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Feb 2, 2017

Meteorite reveals 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Mars

Posted by in category: space

Feb. 1 (UPI) — Mars may be home to some of the oldest volcanoes in the solar system. New evidence suggests the Red Planet has been home to volcanic activity for at least 2 billion years.

The evidence is a small Martian meteorite discovered in Africa in 2012. The rock was named Northwest Africa 7635.

Scientists has studied many Martian meteorites over the years. Most arrived on Earth’s surface roughly 1 million years ago, when a large object collided with Mars, dislodging significant amounts of rock — much of it volcanic.

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Feb 2, 2017

More Cases of Human Bird Flu in China Have Experts Worried

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

I say knowing is better then not.

The rise in reported cases of human bird flu in China and a number of strains in the world’s poultry population has experts worried.

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Feb 2, 2017

Boston Dynamics “nightmare inducing” wheeled robot “Handle”, presentation video close-up

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This is a cropped and tracked version of the original video so you can see a close up only of the presentation screen, only the wheeled robot part is selected because it was never seen before footage, for the rest see the original video presentation below:

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Feb 2, 2017

Scientists Have a Plan to Replace Fossil Fuels With Nuclear Fusion by 2030

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, particle physics

Nuclear fusion is premised on building technology that would replicate the reaction that naturally powers our Sun — two light atoms, in this case, hydrogen, are fused together under extreme temperatures to produce another element, helium.

The process would release vast amounts of clean energy drawn from an almost limitless fuel source, with nearly zero carbon emissions.

However, it has yet to be done on a scale that would make it usable. Canadian scientists are hoping to change that, announcing plans to harness and develop nuclear fusion technology so they can deliver a working nuclear fusion plant prototype by 2030.

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Feb 2, 2017

Living Forever: What it Means to Have an “Indefinite Lifespan”

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, nanotechnology, Peter Diamandis, singularity

Can science really enable us stick around on Earth forever? Experts haven’t developed ways to make us invincible, immortal beings who are unsusceptible to physical trauma or starvation. However, studies have been going on to make aging just another preventable disease. Effectively stalling the deterioration of our bodies would then mean humans could live indefinitely.

Peter Diamandis, co-founder of San Diego-based genotype research facility Human Longevity, Inc., spoke at the Singularity University in California last September about challenging aging and the deterioration of the body. The key to unlocking an indefinite lifespan was to improve the repair mechanisms of the body, said Diamandis. His research teams consider the possibility of using stem cells or nanomachines to regenerate our bodies.

Last year, researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have used chromosome extensions that dramatically increased the rate of cell division, a growth mechanism of our bodies that weakens over time. The development hints at a chance to turn back the biological clock.

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Feb 2, 2017

Getting your First Bitcoin; Choosing a Wallet

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

There are at least four ways to acquire Bitcoin and three ways to store it…

Acquire Bitcoin: You can trade Bitcoin in person, accept it as a vendor, mine it, or buy on an exchange.

Store Bitcoin: You can keep your Bitcoin in an online/cloud service (typically, one that is connected to your exchange account), keep it on your own PC or phone, or even print it out and store it on a piece of paper. Like a physical coin, the piece of paper has value. It can be placed in your lock box or under your mattress.

Let’s look at the market for Bitcoin Wallets (all of these are free), and then we shall talk about Bitcoin exchange services. This includes my personal recommendation for the typical consumer or coin enthusiast…

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Feb 2, 2017

Is This Buzz Aldrin-Inspired Locomotive The Future Of Space Travel?

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

Ever wish you could explore the far side of the Moon? Charles Bombardier’s latest concept vehicle would allow you to do just that.

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Feb 2, 2017

$100 million Breakthrough Starshot small interstellar probe project will start funding technological development in a few months

Posted by in categories: innovation, space

The Breakthrough Starshot is an effort backed by US$100 million from Russian investor Yuri Milner to vastly accelerate research and development of an interstellar space probe.

Leaders of the mission plan to start funding technology-development projects within months, with the aim of launching a fleet of tiny, laser-propelled probes in the next 20 years. The effort would ultimately cost about $10 billion, leaders hope, and take another 20 years to reach Alpha Centauri.

The first truly challenging step in any mission such as Breakthrough Starshot is to accelerate the spacecraft to interstellar velocities.

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Feb 2, 2017

NASA’s New Shape-Shifting Radiator Inspired by Origami

Posted by in category: satellites

Japan’s ancient art of paper folding has inspired the design of a potentially trailblazing “smart” radiator that a NASA technologist is now developing to remove or retain heat on small satellites.

Vivek Dwivedi collaborated with BYU to develop the radiator

Technologist Vivek Dwivedi, who is standing in front of a sputtering reactor used to deposit vanadium-oxide onto sample substrates for testing, is collaborating with Brigham Young University researchers to develop a radiator ideal for small spacecraft.

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Feb 2, 2017

Tiny spacecraft could brake at exoplanet using alien starlight

Posted by in category: space travel

Lightweight solar sails could bring spacecraft to the nearest star in just 20 years – but hitting the brakes will be challenging. A new paper suggests using the stars themselves to park around their planets.

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