Ara 082015
 
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New Photos from Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sends new images from Pluto. These images show the icy surface of the planet.

John Grunsfeld from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate says: “These close-up images, showing the diversity of terrain on Pluto, demonstrate the power of our robotic planetary explorers to return intriguing data to scientists back here on planet Earth.”

New photos from Pluto

The mountainous shoreline of Sputnik Planum: In this highest-resolution image from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, great blocks of Pluto’s water-ice crust appear jammed together in the informally named al-Idrisi mountains. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

You can visit the following New Horizons Image Gallery of NASA that contains most of the images from the planet.

Ahmet Aksoy

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Ara 062015
 
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3D printed new life forms

3D printed new life forms

Photo credits: iamisatthedoors.files.wordpress.com

This is not science fiction. We are in the synthetic genomics era. Sythetic organisms can be printed by 3D printers.

  • 2010: The first living organism which have a computure for a mother was created in Maryland. Its nickname is Synthia.
  • 2012: The genome of 80,000 years old Denisovan extracted from a bone.
  • 2015: “Three-parent babies” are legalised in the United Kingdom.
  • by 2020: “Many hospitals will have genomic medicine departments, designing medical therapies based on your personal genetic constitution.”
  • by 2025: “We will have sequenced the genomes of billions of individuals.”
  • by 2050: Handling the biodiversity existing on our earth. “DNA-based Systema Natura” will be completed.
  • by 2100: Biocode will become completely sythetic. Artificial living organisms will dominate natural bio-organisms.

Please refer to the references for the detailed document published in aeon.co.

Ahmet Aksoy

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Ara 042015
 
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Metal 3D Printing Systems

Metal 3D Printing Systems

Photo Credits: http://www.appropedia.org

3D printing systems are getting better results each day. Especially metal 3D printing systems have an extra importance, because they can produce “complex geometries which traditional CNC machining processes are not capable of.”

3D printing systems mainly make use of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). This method creates 20-40 micron layers by melted metal using a laser beam. The layers are created additively on top of each other.

Most of the Metal 3D Printing Systems require a high budget. However there is also a low-cost open-source 3D metal printing system on http://www.appropedia.org/Open-source_metal_3-D_printer described in details.

Now complicated metallic parts can be manufactured as a single unit without the need of a mold resulting a lower cost. Space technology improvements will have a greater accelaration by the use of 3D Metal Printing Systems.

Ahmet Aksoy

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Ara 012015
 
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Green Technology

ecoinventos.com is a very interesting web site. If ecological stability does matter for you, then you should visit them occasionaly.

Green Technology

Credits: ecoinventos.com

They have practical green technology projects which use some waste materials converting them to useful thingies.

In the “upside-down tomateous plant growing project” they use plastic bottles as pots. The project is very pretty and simple. Even a child can do it. If you have a small garden or balcony, and want to raise your own tomatoes, you can do it too in minutes.

The site is not in English, but you can easily understand everthing by looking to the pictures.

For the details please visit the site: http://ecoinventos.com/plantar-tomates-botellas-plastico/

Ahmet Aksoy

Kas 282015
 
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Can robots be conscious?

Robert Lawrence Kuhn asks the same question with a different point of view in his article published in www.space.com : “When Robots Colonize the Cosmos, Will They Be Conscious?”

Can robots be conscious?

From the film I, Robot

So he assumes that robots will conquer cosmos instead of biological beings. He says, “The first colonizers of the cosmos will be robots, not humans. At some point, they will become self-replicating robots that construct multiple versions of themselves from the raw materials of alien worlds.”

I’m not sure of this assumption. Maybe a hybrid solution is possible. Or, there might be some conscious biological entities that can live in extreme conditions. In such a case there will be no need to robots to colonize the cosmos for the benefit of them.

Before we talk about the details of the colonization of the cosmos, we should ask the famous paradoxical question of Fermi: “Where are these aliens?”

If “the colonization of the cosmos” is a possibility, then it should have been completed until now. Because the required total time is not very long considering the age of the universe. (It is estimated 3.75 million years for a complete colonization: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/mass-effect-solves-the-fermi-paradox/)

If you are interested in these kinds of topics then you should read the article: http://www.space.com/30937-when-robots-colonize-cosmos-will-they-be-conscious.html?cmpid=514630_20151107_54648356&adbid=10153144907361466&adbpl=fb&adbpr=17610706465.

I hope you will find some answers to your personal questions.

Ahmet Aksoy

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Kas 252015
 
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Smart Techno clocks

Normally clocks and watches are devices for tracking time.

In the history, there were many different types of such timekeeping devices:

Smart Techno Clocks

Photo: en.wikipedia.org

  • Sundials
  • Water clocks
  • Candle clocks
  • Oil-lamp clocks
  • Incense clocks
  • Hourglasses
  • Mechanical clocks
  • Spring driven clocks
  • Pendulum clocks
  • Chronometers
  • Pocket watches
  • Wrist watches
  • Electric clocks
  • Quartz clocks
  • Atomic clocks
  • Digital clocks
  • Smart techno clocks
Smart Techno Clocks

Photo: pinterest.com

And now clocks are evolved into smart techno clocks. They still track time, but they also track many more details. They track your health condition, number of your steps, take photographs, record videos and sounds, and they behave as wearable micro computers.

In a decade or less we will be all wearing some smart devices and our clothes will become smart gadgets serving for our comfort and security.

As if we are living in science fiction videos and pictures.
Or maybe we are already living in future.

Ahmet Aksoy

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