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  1. #876
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    Quote Originally Posted by reckless toboggan View Post
    How else are they going to win the rat race?

    oof, that was a little painful to read, but excellent pun.
    Eat em up Houston Cougars !

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    Quote Originally Posted by reckless toboggan View Post
    Google says it's achieved quantum supremacy
    And in typical fashion, IBM completely misses the point.

    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/6...fast-says-ibm/

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    Gut microbes regulate neurons to help mice forget their fear

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03114-1

    Microorganisms in the gut influence fear-related learning. The results of a study that reveals some of the mechanistic underpinnings of this phenomenon promise to boost our understanding of gut–brain communication.
    I, for one, welcome our fearless mice overlords...
    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

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    Auto-brewery syndrome? Man can brew alcohol in his gut...

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucele.../#5655ba3e4446

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    Living skin can now be 3-D-printed with blood vessels included

    https://m.medicalxpress.com/news/201...d-vessels.html

    Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a way to 3-D print living skin, complete with blood vessels. The advancement, published online today in Tissue Engineering Part A, is a significant step toward creating grafts that are more like the skin our bodies produce naturally.
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    In this paper, the researchers show that if they add key elements—including human endothelial cells, which line the inside of blood vessels, and human pericyte cells, which wrap around the endothelial cells—with animal collagen and other structural cells typically found in a skin graft, the cells start communicating and forming a biologically relevant vascular structure within the span of a few weeks.
    I, for one, welcome our future skinjob overlords.




    But I have a feeling it'll be more like this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

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    Quote Originally Posted by reckless toboggan View Post
    Gut microbes regulate neurons to help mice forget their fear

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03114-1



    I, for one, welcome our superior gut micro-biota overlords...
    FIFY

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    watch out for snakes

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    https://phys.org/news/2019-11-scient...imits-ice.html

    Smallest possible particle of water ice is 90 molecules. Nanodrops with between 90 and 150 water molecules show an oscillating behavior between liquid and ice states. Relevant to atmospheric and space sciences, plus potential headway into molecular behavior studies with other materials.
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    I, for one, welcome our creapy as fuck Black Mirror mini-cheeta overlords...

    Thanks, MIT!
    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

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    This channell continues to boggle my noggin. If you are a math nerd and understand big numbers you might want to sit down...

    https://youtu.be/XglOw2_lozc

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    Quote Originally Posted by reckless toboggan View Post


    I, for one, welcome our creapy as fuck Black Mirror mini-cheeta overlords...

    Thanks, MIT!
    That episode freaked me out because it's only a matter time(along with most every other episode)

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    Hypothetical nuclear waste danger elimination strategy via blasting it with lasers to knock the protons out of the nucleus. Eezee peezee.

    https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/...until-its-safe
    Master of mediocrity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swissiphic View Post
    Hypothetical nuclear waste danger elimination strategy via blasting it with lasers to knock the protons out of the nucleus. Eezee peezee.

    https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/...until-its-safe
    Blasting nuclear waste with lasers? What could possibly go wrong?
    On a similar note--commercially viable fusion may be getting closer (just like autonomous cars?)_
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...aving-reality/

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

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    ultrablack

    On hitting the white background, the light bounced back almost unimpeded, as rude as a glaring headlight in a rearview mirror. The beam moved to the first black disk, a rondel of engineered carbon now more than a decade old. The light dimmed significantly, as a sizable tranche of the incident photons were absorbed by the black pigment, yet the glow remained surprisingly strong.


    Finally Dr. Woods trained his pointer on the second black disk, and suddenly the laser’s brilliant beam, its brash photonic probe, simply — disappeared. Trillions of light particles were striking the black disk, and virtually none were winking back up again. It was like watching a circus performer swallow a sword, or a husband “share” your plate of French fries: Hey, where did it all go?
    https://nyti.ms/2Q8U6OI




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    Did anybody catch the transit of Mercury today? Heavy overcast all morning here in Ventura, but did I did check it out on some live webcam/telescopes.

    https://www.space.com/mercury-transi...ia-photos.html

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
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    visualizing the speed of light, pretty cool imo:

    https://www.visualcapitalist.com/vis...fast-but-slow/
    Eat em up Houston Cougars !

