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Sep 30, 2018

360 Video: Inside Boeing’s Starliner space capsule

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

The gumdrop-shaped capsule is designed to function essentially as a space taxi, ferrying up to seven astronauts and their cargo to and from the International Space Station. Boeing is expected to conduct the spacecraft’s first crewed test flight to the ISS next year. (SpaceX is putting the finishing touches on its Crew Dragon capsule, which is also scheduled to carry its first crew in 2019.)

Recently, NBC News MACH visited a Starliner mock-up at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to get an insider’s look at the spacecraft — and a sense of what it would be like to fly aboard the futuristic capsule. [Editor’s note: Boeing is a sponsor of MACH’s Making of an Astronaut series.]

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Sep 30, 2018

Scientists Pinpoint Where Dark Matter Is Hiding in the Universe

Posted by in category: cosmology

A new map of dark matter all over the universe could reveal things scientists don’t know about dark energy.

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Sep 30, 2018

The Impact Of Artificial Intelligence Is Already Here, It’s Just Not Very Evenly Distributed

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

With apologies to author https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/William_Gibson” target=”_blank” rel=” nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=” ExternalLink: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/William_Gibson”>William Gibson, who originally pointed out that “the future is already here, it’s just not very distributed,” we can say that the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) is here, but that’s just not so very evenly distributed either. But that’s okay, for now. That’s because when it comes to AI, every industry has a different story to tell.

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Sep 30, 2018

SpaceX restores a Falcon 1 rocket for 10th anniversary of first launch success

Posted by in category: space travel

With plans to give the historic rocket its own place on display inside the company’s Hawthorne factory, SpaceX has refurbished the last remaining Falcon 1 rocket booster and an old Merlin 1C engine to create a model representative of the same Falcon 1 that saved SpaceX and made history on September 28th, 2008, becoming the first privately-developed liquid-fuel rocket to reach Earth orbit.

In the process of celebrating the tenth anniversary of that crowning achievement, one is reminded just how meteoric SpaceX’s rise has been over the course of that decade, marked by relentless progress with Falcon 1, Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, Cargo Dragon, Crew Dragon, and even the early phases of BFR construction.

Ten years ago today, Falcon 1 became the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to achieve Earth orbit. Here are a few of our SpaceX employees who helped us achieve this historic milestone! pic.twitter.com/zwgXor0YXt

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Sep 30, 2018

Commonwealth Fusion stronger magnet tokomak gets billionaire funding

Posted by in categories: government, nuclear energy

Commonwealth Fusion Systems a spinout from MIT has received additional funding from Breakthrough Energy Ventures (which investment from billionaires Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani, and Richard Branson).

Commonwealth Fusion Systems will use new superconducting materials to make far stronger magnets for a smaller Tokamak fusion system. The planned fusion experiment, called Sparc, is set to be far smaller – about 1/65th of the volume – than that of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, an international collaboration.

Breakthrough Energy Ventures’ portfolio company @CFS_energy is building on decades of government-funded research to accelerate the path toward clean, limitless commercial fusion energy. #cleanenergy https://www.cfs.energy/

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Sep 30, 2018

What Happened To Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles?

Posted by in categories: business, Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Elon Musk unveiled prototypes of Tesla’s Solar Roof tiles In October 2016. They came in four styles that looked just like normal roofing material but were essentially miniaturized versions of traditional solar panels.

The announcement helped Tesla justify its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity one month later and represented Musk’s vision for what the businesses could do together.

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Sep 30, 2018

Liz Parrish in an insightful conversation with Nick Delgado (Sept 22, 2018 @RAADfest)

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones

Liz talking about gene therapy.


Liz Parrish in conversation with Nick Delgado, PhD, ABAAHP, CHT, Lifestyle Anti-Aging Medicine Author.

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Sep 30, 2018

‘Journalologists’ use scientific methods to study academic publishing. Is their work improving science?

Posted by in category: science

Publication science is struggling to keep up. “Research in this area is not fast-moving,” says Sara Schroter, a senior researcher at The BMJ. In a recent Nature opinion piece, Rennie called for rigorous studies to demonstrate the pros and cons of many new developments, including open peer review and preprints. In JAMA, he and Executive Managing Editor Annette Flanagin lamented that few people are studying “important issues and threats to the scientific enterprise, such as reproducibility, fake peer review, and predatory journals.”


Decades spent studying peer review, publication bias, and more have challenged the status quo, but journalologists say they have a long way to go.

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Sep 30, 2018

Consciousness is not a thing, but a process of inference

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience

The mathematics of mind-time

The special trick of consciousness is being able to project action and time into a range of possible futures.

Karl Friston

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Sep 30, 2018

NIH ACD BRAIN Initiative Working Group 2.0 Workshop 2

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Perhaps you read the stories last week (including the NYT piece linked to below) about the researchers at Johns Hopkins, led by Gul Dolen, who gave ecstasy (MDMA) to octopuses and found that they, like humans, became more social on the drug. Dr. Dolen talked about using the octopus as a model organism in neuroscience research during last Friday’s day-long workshop hosted by the NIH BRAIN 2.0 working group.


By dosing the tentacled creatures with MDMA, researchers found they share parts of an ancient messaging system involved in social behaviors with humans.

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