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NASA gives public new internet tool to explore the solar system

The “Eyes on the Solar System” interface combines video game technology and NASA data to create an environment for users to ride along with agency spacecraft and explore the cosmos. Screen graphics and information such as planet locations and spacecraft maneuvers use actual space mission data. “This is the first time the public has been able […]

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Tesla: Master of Lightning

Tesla: Master of Lightning

Nikola Tesla invented or developed many of the electrical technologies which form the basis of modern life, including: alternating-current (AC) power transmission and electric motors; high-frequency (HF) communications, the basis for radio and television; neon lighting; remote radio-control; and X-rays. But his visionary genius and technical skill was countered by his lack of business acumen […]

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Your brain chemistry existed before animals did

WHEN wondering about the origins of our brain, don’t look to Homo sapiens, chimpanzees, fish or even worms. Many key components first appeared in single-celled organisms, long before animals, brains and even nerve cells existed. Dirk Fasshauer of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and colleagues were studying a pair of essential neural proteins called Munc18/syntaxin1 […]

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Quantum computer chips pass key milestones

Quantum computer users may soon have to wrestle with their own version of the “PC or Mac?” question. A design based on superconducting electrical circuits has now performed two benchmark feats, suggesting it will be a serious competitor to rival setups using photons or ions. “The number of runners in the race has just gone […]

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Internet databases reveal new uses for old drugs

IT IS a disarmingly simple idea: to find out if a drug might treat a disease it wasn’t intended for, check out whether it has an opposite effect on gene activity to the illness itself. How do you find such drugs? By mining large public biological datasets. For more than a decade, so-called DNA chips […]

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RoboBee speaks honeybee dance language

IT SMELLS, it buzzes, it even dances like a honeybee. In a field in Germany, RoboBee is making its first attempts at speaking to the insects in their own language. Bees are famous for communicating using the waggle dance – walking forward while rapidly vibrating their rear. In the 1940s, biologist Karl von Frisch realised […]

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Ionised gas keeps Milky Way’s lights on

What keeps the Milky Way’s lights on? Giant gas clouds have been found close enough to home to keep the galaxy ablaze. About one sun-sized star is born in the Milky Way’s starry disc every year, a process that requires a constant source of fuel. “The gas associated with [star formation in] galaxies would have […]

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Resource Based Economy

Resource Based Economy

The term and meaning of a Resource-Based Economy was originated by Jacque Fresco. It is a system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few. The […]

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