Space colonization with 3D printers

January 2, 2017
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Mankind can not continually stick to its own planet, due to the endless supply of natural resources and growing populations. Sooner or later we will have to start colonizing the cosmos. We may not, however, have to personally reach out to foreign planets, but simply print them.

Space radiation is currently the greatest threat to long space travel and can have a very negative impact on astronaut organisms. This means that colonization of space, especially with the current technology of extremely slow star drives, would require a journey that lasts not for years, but for decades. It is difficult to imagine such an undertaking, and especially the necessity to prohibit adequate stockpiles of food, water and oxygen, in order to survive such a mission.

Adam Steltzner, chief NASA engineer overseeing Curiosity’s mission, however, has another idea for cosmic colonization, so that we do not even have to leave our planet. The idea is to implant our genetic code into a bacterium that will easily survive a space trip and then send it to alien planets. On the spot, special 3D printers will use our DNA to create people directly on the surface of a foreign world.

It sounds unreliable, but Harvard biologist Gary Ruvkun believes that the idea of ​​sending bacteria to transform planets is possible. Bacteria can be a carrier of information, so it’s enough to send them in the company of robots that deal with “producing” people.…

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Advanced tech with a view of kima, the LG Display factory on the north korea border

January 1, 2017
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How and where are the displays mounted in our gadgets? When looking at new TVs, notebooks, tablets, smartphones or smart watches, we do not ask this question, because the answer is not important to us. However, it can not be hidden that the quality of the screen largely affects whether we choose to buy one of the aforementioned devices or not. And if we decide on one of them, then there is a good chance that his matrix was made in the LG Display factory, which I had the opportunity to see with my own eyes.

Different types of displays are now so popular that we are no longer wondering how complex their production is and how to appreciate the technology behind it. And shame, because even the smallest and worst screen is the result of many people’s work and the result of almost hypnotic electronic ballet created by collaborating robots.

One of the best places to enjoy this ballet is the LG Display factory complex in South Korea’s Paju. This is where, on an area of ​​1.7 square kilometers, there are three modern display factories (P7, P8 and P9) and a research center with a total workforce of around 17,000. This is where the best LCD displays used in the largest LG televisions, such as 105-inch curved monsters, and all OLED TVs (the only place in the world where such large OLED panels are produced).

The whole complex in Paju (including residential space and other LGs owned by the company) has a total area of ​​less than 5 square kilometers and resembles a small town where around 7,000 people live each day. And all this to ensure the best conditions for production lines, where the main characters are huge and very delicate glass sheets of thickness of only about 0.5 mm.

Factory P7 operates on glass panes of 1950 x 2250 mm, and P8 and P9 factories on panels of 2200 x 2500 mm, ideally suited for creating 55 “diagonal panels (one 55-inch matrix is ​​made of one glass pane). These huge glass sheets are applied to the next layer of the display. All this is done under very sterile conditions, the maintenance of which requires the use of an extensive ventilation system occupying a large part of the factory building.

The Paju pride is the previously mentioned large OLED matrices, but in this technologically advanced town, …

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CERN researchers have produced extraordinary antimatter bundles

December 12, 2016
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Researchers at CERN’s European research center have been able to generate a bundle of hydrogen atoms beyond the magnetic trap for the first time in history, NBC News reports. An amazing discovery is intended to help answer fundamental questions about the universe.

In 2012, CERN researchers announced that they were able to make the first antimatter spectroscopic measurements that were captured in a magnetic trap. Now another group of researchers from the ASACUSA project has announced that their built device has produced a beam that can be accurately measured beyond the magnetic trap.

Researchers behind the breakthrough have published their findings Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. Experience will help explain why we see much more matter than antimatter in the Universe, even though it should be after the Big Bang theoretically evenly.

“Generating hydrogen-free anti-cargo and off-the-cuff traps was a great challenge,” said ASACUS team leader Dr. Yasunori Yamazaki. “Our results are very promising for precise studies of hydrographic atoms, especially their superfluous structures.

Antimatter is a particle that resembles the known “bricks” that make up the world. However, they differ from, for example, the electric charge. Each particle of matter corresponds to a similarly identical antimatter charge of the same value, but the opposite sign. That is, an electron is a particle of negative matter of an electric charge and a positron (also called a positron) is a corresponding charge antimatter molecule. It is similar to an antiproton that has mass and other proton properties, but in contrast to it has a negative electrical charge.

In nature, antimatter occurs sometimes as a result of the decay of an atomic nucleus or in collisions of cosmic rays with the atmosphere.

Antimatter has yet another property, particularly interesting for film and literary creators. When an antimatter particle encounters its “normal” counterpart, both particles “annihilate”. Annihilation means that the particles literally cease to exist, and in their place there is pure energy.

