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Sep 28, 2016

Reaction Engines UK plans integrated hypersonic engine tests by 2020–2021 with joint strike fighter sized engine

Posted by in category: transportation

Reaction Engines of the UK has scaled back its design for the Sabre engine to bring about a demonstrator that is more affordable and better suited to early applications, including a potential X-plane.

The Oxfordshire-based firm has been developing a turbine that combines both jet and rocket technologies to achieve rates five times the speed of sound, to fly anywhere in the world in just four hours.

Rather than aiming for a demonstrator that can achieve more than 150,000 lb thrust, the firm will instead now target an engine size capable of roughly 44,000 lb thrust, according to Aviation Week Network.

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Sep 28, 2016

An AI Was Taught to Hunt and Kill Humans In Video Games: Here’s Why This Matters

Posted by in categories: governance, robotics/AI

In Brief.

  • Programmers have developed an artificial intelligence that can play the video game Doom, and do so very well.
  • Although it’s just a game, this raises questions about AI governance. How can it become more informed, integrated, effective, and anticipatory?

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Sep 27, 2016

Google is using balloons to provide internet

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

Google is using AI-infused balloons to give the whole world internet access 🎈.

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Sep 27, 2016

Exploração espacial comercial privada

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Elon Musk anuncia projeto de levar humanos a Marte.

Exploração espacial comercial privada esta decolando nessa década.

No livro “COMO FAZER UMA ESPAÇONAVE” descreve a historia dos pioneiros que alavancou esse desenvolvimento espacial independe de governo.

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Sep 27, 2016

Researchers May Have Found A Possible Cure For Crohn’s Disease

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

Crohn’s Disease is a legendarily difficult disease to not only identify but to treat or cure. The disease affects the intestines and digestive tract, stemming from bacteria in those areas building up and leading to serious side effects. It affects more than half a million people in the United States and is brutal – with the possibility of diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, ulcers, malnutrition, and eventually colon cancer, liver disease or osteoporosis.

Treatment is limited, with the current best options being medicine to limit inflammation and prevent symptoms. There is no complete cure, only efforts to make life as comfortable and normal as possible for those afflicted. Without a specific target at which to aim some sort of treatment, the options for permanently reducing or removing symptoms and health risks are few and far between. Before now, the only thing scientists thought they knew about the disease’s cause was that E Coli was involved.

However, recent studies have led researches to believe that they have narrowed down other bacteria that contributes to the onset and ongoing symptoms of Crohn’s. Experts at the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (wow, is that a mouthful!) think they have pinpointed two additional bacterial strains that contribute to the disease. They studied a cross section of people – those with the disease, those with the disease whose family members did not have it, and those without it – to attempt to identify common details in their biological tests. Such a diverse group of subjects is required not only due to the importance of adhering to the scientific method but because Crohn’s can be caused by genetics and environmental factors.

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Sep 27, 2016

For Instant Biomanufacturing, Just Add Water

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Freeze-dried cellular components can be rehydrated to enable on-demand, portable biomanufacturing.

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Sep 27, 2016

Scientists study a Martian meteorite with a little help from 3D printing

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space

A 3D-printing company is aiding NASA by using its additive manufacturing technology to create an accurate replica of a meteorite located 34 million miles from Earth.

Measuring approximately 2 feet in length, the meteorite known as Block Island was first discovered on Mars by the Exploration Rover Opportunity in 2009. Studying it is an important part of furthering our knowledge about Mars and other planets, but at present the prospect of bringing it to Earth to examine u close is out of the question.

Fortunately, the Mars rover was able to take images and measurements to transmit back home, and this data has now been used by Mcor Technologies, an Ireland-based 3D-printing company, to create a life-size Block Island model.

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Sep 27, 2016

WW3 Alert: Putin Ready To Invade Northern Europe, US Is Losing To Russia

Posted by in category: futurism

Hmmmm.


Russia continues to bolster its strength along Northern Europe keeping countries on the edge. According to some, Vladimir Putin may be ready to start invasion as the United States has also started losing to Moscow. Is Russia really going to dominate the world?

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Sep 27, 2016

Russia’s Vladimir Putin is replacing Microsoft’s (MSFT) products and servers with local alternatives

Posted by in category: computing

Made in America? No, thanks.

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Sep 27, 2016

Diamond storage units for photons in quantum communication

Posted by in category: quantum physics

This doesn’t surprise me at all given how we can leverage synthetic diamonds and their crystal formations for light networks, QC, and now storage.


Nuclear spins in diamond can store photonic information with high fidelity and have coherence times that exceed 10s, making diamond potentially useful as a node in quantum communications.

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