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Nuclear-Powered Aircraft for Exploring Jupiter: Flyer Details

Nuclear-Powered Aircraft for Exploring Jupiter: Flyer Details

Could the key to interstellar exploration be a nuclear-powered flyer that circles Jupiter?You love nuclear. So do we. Let's nerd out over nuclear together.$40.00Jupiter is uniquely suited to this kind of exploration, Bulgarian scientists say in a published to the preprint server arXiv, which means the research hasn't yet been peer-reviewed. That's because the planet boasts a few features that make it especially resilient against our human meddling. The scientists say their proposed flyer, a "subatmospheric" craft designed to work best in the Jovian atmosphere, could break new ground for...

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The Air Force's Solar-Beaming Spacecraft | Solar Power From Space

The Air Force's Solar-Beaming Spacecraft | Solar Power From Space

Beaming solar power from outer space sounds like a Marvel movie plot, but space could remove barriers to solar acceptance that dominate the Earthbound discourse.You love solar. So do we. Let's nerd out over solar together.Could the secret to our energy future be above the clouds, or even above the altogether?Besides the logistical challenges of even getting solar panels up in space, the benefits are pretty airtight, as CleanTechnica's Tina Casey . There are no clouds to block or even reduce solar panel efficacy. They can pivot, maybe even completely freely, to maximize exposure to more sun...

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Artificial Cartilage - Knee Replacement Surgery Alternatives

Artificial Cartilage - Knee Replacement Surgery Alternatives

Scientists from Duke University have developed a they say can feasibly work even in the human knee. The revolutionary hydrogel could eliminate the need for hundreds of thousands of knee replacements each year, along with many thousands of other joint replacements.The new cartilage analog is made of three hydrogels—polymers boosted with absorbed water—with different structures, and these are “woven” together to make a multidirectionally flexible and redundant cushioning structure. It’s like a basket wrapped in flexible netting. When the material is stretched, , the third polymer is the one...

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Do Aliens Exist?: Other Intelligent Civilizations Are Likely Dead

Do Aliens Exist?: Other Intelligent Civilizations Are Likely Dead

In a new study, the answer to the could be pretty bleak: Maybe all the intelligent civilizations have annihilated themselves. Jeez, 2020, that’s a little on the nose.You love searching for the truth. So do we. Let's find it together.This is the Fermi paradox stated at its most succinct: The universe is unfathomably gigantic, but so far, we’ve never seen any sign that there’s intelligent life anywhere else. We’ve never observed an extraterrestrial living thing, or uncovered any evidence for extinct ones. As we peer further out into our corner of the universe using more and more , for...

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Dec 24
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Could 5G Lead to Plane Crashes? Why Aviation Groups Are Concerned

Could 5G Lead to Plane Crashes? Why Aviation Groups Are Concerned

In the long march toward , we’ve seen it all: wild conspiracy theories, true stories of weather reading interference, and the perplexing idea that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can “sell” areas of bandwidth to the highest bidder. Dive deeper. ➡ Now, the U.S. military is expressing concern that the auctioned bandwidth is overly close to the frequencies used for air navigation; several commercial aviation groups say the sale could lead to “catastrophic failures” and “multiple fatalities,” according to a . Even the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of...

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How We'll Get to Mars | Nuclear Propulsion and Space Travel

How We'll Get to Mars | Nuclear Propulsion and Space Travel

Last week, President Donald Trump to help push NASA back to the moon using nuclear energy.You love nuclear. So do we. Let's nerd out over nuclear together.While chemical fuels are still considered best for launches, for example, and plenty of satellites and other intraspace applications are fine for solar power, the Trump administration has said the idea of stationing people on the moon requires a next-level energy system—and NASA agrees. For now, the agreement relies on well-established technology safely used all around the world and already in space.Read This"Space Policy Directive-6" is...

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Most Efficient Solar Cell | Perovskite Solar Panels

Most Efficient Solar Cell | Perovskite Solar Panels

Researchers have reached a new efficiency record for a valuable type of solar panel, to a coveted 30 percent milestone.You love solar. So do we. Let's nerd out over solar together.The are made of a layered combination of two effective semiconductors that work together, improving on all-silicon panels by adding “up and coming new challenger” perovskite.The cell in this research is a tandem cell, meaning it’s a single cell that has multiple wavelength phases. Think of this like first sweeping the floor and then using a mop: you’re catching different kinds of stuff by using two approaches....

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Russia Testing Satellite-Killing Space Weapon: PL19 Nudol Details

Russia Testing Satellite-Killing Space Weapon: PL19 Nudol Details

Russia has carried out another test of its new anti-satellite weapon system, a ground-launched missile designed to destroy satellites stationed in low-Earth orbit in order to deny their use by Russia’s enemies.You love badass military tech. So do we. Let's nerd out together.Russia developed the system from an anti-missile system originally meant to protect Moscow from nuclear attack.On December 15, Russia carried out the anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test from in Arkhangelsk Oblast. The Russian government issued an advisory for civilian traffic to stay out of the areas highlighted in red...

