NASA selects Kuiper Belt Flyby as next target beyond Pluto

NASA has selected the potential next destination for the New Horizons mission to visit after its historic July 14 flyby of the Pluto system. The destination is a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69 that orbits nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto. Artist’s impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering a Pluto-like …

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Raytheon 3D prints 80 percent of guided missile parts and progress on printing Titanium satellite and rocket parts

Raytheon created nearly every component of a guided weapon using additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing. The components include rocket engines, fins, parts for the guidance and control systems, and more. “You could potentially have these in the field,” said Jeremy Danforth, a Raytheon engineer who has printed working rocket motors. “Machines making …

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China will get more global High speed rail domination

A planned merger between China’s two leading train makers spells gloom for their European competitors. CNR and CSR, China’s two train makers, which are respectively the world’s largest and second-largest train makers, recently announced plans to merge in a move that will make them a powerhouse in the high-speed rail industry. No further details have …

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Fermi Paradox, Great Filters and Super Volcanoes

Robin Hanson discussed great filters in regards to the Fermi Paradox. Humanity seems to have a non-trivial chance of expanding to fill the universe with lasting life. But the fact that space near us seems dead now tells us that any given piece of dead matter faces an astronomically low chance of begating such a …

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UK researchers discover how to halt death of brain cells, a turning point in the fight against Alzheimers

A historic ‘turning point’ against Alzheimer’s as UK researchers discover how to halt death of brain cells, opening new pathway for future drug treatments. Although the prospect of a pill for Alzheimer’s remains a long way off, the landmark British study provides a major new pathway for future drug treatments. The compound works by blocking …

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Stem cell breakthrough could set up future transplant therapies

A new method for developing stem cells enables the production of liver and pancreatic cells in “clinically relevant” quantities for the first time, paving the way for regenerative therapies. A new method for creating stem cells for the human liver and pancreas, which could enable both cell types to be grown in sufficient quantities for …

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220 Story Sky City Gets go ahead to start construction in June 2013, so it should complete by the end of 2013

Lloyd Alter at Treehugger reports that Broad Group has gotten permission to proceed with the construction of the 220 story Sky City skyscraper starting in June, 2013 in Changsha. Broad Sustainable Construction informs Lloyd Alter and Treehugger that a long and arduous approval process has been completed, and that they are starting excavation and construction …

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