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Jun 9, 2019

China rockets to forefront of global space race with sea launch success

Posted by in categories: engineering, space travel

The launch was expected to encounter many technical and engineering challenges, including simplified procedures for pre-launch testing, the rocking motion of the ship and heat dissipation in a confined space.


China has become the first nation to fully own and operate a floating launch platform for its space missions.

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Jun 9, 2019

How fast is Earth traveling through space?

Posted by in category: space travel

Tighten your seat belts.

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Jun 9, 2019

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft grabs epic close-up just 30 feet above asteroid

Posted by in category: space

The Japanese asteroid-hunter had another photo opportunity when it dropped a target marker on asteroid Ryugu.

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Jun 8, 2019

Primordial oscillations, an alternative mechanism to the Big Bang

Posted by in category: cosmology

Microwave anisotropy map of the universe.

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Jun 8, 2019

5 Intriguing Theories about Dark Matter

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Dark matter is a hypothetical invisible mass, which is responsible for the force of gravity among galaxies and other celestial bodies. Although researchers don’t have any concrete information about this puzzling entity, they did come up with a number of intriguing theories about this enigmatic mass. Following is a list of 5 dark matter theories that are quite interesting.

WIMPs are hypothetical particles that are thought to constitute dark matter. These heavy, electromagnetically neutral subatomic particles are hypothesized to make up 22% of the entire universe. They are thought to be heavy and slow-moving because if the dark matter particles were light and fast, they would not have clumped together in the density fluctuations from which galaxies and clusters of galaxies are formed. The precise nature of these particles is currently unknown and they do not abide by the laws of the Standard Model of Particle Physics.

Axions are believed to be neutral, slow-moving particles that are a billion times lighter than electrons. They rarely interact with light and this behavior has urged scientists to believe that Axion could be a building block of the dark matter. An attempt to detect these particles was made in April 2018 by the physicists from the University of Washington. The main idea of this theory suggests that if axions are constantly dashing towards Earth, powerful magnets may be able to convert some of the axions into microwave photons, which are easier to detect. Their work is commonly known as the Axion Dark Matter Experiment (ADMX) and this theory has not enjoyed much success, since then.

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Jun 8, 2019

Quantum Biology May Help Solve Some of Life’s Greatest Mysteries

Posted by in categories: biological, neuroscience, quantum physics

From the remarkable speed of enzyme-catalyzed reactions to the workings of the human brain, numerous biological puzzles are now being explored for evidence of quantum effects.

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Jun 8, 2019

Nanotechnology treatment reverses multiple sclerosis in mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology

Summary: Extracting nanosized exosomes from bone marrow stem cells and injecting them into mice, researchers reverse symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Source: UC IrvineA nanotechnology treatment.

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Jun 8, 2019

The foundation of the computing industry’s innovation is faltering. What can replace it?

Posted by in categories: computing, innovation

Shrinking transistors have powered 50 years of advances in computing—but now other ways must be found to make computers more capable.

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Jun 8, 2019

How A.I. Could Be Weaponized to Spread Disinformation

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In 2017, an online disinformation campaign spread against the “White Helmets,” claiming that the group of aid volunteers was serving as an arm of Western governments to sow unrest in Syria.

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Jun 8, 2019

Could lasers guide and control the path of lightning?

Posted by in category: climatology

New method to steer electric discharges around an obstacle uses laser beams.

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