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Air Force Flies AI Copilot on U-2 Spy Plane: Exclusive Details

Air Force Flies AI Copilot on U-2 Spy Plane: Exclusive Details

On December 15, the United States Air Force successfully flew an AI copilot on a U-2 spy plane in California, marking the first time AI has controlled a U.S. military system. In this Popular Mechanics exclusive, Dr. Will Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, reveals how he and his team made history.For Star Wars fans, an isn’t complete without R2-D2. Whether you need to fire up converters, increase power, or fix a broken stabilizer, that trusty droid, full of lively beeps and squeaks, is the ultimate copilot. ✈ You love badass planes. So...

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First Crewed Interstellar Spacecraft: How Solar One Works

First Crewed Interstellar Spacecraft: How Solar One Works

In a fascinating new paper, amateur astronomer Alberto Caballero suggests could carry people to the Alpha Centauri system, home to the nearest potentially habitable exoplanet, at about 22 percent the speed of light.🚀You love badass space tech. So do we. But is Caballero cooking with gas, or is this all hot air? There’s a lot to unpack here.In his paper, which he posted to the non-peer-reviewed, preprint service arXiv, Caballero proposes the concept and design of a new spacecraft he dubs Solar One, which would integrate a larger version of NASA's Sunjammer light sail, the U.S. Navy's compact...

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First Crewed Interstellar Spacecraft: How Solar One Works

First Crewed Interstellar Spacecraft: How Solar One Works

In a fascinating new paper, amateur astronomer Alberto Caballero suggests could carry people to the Alpha Centauri system, home to the nearest potentially habitable exoplanet, at about 22 percent the speed of light.🚀You love badass space tech. So do we. But is Caballero cooking with gas, or is this all hot air? There’s a lot to unpack here.In his paper, which he posted to the non-peer-reviewed, preprint service arXiv, Caballero proposes the concept and design of a new spacecraft he dubs Solar One, which would integrate a larger version of NASA's Sunjammer light sail, the U.S. Navy's compact...

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Leaked Government UFO Photo: What Is Hovering Cube-Shaped Object?

Leaked Government UFO Photo: What Is Hovering Cube-Shaped Object?

An unclassified image that’s reportedly been circulated among U.S. intelligence agencies shows what appears to be unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), the Pentagon’s term for unidentified flying objects. The object in the photo has been described by U.S. officials as silver and “cube-shaped,” according to a , which first shared the image.🕳 ➡ Read to all things Pop Mech.The leaked photo dates back to 2018, when it materialized in an intelligence report from the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), the Department of Defense’s (DoD) official unit that investigates UAP...

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Conspiracy Theorists Buy Faraday Cages to Block 5G - Router Guard

Conspiracy Theorists Buy Faraday Cages to Block 5G - Router Guard

Let's say you hate 5G and genuinely believe it causes cancer or spreads COVID-19, despite there being . To shield 5G's myriad evils, then, you put your WiFi router in a metallic box that of the signal. There! Now you're instantly protected from those treacherous waves of radiation!This may sound like a made-up scenario, but . There's just one small problem with their fool-proof plan: The kinds of containers that truly do block all electromagnetic radiation are called Faraday cages, and they're not the same thing as these so-called "router guards" that look like glorified mesh file...

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China Turns On Its Artificial Sun: China's Nuclear Fusion Reactor

China Turns On Its Artificial Sun: China's Nuclear Fusion Reactor

China has its record-setting “” tokamak, state media reported today. This begins a timeline China hopes will be similar to the one planned by the global International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor () project. ☢️ You love nuclear. So do we. The HL-2M tokamak has been iterated since 2006, but today's switch-on represents the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) team’s road to true fusion ignition after years of planning and work.Everything We KnowIn 2018, EAST made news when the tokamak reached 180 million degrees. In 2019, EAST pushed the boat out further and announced...

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The Sun Is Experiencing a Second Fusion | What Are Neutrinos?

The Sun Is Experiencing a Second Fusion | What Are Neutrinos?

Scientists say there’s new evidence that our sun is experiencing a second entire mode of fusion, indicated by the presence of neutrinos in a very hard-to-find energy range. That means the sun is doubling its output by harmonizing on different wavelengths.➡ The sun is pretty small for a star, and different sizes of stars have different kinds of fusion reactions at their cores. Universe Today :“According to theory, the dominant form of fusion in the Sun should be the fusion of protons that produces helium from hydrogen. Known as the pp-chain, it is the easiest reaction for stars to create....

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Jesus Childhood Home: Did Archaeologists Find Where Jesus Lived?

Jesus Childhood Home: Did Archaeologists Find Where Jesus Lived?

