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Marcus Maertens

What do blockchain, artificial intelligence and quantum computing mean for smart contra... - 1 views

    How to cram in all buzzword technologies in one title. I will give it all tags we have.
Alexander Wittig

Deepest X-ray Image Ever Reveals Black Hole Treasure Trove - 1 views

    Deepest X-ray Image Ever Reveals Black Hole Treasure Trove An unparalleled image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory gives astronomers the best look yet at the growth of black holes over billions of years beginning soon after the Big Bang.

There's a Planet Like Earth Orbiting the Nearest Star to the Sun - 0 views

    Time to get out the Fission Fragment Rocket Engine!

A Cloaking Device for Transiting Planets - 5 views

    Cloaking Laser could hide us from "evil aliens "
Nina Nadine Ridder

Gravitational waves from black holes detected - BBC News - 1 views

    From the section Science & Environment Scientists are claiming a stunning discovery in their quest to fully understand gravity. They have observed the warping of space-time generated by the collision of two black holes more than a billion light-years from Earth.

Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet | Caltech - 0 views

    Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles).

In a new round of testing, NASA confirms yet again that the 'impossible' EMdrive thrust... - 4 views

    Engineer Roger Shawyer's controversial EM Drive thruster jets back into relevancy this week, as a team of researchers at NASA's Eagleworks Laboratories recently completed yet another round of testing on the seemingly impossible tech.
    I like this just because it will end up on Thijs' desk :D
    Interesting that the new comes in... Yahoo Finance :). Another more complete article

Watch Uranium Emit Radiation - 2 views

    You've heard of the catastrophic effects of radiation on environments, animals and humans. A seemingly silent and invisible destroyer, radiation can make whole cities inhabitable for hundreds of years. But have you ever wondered what radiation actually looks like? There may be one image that jumps to mind.

    We saw the same detector setup in the room opposite to ours during the Open Day! Using uranium is just cooler. :)
Juxi Leitner

Nasa scientists find evidence of flowing water on Mars | Science | The Guardian - 2 views

Nina Nadine Ridder

Earth's extremes point the way to extraterrestrial life - 1 views

    Seems a little speculative but pretty interesting thoughts. In regards to terraforming Mars this might be of interest:
    "During the daytime, plant-like microorganisms on a Martian-like surface could photosynthesize hydrogen peroxide. At night, when the atmosphere is relatively humid, they could use their stored hydrogen peroxide to scavenge water from the atmosphere, similar to how microbial communities in the Atacama use the moisture that salt brine extracts from the air to stay alive."
Ma Ru

ISS astronauts bite into space-grown lettuce - 0 views

    Next great step for humankind.

    "... and we're standing by now for the first consumption of one of these red romaine lettuce leaves ..." :-)
Nina Nadine Ridder

Why is life left-handed? The answer is in the stars - 2 views

    While most humans are right-handed, our proteins are made up of lefty molecules. In the same way your left and right hands mirror one another, molecules can assemble in two reflected structures. Life prefers the left-handed version, which is puzzling since both mirrored types form equally in the laboratory.
Thijs Versloot

Student Confirms That There Are Enormous Tubes Of Plasma Floating Above The Earth - 1 views

    A 60-year-old theory about the structure of the magnetic fields that surround Earth has been confirmed directly for the first time. The lead author of the paper is an undergraduate student who invented a way to view the Earth's magnetosphere in three dimensions.

What happens to your brain on the way to Mars - 1 views

    This study from NASA shows that cosmic rays have a deleterious effect on the brain, more than expected, resulting in in symptoms similar to dementia (memory loss, decline in problem solving skills, general cognitive functions).

    A reason more to investigate into hibernation?
Athanasia Nikolaou

NASA Vesta Trek - 2 views

    NASA Releases Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta

    Vesta Trek is a free, web-based application that provides detailed visualizations of Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in our solar system.

    NASA's Dawn spacecraft studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. Data gathered from multiple instruments aboard Dawn have been compiled into Vesta Trek's user-friendly set of tools, enabling citizen scientists and students to study the asteroid's features. The application includes:

    -- Interactive maps with the ability to overlay a growing range of data sets including topography, mineralogy, abundance of elements and geology, as well as analysis tools for measuring the diameters, heights and depths of surface features and more.

    -- 3-D printer-exportable topography so users can print physical models of Vesta's surface.

    -- Standard keyboard gaming controls to manoever a first-person visualization of "flying" across the surface of the asteroid.

    "There's nothing like seeing something with your own eyes, but these types of detailed data-visualizations are the next best thing," said Kristen Erickson, Director, Science Engagement and Partnerships at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC.

Medical Xpress: Newly discovered hormone mimics the effects of exercise - 0 views

    "Hormones are molecules that act as the body's signals, triggering various physiological responses. The newly discovered hormone, dubbed "MOTS-c," primarily targets muscle tissue, where it restores insulin sensitivity, counteracting diet-induced and age-dependent insulin resistance."

    Good news for long distance space travelers?
    as well as lazy couch potatoes
Thijs Versloot

Alien star invaded the Solar System - 2 views

    An alien star passed through our Solar System just 70,000 years ago, astronomers have discovered. No other star is known to have approached this close to us. An international team of researchers says it came five times closer than our current nearest neighbour - Proxima Centauri.

    Passing straight through the Oort Cloud region. This must have left some sort of mark maybe? A binary system of a red and brown dwarf (8% and 6% solar masses) so maybe not a too significant impact on trajectories in the Oort cloud?
    I read this earlier and thought it might be another one of those alien conspiracy stuff. Freaky stuff.
    what about taking a ride on one of these? - especially if they come with some companion planets? when is the next shuttle coming?

Mining the moon - 1 views

    Mining the moon - now we know that the Moon's poles hold millions of tonnes of water ice, firms in the US as well as the Indian and Chinese space agencies are planning to mine this resource and sell it to space missions as fuel.
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