Dec 30

Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor:

Taylor Wilson believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy needs, and that kids can change the world. And he knows something about both of those: When he was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents’ garage. Now 17, he takes the TED stage at short notice to tell (the short version of) his story.

13-year-old builds working nuclear fusion reactor:

Not many 13-year-olds would describe themselves as an “amateur nuclear scientist.” That’s precisely what Jamie Edwards calls himself. When most kids his age are off playing video games, Edwards stays late after school to work on a control panel for a nuclear fusion reactor. He just reached his goal of becoming the youngest “fusioneer” in history, narrowly beating out the previous record-holder, who pulled it off at 14.

How a garage nuclear reactor is powering students’ futures:

Carl Greninger isn’t afraid of a little nuclear fusion. And thanks to the reactor he’s built in his garage — yes, he has a nuclear reactor in his garage — dozens of the Pacific Northwest’s brightest high school students are finding their place in the exciting world of science and engineering. Continue reading »

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Dec 27

Japan plans dash to coal with 43 stations in 12 years:

Japan’s decision to open up its retail electricity market to new entrants is expected to lead to the construction of as many as 43 coal-burning power stations in the next 12 years, an expansion of almost 50% on its current number.

The Environment Ministry gave the green light to the construction of new coal-fired power plants in February, and at least 43 projects have already been announced. Continue reading »

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Dec 27

CERN Antimatter Research: Unleashing ‘Hell On Earth’?:

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, has been studying for decades to unlock the mystery of antimatter. Just recently, they made a breakthrough, but some religious groups are not happy, saying CERN has created a “hell on earth”.

Scientists believe that the Big Bang produced equal amounts of matter and antimatter. They cancel each other out until only a relatively small amount of matter remained and antimatter vanished.

Scientists At CERN Were Able To Tickle Antimatter Atoms And Make Them Shine Continue reading »

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Dec 27

17 Kickstarter 3D Printer Projects Live Right Now

H/t reader kevin a.

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Dec 26

Timelapse video of CAST following the Sun in the morning and in the evening. Video credit: Madalin-Mihai Rosu/CERN

Exotic particles as the Sun aligns with the center of the Milky Way:

As the Sun made an annual alignment with the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy on December 18, 2016, the scientists at CERN carried out the first of a kind experiment to measure hypothetical exotic particles possibly emitted by the black hole.

The research team utilized the CERN Axion Solar Telescope’s (CAST) prototype dipole magnet to measure the axions and chameleons which may be emitted from the center of the black hole. This is the first of a kind experiment, as there was no previous attempt at measuring the particles, until now. Continue reading »

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Dec 22

MIT Study Shows Wind Power Can NEVER Compete with Conventional Sources:

In their sillier moments, the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers pitch the line that their pointless product is not only getting cheaper all the time, but go so far as to claim that wind power is already cheaper than gas and coal-fired power. Risible PR antics aside, the wind industry has always had a troubled relationship with the facts.

Now, coming to their aid in that regard is a study pulled together by the heavy-hitters hailing from the hallowed halls of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

When pressed on the facts, the wind-cultist resorts to personal attacks on their challenger’s academic cred. Up against the best and brightest that America has to offer, STT is not so sure that strategy will offer any hope to the wind industry’s already panicked spin kings in resisting the bleeding obvious.

MIT: Green Energy Can’t Work Unless You Tax Everything
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Andrew Follett
25 February 2016

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have confirmed what many in the energy world already knew: Without government support or high taxes, green energy will never be able to compete with conventional, more reliable power plants. Continue reading »

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Dec 16

US astronauts drink recycled urine aboard space station but Russians refuse:

American and Russian astronauts use separate water filtration systems on ISS, as Nasa astronauts also collect Russian urine when available to increase supply

What’s the difference between American and Russian astronauts on the International Space Station? The Americans drink their urine, the Russians don’t.

“It tastes like bottled water,” Layne Carter, water subsystem manager for the ISS at Nasa’s Marshall Space Flight Center told Bloomberg. “As long as you can psychologically get past the point that it’s recycled urine and condensate that comes out of the air.” Continue reading »

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Dec 11

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Credit: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

‘Star in a Jar’ Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy:

For several decades now, scientists from around the world have been pursuing a ridiculously ambitious goal: They hope to develop a nuclear fusion reactor that would generate energy in the same manner as the sun and other stars, but down here on Earth.

