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Synthetic biology could be big boost to interplanetary space travel
In the cover story of today's issue of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, four bioengineers describe how synthetic biology – what some have termed "genetic engineering on steroids" – could allow space travelers to use microbes to produce their own fuel, food, medicines and building materials from raw feedstocks readily available on Mars or the moon, instead of carrying all supplies aboard the spacecraft or making them at the destination with conventional non-biological methods.
sci  bio  space 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
Scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds: Many Interacting Worlds theory challenges foundations of quantum science -- ScienceDaily
"The team proposes that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. That is, rather than evolving independently, nearby worlds influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics."
sci 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Constructor Theory
"The basic principle of constructor theory is that all fundamental laws of nature are expressible entirely in terms of statements of which tasks (i.e. classes of physical transformations) are possible and which are impossible, and why. This is a new mode of explanation, intended to supersede the prevailing conception of fundamental physics which seeks to explain the world in terms of its state (describing everything that is there) and laws of motion (describing how the everything changes with time). By regarding counter-factuals ('X is possible' or 'X is impossible') as first-class, exact statements, constructor theory brings all sorts of interesting fields, currently regarded as inherently approximative, potentially into fundamental physics. These include the theories of information, knowledge, thermodynamics, life, and of course the universal constructor."
sci 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
K. Eric Drexler on the future of nanotechnology
"K. Eric Drexler of Oxford University discusses his latest book Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization. Drexler, who has been referred to as “the founding father of nanotechnology” covers how society can conserve resources and make more efficient products through nanotechnology; how nanotechnology can solve some of the world’s most pressing problems; how this varies from what you’ve seen in science fiction; and, how we can improve manufacturing at the molecular level."
podcast  audio  nano  sci 
10 weeks ago by warrenellis
New Particle Is Both Matter and Antimatter - Scientific American
"Physicists think that every particle of matter has an antimatter counterpart with equal mass but opposite charge. When matter meets its antimatter equivalent, the two annihilate one another. But some particles might be their own antimatter partners, according to a 1937 prediction by Italian physicist Ettore Majorana. For the first time researchers say they have imaged one of these Majorana particles"
sci  quantum 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Hugh Everett: The man who gave us the multiverse - physics-math - 25 September 2014 - New Scientist
"Hugh Everett's many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics arose from what must have been the most world-changing drinking session of all time. One evening in 1954, in a student hall at Princeton University, grad student Everett was drinking sherry with his friends when he came up with the idea that quantum effects cause the universe to constantly split."
sci  space 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
New material steals oxygen from air
"Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen can be released again when and where it is needed"
sci 
11 weeks ago by warrenellis
Is our universe a conscious hologram?
"Yes, and I have solved it" - good god, Dr. Jack Sarfatti is still alive
mad  sci  weird 
september 2014 by warrenellis
2014/09/10 DARPA Program “Grows” Lasers Directly on Silicon-Based Microchips
"DARPA’s Electronic-Photonic Heterogeneous Integration (E-PHI) program has successfully integrated billions of light-emitting dots on silicon to create an efficient silicon-based laser. The breakthrough, achieved by researchers working on the program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), will enable the production of inexpensive and robust microsystems that exceed the performance capabilities of current technologies."
sci  tech 
september 2014 by warrenellis
The Satanic Service of Fireflies | Hazlitt Magazine | Hazlitt
The photon emission resulting from the reaction would tell her just how well her special cells were expressing His Biological Namesake, from which she could determine just how busy this gene du jour was. It never mattered to her what gene she was testing; she was just there for the light. She’d trick the cells into expressing luciferin, open them up, and swirl in His enzyme.
sci  writing 
september 2014 by warrenellis
Initial Success! | Experiment
"Can we biologically extend the range of human vision into the near infrared?"
sci  bodymod 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Radical New Theory Could Kill the Multiverse Hypothesis | Science | WIRED
"Though galaxies look larger than atoms and elephants appear to outweigh ants, some physicists have begun to suspect that size differences are illusory. Perhaps the fundamental description of the universe does not include the concepts of “mass” and “length,” implying that at its core, nature lacks a sense of scale."
sci 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Young blood to be used in ultimate rejuvenation trial - health - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist
"In October, people with Alzheimer's disease will be injected with the blood of young people in the hope that it will reverse some of the damage caused by the condition."
med  sci 
august 2014 by warrenellis
The Improbable Scenario of the Runaway Future: Deconstructing the Singularity | World Future Society
"But a new species fusing technology and humanity to become super-beings and elites of a global technocracy – this is conceivable, possible and doable. I cannot support, though, the concept of any post-human future from a philosophical, ethical and social perspective.

