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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The Soul of the Universe

The soul is often defined as a spiritual component, but with few specifics beyond that. The word, “spiritual” implies a lacking of physical aspects, and implies a fuzzy combination of mental, emotional, and “other” non-physical aspects. Trying to define it further usually invokes circular definition chains that lead into religious beliefs and then return to […]

Voyage to Asteroid “Bennu”

NASA has launched a spacecraft mission called OSIRIS-REx, which will spend several years traveling toward an intercept with an asteroid that is called, “101955 Bennu” in the year 2020. Bennu is part of a group that is known as the “Apollo” class of asteroids and is categorized as a “Near Earth Asteroid” because it crosses […]

Cyber Coins Can Replace All Currency Forms

Cyber currency is a form of money that is based on a cybernetic journalling system. Most current forms of currency are no longer based on something like a rare and valuable metal (gold or silver), but the trust that the national economy underlying the currency is solid and reliable. We need to have the confidence […]

Building a Mining Base on the Moon

A base on the Moon will more useful to supply construction materials to building projects in space that it will be for any other purpose. Supply of raw materials for building in space will need to come from locations that are not deep inside a gravity well. That means from asteroids or from moons will […]

Space Elevator Climber Design

A space elevator is a long ribbon that extends into space and hangs in a state of equilibrium because the centrifugal force throwing the top half of the ribbon out into space balances the force of gravity trying to drag the bottom half down. The elevator becomes functional when a climber car uses the ribbon […]

1930 – Rudolph Kalman – bio

Rudolph Kalman was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1930 and was known for his work in mathematics and electrical engineering. The “Kalman filter” is an algorithm known as a linear quadratic estimation, and is used in time series analysis and applied to signal processing, trajectory optimization, and econometrics. This means it is used widely in […]

Fixed Wing Drone by Parrot

The Parrot “Disco” is a fixed wing drone with a fish-eye lens camera, a range of nearly 2 kilometers, and flying time of over 45 minutes. It costs $1,300, flies at up to 80 kph (50 mph), and has automated take off and landing modes. There is a joystick operated control panel that integrates with […]

Mapping Clusters of Galaxies

A new technique of mapping clusters of galaxies using the direction in which they are moving, creates a new look at superclusters of galaxies. Galaxies clump together into clusters and clusters of galaxies clump together into supergalaxies. The name given to our supercluster is Laniakea, which is Hawaiian for “immeasurable heaven”. Laniakea: Our home supercluster […]

How Real Hacking Works

Hacking computers is a mysterious and dangerous world that most of us don’t really understand. This video shows some hackers at DEFCON demonstrating their techniques on a reporter who volunteered to be hacked. The video shows some basic “social engineering” which may use technical knowledge and experience, but involves classic “confidence” manipulation to gain credentials […]

Vortex Wind Generator Wiggles

Vortex bladeless wind generators respond to air movement by vibrating and oscillating as eddy currents curl around them. The motion created in the masts can be harnessed to produce electricity, using a linear alternator. This greatly reduces the cost of energy capture. Vortex Bladeless Wind Generator. – [youtube.com] Vortex Bladeless: a wind generator without blades […]