Incorporated into terrestrial power plants, this “star in a jar” technology would essentially provide Earth with limitless clean energy, forever. And according to new reports out of Europe this week, we just took another big step toward making it happen.

In a study published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Communications, researchers confirmed that Germany’s Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion energy device is on track and working as planned. The space-age system, known as a stellerator, generated its first batch of hydrogen plasma when it was first fired up earlier this year. The new tests basically give scientists the green light to proceed to the next stage of the process.

It works like this: Unlike a traditional fission reactor, which splits atoms of heavy elements to generate energy, a fusion reactor works by fusing the nuclei of lighter atoms into heavier atoms. The process releases massive amounts of energy and produces no radioactive waste. The “fuel” used in a fusion reactor is simple hydrogen, which can be extracted from water. Continue reading »

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Dec 10

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Dec 09

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Researchers on the Verge of Creating Artificial Intelligence/Human Hybrids:

There is a longstanding debate among artificial intelligence experts and futurists: When, not if, AI emerges on the scene, will it help humanity or destroy it? The scenario has played out through innumerable iterations in popular culture, the most popular being The Terminator series. Steven Spielberg, riffing on the film Stanley Kubrick was going to direct before his death, presented the counterpoint, espousing a benevolent vision of AI in  A.I. Then there are more nuanced, ambiguous iterations, like the recent Ex Machina.

New advances in algorithmic artificial intelligence, deep learning software, automation, and nanotechnology have made it abundantly clear that Ray Kurzweil’s vision of the Singularity may also be not an if, but when. In fact, responding to Kurzweil’s prediction of a cloud-based neocortex in the 2030s, entrepreneur Bryan Johnson of Braintree said, “Oh, I think it will happen before that.” Continue reading »

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Dec 08

FYI.


Scientists Turn Nuclear Waste into Diamond Batteries That’ll Last for Thousands of Years:

Nuclear energy is carbon free, which makes it an attractive and practical alternative to fossil fuels, as it doesn’t contribute to global warming. We also have the infrastructure for it already in place. It’s nuclear waste that makes fission bad for the environment. And it lasts for so long, some isotopes for thousands of years. Nuclear fuel is comprised of ceramic pellets of uranium-235 placed within metal rods. After fission takes place, two radioactive isotopes are left over: cesium-137 and strontium-90.

These each have half-lives of 30 years, meaning the radiation will be half gone by that time. Transuranic wastes, such as Plutonium-239, are also created in the process. This has a half-life of 24,000 years. These materials are highly radioactive, making them extremely dangerous to handle, even with short-term exposure. Continue reading »

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Dec 08

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Rise Of The Machines: Millions Of American Jobs Will Be Wiped Out In The Next Five Years:

There is a paradigm shift coming and it is about to rewrite everything we know about economics, human labor, and government dependence.

Earlier this week Amazon launched its first Amazon Go store, which allows a customer to walk in, grab the items they want, and simply walk out. Everything is tracked utilizing RFID chips, so the second you step out of the store Amazon knows exactly what you’ve purchased and automatically charges your account: Continue reading »

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Dec 07

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This is how billions of people may soon spend their time

Microsoft says virtual reality will soon have same mind-bending effects as LSD

Tech giant’s top researcher says VR will cause hallucinations which ‘blend or alter perceived reality’

VIRTUAL reality technology will soon be so powerful that it will cause drug-like hallucinations, Microsoft has predicted.

One of the tech firm’s top researchers said VR would be able to warp reality and catapult users into a new world.

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Dec 05

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Dec 04

http://www.sundropfarms.com/:


Solar panel farm grows 17,000 tons of food without soil, pesticides, fossil fuels or groundwater:

A new agricultural technique may have just solved the problem of growing food in some of the world’s most inhospitable places – locations that don’t currently support traditional agriculture.

In addition, the technique can save what are clearly finite resources from extinction, something all of us should clearly favor.