"Kurzweil, though, argues that by mid-century, humanity will be indistinguishable from our technology, presupposing we will fuse completely with our technology, and that by the end of this century “the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will be trillions of trillions of times more powerful than unaided intelligence”"
sci  bodymod 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Design to Expand Human Potential - Interview with Natasha Vita-More | The Creativity Post
"Another feature which I developed for this concept is what I call “Substrate Autonomous Person”, meaning that the person wearing or using this body would be able to move back and forth between platforms or environments seamlessly."
sci  bodymod 
june 2014 by warrenellis
BBC Radio 4 - Four Thought, Series 4, Rachel Armstrong
"Rachel Armstrong proposes we should harness the computing power of the natural world to create new sustainable ways of living."
peopleIknow  listenlater  sci  comp 
may 2014 by warrenellis
MIT School of Science
"At the core of much of Dincă’s current research is the goal of making a particular kind of porous material called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which have traditionally been used for gas storage and separation. Dincă and colleagues are intent on synthesizing new MOFs that conduct electricity, a function these materials currently lack."
sci  chem 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Human psychophysiology, macroscopic ... [J Altern Complement Med. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI
"Ending with several experimental examples wherein a therapeutically processed device and an unprocessed device are critically compared, one finds strong evidence to propose that an information entanglement process is converting the unprocessed device to a functional replica of the processed device in that its therapeutic efficacy is comparable to that of the treatment device. Furthermore, arguments are provided to indicate that a practitioner's biofield is capable of expanding the range of diagnostic capability of commercial measurement instruments so that the practitioner/device hybrid system becomes a potent psychoenergetic instrument for diagnostic and treatment purposes."
sci  med 
april 2014 by warrenellis
New Quantum Theory Could Explain the Flow of Time | Science | WIRED
“Finally, we can understand why a cup of coffee equilibrates in a room,” said Tony Short, a quantum physicist at Bristol. “Entanglement builds up between the state of the coffee cup and the state of the room.”
sci  time 
april 2014 by warrenellis
In His Image: Cloning of a Man
"In 1978, J.B. Lippincott Company published as fact a story previously told only as science fiction: the tale of an eccentric, wealthy businessman longing for a son -- but not exactly a son. Instead, the California millionaire in his twilight years is looking for more than an heir: he is looking for a clone of himself."
sci  weird  bullshit? 
april 2014 by warrenellis
[1401.1219] Consciousness as a State of Matter
We examine the hypothesis that consciousness can be understood as a state of matter, "perceptronium", with distinctive information processing abilities.
sci  neuro  mind 
april 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - China cloning on an 'industrial scale'
"This place produces an astonishing 500 cloned pigs a year: China is exploiting science on an industrial scale."
cloning  sci  med 
january 2014 by warrenellis
Cosmology in ghost-free bigravity theory with twin matter fluids: The origin of "dark matter" [CL] | arXiver
"We study dynamics of Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker (FLRW) spacetime based on the ghost-free bigravity theory. Assuming the coupling parameters guaranteeing the existence of de Sitter space as well as Minkowski spacetime, we find two stable attractors for spacetime with “twin” dust matter fields: One is de Sitter accelerating universe and the other is matter dominated universe. Although a considerable number of initial data leads to de Sitter universe, we also find matter dominated universe or spacetime with a future singularity for some initial data. The cosmic no-hair conjecture does not exactly hold..." Science writing as demented poetry. My favourite.
sci  space 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Human Origins: The Other Parent
"If we conclude that pigs did in fact cross with apes to produce the human race, then an avalanche of old ideas must crash to the earth."
bio  sci 
august 2013 by warrenellis
GR20/Amaldi10: Space-time is not the same for everyone
different elementary particles "experience" the existence of different space-times
sci 
july 2013 by warrenellis
Scientists detect dark lightning linked to visible lightning
"Researchers have identified a burst of high-energy radiation known as 'dark lightning" immediately preceding a flash of ordinary lightning. The new finding provides observational evidence that the two phenomena are connected, although the exact nature of the relationship between ordinary bright lightning and the dark variety is still unclear, the scientists said." DARK LIGHTNING
sci 
april 2013 by warrenellis
LHC team observes first instance of D-mesons oscillating between matter and antimatter
"Put simply, antimatter is identical to matter except that it exists with an opposite electrical charge. In this new research, the team was studying mesons—a group that along with other particles are made up of quarks. Mesons are made up of just two quarks, one matter, the other antimatter. Research over the years has led to theories that the quarks that exist as part of mesons, can oscillate between matter and antimatter."
