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Oct 5, 2018

This robotic finger attachment for your smartphone will gently caress your hand

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

Our smartphones are cold, passive devices that usually can’t move autonomously unless they’re falling onto our faces while we’re looking at them in bed. A research team in France is exploring ways to change that by giving our smartphones the ability to interact with us more (via New Scientist). MobiLimb is a robotic finger attachment that plugs in through a smartphone’s Micro USB port, moves using five servo motors, and is powered by an Arduino microcontroller. It can tap the user’s hand in response to phone notifications, be used as a joystick controller, or, with the addition of a little fuzzy sheath accessory, it can turn into a cat tail.

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Oct 5, 2018

Jeff Bezos Is Planning to Ship ‘Several Metric Tons of Cargo’ to the Moon

Posted by in category: space travel

Blue Origin signed a letter of intent with two German space companies to deliver supplies to the Moon by 2023.

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Oct 5, 2018

Intel plots a weird, spooky future in quantum computing

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics, space

There, engineers are doing something strange. They’re freezing computer chips to 460 degrees Fahrenheit below zero, colder than deep space, to simulate the quantum structure of the universe.

At such extreme temperatures these remarkable chips, called qubits, enable scientists to peer into the complex, uncertain interaction of particles at the atomic level — an unseen world in which seemingly contradictory results can exist simultaneously, a place where simply observing an interaction can change it. Or wreck it altogether.

“Quantum — it’s something weird,” said Mike Mayberry, Intel’s chief technology officer and general manager of Intel Labs.

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Oct 5, 2018

A new era in the quest for dark matter

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Since the 1970s, astronomers and physicists have been gathering evidence for the presence in the universe of dark matter: a mysterious substance that manifests itself through its gravitational pull. However, despite much effort, none of the new particles proposed to explain dark matter have been discovered. In a review that was published in Nature this week, physicists Gianfranco Bertone (UvA) and Tim Tait (UvA and UC Irvine) argue that the time has come to broaden and diversify the experimental effort, and to incorporate astronomical surveys and gravitational wave observations in the quest for the nature of dark matter.

Over the past three decades, the search for dark matter has focused mostly on a class of particle candidates known as weakly interacting massive particles (or WIMPs). WIMPs appeared for a long time as a perfect dark matter candidate as they would be produced in the right amount in the early universe to explain dark matter, while at the same time they might alleviate some of the most fundamental problems in the physics of elementary particles, such as the large discrepancy between the energy scale of weak interactions and that of .

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Oct 5, 2018

These Photos of Asteroid Ryugu from the Successful MASCOT Landing Are Amazing

Posted by in category: space

Before the MASCOT lander spent 17 hours studying the asteroid Ryugu, the spacecraft captured some incredible photographs.

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Oct 5, 2018

NASA says Voyager 2 may be nearing interstellar space

Posted by in category: space

Voyager 1 could soon welcome its twin to the space outside our solar system.

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  • Amanda Kooser

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Oct 5, 2018

This Agile Robot Assists with Various Construction Tasks

Posted by in categories: engineering, robotics/AI

AIST recently unveiled its HRP-5, the fifth iteration of a humanoid robot design at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots. The long-term vision for the robot is to assist, not replace, workers with certain repetitive tasks. HRP-4 weighed 39kg and stood 151 cm tall with a 0.5kg maximum payload (per hand), so most likely the newest version will at the least boast an increased payload and sensor technology.

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Oct 5, 2018

Brown bear saliva kills a bacteria that current antibiotics are unable to treat

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Slather me in it!

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Oct 5, 2018

Above And Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow

Posted by in category: space

As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary, see how the historic institution is taking us to the moon, to the surface of Mars, to the outer edge of our solar system and beyond. 🔭

Watch above and beyond: nasa’s journey to tomorrow saturday oct 13 at 9p on discovery and discovery GO.

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Oct 5, 2018

Nanosatellites Are Hitching A Ride To Space

Posted by in category: space

Nanosatellites are the new low-cost way to get your research into space.

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