Category: Futuristic

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Engaging Women and Girls in STEM through Data Science

Tomorrow afternoon between 1 to 3 pm, NASA will host a conversation at their Headquarters in Washington on pathways for women and girls into Stem (science, technology, engineering and math) academic programs and careers. Engaging Women and Girls in STEM through Data Science, will air on NASA Television Wednesday, June 15th and stream live on the agency’s website. This event is part of the United State of Women Summit, a large-scale effort convened by the White House Council on Women and Girls to rally advocates of gender equality, highlight what has been achieved, identify remaining challenges, and chart a course for addressing them. U.S. Chief...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 13th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio  Chances Of Past Civilizations Having Existed Just Got Higher The probabilistic argument used to arrive at an estimate of the number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy was first described in 1960 by American astronomer and astrophysicist, Frank Drake, known as the Drake equation, was giving an new revision by two astronomers and the results are astounding. The University of Washington’s Woody Sullivan and the University of Rochester’s Adam Frank published their assessment in the May issue of Astrobiology and Frank is now in the process of a follow-up for the New York Times...

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AI In Space

NASA has agreed to pay as much as $100,000 to Made in Space to conduct a feasibility study on the concept of turning asteroids into spacecraft. Made in Space is the company that has put two 3D printers on the International Space Station to serve the needs of NASA, and the company’s next goal is to pioneer the manufacturing of materials in space, using resources in space. Several companies, including Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, have talked about developing probes to travel to asteroids, surveying the asteroids for resources including water ice and precious metals, and bringing those materials back to the...

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Mars Rover To Get Helicopter Sidekick

  Consideration is being taken at NASA, regarding wither or not they should prepare to send a miniature helicopter to Mars to serve as an aerial scout for its Mars 2020 rover. With the intentions of using the helicopter as a technology demonstrator, it would be the first vehicle to traverse through the thin Martian atmosphere. NASA says they would use the solar-powered helicopter, which would be outfitted with GoPro-type cameras, to scout safe and efficient routes for the rover. It should have enough power to make two- to three-minute flights every day covering about 550 yards per sortie. Bob Balaram, chief engineer...

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The Pros and Cons Of Drones

Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest airport for international travel, and base of the long-haul carrier Emirates, closed for over an hour after a drone flew into its airspace. The airport says the closure disrupted flights for 69 minutes on Saturday and it is not the first time this sort of attack has hit. In Poland, authorities at Warsaw’s international airport say they had to suspend all landings briefly because of two unauthorized drones flying in the area where planes approach for landing. Poland’s regulations forbid flying drones within a 12-mile radius from airports, although drones have been spotted on some previous occasions near...

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The Mechs Are Coming

The concept of Mechs, giant, man-carrying robot suits, has been around for decades, but now researchers are in the development stages of making this a reality. Activelink, a company that develops new ways to link people and machines by using Power assist technology, has produced a prototype exoskeleton called the Assist Suit AWN-03, which is being developed as a solution to labor shortages that might arise due to an ageing population, since hoists and forklifts are not suitable for every situation. “There are some particular fields that cannot be mechanized, and industrial workers will still need to carry heavy objects by themselves,” said...

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Oldest Known Music In The Universe Just Released

Some of the oldest music in the Universe has just been  released for the first time by a team of researchers of a group of stars up to 13 billion years old. Led by Andrea Miglio from the University of Birmingham in the UK, he and his colleagues used data from NASA’s Kepler missions to measure stars in the Milky Way’s M4 cluster, and by using an audio technique known as asteroseismology, it measures the oscillations of distant stars, which can then be converted into sound. The team explained that the sound is ‘trapped’ inside the stars, which is what makes them...

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The Large Balloon Reflector Being Set Up For Launch

A new technology which aims to raise a telescope directly into space, nestled inside a balloon the size of a football field, has been in the works in 2014 but is now becoming a reality. Christopher Walker, an astronomy professor and professor of optical sciences and electrical engineering at the University of Arizona, won Phase 2 funding from the program two years ago and is now seeing his concept come to life. The large balloon reflector, as Walker named it, consist of an inflatable, half-aluminized spherical reflector inside a much larger stratospheric balloon. The outer balloon would also act as protection for the...

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Wormholes, and Black Holes And Einstein, Oh My!

According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, at the center of a black hole lies a point at which the forces of gravity are at their most intense, and time and space effectively end and based on that theory, if an object approaches the event horizon, it would be crushed in one direction, and stretched in another. However, new research suggests that may not be the case, after all. Now, a team of physists at the University of Lisbon in Portugal, have modeled what would happen to different objects, if each one ended up inside the spherical wormhole of a black hole. Team...

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Safeguarding Against Artificial Intelligence

Author of “Superintelligence,” Nick Bostrom, a Swedish philosopher at the University of Oxford and founder of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies says that “when A.I. teaches itself how to learn without supervision, it will be able to learn so fast that it would overrule humanity and take over.”, a concept first coined as ‘Singularity’ by mathematician Stanislaw Ulam 1958. Now, the scientists who build the A.I. algorithms need to install an “interruption policy” that would “forcibly change the behavior of the agent itself.” This signal would convince the machine, that at this point would be ignoring human commands, that it should stop and...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 10th, 2016

Tonight on Dark Thirty Radio NASA Is Going With “Space Dandruff” To Explain UFO’s Sightings Former NASA employee James Oberg says UFO sightings can all be explained by a phenomenon known as “space dandruff’. Oberg claims all sightings can be explained as ice crystals, insulation, debris and other tiny pieces of space stuff that were once on the spacecraft and are now floating in front of cameras and windows. Since they’re so tiny and moving between sunlight and shadows, they can’t be conclusively identified, but he is certain they’re “space dandruff.” Oberg says he’s not trying to say UFOs don’t exist, just...

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Secret Army Experiment Caught On Film

A 16 year boy, from West Sussex, captured footage of what appears to be a mysterious figure, flying hundreds of feet above the ground. Charlie Knott says he was with at a friend’s house, when they both looked up to this floating image, which he claims was a man, right above them. Knott says “We both ran outside and were just looking at it and wondering what it was. Then I ran back inside to get my phone to take pictures and video. It was like the figure of a person and it looked like it was on a board which was...