sci 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Time reversal findings may open doors to the future
"Imagine a cell phone charger that recharges your phone remotely without even knowing where it is; a device that targets and destroys tumors, wherever they are in the body; or a security field that can disable electronics, even a listening device hiding in a prosthetic toe, without knowing where it is."
time  timetravel  sci  tech 
february 2013 by warrenellis
What if Google Could Think Like You Do? – ReadWrite
"The New York Times reported Monday that the Obama Administration is close to announcing the Brain Activity Map, which scientists quoted by the paper say could be on the scale of the The Human Genome Project, a $3.8 billion project to map the human genome that, the Times reported, returned $800 billion in jobs and other benefits."
sci  med  neuro 
february 2013 by warrenellis
The nuclear reactor in your basement
"How would you like to replace your water heater with a nuclear reactor? That's what Joseph Zawodny, a senior scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center, hopes to help bring about. It would tap the enormous power of the atom to provide hot water for your bath, warm air for your furnace system, and more than enough electricity to run your house and, of course, your electric car."
sci  tech  energy 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Curves in spacetime violate Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
"If an object traveling through spacetime can loop back in time in a certain way, then its trajectory can allow a pair of its components to be measured with perfect accuracy, violating Heisenberg's uncertainty principle"
sci  timetravel 
february 2013 by warrenellis
BBC News - Lab rats 'acquire sixth sense'
"An experimental device allowed the rats to "touch" infrared light - which is normally invisible to them."
sci  tech  bodymod 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Sound bullets in water
"In 2010, researchers at Caltech led by Chiara Daraio, a professor of aeronautics and applied physics, developed a nonlinear acoustic lens that can focus high-amplitude pressure pulses into compact "sound bullets." In that initial work, the scientists demonstrated how sound bullets form in solids. Now, they have done themselves one better, creating a device that can form and control those bullets in water." SOUND BULLETS. Ah, world, you are too good to me, some days.
sci  med 
november 2012 by warrenellis
First Teleportation From One Macroscopic Object to Another | MIT Technology Review
"...practical quantum routers and the quantum internet that relies on them are just around the corner."
sci  comms 
november 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - Popular physics theory running out of hiding places
"If superparticles were to exist the decay would happen far more often. This test is one of the "golden" tests for supersymmetry and it is one that on the face of it this hugely popular theory among physicists has failed."
sci 
november 2012 by warrenellis
Interstellar travelers may be helped by physicist's calculations that solve the Pioneer anomaly
"Kopeikin's research suggests that the photons move faster than expected from the Newtonian theory thus causing the appearance of deceleration, though the craft were actually traveling at the correct speed predicted by the theory."
space  sci 
october 2012 by warrenellis
Physics team proposes a way to create an actual space-time crystal
He suggested that it should be possible to construct a so called space-time crystal by adding a fourth dimension, movement in time, to the structure of a crystal, causing it to become an infinitely running clock of sorts
sci  time 
july 2012 by warrenellis
Bee research breakthrough might lead to artificial vision
"An international research breakthrough with bees means machines might soon be able to see almost as well as humans. The Australian and French research shows that honeybees use multiple rules to solve complex visual problems."
sci  gz  drones  tech 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Chinese group breaks distance record for teleporting qubits
"In this context, teleportation is used to denote the exchange of information describing the states of two separate entities without having to move any actual information through the space between them."
sci  tech  comms 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Physicists continue work to abolish time as fourth dimension of space
Best headline today. Also: 'In any universe described by the theory of relativity, time cannot exist.'
sci 
april 2012 by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: Star Garden
"An artificially excavated limestone pit in the south of France will soon host star-making technology, New Scientist reports. "If all goes well," the magazine explains, in a few year's time the pit will "rage with humanity's first self-sustaining fusion reaction, an artificial sun ten times hotter than the one that gives our planet life.""
tech  sci  energy 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Stratospheric superbugs offer new source of power
"Bacteria normally found 30 kilometres above Earth have been identified as highly efficient generators of electricity."
sci  energy 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Researchers resurrect new species of life from ancient Andean tomb
"Carvajal and his team resurrected a number of different yeast strains, but not a one was saccharomyces cerivisiae — the yeast used in contemporary fermentation techniques. In fact, two of the strains were a new species entirely, and beonged to the genus Candida, many species of which are known to cause skin and vaginal infections. Carvajal's team named the new species C. theae, meaning "tea.""
