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Aug 4, 2020

Researchers: help free the world of nuclear weapons

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, law, military, treaties

One idea, which has been in gestation for some years, could be about to have its break-out moment. A new agreement, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), is expected to become international law next year — and scientists have a chance to play a part in helping it to succeed.

Seventy-five years after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a new treaty offers renewed hope for a nuclear-free world.

Aug 4, 2020

Tesla’s made-in-China cars lead market in quality while US-made Tesla cars score lowest

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Tesla’s made-in-China cars are leading the market when it comes to quality, according to a new survey. All while Tesla’s US-made vehicles are scoring the lowest for quality. As we reported earlier this year, Tesla ranked lowest on J.D. Power 2020 quality study, with 250 problems per 100 cars.

The quality survey was based on roughly 1,250 Tesla owners and the vast majority of respondents own a Model 3.

Aug 4, 2020

Don’t Miss These Astronomy Events In The Month Of August 2020!

Posted by in categories: physics, space

Must watch astronomy events this month.

Top 5 Space Apps:
How to watch the planets:

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Aug 4, 2020

Bored Inside Their Spacecraft, NASA Astronauts Made Prank Calls to Pass the Time

Posted by in category: space travel

Houston, do you have Prince Albert in a can?

Aug 4, 2020

This Deep-Learning AI Can Code Just Like a Programmer

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A team of computer scientists has developed a new AI that can write code and predict software solutions for programmers navigating through numerous application programming interfaces (APIs).

For years, research scientists have been studying how programs can generate instant feedback that coders can address immediately. A wide range of applications has already been created, all of which aim to detect faulty or questionable lines of code. While this has only been minimally integrated into most developers’ software tools, a team of computer scientists from Rice University has recently figured out a way for developers and programmers to receive feedback on their code while suggesting solutions for their programs—all through artificial intelligence (AI).

Aug 4, 2020

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Will Carry First Spacesuit Materials to Mars

Posted by in categories: materials, space

In a Q&A, spacesuit designer Amy Ross explains how five samples, including a piece of helmet visor, will be tested aboard the rover, which is targeting a July 30 launch.

NASA is preparing to send the first woman and next man to the Moon, part of a larger strategy to send the first astronauts to the surface of Mars. But before they get there, they’ll be faced with a critical question: What should they wear on Mars, where the thin atmosphere allows more radiation from the Sun and cosmic rays to reach the ground?

Amy Ross is looking for answers. An advanced spacesuit designer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, she’s developing new suits for the Moon and Mars. So Ross is eagerly awaiting this summer’s launch of the Perseverance Mars rover, which will carry the first samples of spacesuit material ever sent to the Red Planet.

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Aug 4, 2020

Scientists propose a novel method for controlling fusion reactions

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

Scientists have found a novel way to prevent pesky magnetic bubbles in plasma from interfering with fusion reactions—delivering a potential way to improve the performance of fusion energy devices. And it comes from managing radio frequency (RF) waves to stabilize the magnetic bubbles, which can expand and create disruptions that can limit the performance of ITER, the international facility under construction in France to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion power.

Magnetic islands

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed the new model for controlling these magnetic bubbles, or islands. The novel method modifies the standard technique of steadily depositing radio (RF) rays into the to stabilize the islands—a technique that proves inefficient when the width of an island is small compared with the characteristic size of the region over which the RF ray deposits its power.

Aug 4, 2020

More than 1.4 million power outages in N.J. from Isaias. Restoration could take days, officials say

Posted by in categories: business, energy

More than 1.4 million homes and businesses across New Jersey lost power as of Tuesday afternoon as powerful winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Isaias battered the Garden State.

That’s more than 25% of the utility customers in the state and half of JCP&L’s 1.1 million customers in the dark, according to outage maps provided by the three major utility companies in New Jersey.

Aug 4, 2020

Video: ‘Mystery Creature’ Washes Ashore in England

Posted by in category: futurism

By Tim Binnall

Residents of a coastal community in England were left scratching their heads and holding their noses after the massive and odorous remains of a mystery creature washed ashore. The creepy carcass was reportedly first discovered last Wednesday on a beach in the town of Ainsdale. Witnesses who dared to venture close enough to the creature to get a good look at it were baffled by the beast and could not identify what it may have been.

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Aug 4, 2020

CDC expects 2020 outbreak of rare, life-threatening condition affecting children

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned parents and doctors Tuesday that it expects another outbreak this year of a rare but life-threatening condition that mostly affects children.

Outbreaks of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a serious neurologic condition that can cause paralysis, typically peak every two years between August and November.

The last peak occurred in 2018, when 238 cases were reported to the CDC.

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