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This scientist says he's built a jet engine that turns electricity directly into thrust

This scientist says he's built a jet engine that turns electricity directly into thrust

Philippe Put/Victor TangermannRide the Lightninga day agoNewsPhilippe Put/Victor TangermannNews More on Tang’s plasma jets:NewsPhilippe Put/Victor TangermannNewsNext Article

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Expert: Online disinfo now targeting COVID-19, Black Lives Matter

Expert: Online disinfo now targeting COVID-19, Black Lives Matter

White House/Victor TangermannPresident ZuckJune 25th 2020NewsWhite House/Victor TangermannNewsFor years, Hany Farid has been warning Congress, the media, and anyone else who would listen that society is against disinformation online.With the rise of sophisticated, and other forms of manipulated media and the approaching 2020 presidential election, his warnings seem more prescient than ever. Farid, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s electrical engineering & computer science program, is among the foremost experts in digital forensics — the practice of developing...

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A brief history of Elon Musk's festering feud with rival automaker Nikola

A brief history of Elon Musk's festering feud with rival automaker Nikola

Victor TangermannBeef HistoryJune 26th 2020NewsVictor TangermannNewsAfter it went public a few weeks ago, stocks for the electric and hydrogen-powered car startup Nikola Motors soared enough to give it a valuation of , a princely sum that surpassed valuations of both Ford and Fiat-Chrysler, two of America’s oldest automakers.Nikola’s promise is to revolutionize trucking in the US using hydrogen fuel cells, technology that turns potential energy from molecular bonds in hydrogen into electrical energy.But not everybody is buying that hydrogen is the future of long-haul transportation. After...

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You could generate power by dangling crap into a black hole

You could generate power by dangling crap into a black hole

Navigate In 1969, the physicist Roger Penrose theorized that spacefaring civilizations could generate power by dangling objects into a black hole. For decades, the idea was impossible to test because we have no way of traveling to a — or even surviving the journey. But now a team from the University of Glasgow say they’ve verified the theory with a few modifications, published Monday in the journal Nature Physics. It won’t help us generate power here on Earth, but it’s a fascinating illustration of a long-thought-impossible theory. An object dipped into the outer reaches of a black hole’s...

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NASA says the SpaceX Crew Dragon module parked at the ISS is generating way more power than expected

NASA says the SpaceX Crew Dragon module parked at the ISS is generating way more power than expected

The News Today6.20Dude, Where's My SpacecraftJune 25th 20__Victor Tangermann__ NASAAfter successfully launching NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule is being put through its paces while it’s docked to the station.So far, it’s exceeding expectations: “The vehicle’s doing extremely well,”  Steve Stich, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager told reporters during a Wednesday press briefing, as .In fact, the spacecraft’s solar arrays are performing “better than predicted,” according to Stich, meaning that it could...

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This plan for a Martian city under a dome is breathtaking

This plan for a Martian city under a dome is breathtaking

Bjarke Ingels GroupLet's Go to MarsJune 11th 2020NewsBjarke Ingels GroupNewsBack in 2017, architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group were asked to design a prototype of a Martian city by the Dubai government. What they came up with is a stunning vision of what life on the Red Planet could one day be like, .The project is part of the United Arab Emirates’ Mars Science City, a space intended for Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.So far, the city is not much more than a concept — but that doesn’t make the vision itself any less beautiful.The architects imagine a future Martian city as being...

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Scientists discover "unexpected" structures near Earth's core

Scientists discover "unexpected" structures near Earth's core

The News Today6.20Earth Below5 hours ago__Jon Christian__ Doyeon Kim/University of MarylandA team of researchers say they’ve used cutting-edge imaging techniques to discover huge, “unexpected” structures near the Earth’s core — a startling reminder of how little we know about the interior of the planet where we live.Vedran Lekić, an associate professor of geology at the University of Maryland who worked on the research, said in that the “anomalous structures at the core-mantle boundary are much more widespread than previously thought.”According to about the work published in the journal...

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This guy accidentally took a photo that crashes android smartphones

This guy accidentally took a photo that crashes android smartphones

Navigate Amateur photographer Gaurav Agrawal had no idea his spectacular picture of St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana could end up mercilessly crashing countless Android phones. But if it was set as the wallpaper on smartphones running the Android 10 operating system, the phones started acting up, switching off and on repeatedly. “I didn’t do anything intentionally,” Agrawal . “I’m sad that people ended up having issues.” The image, edited in Adobe Lightroom and , didn’t seem to cause any issues on iPhones. But thanks to a tiny snafu during the export of the image, Agrawal...

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Bizarre subatomic "quasiparticle" reproduces like a living cell

Bizarre subatomic "quasiparticle" reproduces like a living cell

The News Today6.20Life Form18 hours ago__Dan Robitzski__ Ames LaboratoryFor the first time, scientists have found that a bizarre subatomic “quasiparticle,” called a skyrmion, that’s capable of reproducing itself in an unusual way.A skyrmion is considered a quasiparticle because it acts like a subatomic particle in many ways, but doesn’t have any mass. In an experiment probing how skyrmions are formed that was NANO Letters, a team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory learned that they actually split in two and reproduce — not unlike a biological cell.Skyrmions are packets of...

