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Nov 6, 2020

Asteroid Apophis is speeding up from sunlight as scientists recalculate odds of 2068 impact

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Zap it o.o


Astronomers say they’ll have to keep an eye on the near-Earth asteroid Apophis to see how much of a danger the space rock poses to our planet during a close pass in 2068.

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Nov 6, 2020

Applying particle physics methods to quantum computing

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, particle physics, quantum physics, space

Borrowing a page from high-energy physics and astronomy textbooks, a team of physicists and computer scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has successfully adapted and applied a common error-reduction technique to the field of quantum computing.

In the world of subatomic particles and giant particle detectors, and distant galaxies and giant telescopes, scientists have learned to live, and to work, with uncertainty. They are often trying to tease out ultra-rare particle interactions from a massive tangle of other particle interactions and background “noise” that can complicate their hunt, or trying to filter out the effects of atmospheric distortions and interstellar dust to improve the resolution of astronomical imaging.

Also, inherent problems with detectors, such as with their ability to record all particle interactions or to exactly measure particles’ energies, can result in data getting misread by the electronics they are connected to, so scientists need to design complex filters, in the form of computer algorithms, to reduce the margin of error and return the most accurate results.

Nov 6, 2020

Scientists discover bizarre hell planet where it rains rocks and oceans are made of lava

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If you thought living on Earth in 2020 was comparable to hell, planet K2-141b is here to prove you wrong.

On the scorching hot planet, hundreds of light-years away, oceans are made of molten lava, winds reach supersonic speeds and rain is made of rocks. Scientists have referred to the bizarre, hellish exoplanet as one of the most “extreme” ever discovered.

According to a new study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, scientists from McGill University, York University and the Indian Institute of Science Education have uncovered details of one of the newest “lava planets” — a world that so closely orbits its host star that much of it is composed of flowing lava oceans.

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Nov 5, 2020

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X and 5900X Review: Zen 3 Breaks the 5 GHz Barrier

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For those that like really fast personal computers. 😃

Considering how powerful computers nowadays need to be, I think everyone will benefit overall.


These workloads are comprised of a fixed amount of work, so we can plot the task energy against the time required to finish the job (bottom axis), thus generating a really useful power chart. Bear in mind that faster compute times, and lower task energy requirements, are ideal.

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Nov 5, 2020

Scientists induce “suspended animation” state in mice and rats

Posted by in categories: food, space

Some animals, like mice and birds, are able to bring their body temperature and metabolism way down to conserve energy, going into a sleep-like state called torpor. Now researchers have identified the brain cells that trigger this state, showing they can activate it on demand. The team was even able to do it in rats, which don’t normally do it at all, suggesting that such a “suspended animation” state might eventually be possible in humans.

Torpor seems to have evolved as a survival strategy during times of food scarcity, allowing animals to snooze through cold nights or even entire winters without wasting too much energy keeping their body temperature up. That of course allows them to survive until things warm up again, and food becomes more plentiful.

Scientists have toyed with the idea of inducing this kind of hibernation state in humans to reduce the resources and room required for long treks into space. Now researchers at Harvard and the University of Tsukuba in Japan may have made progress towards doing just that.

Nov 5, 2020

Planet that rains rocks and has winds faster than the speed of sound discovered by scientists

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Scientists have found a planet where it rains rocks, the winds whip faster than the speed of sound and there is an ocean of magma more than 100km deep.

Researchers have found extreme “lava planets” before. They are worlds so close to their host star that the surface is made of oceans of molten lava.

But the newly-analysed planet known as K2-141b is unusual even among those extreme worlds. Its surface, ocean and atmosphere are all made up of rocks, which fall like rain and melt into its huge seas.

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Nov 4, 2020

Reaching for the Moon, Mars and beyond: This is how space exploration can benefit all

Posted by in categories: economics, space, sustainability

The secrets of the solar system can drive economic return for all.


The launch of NASA’s fifth Mars rover marks a new milestone in the era of space exploration. It puts focus on the need for greater collaboration, equity and inclusion among international partners to ensure the sustainable, peaceful and fair use of resources. Guidelines for interacting and norms of behaviour are as essential to ensure success in space as on Earth.

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Nov 4, 2020

NASA makes contact with Voyager 2 that is 11.6 BILLION miles away

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NASA reestablished communication with the Voyager 2 probe that is more than 11.6 billion miles, after the agency went dark in March to complete hardware upgrades on its satellite.

Nov 4, 2020

Starlink Beta Has Outperformed Most Internet in the US

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It seems Starlink will give other service providers a run for their money. 🙂


Managing Expectations

SpaceX made its expectations clear from the beginning: The space company called the public test a “Better Than Nothing Beta” and suggested users might see speeds of 50 to 150 Mbps.

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Nov 4, 2020

NASA’s ISS celebrates 20 years of human life in space

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