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Outer space capitalism: The legal and technical challenges facing the private space industry

The Outer Space Treaty, which was signed in 1967, is the basis of international space law. Its regulations set out what nations can and cannot do, in terms of colonization and enterprise in space. One major stipulation of the treaty is that no nation can individually claim or colonize any part of the universe—when the US planted a flag on the Moon in 1969, it took great pains to ensure the world it was symbolic, not an act of claiming territory.Essentially to do anything in space, as a private e...
Tags: Space, Moon, Science, Asteroid, Mining, Capitalism, Money, Finance, Economics, Law, Future, Planets, Ethics, United states, Peter ward


There are 2 types of god. Only one is within the boundary of science.

Science is about natural law, while religion is about ethics. As long as you keep these two separate, Kaku says, there's no problem at all. Problems arise, however, when the natural sciences begin to "pontificate upon ethics" and when religious people begin to pontificate about natural law. Albert Einstein believed in the "god of Spinoza" — not a personal god, but one who has set order and harmony in the fabric of the universe. "You can put the laws of physics as we know them on a simple sheet o...
Tags: Faith, Spirituality, Science, Physics, Cosmos, God, Universe, Curiosity, Life, Michio kaku, Religion


Student of the stars: How do you become an astronomer?

What's the difference between an astronomer and an astrophysicist? NASA's Michelle Thaller explains that these terms are used interchangeably: both are physicists who study objects and phenomena in the sky. How can you become an astronomer? There is a defined path to take: Do an undergrad degree in astrophysics, physics, mathematics or computer science, then complete a doctorate in astrophysics. You could also work with astronomers by studying engineering and building telescopes. In this fascina...
Tags: Work, Astronomy, Science, Education, Nasa, Pace, Physics, Innovation, Telescopes, Michelle Thaller, Thaller


Deep learning nails correlation. Causation is another matter.

Did you know that people with bigger hands have larger vocabularies?While that's actually true, it's not a causal relationship. This pattern exists because adults tend know more words than kids. It's a correlation, explains NYU professor Gary Marcus. Deep learning struggles with how to perceive causal relationships. If given the data on hand size and vocabulary size, a deep learning system might only be able to see the correlation, but wouldn't be able to answer the 'why?' of it. ...
Tags: Science, Technology, Data, Innovation, Machine Learning, Ai, Nyu, Gary Marcus Deep


Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time

If Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity holds true, then a black hole, born from the cosmically quaking collisions of two massive black holes, should itself "ring" in the aftermath, producing gravitational waves much like a struck bell reverberates sound waves. Einstein predicted that the particular pitch and decay of these gravitational waves should be a direct signature of the newly formed black hole's mass and spin.Now, physicists from MIT and elsewhere have studied the ringing of a...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Physics, Innovation, Astrophysics


Has Jurassic Park fostered misunderstanding about extinction?

Jurassic Park has fueled public misconceptions about science's abilities to bring extinct species back to life. De-extinction technology can resurrect genetic material from extinct species into their living relatives in a way that can assist conservation efforts. Fostering empathy for other-than-human lives through stories might be the key to addressing the current ecological catastrophe.In 1993, cutting-edge ancient DNA discoveries were yanked into the public spotlight when the blockbuster fil...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Dna, Environment, Genetics, Nature, United States, Pollution, Conservation, United Kingdom, Innovation, United Nations, Anthropocene, Jurassic Park, Biodiversity, International Union For Conservation Of Nature


Why do the good guys have to beat the climate cheats?

