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Jul 4, 2018

The Philippines’ first CubeSat just launched into space

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Jul 4, 2018

President Trump’s Message to Americans on July 4th

Posted by in category: futurism

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends!

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Jul 4, 2018

Chinese Physicists’ Quantum Achievement Signals Dawn of Supercomputer

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics, supercomputing

Chinese physicists realized a genuine entanglement of 18 quantum particles, beating their own world record set in 2016, while the team has set their next goal at 50-qubit entanglement.

The result of the study was published in the US journal Physical Review Letters on June 28. Chinese leading quantum physicist Pan Jianwei led the project. Together with his team, Pan earlier demonstrated quantum entanglement with 10 quantum bits, or “qubits,” in 2016, according to a report sent by Pan’s team to Global Times on Tuesday.

Quantum entanglement is a weird phenomenon which Einstein called “spooky action at a distance” where quantum particles are connected “even if they are at opposite ends of the universe,” an Australia-based Cosmos Magazine reported.

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Jul 4, 2018

What If the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies Collided?

Posted by in category: space

This galactic collision might be more impactful than you think.

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Jul 4, 2018

Blue Origin targets moon landing by 2023 as an early step toward lunar settlement

Posted by in category: space travel

Charania told GeekWire that the first Blue Moon landing could take place even before 2023.

Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, is laying out a plan to support the creation of permanent settlements on the moon, starting with a lunar landing mission within the next five years.

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Jul 4, 2018

Asia’s mysterious role in the early origins of humanity

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution

Bizarre fossils from China are revealing our species’ Asian origins and rewriting the story of human evolution.

By Kate Douglas

DECEMBER 1941. Japan has just entered the second world war. China, already fighting its neighbour, is in the firing line. At the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Hu Chengzhi carefully packs two wooden crates with the world’s most precious anthropological artefacts. Peking Man – in reality some 200 fossilised teeth and bones, including six skulls – is to be shipped to the US for safekeeping. This is the last anyone ever sees of him.

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Jul 4, 2018

Drug that stops progression of Parkinson’s disease heads for human trials

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

An exciting experimental drug developed by scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine has been found to stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease in live mice models. The new drug could be the first medication to specifically slow the progression of the devastating disease as opposed to current treatments that only target the symptoms.

Microglia are a kind of immune cell primarily found in the brain. One of the neurodegenerative processes that occurs in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients is when the microglial cells send chemical signals to another kind of brain cell called astrocytes. This signal spurns those astrocytes into more aggressive behaviors, eating away at connections between neurons.

“The activated astrocytes we focused on go into a revolt against the brain,” explains Ted Dawson, one of the researchers on the project, “and this structural breakdown contributes to the dead zones of brain tissue found in those with Parkinson’s disease. The idea was that if we could find a way to calm those astrocytes, we might be able to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.”

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Jul 4, 2018

Why astronaut Chris Hadfield isn’t afraid of death

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An astronaut’s odds of dying is over 1 in 20, but whether he’s going to the ISS or Mars, Chris Hadfield feels prepared for anything NASA, or space, throws him.

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Jul 4, 2018

Disney robots do flips

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Seen this video going around. I think this is more of a fancy dummy than a robot, cause if they had video of it walking around i’m sure they would of posted it. The Atlas robot will be able to do stuff like this in a couple of years. Disney probably wants to build some circus attraction where it would be cheaper and safer to have the robots doing the stunts than the people.

In Unrelated news robot news. Supposedly Honda has killed off the Asimo robot, figured that was coming when they didnt even attempt to send it out to the robot competitions, which gives some idea how bad it really must of been behind the scenes; its claim to fame though will be proving that robots that walked like people were possible.

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Jul 4, 2018

China has 9 of the world’s 20 biggest tech companies

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China is on the rise when it comes to the number of massive tech companies in the country.

China is nearly even with the U.S. when it comes to who’s home to the most giant tech companies.

It’s got nine of the world’s top 20 tech giants, while the U.S. has got the other 11, according to this chart from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker’s annual report on internet trends.

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