Category: Science

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Fire In The Sky…Literally

In a record-breaking first, NASA successfully created the largest fire set intentionally in space. The experiment was conducted aboard the uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft, a cargo vessel built by Virginia-based company Orbital ATK, which had departed from the International Space Station days earlier, after a nearly three-month stay at the orbiting lab. NASA officials ignited a piece of cotton-fiberglass cloth 1.3 feet wide by 3.3 feet long, during the first stage of the Spacecraft Fire Experiment, named Saffire-1. Before Saffire-1, the largest intentionally set fire in space had burned a sample just the size of an index card, NASA officials have said. Saffire-1 was the...

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Possible Exoplanet Star System Found

A stunning new picture has led astronomers to the discovery of a potential exoplanet. A T-Tauri star named CVSO 30 that was first discovered in 2012 was found to host an exoplanet by using a detection method known as transit photometry, where the light from a star can be observed as dips as a planet travels in front of it. Now, observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the Calar Alto Observatory facilities in Spain have been combined and may show that there may also be a second planet. While the previously-detected planet, CVSO 30b,...

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Do You Ever Get The Feeling You Are Being Followed?

An unbelievable new discovery shows that Earth has a small “quasi-satellite” asteroid that keeps a constant orbit around our Sun, just as we do and may continue to do so for as long. Asteroid 2016 HO3 was first spotted by the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope in Hawaii, operated by the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy and funded by NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office. Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California said “Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventures very far away as we both go around the...

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Science Fiction Nightmare Comes To Life

Prof Hawking and Elon Musk warned us this would happen. A real experience from a science fiction nightmare. A robot created by Russian scientists and is designed to work in customer relations by interacting with humans realistically, answering questions and remembering every person it has ever met. The robot named Promobot was being worked on at a research lab but after an engineer accidentally left a perimeter gate open, Promobot walked straight out of the lab’s premises and ended up on the busy road outside. The robot was on the road outside the research lab for more than an hour and police...

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Sonic Booms Of Light

Scientists may have just come up with the solution to convert electricity into visible radiation, which could revolutionize how we process data, and change the foundations of computing forever. A team from MIT have created a new type of sonic boom using light instead of sound, which can be used as a more efficient way to convert energy into beams of light. Researchers indicate that light-based computers could theoretically process data at the speed of light, and that this new sonic boom could be how we finally do it. They point out the simple fact that if we want data to go faster,...

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More Research Needed Into Gravitational Wave Astronomy

For the second time in history, astrophysicists have just announced that they have directly detected gravitational waves caused by the collision of two black holes. An Australian team has been analyzing data collected by the two Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in the US that picked up the first historic gravitational wave signal for months ago, and were actually able to watch two black holes orbiting each other 27 times in their last second before colliding. Team member Susan Scott, an astrophysicist from the Australian National University in Canberra said, “This has cemented the age of gravitational wave astronomy. This shows data is...

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Second Gravitational Wave Detected

A new discovery was announced at an astronomical meeting in San Diego revealing that a second pair of black holes that devoured each other 1.4 billion years ago have been detected. The same group of astronomers that produced the first audio of the gravitational-wave chirps, they gathered that in the new merger, the black holes were roughly 14 and 8 times as massive as the sun, circled and combined into a single spinning black hole 21 times as massive as the sun. The collision spilled an amount of energy equivalent to the entire mass of the sun into space-time. Albert...

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Artificial Intelligence Is On The Rise Everywhere

Researchers used an incredible new form of functional magnetic resonance imaging pattern analysis which is now being used by computers to predict faces by using data from the memory-centered area of the brain. Hongmi Lee and Brice A. Kuhl from the Kuhl Lab at the University of Oregon studied the area of the brain responsible for processing faces, and stated ‘Recent findings suggest that the contents of memory encoding and retrieval can be decoded from the angular gyrus (ANG), a subregion of posterior lateral parietal cortex. Visually perceived faces were reliably reconstructed from activity patterns.” The researchers go on to explain that by...

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Dark Thirty Radio – June 17th, 2016

Tonight On Dark Thirty Radio Images Taken From fMRI’s Produce Portraits From Thoughts Researchers used an incredible new form of functional magnetic resonance imaging pattern analysis which is now being used by computers to predict faces by using data from the memory-centered area of the brain. Hongmi Lee and Brice A. Kuhl from the Kuhl Lab at the University of Oregon studied the area of the brain responsible for processing faces, and stated ‘Recent findings suggest that the contents of memory encoding and retrieval can be decoded from the angular gyrus (ANG), a subregion of posterior lateral parietal cortex. Visually perceived faces...

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Incredible Discovery Of Planet 10…And 11?

By now, most people have heard of the hypothetical Planet 9, but before scientists have even made the advancements to prove its existence, astronomers have found what they believe to be Planet ten and eleven. New calculations based on the data that originally gave rise to the Planet Nine hypothesis, seems to point out that there could be multiple planets hiding at the edge of our Solar System that we have yet to discover. The original study from Caltech researchers, published last January, based their hypothesis for the existence of Planet Nine on the unusual movement of six large objects floating in the Kuiper belt,...

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Physical And Chemical Matter Mixed

Physicists in the UK have just created a new way to manipulate the physical and chemical properties of matter, and could change the way we process quantum information. Researchers from the Imperial College London, have just mixed a molecule with light at room temperature by trapping a photon, (particle of light) with a molecule in a tiny, golden cage of mirrors. This perfect mixing of light and a molecule called ‘strong coupling’ is a first and researcher Ortwin Hess says “We can now do a whole range of experiments on matter and light that would have been costly and difficult before. We...

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Extraterrestrial Response May Not Arrive For Another 1,500 Years

A new study suggests that just because we haven’t heard from extraterrestrial life, doesn’t mean we won’t, it will just take a lot more time than previously hoped. Astronomy student Evan Solomonides from Cornell University, due to the sheer size of the Milky Way, it could be up to 1,500 years before we can reasonably expect to hear back from any extraterrestrials who’ve picked up our transmissions from Earth. The astronomers applied the study of a probabilistic analysis (what’s known as the Fermi paradox) using calculations to help shed some light on why we might never have received contact from alien civilizations. The...