For this reason, antimatter seems to be an extremely effective explosive material, because such an effect can not be induced by any reaction of molecular or even nuclear chemistry. For now, however, the generation of antimatter capable of producing a visible explosion exceeds that of humanity’s technology.…

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Renesas Electronics designs processors for autonomous cars

November 18, 2016
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Many automakers have already announced autonomous vehicles, and some may have plans for such plans. There will be a great demand for technologies that enable self-drive and the like to deliver to the market Renesas Electronics, which has just started sending samples of its latest R-Car H3 SoC processor.

The system was designed to support advanced vehicle control systems and is one of the first third-generation R-Car family of processors to be built primarily for in-vehicle information systems. The manufacturer hopes that it will be put into use by 2020, when the availability of semi-autonomous vehicles will increase.

The R-Car H3 SoC supports the ADAS (advanced driver support system), as well as autonomous driving features such as object recognition, situational assessment, and task execution required in self-guided vehicles.

The system deals with processing data from a whole range of servers and communication devices such as on-board cameras and radar tracking the route ahead of the vehicle. Thanks to its high computing power, the efficiency of the entire system is considerably increased. The efficient data processing is also very important for the HMI (human-machine interface) because it is important for road vehicles to display driving data and information related to the operation of all vehicle systems.

The R-Car H3 is based on eight 64-bit ARM cores (four Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex A53 cores), and its performance is 60 percent higher than the R-Car H2. Thanks to the programmable parallel core IMP-X5, 300% of data processing capabilities have also been improved.…

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A thousand years sentence in eight hours

November 7, 2016
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Penal codes cause the prisoner to overflow and new accusers simply have no place to serve their punishment. Instead of building new jails, researchers are working on a much more interesting way of doing penance.

Rebecca Roache believes that thanks to the latest biotech achievements, one can fool the condemned mind into believing that it will serve a 1000-year sentence, while the real thing will last for just eight hours.

In an interview with Aeon magazine, Dr. Roache claims that, with appropriate drugs, the minds of prisoners could be disturbed by their passage of time. Then they would think that it flows much slower than in reality.

Another of the ideas of the professor is to connect the human mind to a computer that would significantly speed up its performance. Accelerating this process for example a million times, you could make the 1000 year sentence of the offender sit in just 8.5 hours.…

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3D printing technology in the new Boeing capsule

November 3, 2016
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Boeing has announced the use of its CST-100 Starliner, a 3D printing technology in its space capsule. To this end, he intends to use the help of specialists on such solutions.

We recently learned that the CST-100 Starliner, the latest Boeing capsule to deliver astronauts to the ISS, will fly its flight no earlier than the end of next year. So engineers have plenty of time to refine their design and intend to use 3D printing technology in it.

As reported by the media, Boeing hired Oxford Performance Materials specialists to design and produce more than 600 new 3D capsules on 3D printers. They are made of special plastic called PEKK, which is a material that withstands heavy loads and extreme temperatures, so it is very suitable for space flight.

Thanks to the use of 3D printing technology, Boeing will not only reduce the weight of components, but will also reduce the cost of manufacturing, compared to traditional materials used up to now. PEKK is as strong as aluminum but weighs 60 percent. Less and is resistant to fire and radiation and it can withstand temperatures ranging from -195 to 149 degrees Celsius. The material will be used for the mounting of the drive and components of the air purification system.…

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The Vatican will digitize thousands of precious manuscripts

November 1, 2016
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Paper is a very unreliable medium of the written word that is slowly degrading and then losing its structural integrity over time, scattering into dust. However, there are methods to preserve ancient writings and books, and it is digitization. This is the method the Vatican intends to use to save thousands of rare manuscripts from destruction.

The Vatican over the years has been quite conservative when it comes to the use of modern technology, but lately the seat of the Catholic Church has begun to change its approach. Especially, technology is what will save the ancient books, manscripts and documents stored in the library, the world’s largest repository of our history and ancient cultures from destruction.

NASA’s FITS format will be used to digitize specifically for the storage and viewing of scientific documents. It not only allows you to create very large files but also allows you to enter a large amount of metadata associated with a document.

Digitization has been going on for some time, and with a small fraction of documents transferred to the digital form can be found on?Ling = eng & res = 1920×1080 official Vatican site and library, where already several documents are already in place. By 2018 there will be an additional 3000 manuscripts (another 75,000 will be decapitated in 15 years), which will be further adapted to search for specific sentences.…

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Apple hides the antenna in its iPhones

October 29, 2016
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Not all iPhone users 6 like the antenna that provides connectivity to the device, which disrupts the look of the rear panel. Apple is probably not entirely satisfied with this, because it has patented a new kind of material that will make it much better to hide it in the future.

Since cell phone designers have hidden the antenna inside their enclosures, these devices are much better. Not everyone can say that. And especially this is the case with the iPhone 6, whose rear panel spits the antenna lines at the top of the back panel.

Apple also probably does not like the current appearance of the smarfon, because it has patented a new composite material that looks like anodized metal, and yet still transmits radio signals. Thanks to this solution, the device will start to look much better as it will no longer need to melt into other materials.…

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