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Atlas droid totally kicks yo’arse (mad robot news).

September 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
Atlas droid totally kicks yo’arse (mad robot news).

You’ve heard of the Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics? Well BD has trained their droid in the noble art of Parkour, including combat abilities such as handstand tumbling, jump twists and cartwheels. Everything the young robot about town needs for the coming human extinction event, perhaps? This is what they have to say: First, an […]

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Dangling a space elevator off the Moon: it’s the way to go (science news).

September 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
Dangling a space elevator off the Moon: it’s the way to go (science news).

Forget your basic space elevator concept – dangling your space elevator off the Moon: that’s the best way to go. Possibly the only way to go? Come on Elon, let’s up your game, you slacker. https://singularityhub.com/2019/09/23/maybe-dangling-a-space-elevator-off-the-moon-isnt-as-ludicrous-as-it-sounds/ The Offworld Report – the best content ‘offworld SFcrowsnest.

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Venus habitable for 2-3 billions years (science news).

September 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
Venus habitable for 2-3 billions years (science news).

Here’s a good plot twister from the European Planetary Science Congress of the Europlanet Society and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. Back in the day, Venus was habitable for 2-3 billion years. Strike one for the Amtor of Venus series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. https://www.europlanet-society.org/could-venus-have-been-habitable/ The Offworld Report – the […]

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Google declares it has won quantum supremacy (science news).

September 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
Google declares it has won quantum supremacy (science news).

Google boasts that its latest quantum super-computer can solve tasks which are otherwise unsolvable, performing complex calculations in just 3 minutes that would normally take 10,000 years to process. You want Skynet? Because this how you get Skynet! https://www.cnet.com/news/google-reportedly-attains-quantum-supremacy/ The Offworld Report – the best news ‘offworld SFcrowsnest.

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Terraforming Mars (video doc).

September 20, 2019 | By | Reply More
Terraforming Mars (video doc).

We already have the technology to bring humans safely to Mars and set up small settlements – or at least could do within a generation. But those settlements will need to be cocooned – shielded against the deadly cold, intense radiation, and the fatal lack of atmospheric pressure. Surely if we want to thrive on […]

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Carbon nano-tubes: super-charging solar panels near you, soon (science news).

September 20, 2019 | By | Reply More
Carbon nano-tubes: super-charging solar panels near you, soon (science news).

One of the greatest challenges facing solar technology is wasted heat, but carbon nanotubes might be the high efficiency boost that solar cells need to succeed. This video examines the future of the tech in energy science.

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Russian bio-weapons plague-lab burns down (science news).

September 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
Russian bio-weapons plague-lab burns down (science news).

Here’s a rather less than scintillating science news story which sounds like the prologue to that bit in World War Z where Brad Pitt gets landed in Russia with a special forces team to search a half-destroyed lab building for the cure to the zombie outbreak. You want zombies? Because this is how get zombies! […]

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Is Space Tourism about to lift off? (video documentary)

September 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
Is Space Tourism about to lift off? (video documentary)

How about a trip to Vigin’s Spaceport USA in New Mexico – chatting to the team behind Virgin Galactic – and discovering a little more about their madcap scheme to send tourists into space. And if that wasn’t enough, you can peek behind the 20th anniversary of the now quite ubiquitous cubesat, right?

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Seasons Of The Moon by Michael Carabetta (book review).

September 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
Seasons Of The Moon by Michael Carabetta (book review).

I think the selling point for Michael Carabetta’s book ‘Seasons Of The Moon’ is more the photos than the text, mostly because I literally read it over night. In his introduction, Carabetta explains how mankind has always had a fascination with the Moon. Some people, like Native Americans, even more so. There are 39 named […]

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Biohackers are medicine’s real Robin Hoods (science news).

September 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
Biohackers are medicine’s real Robin Hoods (science news).

Biohackers are creating a free knockoff of a million-dollar gene therapy – should we cringe or applaud the Robin Hoods of medicine? https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614245/biohackers-are-pirating-a-cheap-version-of-a-million-dollar-gene-therapy/ The Offworld Report – the best news ‘offworld the Nest.

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