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Oct 29, 2020

This Chinese restaurant uses robots to serve food

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

Robotic waiters.

This restaurant hires robots to serve food.

Oct 29, 2020

What Martian Settlers Need to Know About Soil Can Teach us How to Grow Better on Earth

Posted by in categories: health, space travel

Article from Universetoday. Interesting read.

When human beings start living in space for extended periods of time they will need to be as self-sufficient as possible. The same holds true for settlements built on the Moon, on Mars, and other bodies in the Solar System. To avoid being entirely dependent on resupply missions from Earth (which is costly and time-consuming) the inhabitants will need to harvest resources locally – aka. In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU).

This means they’ll have to procure their own sources of water, building materials, and grow their own food. While the ISS has allowed for all kinds of experiments involving hydroponics in space, little has been done to see how soil fares in microgravity (or lower gravity). To address this, Morgan Irons – Chief Science Officer of the Virginia-based startup Deep Space Ecology (DSE) – recently sent her #id=8305″] Soil Health in Space experiment to the ISS.

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Oct 29, 2020

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Will Make Its Own Laws On Mars

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, law, satellites

This is interesting. So Mars won’t be under earth-based laws?

Interesting… 😃

SpaceX’s Elon Musk has revealed that they will not abide by international law on Mars.

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Oct 29, 2020

A NASA spacecraft circling Jupiter has captured the planet’s colorful electrical outbursts — ‘sprites’ and ’elves’ — for the first time

Posted by in categories: climatology, space

Jupiter’s lightning seems to produce brilliant flashes of light high above its water clouds — alien versions of Earth’s red sprites and elves.

Oct 29, 2020

Infinity and Beyond — Episode 10: The Artemis Missions

Posted by in category: space travel

Since the last manned landing in 1972, no humans have been back to the Moon. Now, NASA plans to change all that with Artemis, which aims to land the next man and the first woman on the lunar surface by 2024.

The Artemis program will take place in stages, from testing the spacecraft that will carry astronauts to the Moon to building Gateway, a space station in lunar orbit to serve as a midway point for long-term missions. Future astronauts will explore regions of the Moon humans have never visited, including its south pole, where water ice hides in shadowed craters.

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Oct 29, 2020

The Lancet Healthy Longevity

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, neuroscience

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic does not affect everyone equally. While anyone can contract COVID-19, accumulating data suggest that older people or those with pre-existing comorbidities are far more likely to have severe complications or die from the disease. While researchers scramble to unravel the mechanisms of action underlying the disease’s wide-ranging effects, news that the disease hits older people hardest has been received without demur: it is widely accepted that to be old is to be fragile. Indeed, even in so-called normal times, everyone expects more things break as people age: bones, hearts, brains. In the context of the pandemic, being old is seen as just one more comorbidity.

It should not be.

We accept growing old and losing our vitality as an inevitability of life. To do so is to overlook the fact that ageing is, fundamentally, a plastic trait—influenced both by our genetic predispositions and many (controllable) environmental factors. Anecdotally we know this to be true: for some, being in their eighties means being confined to a wheelchair whereas for others, like Eileen Noble, who at 84 years old was the oldest runner in 2019’s London Marathon, it decidedly does not. The burgeoning field of biogerontology is now beginning to amass data in support of such observations. Single genetic mutations in evolutionarily conserved pathways across model organisms—ranging from fruit flies to mice—increase lifespan by up to 80%. Crucially, not only do these animals live longer, they also have a longer youthspan—the proportion of their lives in which they retain the trappings of youth such as peak mobility, immunity, and stress resilience.

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Oct 29, 2020

Fusion Will Probably Be More Expensive Than Wind and Solar

Posted by in category: energy

Oct 28, 2020

NASA’s Webb Telescope To Scout Solar System’s Outer Graveyard

Posted by in category: space

NASA’s Webb space telescope to peer deep into our solar system’s outermost graveyard of planet formation; a bizarre, frozen zone of freakish objects on strange solar orbits.

Oct 28, 2020

Ex-US cyber command chief: Enemies using AI is ‘existential threat’

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, existential risks, robotics/AI

Certain cyber-artificial intelligence attacks could pose an existential threat to the US and the West, former US cyber command chief, Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Brett Williams said on Tuesday.

Speaking as part of Cybertech’s virtual conference, Williams said, “artificial intelligence is the real thing. It is already in use by attackers. When they learn how to do deepfakes, I would argue this is potentially an existential threat.”

Oct 28, 2020

You can now get a COVID-19 rapid antibody test for $25 at Kroger

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 but were unable to access testing at the time, you’ll soon be able to get a 15-minute rapid antibody test at Kroger!

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