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Aug 8, 2016

Will Warp Drive Finally Become A Reality?

Posted by in categories: genetics, quantum physics, space travel

Not so long ago we had to assume that we’ll never be able to travel faster than light. This was based on scientists’ sensible belief that we can travel through space but cannot change the nature of space itself. Then the idea of ‘Warp Drive’ came along to challenge and seemingly change all of the barriers that Einstein’s theory identified. Warp Drive is all about squashing and stretching space — a pretty ambitious task to begin with. So maybe it’s time again to have a look at how far we’ve already come or how close we are to seeing a real warp drive built by humans.

In May 1994, theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre finally presented his proposal of “The Warp Drive: Hyper-fast travel within general relativity” in a scientific journal called Classical and Quantum Gravity.

He indeed was inspired by Star Trek and its creator Gene Roddenberry, who famously coined the expression “Warp Drive” to explain the inexplicable propulsion of the Starship Enterprise as prodigious speed was just necessary to enable his fictional space travelers to leap from star to star on their trek.

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Aug 7, 2016

Five New Ideas to be Explored by NASA Aeronautics Teams

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, energy, transportation

They might not work, but no one will know for sure unless they’re given a chance.

That’s the general idea behind the recent selection of five aviation-related technologies for vigorous study as part of NASA’s ongoing Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project during the next two years of so, which itself is now in its second year.

Researchers will study a new kind of fuel cell, increasing electric motor output with the help of 3D printing, use of Lithium-Air batteries to store energy, new mechanisms for changing the shape of a wing in flight and basing a new antenna design on the use of lightweight aerogel.

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Aug 7, 2016

LIGO’s black holes may be dark matter

Posted by in category: cosmology

Two analyses indicate that LIGO could have detected black holes that formed just after the Big Bang.

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Aug 7, 2016

5 Future Visions to Fuel Your Imagination of What’s Possible

Posted by in category: futurism

Through the lens of imagination, humankind has the ability to see far beyond the present. The strongest of these guiding visions tend to coalesce and together steer the trajectory of where we’re headed—even if we don’t arrive exactly where expected.

But what fuels the imagination? The information we consume paints a picture of the world we inhabit. Both sci-fi and forecasting offer fertile ground for stimulating thoughts about the future, while also helping us imagine the steps necessary to get us closer or further from the destination.

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Aug 6, 2016

IBM lab on a chip can sort 20 nanometer nanoparticles such as DNA, viruses and exos

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, nanotechnology, particle physics

IBM scientists have developed a new lab-on-a-chip technology that can, for the first time, separate biological particles at the nanoscale and could help enable physicians to detect diseases such as cancer before symptoms appear.

As reported today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology*, the IBM team’s results show size-based separation of bioparticles down to 20 nanometers (nm) in diameter, a scale that gives access to important particles such as DNA, viruses and exosomes. Once separated, these particles can be analyzed by physicians to potentially reveal signs of disease even before patients experience any physical symptoms and when the outcome from treatment is most positive. Until now, the smallest bioparticle that could be separated by size with on-chip technologies was about 50 times or larger, for example, separation of circulating tumor cells from other biological components.

IBM is collaborating with a team from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to continue development of this lab-on-a-chip technology and plans to test it on prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men in the U.S.

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Aug 6, 2016

Porsche concept electronic Mission E car

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

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Porsche concept electric Mission E car.

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Aug 6, 2016

Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test

Posted by in category: space travel

The VASIMR engine being developed by Costa Rican physicist Franklin Chang Díaz is one step closer to proving itself the best technology for propelling the next generation of spacecraft.

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Aug 6, 2016

Tesla Autopilot Drives Owner to Hospital During Pulmonary Embolism

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

It’s the feel good Autopilot story Tesla has been waiting for.

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Aug 6, 2016

Insulin Pill

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

This pill could change treatment for type 2 diabetes forever.

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Aug 6, 2016

How to Feed Ten Billion: Lab-Made ‘Clean Meat’ Burgers are Future of Food

Posted by in categories: energy, food

The rapid growth of the world’s human population raises the issue of more efficient food production; one solution to the problem is “clean meat,” which is produced in the equivalent of meat fermenters, Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director of the Good Food Institute, told Radio Sputnik.

The world’s human population reached 7.4 billion in March 2016, having reached 7 billion in October 2011. In 2050, it is expected to reach 9.7 billion, raising the question of how to produce enough food for everybody.

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