• Rogue Planet Earth
    Science

    Rogue Planet Earth

    One thing that isn’t too often thought about regarding the end of the earth is that getting baked or even swallowed by the sun are not the only possibilities. In previous articles, I’ve read of the possibilities of what we might do to prevent earth’s end billions of years from now if we’re still around. But if we aren’t, or choose not to save the earth, there is one possibility that has a particularly interesting potential outcome in the far future. In a 2000 paper by Greg Laughlin and Fred C. Adams report that there is a chance, albeit a diminishing small one, that a passing star could gravitationally disrupt…

  • A Quiet Place Movie Review
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    A Quiet Place Movie Review

    A Quiet Place is a movie by John Krasinski, and I think he actually did a pretty good job. This was some movie that I actually saw previews for a couple months ago and I thought it looked really good, the first time the preview came out we were really excited about it. It looked like a really good horror film and then two months back they released a second trailer, where they showed the monsters, and I was worried he was going to fall into the same problems that a lot of new directors and the horror genre do, where they show you the bad guy and you just…

  • The Super-Massive Motion Of Galaxies
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    The Super-Massive Motion Of Galaxies

    Where exactly our own Milky Way and nearby galaxies are actually moving and where they might end up in the next few billion years? Every major simulation that I’ve used has one problem, it’s very difficult for us to imagine motions of galaxies, as a matter of fact, I cannot think of a single simulation or a single video game even where galactic motion is presented at all. We’re often presented with what we usually imagine when we think of a galaxy. Now because of these spiral arms that we see in the Milky Way, we can also imagine that it’s actually spinning, and this is really as far as…

  • Beyond Microsoft Windows
    Technology

    Beyond Microsoft Windows

    I think it’s safe to say that most of you out there are very familiar with either the Windows or Mac operating systems. Chances are you’ve used one or the other almost exclusively your whole life, without considering all the other options out there. You might have heard about “Linux”, but don’t really know much about it. For example, did you know that there is no such thing as just a pure operating system called “Linux”? Well in this article you won’t have to wonder anymore about what else is out there, because we’re going to break it all down for you and hopefully make it easy to understand. Because…

  • Near Future Humanity Progress In Space
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    Near Future Humanity Progress In Space

    It seems like there’s always some new mission announcement or groundbreaking discovery on space exploration, but many times we never seem to hear anything more about it. Usually it’s because planning for and executing missions in outer space takes a huge amount of preparation, it’s not uncommon to hear about a proposed mission 5, 10, even 20 years in advance, that being said, we do have some fascinating and exciting space missions lined up over the next few years and decades. Let’s take a look at what’s next for space exploration starting with the nearest upcoming event. In March 2018 NASA launch their transiting exoplanet survey satellite or Tess. Tess’s…

  • SpaceX Memory Lane - The History
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    SpaceX Memory Lane – The History

    Instead of putting a nuclear weapon on a rocket, lets put John Glenn instead! Maybe that’s how we first started putting men into space. All the Mercury and Gemini missions were flown on modified ICBMs, like the Redstone Atlas and Titan II rockets. The Saturn Rockets of Apollo were the first ones that were built from scratch with man flight in mind, and these were designed and built by Verner von Braun, the guy behind the v2 rockets. When SpaceX first got started, they didn’t have nuclear weapons and Nazis to fall back on, they just had Elon Musk and maracas. Today they’re the most successful private space launch company…

  • Niven Rings And Dyson Spheres - Alien Energy Sources?
    Science

    Niven Rings And Dyson Spheres – Alien Energy Sources?

    One of the most alluring concepts in futurism and science fiction is that of the Dyson Sphere, where 100 percent of a star’s energy can be harvested by encasing it inside a technological shell. While seemingly feasible variants of this concept exist, such as a Dyson Swarm where the star is not fully encased but instead has thousands of energy collectors and habitats orbiting around it, the original idea of a full-on Dyson Sphere itself may not be possible in practice. Building a complete shell would be a truly titanic undertaking, and it’s unclear if the engineering needed for that is really within the realm of possibility. But there’s another…

  • The Technological Marvel Of Virtual Reality
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    The Technological Marvel Of Virtual Reality

    In July 2016, a force was unleashed on the world that nobody saw coming, a cultural phenomenon that turned the entire world into a game and opened up a whole new layer of reality to millions of people. What was the name of this technological marvel? Pokémon go. Pokémon go is one of the fastest-growing and most successful phone apps of all time, making over 2 billion dollars for Niantic, the company behind the game, according to the app tracker. More than 380 million people were using the game at its height, that’s 1 out of every 20 people on earth. In case you were in a coma in 2016,…

  • Photonic Computing - The Optical Future
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    Photonic Computing – The Optical Future

    The speed of computation is limited by two factors: how fast information can be moved, data transfer, and how fast that information can be processed, data computation. Currently, this limit is imposed via the properties of electricity, the flow of electrons. There is however another field of computing focused on a different paradigm, optical computing, also called photonic computing. This refers to the use of light, the flow of photons, for use in computing and electronics. Light, more specifically infrared light with wavelengths around 1500 nano-meters, is currently used for data transfer and communication over long distances, this is referred to as fiber optics. Beyond long distance data transfer, the…

  • What It Is To Be Human
    Self,  World

    What It Is To Be Human

    The concept it’s claimed that a philosophical theory of everything would help us understand ourselves and our race to a greater extent than ever before, conflict resolution, creativity, desire, the causes and effects of such things would be permanently exposed, allowing humanity to move beyond our instinctive responses to create a more thoughtful Society. There is a huge question mark over whether such a theory could exist though, considering the subjective nature of most human experiences, nevertheless psychologist Ken Wilber attempted it anyway, with his idea of integral theory. This framework attempts to pull together all human knowledge and experience and place it into a four-quadrant grid. It begins with…