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ISS expedition 50 crew members return to Earth

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 10, 2017 10:48 pm

Expedition 50 crew members safely returned to Earth on Monday after 173 days in space.

 

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The Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft, carrying Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA, and Flight Engineers Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, has landed in Kazakhstan at approximately 7:20 AM. The three touched down southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

 

"It was a textbook touchdown," said NASA's spokesperson Rob Navias. "The Soyuz was pulled by its main parachute onto its side, but the crew was quickly extracted and are in good shape."

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Enjoy the incredible photos of SpaceX's historic launch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 8:31 pm

SpaceX made history by successfully launching and landing already used Falcon 9 rocket. This is the first time in history that an already used rocket has been launched again.

 

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The Falcon 9 in question was first used in April last year when it launched the Dragon towards the International Space Station. It was the second rocket that SpaceX successfully landed, and the first one that they landed on an ocean platform.

 

SpaceX has been landing rockets for little over two years now. Up until then, rockets were only disposable, destroyed after the launch. The company has now shown that the rockets can be re-used, which will lower the cost of space missions and space flights.

 

The company has now published fascinating images of the historic launch and landing. Enjoy the view!

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They did it! SpaceX launches and lands re-used rocket

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 30, 2017 11:12 pm

SpaceX just made history. Again. They have just successfully launched and landed an already used Falcon 9 rocket. This is the first time in history that an already used rocket has been launched again.

 

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The Falcon 9 in question was first used in April last year when it launched the Dragon towards the International Space Station. It was the second rocket that SpaceX successfully landed, and the first one that they landed on an ocean platform.

 

 

SpaceX launched a communications satellite from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and successfully landed the Falcon 9 rocket onto the ocean platform. This is SpaceX's ninth successful landing and a huge milestone in space exploration.

 

SpaceX's achievement isn't just an enormous success for the company but also for all of us. Reusable rockets will lower the costs of space flights by a lot.

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SpaceX to launch first-ever used rocket to space

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 6:18 pm

SpaceX is all set to make history on Thursday, March 30th, when they plan to launch their first reusable rocket.

 

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The Falcon 9 rocket, which they plan to launch on Thursday, was first used in April last year when it launched the Dragon towards the International Space Station. It was the second rocket that SpaceX successfully landed, and the first one that they landed on an ocean platform.

 

SpaceX test-fired the rocket this week, and they announced that the static fire test was successful.

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Elon Musk wants to link your brain to a machine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 4:26 am

Elon Musk is making some big moves towards getting your mind inside of a machine, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that Musk has launched a new company called Neuralink, which is pushing the boundaries on something Musk teases as "neural lace technology".

 

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Back in February, Musk said that humans can communicate at around 10 bits per second when typing on smartphones, but computers can talk to each other at trillions of bits per second. In order for the human race to begin trying to keep up with advanced machines will be a high-speed link, something Musk calls neural laces, between computers and our brains. Oh, is that all, Elon?

 

WSJ's sources say that Musk has taken a key role in Neuralink, and might even be in a leadership position. Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak confirmed the company is in operation, and Musk is involved, but it's early days for Neuralink.

Brain scans can now predict box office success of movies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 21, 2017 4:27 am

So, we're now at a point where scientists can scan our brain waves while we watch movie trailers - and are able to pretty accurately predict whether that movie will be a box office success... or whether it'll bomb.

 

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Researchers from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management have been working on a method of scanning brain waves of moviegoers, scanning over 120 of them wearing EEG brain monitors while they watched movie trailers, scanning their brain wave patterns. The researchers used this data, to see how well the trailers were keeping the attention of the viewers, and how similar the viewers' brain waves were.

 

This provided them with something called "neural similarity", and was a great way of predicting whether the final movie would be a box office hit - as those with more neural similarity made more money at the box office, with better engagement. The team tested over a dozen movie trailers, with X-Men: Days of Future Past coming in at #1 on the brain scans, while Mr. Peabody and Sherman came in dead last. The researchers added that neural similarity ratings accurately predicted the box office performance of both of these movies, and that this technology is at least 20% more accurate at predicting box office success than "less scientific" survey options.

Stephen Hawking to visit space aboard Virgin Galactic

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 20, 2017 8:26 pm

Stephen Hawking, a well-known English physicist, and cosmologist has announced that he has accepted Sir Richard Branson's invitation to fly to space on board Virgin Galactic's new spacecraft.

 

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In an interview on Monday with the British program Good Morning Britain, Hawking said he's been waiting to visit space for a while.

 

"My ambition is to fly into space. I thought no one would take me, but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes", said Hawking.

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2029: the year computers will be smarter than humans

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 10:18 am

Skynet is coming, and it'll be here sooner than you think: 2029. That's at least according to Google's Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil - who said: "By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence".

 

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This new claim is a big one, as the Singularity has been teased by the smartest people in the world - the point where computers become smarter than humans. Others have said that the Singularity would take place in 2045 or so, with British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking staking claims on the Singularity happening in 2045.

 

Softbank recently acquired ARM Holdings, with plans of bringing the Singularity to us within the next 30 years. Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son explained in a press conference last October: "I think a big paradigm shift is coming. The biggest theme in my view is the Singularity. I think it is coming into reality in the next 30 years. For that vision, I am exercising that strategy. $100 billion is an interesting size of ammunition. In my view, that is the beginning. My passion is bigger than many people think".

 

Then we have people like Tesla's Elon Musk, or Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, worried about AI and the future of the human race - but Kurzweil isn't. He added: "That's not realistic. We don't have one or two AIs in the world. Today we have billions".

Google's new AI tech is SCARY, and 'highly aggressive'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 3, 2017 2:01 am

We all know what happens when Skynet is turned on, and it feels like we continue to get closer each week - with Google now teasing its new AI, after it learned "highly aggressive" behavior.

 

 

Google had its AI technology in a wolfpack hunting game scenario, where the AI had to gather fruit - with the concept of the game based around cooperation, but it went bad. AI were represented by colored squares that moved on a grid collecting fruit squares of differing colors.

 

 

As they collected fruit, the AI collected points - while the fruit squares would regenerate. But then the AI began to change, as they were capable of damaging the other AI players in the game with laser beams. The AI was fine when there were plenty of fruit squares, but when the fruit squares became scarce - the AI started attacking other AI, just like we would against other gamers in a video game.

 

ExtremeTech reports: "Guess what the neural networks learned to do. Yep, they shoot each other a lot. As researchers modified the respawn rate of the fruit, they noted that the desire to eliminate the other player emerges "quite early." When there are enough of the green squares, the AIs can coexist peacefully. When scarcity is introduced, they get aggressive. They're so like us it's scary".

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NASA finds 7 Earth-sized planets that could sustain life

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 22, 2017 8:05 pm

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star, called TRAPPIST-1. The system is named after The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) in Chile, which first discovered three of these planets.

 

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At their press event, NASA has confirmed that three of those planets are located in the habitable zone. All of the seven planets could have liquid water, meaning there is a chance that some form of life might have developed on them. Scientists believe that the highest chances of finding extraterrestrial life are the three planets in the habitable zone.

 

The discovery also sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system.

 

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