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Mar 17, 2019

Amazon removes books that promoted an autism ‘cure’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has removed books from its website that promoted “cures” for autism, the latest major company to try to limit the amount of misinformation related to autism and the bogus notion that it’s caused by vaccines.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, only medications that can help some function better. It also says there is no link between vaccines and autism.

An Amazon.com Inc. spokeswoman confirmed the books were no longer available, but did not answer any additional questions.

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Mar 17, 2019

Our Planet: 8 Stunning Views of Earth from Space

Posted by in category: space

Storms that stir sediment like watercolors. Chunks of ice that arrange like mosaic tiles. And swaths of desert sand that layer like oil paint. We have compiled a book of awe-inspiring NASA Earth satellite images. Discover the beauty of our 4.5-billion-year-old planet: https://go.nasa.gov/2JikEvm

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Mar 17, 2019

Starwatch: a supermoon to celebrate the vernal equinox

Posted by in category: space

Full moon marks the midway point of the moon’s cycle, and this month it will be a supermoon – the third supermoon of the year.

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Mar 17, 2019

Spaceflight found to reactivate dormant viruses in astronauts

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, space travel

There are certainly a whole host of technological hurdles to overcome before humans successfully travel to Mars, or beyond, but research is also pointing to a growing assortment of fundamental health challenges that astronauts may face from long stretches of time in space. A recent NASA-funded study has found dormant viruses can reactivate in the human body during spaceflight, presenting yet another physiological problem for scientists to solve before we journey out into deep space.

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Mar 17, 2019

Cryopreservation of Valia Zeldin

Posted by in categories: cryonics, life extension

Text by Anton Zeldin, source: https://varlamov.ru/3352253.htmlTranslated by Alexey Turchin with the help of Google translate.

I started to date Valya in 2011 after the championship in “crocodile” — a game in which you need to portray words with the help of pantomime and guess them. For several years we communicated in very different ways, either parting or renewing relations, and only in 2016 we finally engaged. I realized that everything that I like to do in life, with this person I like even more. On both sides there was a confidence that no matter how we quarrel, nothing will change. We felt that a large concrete slab was laid at the base of our relationship.

In May 2017, we got married and started thinking about moving to Moscow. We worked together a lot — we made a discussion club and a telegram training game. It seemed to us that for the development of the latter it was important to be in the capital. We moved in mid-October, and lived in Moscow for almost a year. September 2, 2018 Valya shot down.

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Mar 17, 2019

NASA Asteroid WARNING: Giant Asteroid Headed For Earth This Weekend At 29,000MPH

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

The asteroid, dubbed by NASA Asteroid 2019 CB2, is barreling towards a so-called “Earth Close Approach”. NASA’s scientists have pinpointed the asteroid’s passage down to 1.20am GMT (UTC) on Sunday, February 10. The incredible flyby comes just five days after NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) first observed the rock on February 2. As it zips by, Asteroid CB2 will breach speeds of nearly 29,125mph or 13.02km per second.

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Mar 17, 2019

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Launch Could Make Space Hotels A Reality

Posted by in category: space travel

With the successful launch and docking of its Crew Dragon spacecraft under its belt – although it still has to stick the landing – SpaceX could soon be launching humans to a number of exciting orbital destinations. And, yes, that includes space hotels.

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Mar 17, 2019

Biologists Just Created a Mutant Fly with 140-Million-Year-Old Genes

Posted by in category: entertainment

It totally sounds like a mash-up of two of Jeff Goldblum’s best movies, The Fly and Jurassic Park, but scientists at New York University and the University of Chicago really have created mutant fruit flies carrying reconstructed genes from 140 million years ago. Here’s why.

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Mar 17, 2019

The FCC Clears Experimental Frequencies to Pave Way for 6G

Posted by in category: internet

The news also comes after President Donald Trump tweeted last month that he wants “5G and even 6G” cell service in the U.S. “as soon as possible” — even though we don’t even have 5G service yet.

“Today, we take big steps towards making productive use of this spectrum,” Pai said in the statement. “This will give innovators strong incentives to develop new technologies using these airwaves while also protecting existing uses.”

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Mar 17, 2019

Pentagon Wants to Test A Space-Based Weapon in 2023

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military, particle physics, satellites

Defense officials have asked for $304 million to fund research into space-based lasers, particle beams, and other new forms of missile defense next year.

Defense officials want to test a neutral particle-beam in orbit in fiscal 2023 as part of a ramped-up effort to explore various types of space-based weaponry. They’ve asked for $304 million in the 2020 budget to develop such beams, more powerful lasers, and other new tech for next-generation missile defense. Such weapons are needed, they say, to counter new missiles from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. But just figuring out what might work is a difficult technical challenge.

So the Pentagon is undertaking two studies. The first is a $15 million exploration of whether satellites outfitted with lasers might be able to disable enemy missiles coming off the launch pad. Defense officials have said previously that these lasers would need to be in the megawatt class. They expect to finish the study within six months.

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