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Apr 1, 2019

Astronomers Worldwide Are About to Make a Groundbreaking Black Hole Announcement

Posted by in category: cosmology

The European Southern Observatory has just revealed there will be a huge announcement next week. Yes, we know how that sounds — but as far as we can tell, it appears the world is about to finally see the first ever photo of a black hole’s event horizon.

Of course, we won’t know for sure until the press event itself, which we will cover live on our site. But here’s a massive clue: according to the advance statement, the researchers will be discussing the “first result from the Event Horizon Telescope.”

For years, the Event Horizon Telescope has been staring into the heart of the Milky Way, trying to obtain a photo of the location of Sagittarius A*, our galaxy’s central supermassive black hole.

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Apr 1, 2019

“World’s first working thermal battery” promises cheap, eco-friendly, grid-scalable energy storage

Posted by in category: energy

South Australia has recently put the world’s biggest lithium battery into operation – but perhaps it should’ve waited. A local startup says it’s built the world’s first working thermal battery, a device with a lifetime of at least 20 years that can store six times more energy than lithium-ion batteries per volume, for 60–80 percent of the price.

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Apr 1, 2019

First bacterial genome created entirely with a computer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

All the genome sequences of organisms known throughout the world are stored in a database belonging to the National Center for Biotechnology Information in the United States. As of today, the database has an additional entry: Caulobacter ethensis-2.0. It is the world’s first fully computer-generated genome of a living organism, developed by scientists at ETH Zurich. However, it must be emphasised that although the genome for C. ethensis-2.0 was physically produced in the form of a very large DNA molecule, a corresponding organism does not yet exist.

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Apr 1, 2019

How to ice-proof the next generation of aircraft

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

35,000 feet is standard cruising altitude for a commercial jet airplane, but at those lofty heights the air temperature plummets below −51 degrees Celsius and ice can easily form on wings. To prevent ice formation and subsequent drag on the aircraft, current systems utilize the heat generated by burning fuel. But these high-temperature, fuel-dependent systems cannot be used on the proposed all-electric, temperature-sensitive materials of next-generation aircraft.

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Apr 1, 2019

The Newest AI-Enabled Weapon: ‘Deep-Faking’ Photos of the Earth

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The Newest AI-Enabled Weapon: ‘Deep-Faking’ Photos of the Earth | RealClearDefense.

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Apr 1, 2019

Interesting Engineering

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This robot works wonders in logistics as it can autonomously locate, grasp and place boxes onto pallets via BostonDynamics.

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Apr 1, 2019

Astronomers Are Teasing the First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole

Posted by in category: cosmology

The international team behind the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project is gearing up for a huge announcement next week — and according to ScienceAlert’s analysis, it’s likely to be the first-ever photo of a black hole’s event horizon.

If that prediction is correct, the April 10 event will be a monumental moment for science — providing a glimpse of one of the most epic objects in the known universe.

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Apr 1, 2019

Are We Ready For An Implant That Can Change Our Moods?

Posted by in categories: health, neuroscience

Deep Brain Stimulation For Depression, Mood Disorders Could Be Ethically Fraught : Shots — Health News Deep brain stimulation offers relief from some neurological problems and is being tested for mood disorders. But the treatment — an implant in the brain — raises ethical questions.

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Apr 1, 2019

Try Not to Laugh

Posted by in category: futurism

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This one’s a hoot 😂.

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Apr 1, 2019

Building blocks of DNA and RNA could have appeared together before life began on Earth

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists for the first time have found strong evidence that RNA and DNA could have arisen from the same set of precursor molecules even before life evolved on Earth about four billion years ago.

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