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NASA's Using Space Laser to Download Video From Orbit at Gigabit Speeds

NASA's Using Space Laser to Download Video From Orbit at Gigabit Speeds | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
NASA's latest data download just covered way more distance, and contained way more awesome, than any earthbound file transfer: the agency beamed a high-def video down from the International Space Station this week using a high-powered laser.
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"NASA says the boost in data transmission capabilities is like going from dial-up to DSL."

 

Very cool. The ability to get more data across is a good step for the future in general and mission potential in specific.

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'Cosmic Zombie' Star Triggered This Explosion In Nearby Galaxy

'Cosmic Zombie' Star Triggered This Explosion In Nearby Galaxy | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 An infrared image of N103B, the remainders of a supernova that exploded about 1,000 years ago in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is one of the closest galaxies to the...

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It kinda makes you wonder what the far distant future of our own star might be.

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Astronomers Find "Mega-Earth," Most Massive Rocky Planet Yet

Astronomers Find "Mega-Earth," Most Massive Rocky Planet Yet | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Massive rocky planet could signal an increase in the number of places potentially suitable for life.
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So Kepler-10c would be only the second rocky planet discovered outside our solar system. But it establishes better odds of finding more.

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Scientists Studied What Psychedelics Do to the Brain, and It's Not What You've Been Told

Scientists Studied What Psychedelics Do to the Brain, and It's Not What You've Been Told | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
New research debunks years of government myths. (@joerogan Clinical studies proving the positive effects of psilocybin: http://t.co/GVKp6G1Rxk)
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From the article: "Fourteen months later, 94% said their trip on magic mushrooms was one of the five most important moments of their lives. Thirty-nine percent said it was the most important thing that had ever happened to them. Their colleagues, friends, and family members said the participants were kinder and happier; the volunteers had positive experiences ranging from more empathy and improved marriages to less drinking."

 

Right-on.

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Volkswagen’s New 300 MPG Car Not Allowed In America Because It Is Too Efficient

Volkswagen’s New 300 MPG Car Not Allowed In America Because It Is Too Efficient | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
You won’t find the 300 MPG Volkswagen XL1 in an American showroom, in fact it has even been denied a tour of America because it is too efficient for the American public to be made widely aware of, and oil profits are too high in America with the status quo in place. No tour has…
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Please tell me this was covered by Snopes...because if these statements are true, I am just flustered.

Thanks to Chris for posting this.

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Why Pluto is the coolest dwarf planet in the galaxy

Why Pluto is the coolest dwarf planet in the galaxy | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Pluto may merely be a dwarf planet, but that doesn't stop it from having some pretty awesome quirks that help it stand out from the crowd. Learn about Pluto and its many ...

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Recently read a short story in an anthology of Orson Scott Card's "Intergalactic Medicine Show" magazine which started with Pluto simply disappearing...turns out a moving black hole was the culprit.

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Hot Deal: three 32gb flash drives for $25 shipped

Hot Deal: three 32gb flash drives for $25 shipped | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Lexar JumpDrive 32GB S50 Hi-Speed USB Flash Drive. The Lexar JumpDrive S50 USB flash drive provides convenient, reliable portable storage for life on the go.
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Got three myself. Great price, but hurry, as it won't last long!

 

UPDATE: 11pm - Sold Out!

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Scientist develops cartwheeling Moroccan spider-inspired robot for Mars mission

Scientist develops cartwheeling Moroccan spider-inspired robot for Mars mission | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Robot intended for rough terrain, like that on Mars, takes inspiration from a cartwheeling desert-dwelling spider. Dubbed Tabbot, the robot can walk or roll over the surface.
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A Cirque du Soleil Mars bot...kewl!

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The Scientific Reason You Should Trust Your Gut

The Scientific Reason You Should Trust Your Gut | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Your immediate thoughts and reaction have merit for reasons that harken back to our ancestors' days.
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Explicit and implicit memory....I knew there was something more in my gut than just pizza. 

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'Killer robots' to be debated at UN

'Killer robots' to be debated at UN | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The use of killer robots will be debated for the first time at the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. (It has begun!
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If we use killer robots, in time others will use killer robots. And what happens after the killer robots finish fighting each other?  Will we ban human involved in combat, or will we just become less effective fighters?

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New Simulations Explore Supernova Explosions and Universe Evolution

New Simulations Explore Supernova Explosions and Universe Evolution | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Two new computer simulations are providing detailed insights about the cosmos, shedding light on dramatic star explosions and the Big Bang that created the...

