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The Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces | Quanta Magazine
Emerging evidence suggests that the brain encodes abstract knowledge in the same way that it represents positions in space, which hints at a more universal theory of cognition.
ai  brain  science  encode  positions  space  nsi 
5 hours ago by gdw
Erik Loomis on Twitter: "This Day in Labor History: December 28, 1973. Astronauts at Skylab go on strike in space! Yes, space has a labor history! Let's talk about this unusual strike.…"
Carr and his crew demanded a day off. NASA refused. So Carr simply shut off the radio and the astronauts took the day off they wanted. Effectively, they went on a 1-day strike against their working conditions.

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Erik Loomis

28 Dec 2018
They relaxed, took pictures of the Earth, and just hung out. NASA went ballistic. But there was nothing they could do at the time. After all, the only people who really controlled what happened at Skylab was the astronauts themselves.

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Erik Loomis

28 Dec 2018
After the 1-day strike, NASA came to terms with the astronauts. The next day, December 29, NASA agreed to quit micromanaging the astronauts, allowed them to take their full meal breaks, and just send them a list of tasks for the day and let them figure out how to get it done.

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Erik Loomis

28 Dec 2018
Imaging, treating workers like adults! And it worked. All the projects got done before the mission ended. The last 6 weeks went without a hitch.
labour-movement  history  space  americana 
7 hours ago by kmt
Have Aliens Found Us? An Interview with the Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb About the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua | The New Yorker
I recently spoke by phone with Loeb, who was frustrated that scientists saw ‘Oumuamua too late in its journey to photograph the object. “My motivation for writing the paper is to alert the community to pay a lot more attention to the next visitor,” he told me. During our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, we discussed why Loeb thinks we need to consider the possibility that ‘Oumuamua was sent by aliens, the dangers of unscientific speculation, and what belief in an advanced extraterrestrial civilization has in common with faith in God.
astronomy  science  space  aliens 
10 hours ago by since1968
Weird Star System's Planet-Forming Disk Goes Vertical Like a Ferris Wheel
A pair of stars has a planet-forming disk of material orbiting it vertically — a surprising configuration.
21 hours ago by phatblat
Have Aliens Found Us? An Interview with the Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb About the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua | The New Yorker
On October 19, 2017, astronomers at the University of Hawaii spotted a strange object travelling through our solar system, which they later described as “a red and extremely elongated asteroid.
Archive  astronomy  space 
23 hours ago by dvand5
The moon’s craters suggest Earth hasn’t erased lots of past impacts | Science News
History of now - Snowball earth, moon, craters,

The lack of ancient impact craters on Earth (older than 650 mya) was presumed to be due to erosion, plate tectonics.

New evidence from lunar craters suggest otherwise. The bombardment rate between 650mya and 290mya was low and picked (hence few craters on Earth), with an uptick in bombardment around 290 mya (evidence of which does survive on Earth).

The reason for lack of craters before 650 mya? Snowball Earth ~650mya wiped away evidence of earlier bombardments, not plate tectonics and slow erosion from wind and rain.
History_of_now  moon  Space  astronomy  astrobiology  planets  grade_A 
yesterday by Marcellus
Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors
does anyone have Texas Mack's number, just in case.
also, this actually works and isn't just a stunt, right
space  weird_future  japan  2019  article 
yesterday by mechazoidal
Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors
"A start-up based in Tokyo developed the micro-satellite for the celestial show over Hiroshima early next year as the initial experiment for what it calls a "shooting stars on demand" service."
space  bullshit? 
yesterday by warrenellis

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