Filthy-fuel suffering is here today: 95% of humans breathe "dangerously polluted air," and globally "1 in 6 deaths are caused by air pollution." Paying extra for cleaner energy buys reduced suffering for today's kids and all future humans. For more "moral clarity" always look under "the numbers," and put their abstract tacit tradeoffs in concrete and personal terms. None Like the kid in the emperor's new clothes tale, Greta Thunberg sees through the "smart" games that blind us to clear, presen...
Tags: Politics, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Global Warming, Earth, Innovation, Global Issues, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, Thunberg Again, David Wallace Welles


How a Nobel Prize winner moves from data to discovery

In 2018, Dr. Jim Allison was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering an effective way to attack cancer through immunology. In pursuing this discovery, he recruited other scientists who were curious, who cared about and were committed to science. "You have to put up with a lot of failure, 'cause if you're not, you're probably doing boring stuff," Allison says. Breakthrough Movie, Scientific Cancer Film, Woody Harrelson Breakthrough Movie, S...
Tags: Science, Cancer, Data, Discovery, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, Woody Harrelson, Allison, Jim Allison, Nobel Prize, Human body


2019 Nobel Prizes: What you can learn from this year's winners

Each year, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awards six Nobel Prizes.The categories are: literature, physics, chemistry, peace, economics, and physiology & medicine.The Nobel prizes will be announced each business-day until October 14. Nobel Peace Prize Ethio­pian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali won the Nobel Peace on Friday for helping to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.Eritrea and Ethiopia, two of the world's poorest nations, fought a war against each other from 1998 t...
Tags: Isis, Science, Economics, Earth, Physics, United States, Innovation, United Nations, Serbia, Poland, Ethiopia, Literature, Eritrea, Albert Einstein, Cambridge University, Princeton


Does digital technology make students stupid?

Worry over test scores has led many to blame digital technology for waning educational achievement. New studies show that the persistent effects of "screen time" are not yet understood and may be short-lived. Many experts argue the best approach is to teach students the strategic and selective use of digital technology. None We've been here before. When books were the fresh new tech, Socrates believed they would spread an epidemic of forgetfulness. A millennium later, aristocrats fretted that ...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Learning, Washington Post, Youth, Memory, Neuroscience, Intelligence, Teaching, Harvard, United States, Connecticut, Innovation, Finland, OECD


Global Innovation Platform SOSA Partners with Elron

SOSA, the leading global innovation platform that connects international organizations to innovative technology, has entered into a strategic partnership with Elron, a top Israeli early stage investment firm specializing in cyber. SOSA recently partnered with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to help launch NYC’s first-ever Cyber Center, dedicated to transforming the city into a global leader of cyber security innovation and talent. SOSA’s access to the NYC system of enterprises...
Tags: Europe, New York, Science, Technology, NYC, New York City, Israel, Tel Aviv, United States, Innovation, East Coast, Sosa, Facebook Twitter LinkedIn, Drew Boyd, New York City Economic Development Corporation, Elron


Hormone Hacking: How to engineer your quality of life

Hormone therapy and supplementation have often been associated with cancer and unwanted side effects.However, this connection is fueled by misinformation and faulty sources of testosterone and estrogen outside the human body.When taken correctly, bioidentical hormone supplements can dial back the aging process and spark a zest for life while decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease in both men and women. Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Cancer, Youth, Aging, Women, Innovation, Men, Human body


Why flat-Earth theory and anti-vax conspiracies exist

If you see animals when you look at clouds or see faces in pieces of wood, that's called pareidolia: the phenomenon of making familiar objects from vague stimuli.Humans evolved to be superstitious, and Michio Kaku posits that there is a gene for superstition and magical thinking. Nine times out of 10, your beliefs can be wrong, but one time out of 10 it saved your ancestors' butts, says Kaku.Flat Earthers and anti-vaccination conspiracy theorists exist now, and they will still exist in 1,000 yea...
Tags: Science, Brain, Innovation, Evolution, Mind, Humanity, Michio Kaku, Kaku


Ark Invests Values Self-Driving Taxi Service at Over $1.3 Trillion by 2023

Ark Invest manages financial funds and ETFs and are among the most vocal Tesla bulls. Even if full autonomy is not achieved and Tesla cannot produce an autonomous car, ARK estimates that the electric... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Business, Science, Technology, Future, Tesla, World, Innovation, Robotics, Predictions, Self Driving Cars


