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Watch a satellite spear space debris with a harpoon - The Verge
A British satellite in orbit around Earth has successfully tested out a particularly pointed method for cleaning up space debris: piercing objects with a harpoon.
inoreader  science  &  space 
yesterday by fwhamm
After making history, NASA’s tiny deep-space satellites go silent - The Verge
The first two tiny satellites to ever go interplanetary have fallen silent in deep space for some unknown reason, and it’s likely we may never hear from them again. But for NASA, which launched the probes last year, this loss of communication isn’t considered a failure.
inoreader  science  &  space 
11 days ago by fwhamm
Stratolaunch is scaling back operations following the death of co-founder Paul Allen - The Verge
Stratolaunch Systems, the private space company founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says that it is discontinuing development of a new group of rockets and is reported to be laying off “more than 50 people” following Allen’s death last October.
inoreader  science  &  space 
29 days ago by fwhamm
The Future According to the Author of Sapiens
The big-data makeover of humanity could be a recipe for disaster. Just a few years ago Yuval Noah Harari was an obscure Israeli historian with a knack for playing with big ideas.
ai  bioengineering  science 
5 weeks ago by fwhamm
America’s Most Hazardous Volcano Erupted This Year. Then It Erupted and Erupted. - The New York Times
On April 30, the P’u ‘Ō’ō’ crater on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, suddenly collapsed.
hawaii  science 
9 weeks ago by fwhamm
Caffeine 101 | National Geographic - YouTube
Nearly 90% of the United States population has at least one caffeinated beverage every day. Learn about the chemistry of caffeine, how it causes increased alertness and focus, and how caffeine is capable of causing overdoses.➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribeAbout National Geographic:Natio
inoreader  science  &  space 
12 weeks ago by fwhamm
SpaceX’s helipad-equipped boat will bring astronauts safely home - The Verge
A freshly-upgraded SpaceX ship and its crew just went through dramatic dress rehearsals, running through how they’d rescue injured astronauts after they return to Earth.
inoreader  science  &  space 
november 2018 by fwhamm
POLAR OBSESSION 360 | National Geographic - YouTube
National Geographic Photographer Paul Nicklen braves rough ocean waters and sub-zero temperatures to return to Antarctica and dive beneath the ice for a close-up encounter with a twelve-foot-long leopard seal. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribeAbout National Geographic:National Geographic
inoreader  science  &  space 
october 2018 by fwhamm
As satellite constellations grow larger, NASA is worried about orbital debris - The Verge
Multiple aerospace companies, including SpaceX and OneWeb, have vowed to someday launch thousands of satellites into low Earth orbit, but these mega-constellations could make space a more congested and dangerous place.
inoreader  science  &  space 
september 2018 by fwhamm
Was Philosopher Paul Feyerabend Really Science's "Worst Enemy"? - Scientific American Blog Network
The weirder things get, the more relevant Paul Feyerabend becomes. Maybe that’s why the name of this philosophical trouble-maker has been popping up so much lately. See for example this four-part riff by philosopher Massimo Pigliucci on Feyerabend’s “defense of astrology.
philosophy  science 
september 2018 by fwhamm
Why Is Glioblastoma, the Cancer That Killed John McCain, So Deadly? - Scientific American
The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Sen. John McCain withstood beatings and torture as a prisoner of war, but he was confronted with an enemy in July 2017 that he was ultimately unable to overcome.
september 2018 by fwhamm
Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change - The New York Times
Thirty years ago, we had a chance to save the planet. The science of climate change was settled. The world was ready to act.
climate  change  longreads  science 
august 2018 by fwhamm
Auch ohne Koffein: Wer Kaffee trinkt, stirbt später - Spektrum der Wissenschaft
Kaffee verlängert das Leben – sogar wenn man sehr viel davon trinkt. Entkoffeinierter Kaffee gilt auch. Zu diesem erfreulichen Schluss jedenfalls kommt ein Team um Erikka Loftfield von den National Institutes of Health.
