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Aug 31, 2018

Our universe could be one of an infinite number of universes

Posted by in category: cosmology

We could be living in a multiverse with an infinite number of universes.

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Aug 31, 2018

Vietnam Opens Golden Bridge

Posted by in category: futurism

Cầu Vàng or the “golden bridge” is one of the most unique bridges ever.

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Aug 31, 2018

China’s Brave New World Of AI

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

China is racing ahead to overtake the U.S. in artificial intelligence (AI). Are we prepared to stay on top of the technology we’ve dominated since the 1950s?

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Aug 31, 2018

What If A Rogue Planet Entered Our Solar System?

Posted by in category: space

Scientists found a mysterious rogue planet roaming aimlessly outside our solar system. What if it came closer?

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Aug 31, 2018

A vibrant Space Program will inspire millions of children

Posted by in category: space

Robert Zubrin made his presentation to the Mars Society in 2018.

A vibrant space program will inspire millions of children to study science and technology so that they can be a space pioneer. Children are not inspired by lot of testing.

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Aug 31, 2018

Commercial branding on spacecraft? Five key points in NASA’s evolving space vision

Posted by in category: space travel

Product endorsements and spaceships with corporate brands just might be part of a trend toward further commercialization of America’s space effort.

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Aug 30, 2018

Moon Village Association: Going to the Moon with cooperation from the private sector

Posted by in categories: business, government, policy, robotics/AI, space travel

Many countries including China, Russia, South Korea, India, Japan, and Europe Nations have all outlined significant lunar plans. To mention a few, the Moon Village concept got an endorsement from the Secretary General of the China National Space Administration, Yulong Tian. He outlined plans for a series of robotic missions to the moon, including China’s first sample return mission, Chang-e. The Director General of the Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos, talked about participating in any Moon Village effort. Smaller space agencies, such as Ukraine, share a similar desire to carry out lunar missions. President Trump signed the Space Policy Directive-1 in December 2017 and NASA has big plans for the Moon, with the recent Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G) initiative. Space activities are not limited to government initiatives; many of them are being pursued in partnership with civil society and the private sector. Several private missions to the Moon are planned in Japan with ispace, India with Team Indus, Israel with SpaceIL, United States with companies such as OffWorld and Moon Express, Germany with PT Scientists, and Luxembourg with CisLunar Industries.

Private industry is developing business plans to profit by creating new services and products that eventually will become the Moon Market. There is already good cooperation between private and government industries in each country; however, there is no global platform allowing cooperation between industry and government around the world. There is also a need to engage non-space industries by communicating the potential of the Moon Market. The Moon Village Association (MVA), a non-governmental organization (NGO) created in 2017 and based in Vienna, is dedicated to this mission:

“It provides a forum for the development of the Moon Village for industry, government, space agencies, international organizations, NGOs and the public at large.”

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Aug 30, 2018

Our Motion Through Space Isn’t A Vortex, But Something Far More Interesting

Posted by in category: space

One of the most popular viral videos about space is dead wrong. But it gives us a chance to learn something incredible.

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Aug 30, 2018

Physicists Just Made the Most Precise Measurement Ever of Gravity’s Strength

Posted by in categories: physics, space

Gravity might feel strong if you drop a bowling ball on your feet, but is in fact the weakest force. Compare it to electromagnetism: the pull of all the Earth’s gravity can’t stop you from picking up a paperclip with a refrigerator magnet. That weakness makes gravity incredibly difficult to measure.

A team of scientists in China are reporting that they have now performed the most precise measurement of gravity’s strength yet by measuring G, the Newtonian or universal gravitational constant. G relates the gravitational attraction between two objects to their masses and the distance between them. The new measurement is important both for high-powered atomic clocks as well as the study of the universe, earth science, or any kind of science that relies on gravity in some way.

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Aug 30, 2018

Scientists identify protein that may have existed when life began

Posted by in category: chemistry

How did life arise on Earth? Rutgers researchers have found among the first and perhaps only hard evidence that simple protein catalysts—essential for cells, the building blocks of life, to function—may have existed when life began.

Their study of a primordial peptide, or short , is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the chemist Günter Wächtershäuser postulated that life began on iron- and sulfur-containing rocks in the ocean. Wächtershäuser and others predicted that short peptides would have bound metals and served as catalysts of life-producing chemistry, according to study co-author Vikas Nanda, an associate professor at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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