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Is it THE big bang, or, the big bang cycle...

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The apparatus of feeling

The apparatus of feeling | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


Have scientific instruments lost their soul?

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from the article: "Have scientific instruments lost their soul? That was the question posed by science writer Philip Ball last week as he bemoaned the fact that much of the equipment found in modern laboratories — centrifuges, incubators, spectrophotometers and PCR machines in the case of my lab — consists of an anonymous assortment of beige boxes."

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Curiosity Bores into Kimberley rock after Inspection Unveils Enticing Bump

Curiosity Bores into Kimberley rock after Inspection Unveils Enticing Bump | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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Kimberley rock?

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Giant Argentinian storm: International Space Station snags view

Giant Argentinian storm: International Space Station snags view | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Astronaut snaps photo of massive storm near Argentina

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In the beginning, we marveled at the weather, our knowledge not extending much past the horizon. Now that we're in space, able to see cloud formations across the planet, we're feeling the same kind of awe and inspiration.

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NASA lays out its plan for Kennedy Space Center

NASA lays out its plan for Kennedy Space Center | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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from the article: "The plan seeks to advance the agency's post-shuttle goal of transforming the space center into the go-to launch site for not only NASA missions but also those by emerging commercial ventures that would drive any new development."

 

Yep, being mindful of where space funding could be in the future.

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Microsoft emulates Star Trek

Microsoft emulates Star Trek | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Skype conversations will have the option of near real-time translations before the end of 2014.
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Microsoft Sam's great grandson...will he know when a cabbie is swearing at you in Turkish?

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NASA's Voyager Probes Still Healthy After Nearly 4 Decades in Space

NASA's Voyager Probes Still Healthy After Nearly 4 Decades in Space | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
NASA's Voyager Probes Still Healthy After Nearly 4 Decades in Space Space.com Nearly 30 years later, she is project manager of the Voyager Interstellar Mission under which the two spacecraft continue to explore the vast expanse of space beyond the...
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The best nuclear thing we ever made.  Now if we could just approve SETI to transmit as well as receive...

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NASA's New Rodent Residence Elevates Research To Greater Heights

NASA's New Rodent Residence Elevates Research To Greater Heights | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
NASA’s Rodent Research Facility opens a new era in life science studies aboard the space station. (The next Dragon mission to the Space Station will carry our first live mammals: 40 mousetronauts!
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First live mammals?  Didn't we send a poor monkey in orbit way back when?

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Supercell Storm Takes Shape in Time-Lapse Video

Supercell Storm Takes Shape in Time-Lapse Video | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
You don't see clouds like this very often.A group of storm chasers captured this video of a surreal, monstrous-looking thunderstorm cloud that spun menacingl...
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Looks like a wine cork!

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Largest dinosaur? Paleontologists unearth new heavyweight in Argentina

Largest dinosaur? Paleontologists unearth new heavyweight in Argentina | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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Yes siree Bob; that was one hefty iguana.

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13.7 Billion Years Of Galaxy Formation In 44.2 Seconds

Visualized through supercomputers, the violent dance of intergalactic gas, stars, dust and dark matter forms a large spiral galaxy like our own Milky Way. A few smaller galaxies are 'eaten'...
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No wide screen is big enough.

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet's Collapse Triggers Sea Level Warning

West Antarctic Ice Sheet's Collapse Triggers Sea Level Warning | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Two teams of scientists say the long-feared collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has begun, kicking off what they say will be a centuries-long, "uns...
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As they say in the news business, more to follow...

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Exploring the magnetism of a single atom

Exploring the magnetism of a single atom | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


Magnetic devices like hard drives, magnetic random access memories (MRAMs), molecular magnets, and quantum computers depend on the manipulation of magnetic properties.

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Microscience, anyone?

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The BBC needs a science fiction lesson

The BBC needs a science fiction lesson | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


The third installment of BBC America's four-part series “The Real History of Science Fiction” aired yesterday.

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At least they seem to avoid the oft-annoying mistake of jumbling the F genre into SF.  We need more SF shows.

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Faint Galaxy Sheds New Light On Unusual Aspects Of The Early Universe

Faint Galaxy Sheds New Light On Unusual Aspects Of The Early Universe | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


Segue 1 gives astronomers a look into the early Universe, a model of early galaxy formation.

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Each little step of knowledge...

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