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Nov 19, 2018

Virgin Orbit flies its rocket into the skies for the first time

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For the first time, Virgin Orbit has strapped its 21-meter rocket to a modified 747 aircraft and taken to the skies. The company performed this “captive-carry” test flight on Sunday in Victorville, located to the northeast of Los Angeles.

“The vehicles flew like a dream today,” Virgin Orbit Chief Pilot Kelly Latimer said in a news release. “Everyone on the flight crew and all of our colleagues on the ground were extremely happy with the data we saw from the instruments on-board the aircraft, in the pylon, and on the rocket itself. From my perspective in the cockpit, the vehicles handled incredibly well, and perfectly matched what we’ve trained for in the simulators.”

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Nov 19, 2018

The Times of the Global Screen and the Posthuman Subjectification

Posted by in category: futurism

Without realizing, a new human being has been born in the brief time since WWII. He does not have the same body, does not have the same life expectancy, does not live in the same space, does not communicate in the same way, does not perceive the same outside world, no longer lives close to nature; born under epidural and with a scheduled birth, he does not face the same death, due to palliative care. He does not have the same mind as his parents and acquires knowledge differently. https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/the-times-of-the-global-scre…ification/ https://paper.li/e-1437691924


The global screen has begun: an era in which these devices change the way we are and how we interact with the world.

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Nov 19, 2018

Space: how far have we gone – and where are we going?

Posted by in categories: government, space travel

Billionaire entrepreneurs are trying to create rockets fit for human travel, while government agencies spend billions furthering their explorations. But we are still a long way off from making our way to the red planet by .

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Nov 19, 2018

Israeli scientists develop implanted organs that won’t be rejected

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

“With our technology, we can engineer any tissue type, and after transplantation we can efficiently regenerate any diseased or injured organ — a heart after a heart attack, a brain after trauma or with Parkinson’s disease, a spinal cord after injury”


Breakthrough development uses a patient’s own stomach cells, cutting the risk of an immune response to implanted organs.

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Nov 19, 2018

Breakthrough neural network paves the way for quantum AI

Posted by in categories: information science, quantum physics, robotics/AI

A team of Italian researchers successfully ran a perceptron algorithm on a real, working quantum computer using IBM’s cloud-access Q Experience system.

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Nov 19, 2018

‘Pinwheel’ star system is beautiful, dangerous and doomed

Posted by in category: futurism

The star system is beautiful, but also dangerous — and likely doomed.

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Nov 19, 2018

NASA Announces Landing Site for Mars 2020 Rover

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

JUST IN: Jezero Crater will be the landing site of NASA’s next rover being sent to Mars in 2020. This area, with a history of containing water, may have ancient organic molecules & other potential signs of microbial life from billions of years ago.


NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five year search, during which every available detail of more than 60 candidate locations on the Red Planet was scrutinized and debated by the mission team and the planetary science community.

The rover mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 as NASA’s next step in exploration of the Red Planet. It will not only seek signs of ancient habitable conditions – and past microbial life — but the rover also will collect rock and soil samples and store them in a cache on the planet’s surface. NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) are studying future mission concepts to retrieve the samples and return them to Earth, so this landing site sets the stage for the next decade of Mars exploration.

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Nov 19, 2018

Researchers have succeeded in creating a fifth state of matter in space

Posted by in category: space

And it could really matter.


Using an unnamed space rocket, a team of German researchers have successfully studied the Bose-Einstein condensate.

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Nov 19, 2018

Where will we land our next Mars rover?

Posted by in category: alien life

Where will NASA land its next Mars rover? Listen at noon ET to get the details from the #Mars2020 mission team as they look at the science exploration possible at this site and how it’ll help answer key questions about the potential for ancient life on Mars.


NASA — National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Nov 19, 2018

Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ produce electrical patterns that resemble those of premature babies

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Promising news: ‘Mini brains’ grown in a dish have spontaneously produced human-like brain waves for the first time — and the electrical patterns look similar to those seen in premature babies.


Structures could help researchers to study the early stages of brain development disorders, including epilepsy.

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