sci 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Crystals May Be Possible In Time As Well As Space - Science News
"Nobel Prize–winning physicist Frank Wilczek lays out the mathematics of how an object moving in its lowest energy state could experience a sort of structure in time. Such a “time crystal” would be the temporal equivalent of an everyday crystal, in which atoms occupy positions that repeat periodically in space."
sci  time  TIME+CRYSTALS 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Wake up, little SUSY (Blog) - physicsworld.com
"some of the most reliable gossips in the particle-physics blogosphere had being saying to expect news of evidence for a supersymmetry particle – or sparticle – to come from the Large Hadron Collider today... four or five searches for several supersymmetric partners of various quarks and leptons – squarks and sleptons called the stop, stau and sbottom..."
sci  neologism 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Remote Sensing Tutorial Table of Contents
" Remote Sensing is a technology for sampling electromagnetic radiation comprising a signal emanating from its source target that is used to acquire and interpret non-contiguous geospatial data from which to extract information about features, objects, and classes on the Earth's land surface, oceans, and atmosphere (and, where applicable, on the exteriors of other bodies in the Solar System, or, in the broadest framework, celestial bodies such as stars and galaxies)."
tech  sci  drones  surveillance  space 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Entire genome of extinct human decoded from fossil
"The genome represents the first high-coverage, complete genome sequence of an archaic human group - a leap in the study of extinct forms of humans. “We hope that biologists will be able to use this genome to discover genetic changes that were important for the development of modern human culture and technology, and enabled modern humans to leave Africa and rapidly spread around the world, starting around 100,000 years ago” says Pääbo."
history  sci 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Can Bees Make Tupperware?: Scientific American
"...it’s emblematic of the fact that there’s an enormous amount we don’t know about the world around us. It makes me wonder how many other things there are like this."
eco  materials  sci 
february 2012 by warrenellis
More evidence found for quantum physics in photosynthesis (Wired UK)
"Physicists have found the strongest evidence yet of quantum effects fuelling photosynthesis."
sci 
december 2011 by warrenellis
Mathematica Visualization and Graphics Gallery of Jeff Bryant
"This animation shows a Calabi-Yau surface which is a projection of these higher dimensions into the more familiar dimensions we are aware of."
sci 
december 2011 by warrenellis
A Brief Introduction to the Ekpyrotic Universe
"The Ekpyrotic Model of the Universe proposes that our current universe arose from a collision of two three-dimensional worlds (branes) in a space with an extra (fourth) spatial dimension."
sci 
december 2011 by warrenellis
Minkowski space - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"hypersurface of the present" - always loved that term
sci 
december 2011 by warrenellis
Atomtronics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The use of ultra-cold atoms leads to circuit elements that allow for the coherent flow of information and may be useful in connecting classical electronic devices and quantum computers." ATOMTRONICS!
comp  tech  sci 
december 2011 by warrenellis
Time reversal: A simple particle could reveal new physics
A simple atomic nucleus could reveal properties associated with the mysterious phenomenon known as time reversal and lead to an explanation for one of the greatest mysteries of physics: the imbalance of matter and antimatter in the universe.
sci  time 
october 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Speed-of-light experiments yield baffling result at LHC
"Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists - because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light."
sci  probably+not+but+still 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Proton-based transistor could let machines communicate with living things
"Materials scientists at the University of Washington have built a novel transistor that uses protons, creating a key piece for devices that can communicate directly with living things...Applications in the next decade or so, Rolandi said, would likely be for direct sensing of cells in a laboratory. The current prototype has a silicon base and could not be used in a human body. Longer term, however, a biocompatible version could be implanted directly in living things to monitor, or even control, certain biological processes directly."
sci  tech  comms 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Scientists take first step towards creating 'inorganic life'
Scientists at the University of Glasgow say they have taken their first tentative steps towards creating 'life' from inorganic chemicals potentially defining the new area of 'inorganic biology'.
sci  weird 
september 2011 by warrenellis
String theorists suggest space wormholes possible
Reanalyzing the problem using string theory techniques used in the past to analyze black holes reveals a range of wormhole diameter-to-energy ratios that appear stable.
space  sci 
august 2011 by warrenellis
CERN physicists trap antihydrogen atoms for more than 16 minutes
"Antimatter is a puzzle because it should have been produced in equal amounts with normal matter during the Big Bang that created the universe 13.6 billion years ago. Today, however, there is no evidence of antimatter galaxies or clouds, and antimatter is seen rarely and for only short periods, for example during some types of radioactive decay before it annihilates in a collision with normal matter."
