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Apr 7, 2018

This Company Is Launching A Hotel In Space

Posted by in category: space

For just $80,000, you can reserve a condo in space.

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Apr 7, 2018

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Has Been Streaming Launches Without Permission

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SpaceX has been streaming its launches illegally.

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Apr 7, 2018

Putting the ‘smart’ in manufacturing

Posted by in categories: engineering, mobile phones

“Although smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous, many of the companies that make our everyday consumer products still rely on paper trails and manually updated spreadsheets to keep track of their production processes and delivery schedules,” says Leyuan Shi, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

That’s what she hopes to change with a research idea she first published almost two decades ago.

During the past 16 years, Shi has visited more than 400 companies in the United States, China, Europe, and Japan to personally observe their production processes. “And I have used that insight to develop tools that can make these processes run much more smoothly,” she says.

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Apr 7, 2018

Bill Gates: We will have another financial crisis like the one in 2008—it’s a ‘certainty’

Posted by in categories: finance, futurism

Another crisis is inevitable, Bill Gates said.


Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is optimistic about the future of the U.S., but he does believe the country will have another financial crisis.

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Apr 7, 2018

Disney’s Avatar park will soon feature a giant walking mech suit

Posted by in category: futurism

Disney’s immersive Pandora: The World of Avatar park is getting a new addition: a 10-foot-tall walking mech suit, starting April 22nd.

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Apr 7, 2018

NASA Simulates Their Orion Abort System. Now That Would be a Crazy Ride

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A team of research scientists recently conducted a series of simulations to see how the Orion Launch Abort System would fair in high speed conditions.

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Apr 7, 2018

Blue Sky Science: Are there wormholes that lead to other galaxies?

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, quantum physics, science

In principle, a wormhole-like scenario is possible, but a wormhole tends to close before objects or other matter could pass through it. As far as we know, it’s unlikely we could construct a wormhole that stays open long enough for us to get to a distant part of the universe.

That’s really the issue: Can you keep a wormhole open?

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Apr 7, 2018

5 Big Disruptive Trends to Watch in the Coming Decade

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Interested in the long-term investment opportunities that might arise from disruption? Then watch these five disruptive trends in the coming decade, says Morgan Stanley Disruptive Change Researcher Stan DeLaney.

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Apr 7, 2018

Sodium-ion battery packs a punch

Posted by in categories: chemistry, solar power, sustainability

A new sodium-ion battery chemistry that shows superior performance to existing state-of-the-art sodium-based batteries could be the catalyst to enabling mass-production of the emerging technology for large-scale energy storage, such as in applications including storing solar power for industrial sites.

Despite sodium’s appeal as a low-cost, abundant and environmentally friendly building block for storage, it is a relatively new entrant in the field of battery technology research and development.

A key issue for sodium-ion batteries is that many of the active materials used in their chemistry are sensitive to air—exposure to even a few molecules of air can degrade the material and reduce battery performance.

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Apr 7, 2018

Researchers developing renewable energy approach for producing ammonia

Posted by in categories: energy, food, sustainability

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are developing a renewable energy approach for synthesizing ammonia, an essential component of fertilizers that support the world’s food production needs. The Haber-Bosch process developed in the early 1900s for producing ammonia relies on non-renewable fossil fuels and has limited applications for only large, centralized chemical plants.

The new process, published in Nature Catalysis, utilizes a plasma—an ionized gas—in combination with non-noble metal catalysts to generate at much milder conditions than is possible with Haber-Bosch. The energy in the plasma excites nitrogen molecules, one of the two components that go into making ammonia, allowing them to react more readily on the catalysts. Because the energy for the reaction comes from the plasma rather than high heat and intense pressure, the process can be carried out at small scale. This makes the new process well-suited for use with intermittent renewable sources and for distributed .

“Plasmas have been considered by many as a way to make ammonia that is not dependent on fossil fuels and had the potential to be applied in a less centralized way,” said William Schneider, H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor of Engineering, affiliated member of ND Energy and co-author of the study. “The real challenge has been to find the right combination of plasma and . By combining molecular models with results in the laboratory, we were able to focus in on combinations that had never been considered before.”

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