kaffee  science 
july 2018 by fwhamm
Alternativlose Fakten: Wie wahr sind wissenschaftliche Tatsachen? - Spektrum der Wissenschaft
"Zu Fakten gibt es keine Alternative!" Unter diesem Banner gingen im April 2017 beim "March for Science" weltweit mehrere hunderttausend Menschen auf die Straße – um die derzeit als bedroht empfundene Stellung von Wissenschaft in der Gesellschaft zu verteidigen.
longreads  nexus  philosophy  science 
february 2018 by fwhamm
Fünf Fakten zum Impfen: Aluminium, Autismus und andere Vorurteile - Spektrum der Wissenschaft
Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO listet eine Reihe an Krankheiten auf, gegen die man sich impfen lassen sollte – unter anderem Cholera, Diphtherie, Gebärmutterhalskrebs, Gelbfieber, Hepatitis und Röteln.
december 2017 by fwhamm
Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment: New federal climate report: it just keeps getting worse
A new federal climate report rejects the positions of much of the U.S. government’s executive branch under President Donald Trump, and slaps down climate denial. The New York Times said the U.S.
climate  change  hawaii  science 
november 2017 by fwhamm
Gentechnik: Sind Sie auch … gegen Genfood? | ZEIT ONLINE
In einem Treibhaus in Freiburg wächst eine Pflanze von beeindruckender Prominenz. Bill Clinton hat sie auf einer Pressekonferenz erwähnt: Sie könne 40.000 Menschenleben retten – pro Tag. Der Papst hat ihre Körner gesegnet.
gesellschaft  science 
july 2017 by fwhamm
When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?
To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click here. Peering beyond scientific reticence.
climate  change  longreads  science 
july 2017 by fwhamm
'Da Kine,' Hawaii's Fantastically Flexible All-Purpose Noun - Atlas Obscura
After I wrote about “jawn,” the all-purpose noun that’s embedded in the culture of Philadelphia, I started getting emails telling me about a similar, and maybe even wilder, term native to a small group of isolated islands nearly 5,000 miles away.
hawaii  science 
july 2017 by fwhamm
In Hawaii, Chickens Gone Wild - The New York Times
On the island of Kauai, chickens have not just crossed the road. They are also crowing in parking lots, hanging out at beaches and flocking in forests.
hawaii  kauai  science 
july 2017 by fwhamm
SpaceX's Big Fucking Rocket – The Full Story - Wait But Why
Yesterday, Elon Musk got on stage at the 2016 International Astronautical Congress and unveiled the first real details about the big fucking rocket they’re making.
injelea-lesenswertes  longreads  science  space 
october 2016 by fwhamm
6 Scientists Just Spent A Year On Simulated Mars. Here's What They Learned.
HONOLULU, Hawaii ― Sending humans to Mars presents enormous challenges, from the technological to the psychological.
hawaii  science 
august 2016 by fwhamm
Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment: Sea level can drive temperature change--this is weird but it explains a lot.
Scientists have long tried to calculate sea level rise from estimates of temperature rise, but now researchers believe they can work the other way. They think they can predict global temperatures from sea level change.
science  study 
august 2016 by fwhamm
We Might Live in a Virtual Universe — But It Doesn't Really Matter
You might have heard the news: Our world could be a clever computer simulation that creates the impression of living in a real world. Elon Musk brought up this topic a few weeks ago. Truth be told — he is probably right. However, there is a very important point missing in this whole “real vs.
injelea-lesenswertes  philosophy  science 
august 2016 by fwhamm
Nanorobots: Where We Are Today and Why Their Future Has Amazing Potential
This post is a status update on one of the most powerful tools humanity will ever create: nanotechnology (or nanotech).
longreads  science 
may 2016 by fwhamm
A New Equation Counts How Many Alien Civilizations Have Ever Existed - Mic
When we look at the stillness of the night sky — stars and galaxies, combusted leviathans that died out long ago — it's easy to feel like we're alone in the universe. But a new paper gives us reason to believe in intelligent life, and probably a shit ton of it.
may 2016 by fwhamm
Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future
Over the last several decades, the digital revolution has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. The pace of progress in computers has been accelerating, and today, computers and networks are in nearly every industry and home across the world.