Korvaa is the worlds first headphones grown from bio-based materials

Move over plastic and aluminum — the headphones of the future may be built from fungus and biosynthetic spider silk. Helsinki-based multidisciplinary design studio Aivan recently unveiled Korvaa, the world’s first headphones made exclusively from microbially grown materials. Created using synbio (short for “synthetic biology,” an interdisciplinary branch of biology and engineering), Korvaa is the first physical implementation of the technology and marks a potential shift away from a fossil fuel-...
Tags: Science, Design, Technology, Innovation, Sustainable Materials


AI Will Conquer Humor and Creativity

Dilbert Creator Scott Adams describes how Artificial Intelligence can easily conquer humor and creativity. Most people think AI will not be creative and that artistic and creative jobs will be safer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Jobs, Future, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Robotics, Scott Adams


Is the universe a hologram? The strange physics of black holes.

Since energy cannot be destroyed, only transformed, some argue that information — arguably a form of energy — cannot be destroyed either. So then, what happens to information when it is absorbed into a black hole? Scientists don't know for certain, but some posit that is may be possible for it to leak away from the black hole over time. Black holes may hold information in a two-dimensional manner similar to a hologram, which take on three dimensions when light is shone through them. Some theoriz...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Cosmos, Michelle Thaller, Ask an astronomer


‘Alexa, are you reinforcing gender biases?’ U.N. says yes.

A new U.N. report claims that virtual assistants, such as Alexa and Siri, are reinforcing gender stereotypes.The report covers gender gaps in science, technology, and computer literacy.The reason why most virtual assistants are female may stem from the fact that consumers generally prefer the female voice. None From Siri to Alexa, or Cortana to Google, our virtual assistants almost always have a female persona. That's a problem, according to a new Unesco report, because it's reinforcing ideas th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Gender, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Siri, Cnn, Unesco, New York Times, Innovation, Ibm, Watson, Inequality, Melinda Gates


Like the emperor’s new clothes, DNA kits are a tailored illusion

Most people remember the emperor: a vain ruler, swindled into paying for a nonexistent magical garment, parades in public, only to be embarrassed by a little boy. To me, the story is really about the swindling tailors. Audacious, imaginative, their true product is a persuasive illusion, one keyed to the vulnerabilities of their target audience. In contemporary terms, the story is about marketing; and as such, the tale is tailor-made for an examination of genetic ancestry tests, because these too...
Tags: Family, Science, Biology, Dna, Genetics, Innovation, Bioethics


How A.I. will liberate doctors from keyboards and basements

Machines can help doctors by spotting abnormalities in X-rays or MRA scans that the physicians themselves may have missed. A.I. can also help physicians by analyzing data and, through the use of algorithms, produce possible diagnoses. The freed up time, as doctors make their rounds, can help physicians establish better connections with their patients, which in turn can lead to better treatment plans.
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Biology, Medicine, Innovation, Machine Learning, Health Care, Ai, Eric Topol, Machine Intelligence




Holo4Labs Makes Minority Report’s Mixed Reality Data Processing Real

Mixed reality data processing has moved from the realm of science fiction films like The Minority Report into real-life science labs, thanks to a recent Microsoft HoloLens app, announced by polish IT... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Innovation, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Holograms, Hologram


Nanotechnology vs. cancer: How tiny particles sniff out the deadly disease

Cancer is an aberrant function of a normal cell, where the regulators of that cell's dividing are broken and the cell starts to divide without regulation. Left to its own devices, that dividing without regulation will overcome the entire body.Until we have a cure, early detection is the holy grail. MIT professor Sangeeta Bhatia is currently devising a simple urine test that works just like a pregnancy test to detect cancer the moment it starts.How does it work? Nanoparticles are injected into th...
Tags: Science, Technology, Biology, Medicine, Cancer, Mit, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, Human body, Susan Hockfield, Sangeeta Bhatia


