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A Limit to Intelligence

In Singularity theory, we often assume there is no limit to the growth of intelligence. That may not be an accurate assumption. While we cannot currently define a limiting factor, it is possible that the growth of intelligence approximates a hyperbolic curve that approaches an asymptote but never crosses it. We reached the assumption of […]

Printing Habitats for a Moon Mining Base

A base on the Moon will serve primarily as a mining station that can supply construction efforts in nearby space with needed raw materials and even some finished goods. As usual, the most valuable and most needed are the volatile gases, specifically oxygen and hydrogen for breathing, drinking, and fuel. 3D-printing a lunar base – […]

NASA Concept – Asteroid Survey

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program promotes ideas to innovate aerospace. One of the proposals currently being studied by NIAC involves a survey of asteroids. NASA 360 Presents – From Science Fiction to Science Fact – [youtube.com] Is suspended animation possible? Can we 3D print whole structures on the moon? How about swimming the […]

Quality Education for Free

If you have not yet taken a look at Khan Academy, you should. KHANACADEMY – [khanacademy.org] Founded by Salman Kahn in 2006, the academy is non-profit educational resource that uses youtube videos as a primary teaching/learning tool. The videos come in a short enough format to keep attention focused, usually in a range from 6-12 […]

The Augmented Age

The incredible inventions of intuitive AI | Maurice Conti – [youtube.com] What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all […]

Sped Up Waves Create Harmony

Sound pitch is determined by the frequency of the sound waves. Short, fast waves produce high pitched sound and long, slow waves produce low pitched sound. This presents the idea that harmony is created by rhythm. Watch Adam Neelys explanation of how pitch can be created by rhythm: Harmonic Polyrhythms Explained! [ AN’s Bass Lessons […]

Everyday Ethics

Ethics is the analysis of what is the best or most right thing to do when presented with options. We tend to think of this process as an abstract thinking exercise with little practical application in normal living. But that is not true. We are faced with decisions on a minute to minute basis in […]

We Need More Space Stations

While the Wright brothers were working on their primitive flying platform at Kitty Hawk, other inventors were doing the same thing. Ten years later, the Avro 504 fighter was being mass produced for World War I. Within five years, almost 9,000 were produced. Construction on the International Space Station began in 1998 and the first […]

Stem Cell Nano-mesh Regenerates Tendons

A polymer mesh fabric seeded with stem cells can help in the regeneration of rotator cuff tendons. Stem Cell Fabric Innovation Regrows Rotator Cuffs – [uconn.edu] The combination of the “nano-mesh” with stem cells seems to be critical. Surgeons will sometimes inject stem cells into rotator cuff repairs, but results from this technique are mixed. […]