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Aug 10, 2020

Tesla is going to work with space ships too. Enhanced partnership with SpaceX

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

Tesla is going to work with spaceships too. Enhanced partnership with SpaceX.

This is revealed by a new job position, for future designers who will range from electric cars to spaceships for Mars.

A couple of days ago SpaceX tested a prototype of the future Starship, the spacecraft that will be flying to the Moon and Mars. It was a rather raw reproduction, just slightly reminiscent of the style used in the digital rendering presentation. Today we discover that, as demonstrated by a new job place, Tesla’s may be called into the final design.

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Aug 10, 2020

We have no strategy for tackling the dark side of digital

Posted by in categories: education, ethics, government

The Ogba Educational Clinic is pioneering ethics in Digital technology in Africa.

The federal government’s cyber plan is long on action points but short on any organising principles. This is worrying.

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Aug 10, 2020

Another nation ratifies UN nuclear ban treaty

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, military, treaties

Saint Kitts and Nevis became the 44th country to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on Sunday, the 75th anniversary of the US atomic bombing on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Six more ratifications are now needed to bring the treaty into force.

The Caribbean nation’s foreign minister, Mark Brantley, said in a statement that the bombing of Nagasaki was the apogee of human cruelty and inhumanity.

He said his country, as a small nation committed to global peace, can see no useful purpose for nuclear armaments. He called on all nations to work towards peace and mutual respect for all mankind.

Aug 10, 2020

Design concept raises the idea of a water-driven Yamaha motorcycle

Posted by in category: transportation

We came across a piece today over at Motorbike Writer about Yamaha preparing a water-powered motorcycle, and while a quick Google revealed this to be nothing more than a Yamaha-sponsored thesis project from 2016, the idea itself is fascinating enough to follow down the rabbit hole.

Water-powered or water-engined are the wrong terms for this. What’s being proposed is a system that replaces the chain, belt or shaft drive to the rear wheel with a hydraulic system that uses water pressure to spin the back wheel. So a fluid drive is probably the better way to put it. Designer Maxime Lefebvre admits as much in the “engine breakdown” slide, saying “to be effective, it needs a water pump.”

That water pump would be the engine. But how realistic is it to think about a water drive system? And what would be the pros and cos of such a thing? Perhaps we can look to two previous New Atlas stories for answers.

Aug 10, 2020

A biotech stock just rocketed 608% after announcing positive phase 3 trial data (MCRB)

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Seres Therapeutics soared as much as 608% on Monday after the company announced positive phase 3 trial data for its drug SER-109 was de…

Aug 10, 2020

Rejuvenation Roadmap charts life extension progress

Posted by in category: life extension

We take a trip down’s Rejuvenation Roadmap – and it’s a journey towards Longevity progress.

Aug 10, 2020

Patients’ EYES ‘can reveal if they’re likely to die of heart failure’

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Kitasato University Hospital researchers in Japan found that patients with smaller eye pupils were twice as likely to die from heart failure.

Meanwhile, 47 per cent of those with small pupils were readmitted to hospital, compared with just 28 per cent of those with large pupils.

Study author Dr Kohei Nozaki, of Kitasato University Hospital in Japan, said: ‘Our results suggest that pupil area is a novel way to identify heart patients at elevated risk of death or hospital readmission.

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Aug 10, 2020

Planet Ceres is an ‘ocean world’ with sea water beneath surface, mission finds

Posted by in category: space

Dwarf planet, believed to be a barren space rock, has an ‘extensive reservoir’ of brine beneath its surface, images show.

Aug 10, 2020

Why Silicon Valley Execs Are Investing Billions to Stay Young

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Could there really be a magic pill for immortality?

Aug 10, 2020

Air Force to end agreements with Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman, prepares for launch contract protests

Posted by in category: space travel

WASHINGTON — The Air Force made the call to stick with SpaceX and United Launch Alliance as its launch providers for the next five years. Now it has to decide if and how to continue working with the companies that lost the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 competition — Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman.

An issue at hand is the termination of the Launch Service Agreement contracts that the Air Force awarded in October 2018 to Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman, as well as to ULA.

The purpose of the agreements was to help Phase 2 competitors pay for launch vehicle development and infrastructure. Blue Origin received $500 million; Northrop Grumman $792 million and ULA $967 million. The funds were to be spread out through 2024, and the Air Force from the beginning said the LSAs would be terminated with those companies that did not win a Phase 2 procurement contract.

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