A Spacecraft Could Get to Titan in Only 2 Years Using a Direct Fusion Drive
by Andy Tomaswick | Universe Today
Fusion power is the technology that is thirty years away, and always will be – according to skeptics at least. Despite its difficult transition into a reliable power source, the nuclear reactions that power the sun have a wide variety of uses in other fields. The most obvious is in weapons, where hydrogen bombs are to this day the most powerful weapons we have ever produced. But there’s another use case that is much less destructive and could prove much more interesting – space drives.
Ancient texts from Plato point to the existence of Atlantis which may have been located in Antarctica. Atlantis may have started as an extraterrestrial colony that was established there many thousands of years ago before the Great Flood and a pole shift.
Based on Kepler Data, There’s a 95% Chance of an Earth-Like Planet Within 20 Light Years
by Matt Williams | Universe Today
In the past few decades, the study of exoplanets has grown by leaps and bounds, with 4296 confirmed discoveries in 3,188 systems and an additional 5,634 candidates awaiting confirmation. Because of this, scientists have been able to get a better idea about the number of potentially-habitable planets that could be out there. A popular target is stars like our own, which are known as G-type yellow dwarfs.
Recently, an international team of scientists (led by researchers from the NASA Ames Research Center) combined data from by the now-defunct Kepler Space Telescope and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia Observatory. What this revealed is that half of the Sun-like stars in our Universe could have rocky, potentially-habitable planets, the closest of which could be in our cosmic backyard!
Sangulani (Maxwell) Chikumbutso has invented an electric system that runs off a battery. The unique thing is the battery charges itself with electromagnetic radiation that’s present naturally in the environment. It can run forever. According to Maxwell, the energy to power the battery is taken from electromagnetic waves that exist all around us in our environment. This free energy device has been used to power an electric car and could be used to power up to 300 homes without using any fuel.
Man One Ups Tesla By Inventing An Electric System That Charges Itself
Researchers say new information gathered on the asteroid 16 Psyche – a 140-mile-long minor planet situated within the main asteroid belt orbiting between Mars and Jupiter – will provide astronomical scientists with a clearer view of the rare metal asteroid and possibly provide insight on planetary formation. Psyche could be unique in that it might be an asteroid that is totally made of iron and nickel. Researchers have estimated that the asteroid would be worth around $10,000 quadrillion if its resources were harvested and sold.
Researchers Tap Hubble Telescope for Closer Look at Rare Asteroid Worth $10,000 Quadrillion
The theory that the Moon is hollow is based on certain mysteries of the Moon that have been observed over time. During the Apollo space program, a couple of rocket stages were crashed into the Moon which caused it to ring like a bell or a gong for an extended period of time. Indeed, the Moon may be a giant space station that was placed into orbit around the Earth long ago by ancient aliens for an unknown purpose.
Science fiction space movies can do a poor job of educating people about space. In the movies, hot-shot pilots direct their dueling space ships through space as if they’re flying through an atmosphere. They bank and turn and perform loops and rolls, maybe throw in a quick Immelman, as if they’re subject to Earth’s gravity. Is that realistic? No.
In reality, a space battle is likely to look much different. With an increasing presence in space, and the potential for future conflict, is it time to think about what an actual space battle would look like?
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Wormholes allow for travel between two distant locations across the space-time continuum. Some scientists believe that extraterrestrial beings may have already used them to travel to Earth in the distant past. The theory of relativity allows for the existence of wormholes or stargates to create shortcuts for interstellar flight; however, exotic matter with negative mass may be required.
The Mercury program represented NASA’s first human spaceflight program, with the aim to see if humans could function effectively in space for a few minutes or hours at a time. NASA’s first seven astronauts, the Mercury 7, were chosen in 1959.
The story of America’s first astronauts is being retold in the TV series “The Right Stuff” on Disney Plus by National Geographic, which premieres Oct. 9 during World Space Week 2020.
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Some Planets May Be Better for Life than Earth
by Sara Zaske | WSU News
Earth is not necessarily the best planet in the universe. Researchers have identified two dozen planets outside our solar system that may have conditions more suitable for life than our own. Some of these orbit stars that may be better than even our sun.
A study led by Washington State University scientist Dirk Schulze-Makuch recently published in the journal Astrobiology details characteristics of potential “superhabitable” planets which include those that are older, a little larger, slightly warmer and possibly wetter than Earth. Life could also more easily thrive on planets that circle more slowly changing stars with longer lifespans than our sun.
New research postulates that a particular kind of time travel might actually be possible, according to a recent report. This is because of a middle ground in mathematics that solves a major logical paradox in one model of time travel. This allows local free will within certain constraints.
Time Travel May Be Possible, Time Paradoxes Not an Issue, New Study Says
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A geomagnetic storm was present during the period around the Titanic’s disaster that may have impacted navigation and communication.
Did a Solar Flare Sink the Titanic? Study Suggests Space Weather May Have Been Responsible for Tragedy
by Mihika Basu | Meaww.com
The Titanic struck an iceberg in April 1912, and a new study now suggests that space weather, and a solar flare, in particular, may have contributed to the sinking of the ship by interfering with compasses and radio equipment. Mila Zinkova, an independent researcher from the US, explains that ejection of charged particles from the Sun may have caused the crew to make adjustments that led the Titanic along a slightly different course, and this may have put it on the collision course with the iceberg.
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Startups, universities, and major companies are vying to commercialize a nuclear fusion reactor.
5 Big Ideas for Making Fusion Power a Reality
by Tom Clynes | IEEE Spectrum
The joke has been around almost as long as the dream: Nuclear fusion energy is 30 years away … and always will be. But now, more than 80 years after Australian physicist Mark Oliphant first observed deuterium atoms fusing and releasing dollops of energy, it may finally be time to update the punch line.
Over the past several years, more than two dozen research groups — impressively staffed and well-funded startups, university programs, and corporate projects — have achieved eye-opening advances in controlled nuclear fusion. They’re building fusion reactors based on radically different designs that challenge the two mainstream approaches, which use either a huge, doughnut-shaped magnetic vessel called a tokamak or enormously powerful lasers.
Detailed computer simulations have found that a cosmic contraction can generate features of the universe that we observe today.
Big Bounce Simulations Challenge the Big Bang
by Charlie Wood | Quanta Magazine
The standard story of the birth of the cosmos goes something like this: Nearly 14 billion years ago, a tremendous amount of energy materialized as if from nowhere.
In a brief moment of rapid expansion, that burst of energy inflated the cosmos like a balloon. The expansion straightened out any large-scale curvature, leading to a geometry that we now describe as flat. Matter also thoroughly mixed together, so that now the cosmos appears largely (though not perfectly) featureless. Here and there, clumps of particles have created galaxies and stars, but these are just minuscule specks on an otherwise unblemished cosmic canvas.