sci 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Full 3-D invisibility cloak in visible light
In his talk at this year's Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO: 2011, May 1 - 6 in Baltimore), Fischer will describe the first-ever demonstration of a three-dimensional invisibility cloak that works for visible light—red light at a wavelength of 700 nm—independent of its polarization (orientation). Previous cloaks required longer wavelength light, such as microwaves or infrared, or required the light to have a single, specific polarization.
tech  sci 
may 2011 by warrenellis
How Bacteria Could Generate Radio waves - Technology Review
"It is well known that bacterial and other types of cells use electromagnetic waves at higher frequencies to communicate as well as to send and store energy. If cells can also generate radio waves, there's no reason to think they wouldn't exploit this avenue too."
sci 
april 2011 by warrenellis
Chemists fabricate 'impossible' material
"When atoms combine to form compounds, they must follow certain bonding and valence rules. For this reason, many compounds simply cannot exist. But there are some compounds that, although they follow the bonding and valence rules, still are thought to not exist because they have unstable structures. Scientists call these compounds "impossible compounds." Nevertheless, some of these impossible compounds have actually been fabricated..."
sci 
april 2011 by warrenellis
Primordial weirdness: Did the early universe have 1 dimension?
"They suggested that the early universe -- which exploded from a single point and was very, very small at first -- was one-dimensional (like a straight line) before expanding to include two dimensions (like a plane) and then three (like the world in which we live today)."
sci 
april 2011 by warrenellis
The first non-trivial atom circuit: Progress towards an atom SQUID
"Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland have created the first nontrivial "atom circuit," a donut-shaped loop of ultracold gas atoms circulating in a current analogous to a ring of electrons in a superconducting wire. The circuit is "nontrivial" because it includes a circuit element—an adjustable barrier that controls the flow of atom current to specific allowed values."
sci 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Roastbusters! Firefighters of the future to zap flames with electric charge? | Blog | Futurismic
"...they connected a powerful electrical amplifier to a wand-like probe and used the device to shoot beams of electricity at an open flame more than a foot high. Almost instantly, the flame was snuffed out. Much to their fascination, it worked time and again."
sci  tech 
march 2011 by warrenellis
'Spincasting' holds promise for creation of nanoparticle thin films
"Researchers from North Carolina State University have investigated the viability of a technique called "spincasting" for creating thin films of nanoparticles on an underlying substrate – an important step in the creation of materials with a variety of uses, from optics to electronics."
tech  nano  sci 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Biosensors: Hormonal attractions
"Estrogen receptor (ER) proteins play a major role in controlling the transcription of genetic information from DNA to messenger RNA in cells. Understanding how ER proteins interact with specific DNA regulatory sequences may shed new light on important physiological processes in the body, such as cell growth and differentiation, as well as the development and progression of breast cancer. Guo-Jun Zhang at the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics and co-workers have now developed a detector that uses silicon nanowires (SiNWs) to evaluate these interactions."
sci  tech  med 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Debut of the first practical 'artificial leaf'
"Scientists today claimed one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy — development of the first practical artificial leaf. Speaking here at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, they described an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card that mimics the process, called photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy."
sci  tech 
march 2011 by warrenellis
New camera makes seeing the 'invisible' possible
"The science similar to the type used in airport body scanners could soon be used to detect everything from defects in aerospace vehicles or concrete bridges to skin cancer, thanks to researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology."
sci  tech 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Time travel experiment demonstrates how to avoid the grandfather paradox
"Among the many intriguing concepts in Einstein’s relativity theories is the idea of closed timelike curves (CTCs), which are paths in spacetime that return to their starting points. As such, CTCs offer the possibility of traveling back in time..."
sci  timetravel 
march 2011 by warrenellis
DNA engine observed in real-time traveling along base pair track
"In a complex feat of nanoengineering, a team of scientists at Kyoto University and the University of Oxford have succeeded in creating a programable molecular transport system, the workings of which can be observed in real time."
sci  nano 
february 2011 by warrenellis
Research uses quantum mechanics to melt glass at absolute zero
Prof. Eran Rabani of Tel Aviv University's School of Chemistry and his colleagues at Columbia University have discovered a new quantum mechanical effect with glass-forming liquids. They've determined that it's possible to melt glass — not by heating it, but by cooling it to a temperature near Absolute Zero.
sci 
february 2011 by warrenellis
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