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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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A Newly Found Exoplanet May See Its End Before It Gets Starts

  A new study suggests one of the youngest alien worlds ever detected may not be long for this universe. Jupiter-like exoplanet candidate PTFO8-8695b, which lies about 1,100 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Orion, was first identified as a planet candidate in 2012 by the Palomar Transient Factory’s Orion survey, but now study lead author Christopher Johns-Krull, of Rice University in Houston, said “We don’t know the ultimate fate of this planet.” The “hot Jupiter” orbits extremely close to its host star, completing one lap every 11 hours, and was detected by the “transit method,” which notes the tiny brightness dips...

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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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Orange Orb Caught On Camera

A Canadian UFO Hunter recorded footage of a mysterious orange orb, seen above the Vancouver sky. Charles Lamoureux said he was able to film the fuzzy, sphere shaped object using a system he calls his Skywatcher’s Mobile Unit, which he says is “fitted with Night vision, thermal camera, and regular camcorder, etc.” and points out that he was able to be film the object using his night vision camera, but it did not show up on his thermal, heat-sensing camera. “Most night vision captures I see, I can easily see wings if it’s a bird, bug or any other mundane object.” Lamoureux...

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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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Did Tolkien Know Something We Didn’t?

The discovery of three tiny skeletons, unearthed in Flores, has scientists inquiring if “hobbits” may have once existed. Using a term first created for JRR Tolkien’s 1937 novel, when the first hobbits were found, some experts claimed they could be modern humans affected by microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads. However, if light of new data, researchers now believe these short, humanoid creatures may have evolved from an early ancestor of modern human, and shrank after becoming stranded on Indonesian island, where the remains were found and dated back some 700,000 years. Dr Gert van...

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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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We Will Hex You

A call to arms has been issued by coven leader Melanie Elizabeth Hexen, to have witches around the world join her in cursing tried rapist Brock Turner, to cause him to “become impotent” and “to know constant pain of pine needles in your guts.” As the very light verdict of 6 months jail time for a Stanford University student, who sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on a sidewalk came down, many cries for justice have gone out. Now, Hexen has made a Facebook event to allow others who wanted to take action to join in on the mass hex, and within 12...

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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...