The Mars Project! Von Braun’s Ideas for a Mars Mission. Collaboration with Vintage Space

In a special two part episode, Fraser collaborates with space historian Amy Shira Teitel at Vintage Space to investigate what spaceflight advances could have happened. Amy looks at the lost Apollo Missions, while Fraser talks about Werner Von Braun’s “Mars Project”.
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Messier 43 – the De Marian’s Nebula

Located in the direction of the Orion constellation, roughly 1600 light-years from Earth, is the diffuse nebula known as the De Marian’s Nebula
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Magnetic order in a two-dimensional molecular chessboard

Achieving magnetic order in low-dimensional systems consisting of only one or two dimensions has been a research goal for some time. Researchers now show that magnetic order can be created in a two-dimensional chessboard lattice consisting of organometallic molecules that are only one atomic layer thick.

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Vibrational assisted conduction in a molecular wire

We present a detailed study of the conduction properties of a molecular wire where hopping processes between electronic sites are coupled to a vibrational mode of the molecule. The latter is sandwiched between two electronic leads at finite temperatures. We show that the electro-mechanical coupling can lead to a strong enhancement of the lead-to-lead conduction. Moreover, under suitable driving of the molecular vibrational mode, the device can act as a transistor passing sharply from enhanced conduction to short-circuit configuration. …

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Digital Society Boosted by Stunning SpaceX Launch Delivering Inmarsat Mobile Broadband Satellite to Orbit – Photo/Video Gallery

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The worlds emerging ‘Digital Society’ gained a big boost following SpaceX’s stunningly beautiful twilight launch of a Falcon 9 that successfully delivered the huge 6.7 ton mobile Inmarsat-5 F4 broadband satellite to orbit for London-based Inmarsat on Monday, May 15.
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Are There Dark Matter Galaxies? ft. Sarah Pearson from Space with Sarah

We know there’s dark matter, and there are galaxies, but are there galaxies entirely made up of dark matter? Astronomer Sarah Pearson joins Fraser to talk about what’s out there.
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The Star That Probably Doesn’t Have an Alien Megastructure (But Maybe it Does) is Dimming Again

The mysterious star that was found to be dimming in 2015 (prompting speculation about an alien megastucture) has been spotted dimming again!
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Security News This Week: Hoo-Boy, Mar-a-Lago’s Internet Is Insecure

Security News This Week: Hoo-Boy, Mar-a-Lago’s Internet Is Insecure

Each weekend we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth but that still deserve your attention. The post Security News This Week: Hoo-Boy, Mar-a-Lago’s Internet Is Insecure appeared first on WIRED.

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This is Important! Students Are Figuring Out How to Make Beer on the Moon

A team of bioengineering students from UC San Diego has successfully created an experiment to test if beer can be brewed on the Moon
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Another Ransomware Nightmare Could Be Brewing in Ukraine

Another Ransomware Nightmare Could Be Brewing in Ukraine

A new type of ransomware called XData is spreading at an alarming rate. The post Another Ransomware Nightmare Could Be Brewing in Ukraine appeared first on WIRED.

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Space Station-Based Experiment Might Have Found Evidence of Dark Matter Destroying Itself

Two studies conducted independently of each other (using data obtained aboard the ISS) have provided a possible glimpse of dark matter
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Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass

A new process triples the fraction of biomass converted to high-value products to nearly 80 percent, also tripling the expected rate of return for an investment in the technology from roughly 10 percent (for one end product) to 30 percent.

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Traffic-related air pollution linked to DNA damage in children

Children and teens exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution have evidence of a specific type of DNA damage called telomere shortening, reports a new study.

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The Circinus Constellation

Located in the southern skies is the faint constellation of Circinus, one of the 88 modern constellations recognized by the IAU
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Insects resist genetic methods to control disease spread, study finds

Insects possess a naturally occurring resistance to the use of gene-editing technology to prevent diseases such as malaria, new research shows. …

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It’s Been Three Years Since We’ve Had a Supernova This Close

Earlier this month, amateur astronomer Patrick Wiggins spotted a type II supernova, which happened to be the closest to our Solar System in three years.
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Storing a memory involves distant parts of the brain

In studies with mice, researchers discovered that to maintain certain short-term memories, the brain’s cortex relies on connections with the thalamus.

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Kamchatkan volcanic ash travels half the world

Geochemical fingerprinting links microscopic ash found on the bottom of a Svalbard lake to volcanic event happening 7,000 years ago and 5,000 km away.

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