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Aug 28, 2018

Live: step into many quantum worlds

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Sean Carroll will be helping New Scientist Live attendees understand what quantum mechanics means for the many worlds hypothesis — and poor Schrödinger’s cat.

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Aug 28, 2018

Scientists may have discovered the very first ‘ghost’ black hole from a different universe

Posted by in category: cosmology

It’s common knowledge that, because of the speed at which light travels, we can see things in space that aren’t even there anymore. If we peer at a distant galaxy we’re really only seeing what the objects within it looked like when the light itself was beaming in our direction. If the galaxy is a thousand light-years away, we’re seeing what the galaxy looked like a thousand years ago.

Now, researchers believe that they may be able to use a similar technique to search for black holes that don’t exist anymore. The only difference is that the black holes aren’t just from long ago, they’re from an entirely different version of the universe. Woah.

A research team comprised of scientists from Oxford University, the University of Warsaw, and the New York Maritime College, believe they have evidence that points to the leftovers of a black hole that existed in a universe that preceded the one we’re currently living in. However, rather than visible light, the black holes leave behind what is known as cosmic microwave background radiation, or (CMB).

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Aug 28, 2018

Research brief: Researchers 3D print prototype for ‘bionic eye’

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, cyborgs, transhumanism

Credit: university of minnesota, mcalpine group.

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Aug 28, 2018

Tesla Model X will carry first astronauts flying in SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft to launch pad

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

SpaceX is preparing to make its first demo launches for NASA’s commercial crew mission program, which aims to bring back the capability for U.S. spacecraft to fly astronauts to space.

The rocket company plans to use Tesla Model X vehicles to bring the first astronauts flying in the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the launch pad.

It appears to be the latest example of some synergy between Elon Musk’s two main companies.

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Aug 28, 2018

How Google Earth led a team of scientists to discover an untouched mountaintop rainforest

Posted by in categories: drones, food, sustainability

In 2018, what is left to explore in the world? It seems unlikely, say, that humans might find an untouched forest to study, someplace that hasn’t been bulldozed and burnt and exploited within an inch of its life for precious minerals or virgin timber. But that’s exactly what happened this past spring, when a Welsh researcher, Dr. Julian Bayliss, led a 28-person team that included scientists specially selected for their different talents as well as logistics experts, rock climbers, and filmmakers to the top of a mountain in Mozambique.

The story of the Mount Lico expedition began six years ago when Bayliss, a conservation scientist and butterfly expert, happened to spy a small forest atop a mountain using Google Earth. It wasn’t the first time he’d found such a place; Bayliss had been using Google Earth to explore high-altitude rainforests in Africa for around 15 years. In February 2017, the time was finally right: Bayliss brought a drone to the base of the 410-foot sheer rock protuberance (technically known as an inselberg) to confirm that there was a forest on top. This was no small feat. The area surrounding Mount Lico is a patchwork of smallholder farms, tea and eucalyptus plantations, and woodlands. There are no paved roads, no hotels — just rivers to cross, plants to hack away with machetes, and miles of dirt track to navigate.

While locals were aware of Mount Lico and used the natural resources of surrounding forests, its tall, sheer walls meant that it was nearly impossible to access, which made it likely that the land on top was untouched by humans. However, scientists would later find out that someone had been up there at least once.

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Aug 28, 2018

Our Sun Is Lighter Than Ever, And The Problem Is Getting Worse

Posted by in category: futurism

Stars don’t stay the same throughout their life, and the Sun is no exception. Here’s what’s going on.

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Aug 28, 2018

‘Supersensitive Antenna’ To Search For Extraterrestrials

Posted by in category: alien life

Outer space will soon seem a tad smaller.

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Aug 28, 2018

Obesity in America vs. Europe: Two maps explain it all

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

If your BMI is higher than 30, you’re technically obese. These maps show how many people per European country (and U.S. state) suffer from that medical condition.

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Aug 28, 2018

The big idea that could make democratic socialism a reality

Posted by in category: economics

An ambitious proposal to create an Alaska-style social wealth fund that could transform the global economy.

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Aug 28, 2018

How Cryptocurrencies Can Influence the Future of Freedom

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, futurism

“It’s the first time that humans have ever had the ability to send money around the world globally without anyone being able to stop it,” he said. “You can argue that it’s the first time in our history that we have real censorship resistance.”

Gladstein feels we’re at a crossroads as a society—we’ll either go down a centralized path where our interactions are surveilled and censored, or we’ll go down a decentralized one that preserves our essential freedoms and rights.

Technology’s role is somewhat paradoxical in this crossroads; some forms can serve as a tool of control for governments or companies, while other forms put more power in the hands of citizens.

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