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Jan 14, 2021

1979: Project Apollo: James Burke on Landing the Eagle

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# OnThisDay 1979: On the 10th anniversary of the first moon landing, James Burke went to NASA, to reflect on the heart-stopping minutes preceding “The eagle has landed.”

Jan 13, 2021

Storm in a cosmic teacup: A new paradigm for understanding plasma turbulence

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, physics, space

On the path to writing his Ph.D. dissertation, Lucio Milanese made a discovery—one that refocused his research, and will now likely dominate his thesis.

Milanese studies , a gas-like flow of ions and electrons that comprises 99 percent of the visible universe, including the Earth’s ionosphere, interstellar space, the , and the environment of stars. Plasmas, like other fluids, are often found in a turbulent state characterized by chaotic, unpredictable motion, providing multiple challenges to researchers who seek to understand the cosmic universe or hope to harness burning plasmas for fusion energy.

Milanese is interested in what physicist Richard Feynman called “the most important unsolved problem of classical physics”—turbulence. In this case, the focus is plasma turbulence, its nature and structure.

Jan 13, 2021

Concept whitening: A strategy to improve the interpretability of image recognition models

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

Over the past decade or so, deep neural networks have achieved very promising results on a variety of tasks, including image recognition tasks. Despite their advantages, these networks are very complex and sophisticated, which makes interpreting what they learned and determining the processes behind their predictions difficult or sometimes impossible. This lack of interpretability makes deep neural networks somewhat untrustworthy and unreliable.

Researchers from the Prediction Analysis Lab at Duke University, led by Professor Cynthia Rudin, have recently devised a technique that could improve the interpretability of deep neural networks. This approach, called whitening (CW), was first introduced in a paper published in Nature Machine Intelligence.

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Jan 13, 2021

Scientists May Have Detected a Signal That Could Change Astronomy Forever

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Scientists think they may have spied the universe’s “gravitational wave background” after more than a decade of searching.

Jan 13, 2021

Rolls-Royce and UK Space Agency launch first ever study into nuclear-powered space exploration

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The UK Space Agency and Rolls-Royce are joining forces for a unique study into how nuclear power and technologies could be used as part of space exploration.

Jan 12, 2021

‘Mars on Earth’ experience opens in the Wadi Rum desert

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Circa 2018


“Vast, echoing and God-like.” That is how T.E. Lawrence, the British archaeologist and army officer who inspired the 1962 film “Lawrence of Arabia,” described Wadi Rum.

As you approach the wind-swept mountains that fiercely jut out of the burnt orange sand in Jordan’s largest desert, it’s easy to see what he meant. The landscape here is like something from another world.

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Jan 12, 2021

The Martian city of the future is landing in Dubai, and it’s going to be an out-of-this-world experience

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space

Circa 2020


Unreal and beyond most of our trippiest dreams, the city of Dubai is a living, breathing sci-fi movie—firefighters in jetpacks, anyone? Now try adding an entire Martian city concept to that.

The United Arab Emirates is on the same wavelength as Elon Musk when it comes to colonizing Mars. They want an entire human population on the Red Planet within the next century. Architects from Bjarke Ingels Group were asked to design Mars Science City, a prototype for what is going to turn into a hyper-futuristic lab for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), which will keep developing space tech that will allow humans to stay alive on a frozen planet almost 80 million miles (40 on a good day) from Earth.

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Jan 12, 2021

Arriving on Mars

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February 18 — We revisit the red planet with a new rover.

Jan 12, 2021

Here’s How Humans Have Evolved In the Last 100 Years

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, evolution, space

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Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about some of the recent discoveries in regards to our own evolution in the last 250 years.
Paper: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joa.

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Jan 12, 2021

NASA’s Plan to Stop an Asteroid Headed for Earth

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Inside the research lab that’s testing the tech to deflect an asteroid headed for earth.

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