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LeopoldS

US Air Force Strategy article on SPS - 1 views

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    From Garretson ... À bit tendentious but nice read ...
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    actually its nice - perhaps without true patriotic/military backup lots of great things will never happen!
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    The more money they spend on this the less they spend on destruction and killing :-) so yes, most welcome ...
LeopoldS

Questions Surround European Cooperative Military Space Programs | SpaceNews.com - 3 views

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    start of the end of the ESA space defence activities .. ?
LeopoldS

Investigating Machine Identification Code Technology in Color Laser Printers | Electron... - 0 views

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    I assume that our fancy colour printer also have this "feature" ... 
LeopoldS

BBC News - Stuxnet worm 'targeted high-value Iranian assets' - 0 views

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    fascinating ....
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    Nice... enter cyber-warfare...
Luís F. Simões

Singularity University, class of 2010: projects that aim to impact a billion people wit... - 7 views

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    At the link below you find additional information about the projects:

    Education: Ten weeks to save the world
    http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100915/full/467266a.html
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    this is the podcast I was listening to ...
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    We can do it in nine :)
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    why wait then?
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    hmm, wonder how easy it is to get funding for that, 25k is a bit steep for 10weeks :)
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    well, we wait for the same fundings they get and then we will do it in nine.... as we say in Rome "a mettece un cartello so bboni tutti". (italian check for Juxi)
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    and what you think about the project subjects?
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    I like the fact that there are quite a lot of space projects .... and these are not even bad in my view:
    The space project teams have developed imaginative new solutions for space and spinoffs for Earth. The AISynBio project team is working with leading NASA scientists to design bioengineered organisms that can use available resources to mitigate harsh living environments (such as lack of air, water, food, energy, atmosphere, and gravity) - on an asteroid, for example, and also on Earth .

    The SpaceBio Labs team plans to develop methods for doing low-cost biological research in space, such as 3D tissue engineering and protein crystallization.

    The Made in Space team plans to bring 3D printing to space to make space exploration cheaper, more reliable, and fail-safe ("send the bits, not the atoms"). For example, they hope to replace some of the $1 billion worth of spare parts and tools that are on the International Space Station.
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    and all in only a three months summer graduate program!! that is impressive. God I feel so stupid!!!
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    well, most good ideas probably take only a second to be formulated, it's the details that take years :-)
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    I do not think the point of the SU is to formulate new ideas (infact there is nothing new in the projects chosen). Their mission is to build and maintain a network of contacts among who they believe will be the 'future leaders' of space ... very similar to our beloved ISU.
LeopoldS

Spaceflight Now | Atlas Launch Report | Air Force spaceplane is an odd bird with a twis... - 3 views

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    Juxi are you following this one? any idea on its purpose?
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    Not that I'm an expert in the field in any way, but there are two things I could think of:
    1) possibility of bringing the payload back means that it can collect huge amounts of data which wouldn't be possible to be transferred via radio in reasonable time and/or you can bring back data you don't want to be intercepted by enemy
    2) I remember reading somewhere that possibility of re-entry from orbit means you can strike any country without violating the airspace of the neighbouring countries.

    As the project is now managed by military, a purely civil purpose can be safely ruled out in my opinion.
LeopoldS

Common ecology quantifies human insurgency : Article : Nature - 0 views

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    nice paper:

    like especially:

    To our knowledge, our model provides the first unified explanation of high-frequency, intra-conflict data across human insurgencies. Other explanations of human insurgency are possible, though any competing theory would also need to replicate the results of Figs 1, 2, 3. Our model's specific mechanisms challenge traditional ideas of insurgency based on rigid hierarchies and networks, whereas its striking similarity to multi-agent financial market models24, 25, 26 hints at a possible link between collective human dynamics in violent and non-violent settings1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.

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    There was also this paper ... Power Law Explains Insurgent Violence (http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2009/1216/1?rss=1)
LeopoldS

NEO video release | Space Generation Advisory Council - 1 views

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    still watching ... hoping to see either Andrés, Ian or Dario appear in there!!!!
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    but they are not !!!! what a shame ....
LeopoldS

Qian Xuesen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 3 views

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    what a live, what an interesting person!
LeopoldS

Video: Army's Robot-Man Walks Like the Real Thing | Danger Room | Wired.com - 2 views

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    somehow don't like this guy ...
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    boston dynamics again, kinda scary again.
LeopoldS

BBC NEWS | Technology | Call for debate on killer robots - 0 views

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    for our AI guys ...
LeopoldS

Darpa: Heat + Energy = Brains. Now Make Us Some. | Danger Room | Wired.com - 0 views

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    good luck!!
LeopoldS

Microsoft Offers Secure Windows … But Only to the Government | Threat Level - 0 views

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    why didn't they take linux as a basis?
ESA ACT

NSA Whistleblower: Grill the CEOs on Illegal Spying | Threat Level from Wired.com - 0 views

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    so if you want to hid anything from the NSA just say it in more than 2 min :-) ....
ESA ACT

Power Beaming Satellite: "One Lightbulb" Experiment - 0 views

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    finally something concrete that came out of the USAF effort on SPS - and I somehow like it .... (LS)
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