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Nov 17, 2023

The Expanse Behind the Science Gravity

Posted by in categories: alien life, science

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The Expanse is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby for the Syfy network, and is based on the series of novels of the same name by James S. A. Corey. The series is set in a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System. It follows a disparate band of protagonists—United Nations Security Council member Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane), ship’s officer James Holden (Steven Strait) and his crew—as they unwittingly unravel and place themselves at the center of a conspiracy that threatens the system’s fragile state of cold war, while dealing with existential crises brought forth by newly discovered alien technology.

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Nov 15, 2023

One Step Closer to Mars Immigration-University of Science and Technology of China

Posted by in categories: chemistry, robotics/AI, science, solar power, space travel, sustainability

A robotic AI-Chemist@USTC makes useful Oxygen generation catalyst with Martian meteorites. (Image by AI-Chemist Group at USTC)

Immigration and living on Mars have long been depicted in science fiction works. But before dream turns into reality, there is a hurdle man has to overcome — the lack of essential chemicals such as oxygen for long-term survival on the planet. However, hope looms up thanks to recent discovery of water activity on Mars. Scientists are now exploring the possibility of decomposing water to produce oxygen through electrochemical water oxidation driven by solar power with the help of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts. The challenge is to find a way to synthesize these catalysts in situ using materials on Mars, instead of transporting them from the Earth, which is of high cost.

To tackle this problem, a team led by Prof. LUO Yi, Prof. JIANG Jun, and Prof. SHANG Weiwei from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), recently made it possible to synthesize and optimize OER catalysts automatically from Martian meteorites with their robotic artificial intelligence (AI)-chemist.

Nov 15, 2023

21 (Every) Great Hard Sci-Fi Movies That Are Based on Real Science and Scientific Theories

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Nov 15, 2023

Japan: Advancing tech landscape with women in science & technology

Posted by in categories: evolution, science

Japan, a country known for its rich history and technological prowess, is moving towards a more equitable evolution. Join us as we explore the compelling journey of women in science and technology, breaking barriers, unlocking innovation, and potentially steering japan toward a brighter, more inclusive future.

Nov 13, 2023

Mind Mapping: A Human Brain Cell Atlas Ushering In “A New Era in Brain Science”

Posted by in categories: mapping, neuroscience, science

The new research, part of the NIH BRAIN Initiative, paves the way toward treating, preventing, and curing brain disorders.

Salk Institute researchers, as part of a larger collaboration with research teams around the world, analyzed more than half a million brain cells from three human brains to assemble an atlas of hundreds of cell types that make up a human brain in unprecedented detail.

The research, published in a special issue of the journal Science on October 13, 2023, is the first time that techniques to identify brain cell subtypes originally developed and applied in mice have been applied to human brains.

Nov 10, 2023

Star Trek and real-life science

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This week Sing For Science and Science Friday are joining forces to bring you a new episode of Universe of Art. Learn how Star Trek incorporates real-life science.

Nov 9, 2023

Euclid’s first science images reveal what JWST cannot

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Sometimes, going ‘deeper’ doesn’t reveal the answers you seek. By viewing more Universe with better precision, ESA’s Euclid mission shines.

Nov 8, 2023

New analysis in Science explores artificial intelligence and interspecific law

Posted by in categories: law, robotics/AI, science

Artificial intelligence already wears multiple hats in the workplace, whether its writing ad copy, handling customer support requests, or filtering job applications. As the technology continues its ascent and capabilities, the notion of corporations managed or owned by AI becomes less far-fetched. The legal framework already exists to allow “Zero-member LLCs.”

How would an AI-operated LLC be treated under the law, and how would AI respond to or consequences as the owner/manager of an LLC? These questions speak to an unprecedented challenge facing lawmakers: the regulation of a nonhuman entity with the same (or better) cognitive capabilities as humans that, if left unresolved or poorly addressed, could slip beyond human control.

“Artificial intelligence and interspecific law,” an article by Daniel Gervais of Vanderbilt Law School and John Nay of The Center for Legal Informatics at Stanford University, and a Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt, argues for more AI research on the legal compliance of nonhumans with human-level intellectual capacity.

Nov 6, 2023

Endeavour assembly at Science Center starts with lifting 52-ton rockets into place

Posted by in categories: science, space travel

The space shuttle Endeavour’s twin giant rockets will be hoisted by crane next week and affixed into place atop the craft’s aft skirts in a first step of assembling a full-stack configuration of the shuttle at the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center.

The two solid rocket motors—each weighing 104,000 pounds and the size of a Boeing 757 fuselage—were transported by truck in early October from Mojave Air and Space Port to the science center in South Los Angeles.

“It’s actually pretty exciting. This is the first big tall pieces of the stack going into the building,” California Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph said. Each measures 116 feet and makes up most of the length of the 149-foot solid rocket boosters. At liftoff, the white solid rocket boosters were set underneath Endeavour’s wings and produced more than 80% of the lift during takeoff.

Oct 29, 2023

How much do people know about the science of the microbiome?

Posted by in categories: health, science

A survey of 6,500 people worldwide shows a lack of understanding of the role of the microbiome on health and an essential role of healthcare professionals in promoting advice to balance the microbiome.

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