Archaeologists have at a place believed to be the historical ’s birthplace. ➡ Researcher Ken Dark, a professor at the University of Reading, has a new book about more than a century of archaeological digs at the Nazareth Convent site in the north of modern-day Israel.The Sisters of Nazareth Convent: A Roman-Period, Byzantine, and Crusader Site in Central Nazarethgoes through the entire history of the Nazareth archaeological site—including the modern side where archaeologists explore it piece by piece, as well as the ancient history they’re trying to recreate with their evidence and...

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US Navy Railgun: Is the Navy Testing Its Railgun in Virginia?

US Navy Railgun: Is the Navy Testing Its Railgun in Virginia?

The U.S. Navy is testing something big and loud over the Potomac River this week. The service just issued an advisory over “munitions testing” in Virginia’s Tidewater region, closing sections of the river to boat traffic and warning that civilians could hear loud noises. The projected source of the loud noises is the same range where the service first tested its . ➡ You love badass military tech. So do we. The advisory, published by Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division and , states, “NSWCDD plans to conduct range testing, Tues. - Fri., Dec. 1-4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. that may...

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These Salt Mines Will Store Hydrogen | Utah Salt Caves

These Salt Mines Will Store Hydrogen | Utah Salt Caves

Scientists are , literally, to find a revolutionary new way to store large quantities of hydrogen for energy. Proponents say this could be a step toward unlocking hydrogen for renewables—something that could change the energy landscape if it were resolved.➡ .“The project would initially have enough energy to power 150,000 households for one year and is scheduled to be operational by 2025,” Fuel Cell Works reports. “It is being managed by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), a maker of gas turbines, and Magnum Development, which owns salt caverns for liquid fuel storage.”This works by...

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A Fusion Reactor Is Close to Burning Plasma - Nuclear Fusion News

A Fusion Reactor Is Close to Burning Plasma - Nuclear Fusion News

A major nuclear fusion reactor has set up a new series of milestones. The National Ignition Facility (NIF), at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, says that after a decade of challenges, it’s finally homing in on the right range to reach productive nuclear fusion. ☢️ You love nuclear. So do we. This puts the facility in a slow-motion dead heat with half a dozen major fusion projects around the world that are all, they say, finally striding toward the goal of fusion ignition. Science’s Daniel Clery :“A decade and nearly 3000 shots later, NIF is still generating more...

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Nov 25
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Hyundai-Boston Dynamics Deal: Images of Hyundai's Walking Cars

Hyundai-Boston Dynamics Deal: Images of Hyundai's Walking Cars

For its next trick, Spot—the world's favorite robot dog, known for perusing the , narcing on , and even —could be getting a major treat from Hyundai. Softbank is reportedly in talks with the South Korean auto manufacturer to sell off its robotics company, Boston Dynamics Inc, according to a Bloomberg . Supposedly, the transaction could be worth up to $1 billion.🤖You like badass robots. So do we. Why is Hyundai so interested in the robot dog? We have a theory, and it has something to do with Spot's legs; Hyundai may want to adapt those limbs for its own completely wildAt the 2019 Consumer...

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Jupiter and Saturn Double Planet: How to See It on December 21

Jupiter and Saturn Double Planet: How to See It on December 21

For the first time since the middle ages, Jupiter and Saturn will become so close to each other in the night sky that they'll appear as a brilliantly bright "double planet." On the , December 21, the solar system’s two largest planets will be visibly on top of each other in the western sky.🌌You love badass space stuff. So do we. If you live in the northern hemisphere, you can observe this planetary conjunction setting in the southwestern sky, shortly after sunset. If you’ve been waiting to , this may be the perfect opportunity. Even if you have an amateur telescope with the right eyepiece,...

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Proof of Solar Thermal Propulsion: The Key to Interstellar Travel

Proof of Solar Thermal Propulsion: The Key to Interstellar Travel

Engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are prototyping a previously theoretical rocket design that could someday take spacecraft to interstellar space. Their plan? Use heat from the sun, rather than combustion, to power a rocket engine.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below🌌 You love badass space stuff. So do we. Unlike a traditional engine that's mounted on the rear end of a rocket, the experimental solar-powered engine takes the shape of a flat shield made from black carbon foam. The engine would double as a heat shield, protecting the probe from the sun’s...

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Does Intelligent Life Exist Anywhere Else? Here Are the Chances

Does Intelligent Life Exist Anywhere Else? Here Are the Chances

In from Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute, scientists study the likelihood of key times for evolution of life on Earth and conclude that it would be virtually impossible for that life to evolve the same way somewhere else. ➡ Dive deeper. , starting now.Life has come a very long way in a very short time on Earth, relatively speaking—and scientists say that represents even more improbable luck for intelligent life that is rare to begin with.For decades, scientists and even philosophers have chased many explanations for the . How, in an infinitely big universe, can we be the...

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