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Jan 18, 2016

4 Cosmic Phenomena That Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Light

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space

Hopefully one day soon we’ll be able to add a fifth cosmic phenomena that can travel faster than the speed of light to the list — humanity.

When Albert Einstein first predicted that light travels the same speed everywhere in our universe, he essentially stamped a speed limit on it: 670,616,629 miles per hour — fast enough to circle the entire Earth eight times every second.

But that’s not the entire story. In fact, it’s just the beginning.

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Jan 18, 2016

Space elevators will become feasible

Posted by in categories: materials, satellites, space

The material to create space elevators will be developed by 2030, enabling a new golden age of space travel, according to a study published in the journal New Space.

“The material needed to have a 100,000 km rope will become real before 2030 and enable the creation of this low-cost access to space,” wrote Cathy W Swan, of SouthWest Analytic Network, Peter A Swan and John M Knapman, of the International Space Elevator Consortium, and David I Raitt, retired from the European Space Agency.

A space elevator would make launching people, satellites and craft into geostationary orbit dramatically cheaper than at present, with the researchers estimating it would drop from the current prices of $25,000 per kg for commercial launches and $40,000 per kg for governmental launches to $100 per kg for materials.

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Jan 18, 2016

It’s surprisingly difficult to play guitar in space — By Mike Murphy | Quartz

Posted by in categories: media & arts, space


“Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who lived aboard the International Space Station from 2012 to 2013, recently explained to CBC Music how difficult it was to play guitar in space, along with some pointers for future space musicians.”

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Jan 18, 2016

China will visit the dark side of the moon in 2018. Here’s why you should care

Posted by in category: space

Hmmm; China to explore the “dark side” of the moon by 2018. And, potential huge pay off in the form of rich mineral deposits is the key.

China’s going to land on the dark side of the moon, for the first time in human history. That means more than you might realize.

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Jan 17, 2016

NASA Teaching Robonaut to Perform Surgery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, humor, robotics/AI, space

The real question is: “what is the healing time in space v. earth? What is the risk of infection on earth v. space when surgery is performed in space?” If stats show patient survival, healing, and low to no infection rates in space v. earth; we could see a time when hospital colonies in space exist to handle initially complicated and high risks surgeries by robots v. earth.

NASA is grooming its robonauts to eventually perform surgery on people living in remote areas, like space. Lisa D’Souza has more on the future droid docs.

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Jan 16, 2016

Belgian Astronomers Pay Tribute to David Bowie With New Constellation

Posted by in category: space

Belgian astronomers have paid tribute to David Bowie with a constellation of seven stars that form the ‘Aladdin Sane’ lightning bolt.

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Jan 15, 2016

‘Space Warps’ and other citizen science projects reap major dividends for astrophysics

Posted by in categories: physics, science, space

The astrophysics project Space Warps offers a compelling example of why citizen science has become such a popular tool and how valuable it can be. In a roundtable discussion with the Kavli Foundation, citizen science leaders and astrophysicists Chris Lintott, Anupreeta More and Aprajita Verma discuss the tremendous impact these enthusiastic volunteers are having.

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Jan 15, 2016

Comets can’t explain weird ‘alien megastructure’ star after all

Posted by in category: space

Well well well……

It looks like we just might have some neighbors after all!

Hopefully their idea of a good housewarming present DOESN’T include planetary extermination! wink

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Jan 15, 2016

Frozen Tardigrade Brought Back to Life After 30 Years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space

Tardigrades, or “water bears,” are renowned for their remarkable survival skills. But these microscopic creatures are far more indestructible than we thought. In a recent experiment, scientists in Japan successfully revived a tardigrade that had been frozen for more than three decades.

That’s a new record.

Tardigrades are tiny water-dwelling extremophiles that are capable of withstanding some of the most severe environmental conditions, including freezing, total dehydration, radiation, and even the vacuum of space. Much of this has to do with their extraordinary genome, of which nearly 18% is comprised of DNA from other organisms, including plants, fungi, bacteria, and viruses.

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Jan 15, 2016

Space Mining Could Set Off a Star War — By Clive Thompson | Wired

Posted by in categories: business, space


“Space is lousy with profits. Consider the asteroid Ryugu: It’s made of so many tons of nickel, iron, cobalt, and water, it’s worth an estimated $95 billion.”

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