Pocket  artificialintelligence  injelea-lesenswertes  longreads  science 
april 2016 by fwhamm
Google's Robot Car Crash Is a Very Positive Sign - Singularity HUB
Reports released reveal that one of Google’s Gen-2 vehicles (the Lexus) has had a fender-bender (with a bus) with some responsibility assigned to the system. This is the first crash of this type — all other impacts have been reported as fairly clearly the fault of the other driver.
Pocket  artificialintelligence  science 
march 2016 by fwhamm
Why Big Tech Companies Are Open-Sourcing Their AI Systems - Singularity HUB
The world’s biggest technology companies are handing over the keys to their success, making their artificial intelligence systems open-source.
Pocket  artificialintelligence  injelea-lesenswertes  science 
february 2016 by fwhamm
Where Artificial Intelligence Is Now and What’s Just Around the Corner - Singularity HUB
Unexpected convergent consequences…this is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. This post (the second of seven) is a look at artificial intelligence. Future posts will look at other tech areas.
Pocket  artificialintelligence  longreads  science 
february 2016 by fwhamm
Ein Mikrochip knnte bald Tierversuche berflssig machen - Technik
Das dann doch nicht. Der falsche Hase wird bei TissUse serviert, einem Berliner Biotechnologieunternehmen, das an einem menschlichen Kleinstorganismus forscht.
Pocket  healthcare  longreads  science 
february 2016 by fwhamm
Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist’s thirst for knowledge with a philosopher’s quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston. He was 88.
Pocket  artificialintelligence  longreads  science 
february 2016 by fwhamm
An Oral History Of The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
"This story appears in the February 2016 issue of Popular Mechanics. To hear the voices of the people interviewed for the story, check out the latest episode of the How Your World Works podcast. January 28, 1986, 11:39 a.m., Cape Canaveral, Florida."
injelea-lesenswertes  longreads  science  space  topinboard 
january 2016 by fwhamm
Where Did the Internet Begin? - The Atlantic
"Starting a cross-country drive to New York in Los Angeles is pretty inconvenient, unless your cross-country drive is also a vision quest to see the Internet."
longreads  science  topinboard 
december 2015 by fwhamm
Rocket Launch as Cultural Event - The Atlantic
"If it’s a big American launch, there is a rocket, a marsh, and an ocean. The rocket sits between the marsh and the ocean. The camera focuses on the rocket and does not move. Sometimes there are two cameras: one behind the marsh, far from the rocket, and another in front of the marsh, close to it."
longreads  science  space  topinboard 
december 2015 by fwhamm
The Earthquake That Will Devastate the Pacific Northwest - The New Yorker
"When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh."
longreads  science  topinboard 
december 2015 by fwhamm
Death in space: The ethics of dealing with astronauts’ bodies.
"This article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. On Thursday, April 9, Future Tense will host an event in Washington, D.C."
injelea-lesenswertes  longreads  science  space  topinboard 
december 2015 by fwhamm
Why It's So Hard to Land a Rocket on Its Tail | Make:
"On Monday, Elon Musk’s SpaceX accomplished something most people in the rocket industry thought was almost impossible: For the first time ever, a rocket stage that delivered a payload to orbit turned around and returned to Earth, landing safely on its tail."
injelea-lesenswertes  longreads  science  topinboard 
december 2015 by fwhamm
How Elon Musk Plans on Reinventing the World (and Mars) | GQ
"One of his companies is trying to upend the auto industry. Another of his companies is trying to put people on Mars. Yet another is trying to bring electricity to everyone who needs it. Elon Musk wants to reinvent the world in a single lifetime. But is the future ready for Elon Musk?"