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Lab puts mice in suspended animation. Will it work on humans?

Lab puts mice in suspended animation. Will it work on humans?

SpaceWorks EnterprisesPut Me Out15 hours agoNewsSpaceWorks EnterprisesNewsIt could take months if not years to travel to faraway planets.Science fiction has long suggested that for humans to survive such a lengthy and intense journey, their best bet it so be put into a deep sleep state, whether by flash-freezing their vital organs or being put under with a cocktail of drugs.Such a state of suspended animation is still far off. But that could now be starting to change, thanks to cutting edge research by a team of Harvard scientists.They were able to put mice into a state of hibernation by...

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SpaceX trying to figure out how to land Starship on the Moon

SpaceX trying to figure out how to land Starship on the Moon

The News Today6.20Moonshipa day ago__Victor Tangermann__ NASAIn an exchange on Twitter this week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk elaborated on the design tweaks his space company is considering to allow its massive Starship spacecraft to safely land on the Moon.“We’re working on new legs,” he . “Wider stance & able to auto-level. Important for leaning into wind or landing on rocky & pitted surfaces.”Responding to YouTuber Tim Dodd, better known as Everyday Astronaut, Musk that the atmospheric Starship variant meant to one day make it back to Earth — or perhaps land on other planets with an atmosphere...

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This hyper-realistic game engine looks almost like real life

This hyper-realistic game engine looks almost like real life

Epic GamesGraphics So RealMay 13th 2020NewsEpic GamesNewsSoftware developer Epic Games, the company behind “Fortnite,” just released the first look at Unreal Engine 5, the next generation of its popular game engine — and it looks genuinely spectacular.Epic Games’ flashy new demo, “Lumen in the Land of Nanite,” runs in real-time on a PlayStation 5 and looks extraordinarily impressive. The company claims it could “achieve photorealism on par with movie CG and real life.”The demo offers a tantalizing glimpse of the fidelity that next-gen consoles — the long-awaited PlayStation 5 and Xbox One...

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Astronaut: SpaceX ride not as "smooth" as NASA Space Shuttle

Astronaut: SpaceX ride not as "smooth" as NASA Space Shuttle

The News Today6.20Not for the Faint of Heart21 hours ago__Victor Tangermann__ NASAOn Saturday, SpaceX shot its Crew Dragon spacecraft with human astronauts on board, becoming the first commercial spacecraft to do so.The astronauts who rode it up seem impressed with the vehicle overall — though NASA veteran Bob Behnken compared parts of the experience unfavorably to the now-retired Space Shuttle.Both astronauts have had extensive experience piloting NASA’s now retired Space Shuttle.“The space shuttle was a pretty rough ride heading into orbit with the solid rocket boosters,” Behnken said...

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Scientists: Coronavirus likely a hybrid of two other viruses

Scientists: Coronavirus likely a hybrid of two other viruses

Images via Pixabay/Victor TangermannHere's an ominous possibility.by Dan Robitzski / 15 hours agoResearchers may have finally figured out why it’s been so difficult to tell where the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 — which causes COVID-19 — came from within the animal kingdom.While most evidence suggests that the virus before infecting people, a genetic analysis of it never identified a perfect match among known bat diseases. Now, scientists think that’s because SARS-CoV-2 is actually a genetic hybrid, : it seems to be the result of two separate viruses that swapped genes somewhere along the way.The...

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US Space Force launches secretive spacecraft

US Space Force launches secretive spacecraft

The News Today5.20Space FlexMay 18th 20__Jon Christian__ Boeing/FuturismThe newly-minted US Space Force launched a secretive Boeing spacecraft this weekend, in a mission that a payload of military and NASA experiments.The spacecraft in question is the Boeing X-37B, an uncrewed space plane that looks like a tiny Space Shuttle and has already in the Earth’s orbit under the purview of other branches of the US military.Beautiful slowmo footage from our stream during … so quick into those clouds!📽️BTS of how we got the shot next tweet⬇️Congrats ULA , , and the space plane team 🌌✈️— Cosmic...

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Watch a robot dog herd sheep on a New Zealand farm

Watch a robot dog herd sheep on a New Zealand farm

The News Today5.20Come Here BoyMay 19th 20__Victor Tangermann__ RocosNew Zealand-based robotics company Rocos just shared a video of how Boston Dynamics’ dog-like robot Spot could give agriculture workers a hand — by herding sheep, inspecting crop yields, and relieving labor shortages.Rocos announced that it’s partnering with Boston Dynamics to investigate how its robot dog could help out on farms.“Our customers are augmenting their human workforces to automate physical processes that are often dull, dirty, or dangerous,” Rocos CEO David Inggs said in a .The company is hoping Spot could...

