SpaceX vs Tomita (Mars)

 

 

SpaceX Releases Rockets-Eye View of Yesterday’s Landing

Oh SpaceX, you sweet son of a gun. You’ve landed another rocket on a floating ocean barge. This is the third landing in a row for Elon Musk’s commercial spaceflight company, and the second from a rocket that delivered its cargo to a very high orbit-which means it was coming down increadibly hot.

Space exploration will spur transhumanism and mitigate existential risk

When people think about rocket ships and space exploration, they often imagine traveling across the Milky Way, landing on mysterious planets and even meeting alien life forms. In reality, humans’ drive to get off Planet Earth has led to tremendous technological advances in our mundane daily lives – ones we use right here at home on terra firma.


Cyborgs Move Among Us

They’re on the weird side, but with a fascinating notion: their “art lies in the creation of their own senses.”

neil harbisson

This is Neil Harbisson. That thing on his head is an antennae he had planted IN HIS SKULL.

The antenna allows him to perceive visible and invisible colours such as infrareds and ultraviolets via sound waves. The antenna’s internet connection allows him to receive colors from space as well as images, videos, music or phone calls directly into his head via external devices such as mobile phones or satellites.

moon ribas

This is Moon Ribas (way to go, mom and dad).  She has connected her elbows to global seismic sensors.  She is developing a “motion sense” for planetary movement.

She gives performances, Waiting for Earthquakes, where she stands, waiting for earthquakes. If there is no earthquake she just stands.

It’s hard to describe this without snark because WTF. BUT… amazing. And bold.

And there are civil rights issues. Apparently people see them and freak the fuck out. WHICH IS BIGOTRY and they’re fighting it.

Hopefully they don’t aspire to Star Trek villainy.

To advance the cause of cyborgery Moon and Neil have a Cyborg Foundation.

Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson website site web


NOBEL WORTHY HISTORIC DISCOVERY OF GRAVITY WAVES AMAZES STEPHEN HAWKING

Colliding blackholes generating a spacetime hurricane.

I’m thinking physics news that amazes Hawking is historically amazing.

“This is just the first step in a much larger and more exciting development,” says Ilya Mandel, a theoretical physicist at the University of Birmingham, UK. Gravitational waves will join γ-rays, X-rays and radio waves as “part of the toolkit that we have for understanding the universe”, he says.

I love this part of the story: they auralized it.

 

 

The physicists who discovered this described the collision of these two black holes as a “storm in spacetime.”  <– ridiculously cool phrase.

Visualization of the two black holes hooking up and having a spacetime storm baby.

 

 


The historic Physical Review Letters:

http://journals.aps.org/prl/

Great graphics from the article:

black holes colliding

black holes colliding

Nature’s presentation of how the gravity waves were detected:

Einstein’s gravitational waves found at last

LIGO ‘hears’ space-time ripples produced by black-hole collision.

 

How they found it.

Einstein’s gravitational waves found at last

One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, scientists have finally spotted these elusive ripples in space-time. In a highly anticipated announcement, physicists with the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) revealed on 11 February that their twin detectors have heard the gravitational ‘ringing’ produced by the collision of two black holes about 400 megaparsecs (1.3 billion light-years) from Earth.

 

 

 

 

graviton

Graviton, master of gravity.


MAD SCIENTIST TO GROW EDITED HUMAN EMBRYOS IN ORDER TO DESTROY THEM

Kathy Niakan, Mad Scientist

Kathy Niakan, Mad Scientist

This is likely to be controversial.

Kathy Niakan is leading the Francis Crick Institute research team that applied for permission to edit genes in human embryos

Kathy Niakan is leading the Francis Crick Institute research team that applied for permission to edit genes in human embryos

Kathy Niakan intends to use the most amazing tool in biotech– CRISPR– to edit the genome of human cells and then grow it into an embryo.

Her goal is to understand how people develop. The idea is, by deleting genome components she will be able to see the effect and infer function.

I think this must be similar to that time I tried to understand how Windows works and deleted files to see what happened. Turns out Windows is fragile.

Growing people with parts of their genome deleted is bad, so she plans to grow the edited embryos for 7 days and then, without a shred of mercy, destroy them.

My understanding is, her intent is to grow super powered humans in order to overthrow the United States and establish a world government, preserving only the Federal Reserve.

Wikipedia, as usual, has good info. This is CRISPR. It’s conceptually cut and paste for genomes. The genomic analog to word processing is well under way

Some snarkless science:

UK scientists gain licence to edit genes in human embryos

Francis Crick Institute Scientists in London have been granted permission to edit the genomes of human embryos for research, UK fertility regulators announced. The 1 February approval by the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) represents the world’s first endorsement of such research by a national regulatory authority.

The genius and her work:

https://www.crick.ac.uk/kathy-niakan

The awesomeness of CRISPR

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRISPR