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Nov 8, 2016

The Weird Science of the Malfunctioning Improbability Drive

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, science

A NASA engineers explains why the fake technology that inspired Elon Musk wouldn’t work.

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Nov 8, 2016

Harvard Scientists Think They’ve Pinpointed the Physical Source of Consciousness

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness — the awareness of one’s existence. Despite advances in neuroscience, we still don’t really know where it comes from, and how it arises.

But researchers think they might have finally figured out its physical origins, after pinpointing a network of three specific regions in the brain that appear to be crucial to consciousness.

It’s a pretty huge deal for our understanding of what it means to be human, and it could also help researchers find new treatments for patients in vegetative states.

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Nov 8, 2016

Scientists Have Found a Bizarre Similarity Between Human Cells and Neutron Stars

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space

If you were to compare yourself to a neutron star, you probably wouldn’t find very many things in common. After all, neutron stars – celestial bodies with super strong magnetic fields – are made from collapsed star cores, lie light-years away from Earth, and don’t even watch Netflix.

But, according to new research, we share at least one similarity: the geometry of the matter that makes us.

Researchers have found that the ‘crust’ (or outer layers) of a neutron star has the same shape as our cellular membranes. This could mean that, despite being fundamentally different, both humans and neutron stars are constrained by the same geometry.

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Nov 8, 2016

Impossible Spaceship Engine Called “EmDrive” Actually Works, Leaked NASA Report Reveals

Posted by in categories: physics, space travel

Great news if it turns out to be true!

Though scientists are still trying to figure out how it doesn’t violate the laws of physics.

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Nov 8, 2016

Great progress with the Winter Fundraiser and Patrons Challenge for SENS so far it looks like longevity research is really hotting up :)

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Hey folks, great news! The Patrons Challenge is going really well and we have already passed the halfway mark for new Patrons which is superb. Thanks to Reason and Josh Triplett who are doubling all new pledges made this year. So if you are interested in being a Patron this is a great time to join us.

Our Winter fundraiser has also reached almost 25k and is going great guns. The more we can raise the more research we can do and as this year has shown, some truly great results are starting to arrive for the SENS approach to treating age-related diseases.

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Nov 8, 2016

Forget Trump and Clinton, Zoltan Istvan is running for president as the ‘anti-death’ candidate

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, transhumanism

My new OpEd story on my campaign and transhumanist activism:

Author of The Transhumanist Wager, Zoltan Istvan explains how the social movement wants to change the future of humanity.

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Nov 8, 2016

Kardashev Scale: This Is What Life Will Look Like When We Harness the Energy of the Entire Universe

Posted by in categories: energy, physics, space

In Brief:

  • A Type IV civilization is a society that has managed to harness the energy of the entire universe.
  • To get here, we would need to tap into energy sources unknown to us using strange laws of physics (laws that may or may not exist).

To measure the level of a civilization’s advancement, the Kardashev scale focuses on the amount of energy that a civilization is able to harness. Obviously, the amount of power available to a civilization is linked to how widespread the civilization is (you can’t harness the power of a star if you are confined to your home planet, and you certainly can’t harness the power of a galaxy if you can’t even get out of your solar system).

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Nov 8, 2016

Close to absolute zero, electrons exhibit their quantum nature

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

What would happen if an electric current no longer flowed, but trickled instead? This was the question investigated by researchers working with Christian Ast at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. Their investigation involved cooling their scanning tunnelling microscope down to a fifteen thousandth of a degree above absolute zero. At these extremely low temperatures, the electrons reveal their quantum nature. The electric current is therefore a granular medium, consisting of individual particles. The electrons trickle through a conductor like grains of sand in an hourglass, a phenomenon that can be explained with the aid of quantum electrodynamics.

Flowing water from a tap feels like a homogeneous medium — it is impossible to distinguish between the individual water molecules. Exactly the same thing is true about electric current. So many electrons flow in a conventional cable that the current appears to be homogeneous. Although it is not possible to distinguish individual electrons, quantum mechanics says they should exist. So how do they behave? Under which conditions does the current not flow like water through a tap, but rather trickles like sand in an hourglass?

The hourglass analogy is very appropriate for the scanning tunnelling microscope, where a thin, pointed tip scans across the surface of a sample without actually touching it. A tiny current flows nevertheless, as there is a slight probability that electrons “tunnel” from the pointed tip into the sample. This tunnelling current is an exponential function of the separation, which is why the pointed tip is located only a few Ångström (a ten millionth of a millimetre) above the sample.

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Nov 8, 2016

NanoFlowcell in Action – Journalists Drive QUANT Prototypes for First Time

Posted by in category: transportation

We are pleased to announce that QUANT is no longer a car. QUANT is three cars: one street legal e-Sportlimousine, one research vehicle, and one even more ambitious concept car for the mass market.

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Nov 7, 2016

Space race revealed: US and China test futuristic EmDrive on Tiangong-2 and mysterious X-37B plane

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

US and Chinese governments are already testing out their own EmDrive devices on spacecraft, sources say.

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