injelea-lesenswertes  longreads  science  topinboard 
december 2015 by fwhamm
A Moment Of Truth by Isabella Mader | Drucker Society Europe Blog
"The On-Demand Economy provides a preview of where society is going: now and more so in the future typically employed work will be sourced from platforms: graphics design, secretarial services, programming … Logical consequence will be a strong increase of freelance work."
injelea-lesenswertes  science  society  topinboard 
november 2015 by fwhamm
Rocket men | Stanford Medicine
"These three rocket-combustion experts — Christopher Strand, Victor Miller and Mitchell Spearrin — were talking about the future. In a few months they would have doctoral degrees, and then what?"
healthcare  injelea-lesenswertes  longreads  science  topinboard 
october 2015 by fwhamm
Interview with Andy Weir, author of “The Martian” | Walking on Red Dust
"This post is quite different from previous ones: it is an interview with Andy Weir, author of the best-seller book “The Martian”. If you haven’t read the book yet: Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut, is  stranded on Mars after being presumed dead and left behind by his crewmates."
injelea-lesenswertes  science  sciencefiction  space  topinboard 
september 2015 by fwhamm
How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars - Wait But Why
"This is Part 3 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies. For an explanation of why this series is happening and how Musk is involved, start with Part 1. Pre-Post Note: I started working on this post ten weeks ago. When I started, I never intended for it to become such an ordeal."
injelea-lesenswertes  science  space  topinboard  longreads 
september 2015 by fwhamm
Trekonomics: Chapter VIII "That Future, That Space Station, All Those People..."
"“The system goes online August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th.” And then, ka-boom."
b2b  injelea-lesenswertes  science  sciencefiction  startrek  topinboard 
august 2015 by fwhamm
Dreams of Autarky
"Dreams of Autarky by Robin Hanson Sept 2001, First version Sept 1999Genie nanotech, space colonies, Turing-test A.I."
injelea-lesenswertes  longreads  science  society  topinboard 
july 2015 by fwhamm
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work — Medium
"By Blake Irving, CEO, GoDaddy — Artificial Intelligence has been the topic de jour lately with every corner of intellectual thought sounding in on the perils, and the potential rewards, of synthesizing a machine intelligence that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human ca"
science  sciencefiction  society  topinboard 
july 2015 by fwhamm
How Climate Scientists Feel About Climate Change Deniers - Jason Box Tweet Controversy
"In the photo: Glaciologist Jason Box, left, at work on the Petermann Glacier on Greenland's northwest coast, which has lost mass at an accelerated pace in recent years."
injelea-lesenswertes  longreads  science  society  topinboard 
july 2015 by fwhamm
Trekonomics: Introduction
"“I have shown how the ideas of progression and of the indefinite perfectibility of the human race belong to democratic ages."
injelea-lesenswertes  science  sciencefiction  startrek  topinboard 
july 2015 by fwhamm
Can a robot become conscious? | Joining Dots
"On reversing the Turing Test: If you believe you are communicating with a conscious being and then discover it is a robot, do you stop believing?"
injelea-lesenswertes  longreads  science  topinboard 
july 2015 by fwhamm
What Makes You You? | Wait But Why
"When you say the word “me,” you probably feel pretty clear about what that means. It’s one of the things you’re clearest on in the whole world—something you’ve understood since you were a year old."
injelea-lesenswertes  longreads  science  sciencefiction  topinboard 
june 2015 by fwhamm
Twitter – ein Dienst, der Wissen schafft
Wissenschaft in 140 Zeichen? Wie soll das gehen, fragen sich viele Wissenschaftler, wenn sie das Stichwort Twitter hören. Schließlich ist Forschung komplex, ist schwierig zu vermitteln und wird durch journalistische Berichte sowieso schon unzulässig verkürzt und vereinfacht. Wie, bitteschön, soll man dann dem Anliegen der Wissenschaft auf dem Niveau einer SMS gerecht werden?
Science  Twitter  Journalismus  Wissenschaft 
june 2012 by fwhamm

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