Hacking The Universe is about figuring out how things work. Any things. All things. But specifically, for now, information security things and things about science.

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Private Industry is Driving Space Exploration

Space exploration was once the exclusive domain of national programs with strong connections to military objectives and resources. While those programs still exist in many nations, the front edge of exploration is being taken over and driven by private industry. Currently, their primary missions are the development of lift propulsion devices and re-usable craft to […]

Skin Suit Requirements

A Skin Suit concept was previously described here as a combination of a super-skin layer of clothing, a space suit, and an exoskeleton. In order to bring this closer to a functional reality, we need to define requirements. We can start by defining the layers that are involved: Skin components – a layer of protective […]

Gamma Spectroscopy for Asteroid Mining

Asteroids are constantly awash in a bath of cosmic rays which produce neutron showers when they collide with atoms in the material of the asteroids. The neutrons in turn collide with other particles, giving off gamma rays in the process. Spectrum analysis of the gamma radiation can determine which elements were involved in the collisions […]

-0425 – Plato – bio

Plato was born in Athens, Greece around -425. While he is mostly known today as the father of western philosophy, he also studied and taught mathematics and considered math as a branch of philosophy and an important method of understanding. Plato followed in the footsteps of Pythagoras, was a student of Socrates, and founded a […]

The History of Ethics

Searching for knowledge on the history of ethics returns mostly discourse on the development of philosophical thought about ethics. This is the history of a branch of philosophy, and philosophers reasoning of ethics, but it is not the history of how ethics has been applied in everyday life by common folk. We can learn from […]

Journal Signatures Use Merkle Trees of Hashes

In the world of business transactions, there is a constant need to maintain logs or journals of transaction history. These journals need to be able to be validated for their integrity over time and they often need to be publicly available. Here are some examples of common transaction journals: Monthly bank statement for checking or […]

Superconductor Basics

When we push electrons through most conductors, there is resistance from other electrical fields that slows down the transmission of the electrical current and creates heat. In some materials, the electrons clump together in pairs (Cooper pairs) and move with reduced resistance. These materials are called superconductors and they are most effective at low temperatures […]

1627 – Boyle – bio

Robert Boyle was born in 1627 in Ireland and was known primarily as a chemist and his formulation that is called, “Boyle’s Law”. This describes the inverse relationship between the pressure and the volume of a gas. Boyle discovered that sound does not travel in the absence of air but that light does. His work […]

1509 – Telesio – bio

Bernardino Telesio was born in 1509 in Cosenza, in Italy. He studied at Padua University, then spent some time in a Benedictine monastery. He was critical of the abstract reasoning in the philosophy of Aristotle, insisting we should focus instead on empirical evidence. He wrote a nine volume collection called, “On the Nature of Things […]

IOT Will Change the Way We Live

The Internet Of Things (IOT) is a term that describes connectivity becoming embedded into everyday objects. Our “old” internet was a network of computers. But as computing objects become smaller and more mobile, this is changing. Smartphones have extended internet connectivity to where ever we happen to be at the moment. Small computing chips and […]