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Feb 22, 2018

Would an ethical government surrender control of monetary policy?

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, government, internet

Godfrey Bloom is a member of the British Parliament. His in-your-face style of educating and shocking his peers has made him a controversial politician. He has occasionally been escorted out of the assembled parliament because of his rowdy rhetoric.

Consider the video below. Bloom offers a critical, but simple and clear explanation of the Fractional Reserve banking system used in the US and Europe. This gets to the heart of the matter! [continue below video]…

Conclusion (mine, and not Mr. Bloom’s): It is in the interest of governments to use a form of money that they cannot manipulate, print, spend, hide or lend without first earning, taxing or legitimately borrowing — and then balancing the books, openly.

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Feb 22, 2018

Made In Space Takes New Guinness World Record for Longest 3D Printed Part

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, robotics/AI, satellites

In 2016, a new Guinness World Record was set for the largest object to be 3D printed in one piece. The ABS/carbon fiber composite tool was 3D printed in 30 hours, and measured 17.5 feet long, 5.5 feet wide, and 1.5 feet tall. It was about as long as an average sport utility vehicle. The part was inarguably an impressive accomplishment – but that long length cannot compare to what Made In Space just 3D printed.

Made In Space is known for some pretty impressive accomplishments already. The company was responsible for the first 3D printer to be launched into space, and has since created a full Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) on the International Space station. Plenty of “firsts” have been set by the AMF as 3D printed tools, medical supplies, art and more have been 3D printed in space, the first of their kind. Now Made In Space has claimed the Guinness World Record for longest non-assembled 3D printed object, and it’s a lot longer than an SUV – it’s 37.7 meters, or 123 feet, 8.5 inches long.

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Feb 22, 2018

You Don’t Need a Personal Genetics Test to Take Charge of Your Health

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, genetics, health

That in-home DNA test won’t tell you much about how to eat or exercise. Fortunately, you don’t need it to.

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Feb 22, 2018

Stealth space catapult startup SpinLaunch is raising $30M

Posted by in categories: drones, satellites, sustainability

What if instead of blasting cargo into space on a rocket, we could fling it into space using a catapult? That’s the big, possibly crazy, possibly genius idea behind SpinLaunch. It was secretly founded in 2014 by Jonathan Yaney, who built solar-powered drone startup Titan Aerospace and sold it to Google. Now TechCrunch has learned from three sources that SpinLaunch is raising a massive $30 million Series A to develop its catapult technology. And we’ve scored an interview with the founder after four years in stealth.

Sources who’ve spoken to the SpinLaunch team tell me the idea is to create a much cheaper and sustainable way to get things like satellites from earth into space without chemical propellant. Using a catapult would sidestep the heavy fuel and expensive booster rockets used by companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin.

SpinLaunch plans to use a centrifuge spinning at an incredible rate inside a vacuum that reduces friction. All that momentum is then harnessed to catapult a payload into space at speeds one source said could be around 3,000 miles per hour. With enough momentum, objects could be flung into space on their own. Alternatively, the catapult could provide some of the power needed with cargo being equipped with supplemental rockets necessary to leave earth’s atmosphere.

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Feb 22, 2018

Wilbur Ross: Moon Should Be a ‘Gas Station for Outer Space’

Posted by in category: space travel

How else will astronauts get a Big Gulp on their way to Mars?

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Feb 22, 2018

Proposed Exomoon Defies Formation Theories

Posted by in category: space

The mysterious object could be the first moon found beyond our solar system—or something else entirely.

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Feb 22, 2018

Programming a DNA Clock

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

Engineers have created a DNA-based chemical oscillator, opening the door to molecular computing.

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Feb 22, 2018

Bigelow Aerospace’s new company will find customers for its space habitats

Posted by in categories: business, habitats, space

Bigelow Aerospace — the Las Vegas-based company manufacturing space habitats — is starting a spinoff venture aimed at managing any modules that the company deploys into space. Called Bigelow Space Operations (BSO), the new company will be responsible for selling Bigelow’s habitats to customers, such as NASA, foreign countries, and other private companies. But first, BSO will try to figure out what kind of business exists exactly in lower Earth orbit, the area of space where the ISS currently resides.

Bigelow makes habitats designed to expand. The densely packed modules launch on a rocket and then inflate once in space, providing more overall volume for astronauts to roam around. The company already has one of its prototype habitats in orbit right now: the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, which has been attached to the International Space Station since 2016. The BEAM has proven that Bigelow’s expandable habitat technology not only works, but also holds up well against the space environment.

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Feb 22, 2018

How to build a human brain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Organoids, made from human stem cells, are growing into brains and other miniorgans to help researchers study development.

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Feb 22, 2018

DAYS Exchange is to find elixir of life extension

Posted by in category: life extension

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