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astronomyExoplanets discovered 3.8 Billion Light Years Away using Quasar microlensing

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A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy. Using microlensing–an astronomical phenomenon and the only known method capable of discovering planets at truly great distances from the …

astronomyStar Orbiting black hole will reach 2.5% of the speed of light next year

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The Very Large Telescope’s GRAVITY instrument is online and already gathering data from the extreme environment surrounding our galaxy’s supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A S2’s orbit is the epitome of extreme. In 2018, the star will reach the closest part …

astronomyBy 2020, upgrades to gravity wave detectors will detect one to two neutron star collisions per month

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The August 17, Gravitational wave measurements of a Neutron star collision have opened a window onto nuclear astrophysics, neutron star demographics and physics and precise astronomical distances said Scott Hughes, an astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kavli Institute …

3dSpacefab bootstrapping higher resolution space telescopes and then manufacturing in space at asteroids

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Spacefab is currently building ther Waypoint space telescope with a 21 centimeter mirror. It is launching as a co-payload on a SpaceX rocket in 2019. This commercial telescope will have an image intensified ultraviolet and visible camera, and a 48 …

asteroidsMoon, Mars, Asteroid and orbital colonzation and cities

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Andy Weir wrote the Martian. His new book is about a lunar colony of 2000 people late in the 21st century. He looked at the science and economics of a lunar colony. Eighty-five percent of the rocks on the surface …

futureMore telescope for drones and satellites with weight reduction of ten to 100 times

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Lockheed revealed the first images from an experimental, ultra-thin optical instrument, showing it could be possible to shrink space telescopes to a sliver of the size of today’s systems while maintaining equivalent resolution. Weighing 90 percent less than a typical …

astronomyChina’s two child policy credited with 7.9% boost in babies last year with another 10% per year possible by 2020

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China’s universal second-child policy implemented early 2016 was a major factor in raising the number of births in China to 17.86 million last year, an increase of 7.9 percent and the highest annual number since since 2000, according to the …

astronomyGoogle Word Lens translates written Japanese in realtime

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The Google Word Lens app is now available in Japanese. You’ll never have to worry about taking a wrong turn on a busy Shibuya street or ordering something you wouldn’t normally eat. The Google Translate app already lets you snap …

antimatterMovie Arrival and the Simpsons

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Arrival has been out for a while and is actual mostly out of theaters I just want to point something out that I noticed. Minor spoiler. The pair of aliens are called Abbot and Costello. They look more like Kang …

asteroidsDARPA has drop-in removable autopilot kit for existing aircraft

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DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program envisions flight operations with reduced onboard aircrew while improving mission performance and flight safety—all through a tailorable, drop-in, removable kit that would provide advanced automation to existing aircraft. In two important steps …