Nanotechnology vs. cancer: How tiny particles sniff out the deadly disease

In the United States, smoking cessation has resulted finally in a reduction of deaths from cancer. However, even if we were to have all the vaccines that are prescribed, and exercise all of the preventions, cancer would still be with us.Cancer is an aberrant function of a normal cell, where the regulators of that cell's dividing are broken and the cell starts to divide without regulation. Left to its own devices, that dividing without regulation will overcome the entire body.Early cancer detecti...
Tags: Science, Technology, Biology, Medicine, Cancer, Medical Research, United States, Innovation, Disease, Human body, Susan Hockfield, Sangeeta Bhatia


Scientists discover why supermarket tomatoes taste so bland

Scientists compared the genomes of 725 wild and cultivated tomatoes (a pan-genome) to the tomato genome that's used to represent all varieties. The representative genome was missing thousands of genes present in the pan-genome, including one that's responsible for imparting flavor to the vegetable.The good news is that breeders seem to have recently began selecting for flavor, so it's possible that store-bought tomatoes could soon start tasting better. None Ever wonder why those pale-orange toma...
Tags: Food, Science, Usda, Genetics, Innovation, Heinz, Cornell University, Nature Genetics, Giovanni, Ithaca New York, Zhangjun Fei, James Giovannoni


Researchers successfully sent a simulated elementary particle back in time

The second law of thermodynamics states that order always moves to disorder, which we experience as an arrow of time. Scientists used a quantum computer to show that time travel is theoretically possible by reverting a simulated particle from an entropic to a more orderly state. While Einstein's general theory of relativity permits time travel, the means to achieve it remain improbable in nature. None In 1895 H.G. Wells published The Time Machine, a story about an inventor who builds a device t...
Tags: Science Fiction, Science, Time, Future, Computers, Physics, Innovation, Algorithm, Big Problems


There’s gold in your brain — we now know where it came from

A unique, tiny grain of stardust has provided a look at the early universe. Computer simulations point to a single neutron-star collision as a significant source of heavy metals. Gold is more than bling — it's in our neurons. None If you've got a thing for gold, you'd better have some money. Not only is the precious metal beautiful, but the amount of it in the universe is finite. A new study concludes that a single neutron star merger some 300 parsecs away produced a significant amount of it. ...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Gold, Chemistry, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Planets, Columbia University, University Of Arizona, Antarctic, UA, Heavy Metals, Cosmos, Marka, Szabolcs Marka


Watch how this video brilliantly compares planet sizes

A video imagines what if the planets were all the same distance from Earth as the moon.The largest planets like Jupiter and Saturn would loom large in the sky.Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system. None A graphic published on Twitter brings out the relative sizes of planets into perspective by imagining - what if the planets were as far from us as the moon?Here's how that would look from a video originally created by Yeti Dynamics: If the Moon were replaced with some of our planets ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Planets, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Big Bang, Yeti Dynamics


A tectonic plate may have split apart, pulling Europe toward Canada

Geologists have long puzzled over a flat, featureless region off the coast of Portugal that's been the location of several earthquakes.A team may have confirmed that a drip-shaped mass, buried 155 miles below the seafloor, might be responsible for the seismic activity.If confirmed, the drip-shaped anomaly also suggests that geologists have for the first time observed the early stages of a subduction zone. None Since 1969, some geologists have been puzzled by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off...
Tags: Europe, Science, Earth, Canada, Geology, Innovation, Portugal, National Geographic, Duarte, European Geosciences Union, Michael Purdy, João Duarte, Fabio Crameri, Maya Wei Haas


A mind-blowing explanation of the speed of light

The only things that travel at the speed of light are photons. Nothing with any mass at all can travel at the speed of light because as it gets closer and closer to the speed of light, its mass increases. And if it were actually traveling at the speed of light, it would have an infinite mass.Light does not experience space or time. It's not just a speed going through something. All of the universe shifts around this constant, the speed of light. Time and space itself stop when you go that speed....
Tags: Space, Science, Time, Light, Nasa, Speed, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Michelle Thaller, Ask an astronomer



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