never before.

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Dec 4, 2015

Geneticists Are Concerned Transhumanists Will Use CRISPR on Themselves

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, transhumanism

A informative article by Vice Motherboard:


The biggest debate at the International Summit on Human Genome Editing is where to draw the line between “medical treatment” and “body enhancement.”

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Dec 4, 2015

Stanford scientists made plastic skin that can actually feel

Posted by in category: materials

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Dec 4, 2015

Controversial experiment sees no evidence that the universe is a hologram

Posted by in category: space

But originators of “holographic principle” had argued that the test was invalid.

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Dec 4, 2015

Human gene editing gets green light

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Gene editing research can move forward, but not for reproductive purposes, international summit committee says.

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Dec 4, 2015

SpaceX Will Try Its Next Rocket Landing on Solid Ground

Posted by in category: space travel

Following two failed landings at sea, the next Falcon 9 rocket will attempt to touch down at Cape Canaveral.

After SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returns to flight later this month, the company will try to land the first stage booster back on solid ground, according to NASA officials. If successful, it would mark not only the first successful landing and recovery of the company’s flagship rocket, but also the first terrestrial rocket landing for SpaceX after two failed landing attempts at sea.

The launch—which could come as soon as December 15, though a flight plan has not been confirmed by the U.S. Air Force—marks a big next step for SpaceX. The mission will be the company’s first since a June launch in which an unmanned Falcon 9 bound for the International Space Station broke apart mid-flight. The landing attempt will also follow the successful launch and landing of a reusable rocket by rival spaceflight company Blue Origin last week.

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Dec 4, 2015

20 Million Driverless Cars May Be On The Road By 2025

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The cars of the future will be here before you know it.

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Dec 4, 2015

An organic mixed ion-electron conductor for power electronics

Posted by in categories: electronics, materials, sustainability

Researchers at Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Sweden, have developed power paper — a new material with an outstanding ability to store energy. The material consists of nanocellulose and a conductive polymer. The results have been published in Advanced Science.

One sheet, 15 centimetres in diameter and a few tenths of a millimetre thick can store as much as 1 F, which is similar to the supercapacitors currently on the market. The material can be recharged hundreds of times and each charge only takes a few seconds.

It’s a dream product in a world where the increased use of renewable energy requires new methods for energy storage — from summer to winter, from a windy day to a calm one, from a sunny day to one with heavy cloud cover.

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Dec 4, 2015

Holometer rules out first theory of space-time correlations

Posted by in category: quantum physics

The extremely sensitive quantum-spacetime-measuring tool will serve as a template for continuing scientific exploration.

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