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UK promises commercial spaceport 'by 2018' with 6 of 8 potential locations in Scotland - 0 views

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    not sure what to make of this. seems like an odd change of direction

    "Spaceports will be key to us opening up the final frontier of commercial space travel," said Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander at the announcement of the new sites. Mr Alexander hinted that the plans could lead to Scotland becoming the home of the UK's commercial space ambitions, even as the Scottish government warns that only independence will secure a successful space industry for the country.
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Google and Facebook Investigating Launching Satellites - 1 views

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    unfortunately the original article is subscription only

    "Among the evidence the article cites for this conclusion is Google's recent hiring of Brian Holtz and Dave Bettinger. Both came from companies (O3b and VT iDirect respectively) that specialize in communication satellites. Google has also invested in O3b and a current Google employee sits on company's board.

    A Boeing representative told The Information that Facebook and Google are "beginning to show a broader interest in satellite technology." While both companies are looking to space to broaden their reach, the ad-supported Google has the potential resources (cash) and gumption to actually follow through in the immediate future."
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Hands-on with the Muse brain sensing headband -- the most important wearable of 2014 (e... - 4 views

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    interestingly it looks like a subject could wear it all day while doing normal stuff

    http://www.choosemuse.com/

    "I got my hands on an early version of Interaxon's brainwave reading headband, the Muse, and I think this could be the most important wearable of the year. And that's saying a lot, considering I've seen 2014′s entire lineup for health tech at the Consumer Electronic Show as well as a few undisclosed athletic devices slated for later this year."
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    indeed the app that comes with it sounds really lame but it comes with an sdk
Nicholas Lan

Real-Life Jetpack Flies at Futuristic Conference - 5 views

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    frickin awesome
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The Conspiracy Theorist Who Duped The World's Biggest Physicists - 5 views

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    Weird geocentric universe hoax story
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The Big Sleep: How Hibernation Could Overcome Life-Threatening Injury - 1 views

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    Human hibernation again. A group in groningen that started 6 years ago and a study under the US army that will do some limited trials with humans apparently.
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Ancient Egyptians transported pyramid stones over wet sand - 1 views

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    Apr 30, Physics/General Physics A large pile of sand accumulates in front of the sledge when this is pulled over dry sand (left). On the wet sand (right) this does not happen.
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Stability and Transport of Graphene Oxide Nanoparticles in Groundwater and Surface Water - 0 views

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    study on the environmental effects of graphene. related article

    http://gizmodo.com/graphene-might-be-way-worse-for-the-environment-than-we-1568823876
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Kerbal Space Program | Media - 2 views

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    what seems to be an impressively detailed space game
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    it's on sale on steam til tomorrow by the way if anyone's interested
Nicholas Lan

Plants employed as sensing devices - 1 views

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    fp7 project employing plants as part of a sensing network
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Anonymous employees reveal the worst thing about working for Google - 4 views

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    not entirely unexpected but some interesting points
Nicholas Lan

Cut EU red tape: Report from the Business Taskforce - 2 views

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    some interesting recommendations part of a current discussion between the commission and some member states in a general, and apparently popular with all parties, drive to reduce bureaucracy to, among other things, stimulate innovation.


    Firms face a challenge. They produce superb products, offer world-class services and benefit from being able to sell to a European market of 500 million customers. But they are often encumbered by problematic, poorly-understood and burdensome European rules. The impact is clear: fewer inventions are patented, fewer sales are made, fewer goods are produced and fewer jobs are created.
Nicholas Lan

amines found to be far more important than cosmic rays in cloud formation - 0 views

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    relationship between living organisms and cloud formation seems interesting
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A Case Study of Gut Fermentation Syndrome (Auto-Brewery) with Saccharomyces cerevisiae ... - 0 views

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    man infected with brewer's yeast brews beer and gets drunk whenever he injests carbohydrates.

    This surely presents an excellent opportunity to address long term manned space exploration psychological issues by infecting astronauts with yeast rather than investing in costly and bulky space-brewing equipment.
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