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Objects in Space Beyond Neptune

Objects in Space Beyond Neptune

Pluto was once categorized as a planet, because we didn’t have a clear definition of what a planet is and because the objects we called planets were basically all the large objects we found orbiting the Sun. But then things changed. Around the year 2000, a team of astronomers headed by Mike Brown began discovering […]

Animation of 100,000 Asteroids

Asteroids can be identified in SDSS imaging because they change position during the course of an 8-minute exposure with the SDSS camera. The SDSS has identified and measured colors of more than 100,000 asteroids and other Solar System minor objects. The video to the left shows the orbits of many of the asteroids that the […]

Synthetic Gravity in Space Habitats

Human bodies have evolved inside a gravitational field that provides a constant downward pressure as long as we stand on the surface of the planet. Healthy operation of the body depends on this state. In the zero-gravity environment of space, we will need to synthetically reproduce this condition. The term, “centrifugal force” describes the inertial […]

1887 – Ramanujan – bio

Srinivasa Ramanujan was born in 1887 in southern India. He was a self taught mathematical genius, who learned by reading books and often struggled with studies in school other than mathematics because of his intense focus. At the age of fifteen, he learned how cubic equations had been solved and developed his own technique to […]

Language Translating Earpiece

This earpiece, being developed by Waverly Labs has the ability to connect users via a smartphone and translate both email and the spoken word from one language into another in real time. It also enables other functions, such as note taking, reminders, and scheduling. Can You Hear Me in French? – [youtube.com] WAVERLYLABS – [waverlylabs.com]

First Contact Protocol

When we make first contact with another species of life, we should have a first contact protocol already thought through to guide our actions. This protocol can’t anticipate all possibilities and chart precise actions to be taken, but it can establish some general principles and important ethical considerations. ASSESSMENT An early priority should be to […]

Robotic Space Tugs

Most cargo will be moved in space by simply pushing it into a desired trajectory and then waiting for it to arrive at the destination. The trajectory will vary according to both the start and end point and the amount of time we are willing to wait for the cargo to arrive. If we are […]

Gel Grows New Blood Vessels in Rats

An injectable gel that has shown results in growing new blood vessels in rats is now being developed in pre-clinical trials at the University of Texas. If this therapy can be moved forward into human trials, it is hoped it will be useful for treating the deterioration of blood vessels in diabetics. Regenerating Blood Vessels […]

Asteroid Mining Process

In order to mine valuable materials from asteroids, we’ll need to establish some new technologies and processes: Prospecting – asteroids will be mined for: valuable metals & minerals, volatiles (ice, water, oxygen, hydrogen), stony ores, and even the regolith (dirt) will be used. Most prospecting will be done by bots or drones, automatically. Prospect claiming […]

Visual Cortex in USB Form Factor

Housed in a USB key device, the Fathom contains an embedded neural network that can accelerate deep learning with low power requirements. It uses the dedicated Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit (VPU) chip to provide visual cortex functions in stand alone environments without requiring cloud connectivity. Movidius Announces Deep Learning Accelerator and Fathom Software Framework […]