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This "mutant enzyme" can break down plastic bottles in hours

This "mutant enzyme" can break down plastic bottles in hours

The News Today5.20Breaking it DownApril 8th 20__Victor Tangermann__ Public Domain PicturesResearchers working for industrial development company Carbios have created a mutant bacterial enzyme that can break down plastic bottles for recycling in only a couple of hours, .The enyzme can break down PET plastic bottles into their individual chemical composites, which could later be reused to make brand new bottles. Conventional recycled plastic that goes through a “thermomechanical” process isn’t high enough quality and is mostly used for other products such as clothing and carpets.Carbios...

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Scientists plotted 100 million cells to make a full 3D brain map

Scientists plotted 100 million cells to make a full 3D brain map

The News Today5.20Poking AroundMay 7th 20__Dan Robitzski__ Allen Institute for Brain ScienceAfter three years of work, a team of neuroscientists built a complete, of the mouse brain, which they say could be a gamechanger for biological research., the third and most ambitious mouse developed by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, contains coordinates for 100 million brain cells, published Thursday in the journal Cell. Because mice are so commonly used for neurological research, it could vastly improve the pace at which scientists uncover new discoveries.Traditionally, analyzing an...

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Scientists create jet engine powered by only electricity

Scientists create jet engine powered by only electricity

The News Today5.20Clean AirMay 5th 20__Dan Robitzski__ Pixabay/Victor TangermannA prototype jet engine can propel itself without using any fossil fuels, potentially paving the way for carbon-neutral air travel.The device compresses air and ionizes it with microwaves, generating plasma that thrusts it forward, published Tuesday in the journal AIP Advances. That means planes may someday fly using just electricity and the air around them as fuel.There’s a long way to go between a proof-of-concept prototype and in a real plane. But the prototype was able to launch a one-kilogram steel ball 24...

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Darknet marketplaces are full of COVID-19 tests and medicine

Darknet marketplaces are full of COVID-19 tests and medicine

Images via Pixabay/Victor TangermannOnline sellers are hoarding hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir, and coronavirus tests — and selling them alongside meth and heroin.by Dan Robitzski / 13 hours agoIn the U.S., it’s still an unfortunate reality that many patients and hospitals that need diagnostic tests for COVID-19 are left fighting over a limited supply. And if you need medication for it, you’ll need a prescription — and you’ll have to hope that your pharmacy hasn’t by others who hoarded medications.But that’s not true on , an anonymous version of the internet you can only access using...

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Researchers want to explore Mars using "nanocardboard" aircraft

Researchers want to explore Mars using "nanocardboard" aircraft

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say we could one day explore the surface of Mars using a fleet of “nanocardboard” aircraft that each weigh as much as a fruit fly and feature no moving parts. The tiny flyers, as outlined in the study first published in the journal Advanced Materials in February, work by harnessing the power of temperature differentials between the upper and lower side. When a bright light like the Sun shines on one side, it heats up, circulating air through corrugated channels — hence “cardboard” — and providing thrust. Thermal Creeps So far, the researchers...

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New research: space travel causes astronauts' brains to expand

New research: space travel causes astronauts' brains to expand

NASA/Victor TangermannLong exposure to microgravity literally caused space travelers' brains to change in shape and volume.by Victor Tangermann / April 16 2020A new study suggests that spending a long time in space is causing the volume of astronauts’ brains to expand.A majority of crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) of the optic nerve, along with a surplus of fluid that expands the actual volume of their brains.“When you’re in microgravity, fluid such as your venous blood no longer pools toward your lower extremities but redistributes headward,” Larry Kramer,...

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Potential COVID-19 vaccine hacks your DNA to build immunity

Potential COVID-19 vaccine hacks your DNA to build immunity

Images via Pixabay/Victor TangermannThe idea is to trick your immune system into building up defenses against the coronavirus.by Dan Robitzski / April 18 2020A team of scientists is working on an experimental vaccine that hijacks your DNA to build up resistance to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.It’s still a work in progress, but the idea is to insert genetic material into a patient’s body that commissions their cellular machinery to churn out little virus-like particles, explained lead researcher and University of Waterloo pharmaceutical expert Roderick Slavcev.“The concept of a...

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Parasitic spacecraft docks with dead satellite, brings it back to life

Parasitic spacecraft docks with dead satellite, brings it back to life

The News Today4.20Parasitic TwinApril 17th 20__Dan Robitzski__ Northrop GrummanTo fix an old satellite that fell into disrepair, military contractor Northrup Grumman sent a robotic spaceship to hijack it and get it running again.The risky maneuver marks the first time that two commercial spacecraft — a Northrop Grumman servicing vehicle and an Intelsat satellite — docked with each other without leaving orbit, . And, in a bizarre stroke of robot parasitism, the two will stay joined together for life.By finding a new way to restore and eventually retire satellites, the technique could be used...

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Scientists debut system to translate thoughts directly into text

Scientists debut system to translate thoughts directly into text

The News Today4.20Mind ReaderMarch 31st 20__Jon Christian__ Victor TangermannResearchers say they’ve built a system that can translate brain signals directly into text — a promising step toward a “speech prosthesis” that could effectively allow you to think text directly into a computer.“We are not there yet,” University of California researcher Joseph Makin , “but we think this could be the basis of a speech prosthesis.”Makin and his collaborators described the new system in published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Basically, they recruited four epilepsy patients who had already had...

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