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    The concentration of O2 in Mars' atmosphere fluctuates seasonally and NASA has no idea why: https://phys.org/news/2019-11-mars-m...curiosity.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiCougar View Post
    visualizing the speed of light, pretty cool imo:

    https://www.visualcapitalist.com/vis...fast-but-slow/
    That shit is a lot slower than I imagined. There's gotta be a faster way to get places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    That shit is a lot slower than I imagined. There's gotta be a faster way to get places.
    It is fast, but space is huuuuuuge. SOL is fixed, anything with a mass greater than a photon simply can't exceed it. Space, however, is quite malleable. Star Trek-style warp drive is theoretically possible and works by contracting and expanding space rather than increasing the kinetic energy of a spacecraft or other object. Unfortunately, current theory says creation of such a "warp bubble" requires an amount of energy equivalent to the mass of Jupiter on the low end and the mass of the entire universe on the high end. It also requires an as-yet undiscovered "exotic matter" that has negative mass. Don't hold your breath.

    The bottom line is that living, breathing human beings are exceedingly unlikely to ever venture beyond our solar system. Ray Kurzweil has some interesting speculation about molecule-sized nanobots that could be accelerated to near-SOL speeds (we do this with single atoms already in particle accelerators) and could then multiply and self-assemble into large complex structures upon reaching their destination(s). But, that's a far cry from how most of us envision human colonization of the galaxy. Any human creation ever reaching a galaxy beyond the Milky Way? Just forget about that shit. Most sci-fi doesn't even attempt to go there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    It is fast, but space is huuuuuuge. SOL is fixed, anything with a mass greater than a photon simply can't exceed it. Space, however, is quite malleable. Star Trek-style warp drive is theoretically possible and works by contracting and expanding space rather than increasing the kinetic energy of a spacecraft or other object. Unfortunately, current theory says creation of such a "warp bubble" requires an amount of energy equivalent to the mass of Jupiter on the low end and the mass of the entire universe on the high end. It also requires an as-yet undiscovered "exotic matter" that has negative mass. Don't hold your breath.

    The bottom line is that living, breathing human beings are exceedingly unlikely to ever venture beyond our solar system. Ray Kurzweil has some interesting speculation about molecule-sized nanobots that could be accelerated to near-SOL speeds (we do this with single atoms already in particle accelerators) and could then multiply and self-assemble into large complex structures upon reaching their destination(s). But, that's a far cry from how most of us envision human colonization of the galaxy. Any human creation ever reaching a galaxy beyond the Milky Way? Just forget about that shit. Most sci-fi doesn't even attempt to go there.
    Yeah ... kinda cuts a hole right through Fermi's Paradox, doesn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    It is fast, but space is huuuuuuge. SOL is fixed, anything with a mass greater than a photon simply can't exceed it. Space, however, is quite malleable. Star Trek-style warp drive is theoretically possible and works by contracting and expanding space rather than increasing the kinetic energy of a spacecraft or other object. Unfortunately, current theory says creation of such a "warp bubble" requires an amount of energy equivalent to the mass of Jupiter on the low end and the mass of the entire universe on the high end. It also requires an as-yet undiscovered "exotic matter" that has negative mass. Don't hold your breath.

    The bottom line is that living, breathing human beings are exceedingly unlikely to ever venture beyond our solar system. Ray Kurzweil has some interesting speculation about molecule-sized nanobots that could be accelerated to near-SOL speeds (we do this with single atoms already in particle accelerators) and could then multiply and self-assemble into large complex structures upon reaching their destination(s). But, that's a far cry from how most of us envision human colonization of the galaxy. Any human creation ever reaching a galaxy beyond the Milky Way? Just forget about that shit. Most sci-fi doesn't even attempt to go there.
    Wormholes, man, wormholes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huckbucket View Post
    Yeah ... kinda cuts a hole right through Fermi's Paradox, doesn't it?
    Pretty much. I suppose there might be ways to tap into dark energy, but that would first require figuring out what dark energy actually is....

    The spacewalk NASA is conducting to repair the ISS's cosmic particle detector sounds pretty badass.
    https://www.upi.com/Science_News/201...5021573763624/

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    Humans put into suspended animation for first time

    https://amp.theguardian.com/science/...mpression=true

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