As reported by Natural Blaze, as the world’s population grows, so too does its demand for food. Right now, activist organizations are battling the spread of the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) which have become prevalent in modern agriculture, despite the dangers they pose to our health. Continue reading »

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Dec 02

Pentagon Plans to Invest Billions in Undersea Drone Network:

Despite ongoing evidence of colossal economic waste and manifest ineptitude by the Pentagon’s network of defense contractors, it isn’t stopping their commitment to spending many more billions of taxpayer money. Moreover, their plans are becoming even more long-range, saddling future generations with even more debt to service.

Their latest brainchild, according to a report in the Washington Post is an undersea network of drones and drone launch “pods” that will cover the 7 seas with patrol and defense capabilities.

Some of this was put on display during the recent military exercise among many of the allied nations known as “Unmanned Warrior 2016” that took place off the Scottish coast. A wide range of autonomous systems were tested, as well as a test of an overall web of communication between land, air, and sea vehicles.

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Nov 20

After 20 Minutes of Listening, New Adobe Tool Can Make You Say Anything:

Ever wanted to make Natalie Portman yell obscenities at your neighbors? What if Garey Busey could leave your mother a sexy voicemail on her birthday? Wanted to prank your little brother by forcing him to call his crush and profess his love? Adobe has you covered.

When Adobe released photoshop in 1990, it dreamed of a world where movie studios and photo editors could do in minutes what once took hours. It never dreamed the world would take the digital editor and use it to put celebrity heads on porn star bodies, distort women’s bodies in magazine cover, and create vile memes. Continue reading »

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Nov 20

H/t reader kevin a:

“This is an Amazing engine.”


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Toyota developing free piston engine linear generator for hybrid cars:

Toyota is hot on hydrogen fuel cells for its next-generation cars, but it’s not going cold on internal combustion just yet.

The company’s R&D division has developed a Free Piston Engine Linear Generator that can convert gasoline and other fuels into electricity more efficiently than existing systems.

It’s a technology that could lead to lighter, more efficient, better-packaged powertrains for plug-in hybrid cars. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

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Leaked NASA paper shows the ‘impossible’ EM Drive really does work:

Did we just achieve fuel-less propulsion?

The results of NASA’s tests on the ‘impossible’ EM Drive have been leaked, and they reveal that the controversial propulsion system really does work, and is capable of generating impressive thrust in a vacuum, even after error measurements have been accounted for.

The EM Drive has made headlines over the past year, because it offers the incredible possibility of a fuel-free propulsion system that could potentially get us to Mars in just 70 days. But there’s one major problem: according to the current laws of physics, it shouldn’t work. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

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Nov 07

For my German speaking readers.

Related info:

Apple’s Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Own Children Use iPads

Not Only … NZ Pupils Struggling To Speak

Employees Of Silicon Valley Giants Like Google, Apple, Yahoo And Hewlett-Packard Send Their Children To A Waldorf School

Toddlers Becoming So Addicted To iPads They Require Therapy


31.10.2016
Moderatorin Will hat Mühe, den aufgebrachten Wissenschaftler Spitzer zu bändigen. Dieser verliert völlig die Fassung. Er spricht von „armen Kindern“ und davon, dass Jugendliche erst ab 14 oder 16 Jahren an die digitalen Medien herangeführt werden dürften. Programmieren frühestens ab der achten Klasse. Er sieht schon jetzt viele „seelenlose, willenlose Menschen“, versaut durch Smartphone und Tablet. Lobo und Lindner versuchen, zu widersprechen. Vergeblich. „Sie haben keine Ahnung!“, redet sich der Psychiater weiter in Fahrt. Anne Will versucht es: „Herr Spitzer? Herr Spitzer! Können Sie mich hören?“

Er kann nicht. „Dick, dumm und gewalttätig“ würden Kinder durchs Digitale. Lobo und Lindner versuchen, zu widersprechen. Vergeblich. „Sie haben keine Ahnung!“ Böse Antwort von Christian Lindner: „Sie sind das lebende Beispiel dafür, dass der Verzicht auf digitale Medien nicht zu besseren Umgangsformen führt.“ Es braucht eben nicht jeder Mensch die Digitalisierung, um sozial inkompetent zu sein.

Manfred Spitzer (Psychiater und Leiter der Psychiatrischen Universitätsklinik in Ulm)

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Oct 29

As if burning cars were not enough.

