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Jul 13, 2018

New South African Telescope Releases Epic Image of the Galactic Center

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

You’re looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness.

Scientists released this image today to inaugurate the completed MeerKAT radio telescope. But these scopes form part of an even more ambitious project: the Square Kilometer Array, a joint effort to build the world’s largest telescope, spanning the continents of Africa and Australia.

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Jul 13, 2018

Satellite startups turn to reinventing broadband, mapping and other industries

Posted by in categories: computing, mapping, mobile phones, satellites

Smartphones have disrupted transportation, payments and communication. But the underlying technology has tangentially changed a completely different sector: satellites.

The advances made in miniaturizing technologies that put a computer in your pocket — cameras, batteries, processors, radio antennas — have also made it easier and cheaper for entrepreneurs to launch matter into space. And investors are taking notice.

The chart below shows worldwide venture and PE investment in satellite technology companies.

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Jul 13, 2018

Inhibition of mTOR Appears to Boost Aged Immune Systems

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Inhibiting TORC1 might boost the immune system of the elderly.

In a recent study conducted by researchers at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Massachusetts, inhibition of mTOR complex 1 boosts the immune system of aged people, decreasing their yearly rate of infections as well as increasing their response to an influenza vaccine [1].

Study summary

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Jul 13, 2018

Type 2 diabetes, obesity may soon be reversed with gene therapy

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

For the first time, scientists use gene therapy to successfully reverse obesity and insulin resistance in an animal model of type 2 diabetes.

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Jul 13, 2018

Astronomers Discover A Planetary Impact Outside Our Own Solar System

Posted by in category: space

In a study published in the latest issue of Science, astronomers led by graduate student Huan Meng, of the University of Arizona in Tucson, announced the discovery of remains of a mammoth planetary collision.

The team made its observations using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and several different ground-based instruments. The collision occurred between two planets orbiting a sunlike star called NGC-2547 ID8, which lies about 1,140 light-years from the earth. The star is a young one, with a system of planets still in the process of formation. The collision, which may have occurred as recently as two years ago, left a ring of dust and debris circling the star.

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Jul 13, 2018

HybridHeart: a soft biocompatible artificial heart

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

The HybridHeart consortium is a European Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open project. HybridHeart proposes to develop and bring to the clinic a soft biocompatible artificial heart, which can completely replace a patient’s heart in a procedure similar to a heart transplant.

HybridHeart's work based on in situ tissue engineering, soft robotics and wireless energy transfer

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Jul 13, 2018

Universal basic income would cost the US up to $3.8 trillion per year — Bridgewater estimate

Posted by in categories: economics, finance

Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dalio, the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, is analyzing the social and financial viability of a widely debated program aimed at reducing the wealth inequality.

Hedge-fund manager Ray Dalio is looking at whether universal basic income can help solve wealth inequality.

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Jul 13, 2018

Giant Satellite Fuel Tank Sets New Record for 3D Printed Space Parts

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, energy, satellites

DENVER, July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has embraced a 3D printed titanium dome for satellite fuel tanks so big you can’t even put your arms around it. The 46-inch- (1.16-meter-) diameter vessel completed final rounds of quality testing this month, ending a multi-year development program to create giant, high-pressure tanks that carry fuel on board satellites.

A Lockheed Martin engineer inspects one of the 3D printed dome prototypes at the company's space facility in Denver. The final dome measures 46 inches in diameter, large enough to fit 74.4 gallons of liquid.

The titanium tank consists of three parts welded together: two 3D printed domes that serve as caps, plus a variable-length, traditionally-manufactured titanium cylinder that forms the body.

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Jul 13, 2018

Opener: We are a fast-growing company with a single lofty goal: to bring personal aviation to the general public

Posted by in category: transportation

Innovating at the leading edge of electric aviation technology, we have developed BlackFly, the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing VTOL personal aircraft.

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Jul 12, 2018

End of an era for space exploration

Posted by in category: space travel

Two ground-breaking NASA missions are coming to an end.

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