Waiting for the first Tesla solar powered house to burn to the ground.


28.10.2016

During a press event at Universal Studios in L.A., Elon Musk announces that Tesla will build and sell its own line of solar panels with integrated batteries. Coupled with the also unveiled PowerWall 2, it will allow residential homeowners to replace their entire roof with solar panels, making it much simpler for homes to be entirely powered by solar power.

Overview:
00:00. Why solar
04:02. PowerWall 2 introduction
06:40. Solar roof introduction

H/t reader kevin a.

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Oct 27

Experts say mysterious aluminium object dating back 250,000 years ‘could be part of ancient UFO’:

METALLIC aluminium was not produced by mankind until around 200 years ago, making the manufactured object a sensational find.

A PIECE of aluminium that looks as if it was handmade is being hailed as 250,000-year-old proof that aliens once visited Earth.

Metallic aluminium was not really produced by mankind until around 200 years ago, so the discovery of the large chunk that could be up to 250,000 years old is being held as a sensational find. Continue reading »

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Oct 26

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The idea of implanting brain chips into people to give them supersonic memory might sound like the plot of the latest science fiction film. But one pioneering neuroscientist is ready to start trialling this futuristic technology in humans

The brain chip that could turn you into a SUPERHUMAN: £80 million project will trial memory-boosting implants:

  • The chip mimics electrical signals that create long-term memories
  • Tests of the chip are initially being done on patients with epilepsy
  • But in the future the chips could be commercially available allowing anyone to boost their memory  

The idea of implanting brain chips into people to give them superhuman memory might sound like the plot of the latest science fiction film.

But one pioneering neuroscientist is ready to start trialling this futuristic technology in humans.

The memory chips have already been successfully tested in rats, and could one day be a commercially available product to allow anyone to boost their memory. Continue reading »

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Oct 22

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Scotland building the world’s first underwater energy farm – could power 175,000 homes:

The “world’s first large-scale underwater energy farm” is being built off the coast of Scotland, and is expected to start producing power in 2017.

When completed, the MeyGen project will produce enough power to light up 175,000 Scottish homes, and may ultimately include the construction of as many as 269 undersea turbines – the first four of which are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. Continue reading »

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Oct 13

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Russia tests ‘unrivaled’ new radio-electronic weapon – producer:

Russia has developed and successfully tested radio-electronic weapons systems unmatched anywhere in the world, RIA Novosti reports, citing the manufacturer.

#Russia tests ‘unrivaled’ new e-weapon

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“Real prototypes of such weapons have already been created and they have proven their efficiency,” a representative of Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Company (OPK), which is in charge of the production,  RIA Novosti.  Continue reading »

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Sep 28

Caught On Tape: Hackers Take Control Of A Moving Tesla From Miles Away:

The first video evidence emerges of hackers taking remote control of Tesla Model S vehicles and controlling everything from internal displays to slamming on the brakes while in motion. 

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Sep 24

China claims to have invented quantum radar that could render entire US stealth fleet obsolete

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Sep 14

Apple’s new ‘wireless’ headphones emit radiation … right next to your brain:

To much fanfare and excitement, Apple has announced that the iPhone 7 will come with wireless earbuds, ditching the much-reviled and ever-tangled cords of conventional earbuds. The wireless earbuds, dubbed “AirPods,” will be water-resistant and are, in the words of company CEO Tim Cook, the first step to a “wireless future.”

They will also fire dangerous, cancer-causing radiation directly into the brains of users, experts have warned.

The iPhone will communicate via Bluetooth directly with the right earbud, which will send a separate Bluetooth signal to the left earbud. This means the radiation carrying the signal will pass directly through the user’s brain. Continue reading »

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Sep 07

Dutch Tesla Model S Driver Dies After Hitting Tree, Battery Catches Fire:

Less than a month after the latest incident involving a Tesla, when a Model S spontaneously burst into flames in France during a European “electric road trip”, early this morning in Baarn in the Netherlands, a 53-year old Tesla Model S driver tragically died in a crash Electrek reports. His Model S left the road and hit a tree at high speed. The vehicle caught on fire and the driver was reportedly dead by the time the firefighters were on the scene.

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