WATCH: NASA Insight Mars’ Touchdown Realtime Video -“Another Great Milestone for the Human Species”

 

“We hit the Martian atmosphere at 12,300 mph (19,800 kilometers per hour), and the whole sequence to touching down on the surface took only six-and-a-half minutes,” said InSight project manager Tom Hoffman at JPL. “During that short span of time, InSight had to autonomously perform dozens of operations and do them flawlessly – and by all indications that is exactly what our spacecraft did.”

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End of Human Epoch –“An AI God Will Emerge to Rule the Human Species”

 

“The AI does not hate you, nor does it love you, but you are made out of atoms which it can use for something else. —Eliezer Yudkowsky, research fellow, Machine Intelligence Research Institute”

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“Nixed?” –The Reality of Dark Energy and the Higgs Field

 

“The discovery of dark energy has greatly changed how we think about the laws of nature,” said Edward Witten,  one of the world’s leading theorists at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

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Searching for Signs of Extinct Extraterrestrial Civilizations –“Planets with Burnt-Up Surfaces, Abandoned Mega-Structures, or Deadly Atmospheres”

 

 

“Finding a civilization dead due to war or climate change will hopefully convince us to get our act together and avoid a similar fate. But it would be even more remarkable if radar imaging or flyby photography near an interstellar relic within the solar system would show signs of an advanced technology that our civilization had not mastered as of yet. There is no better lesson to learn than that of civilizations that had developed advanced technologies up to the point of self-destruction.”

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“Presto!” NASA’s TESS Lights Up And Nets 73 New Stars and an Alien Planet –‘90% of the Sky is Yet to be Surveyed’

 

 

“The discovery of a terrestrial planet around a nearby M dwarf during the first TESS observing sector suggests that the prospects for future discoveries are bright. It is worth remembering that 90 percent of the sky has not yet been surveyed by either TESS or Kepler,” NASA reports.

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From the Farside –Red Planet CSI: “Who Will Solve Murders on Mars?”

 

Imagine a 2001-like scenario on the Red Planet, suggests astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz, the current chair of astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress, where, instead of HAL gone rogue, a camera-operated airlock or some other system—perhaps vital oxygen-supply gear that relies on facial-recognition algorithms—never turns on for a non-white settler. A person could be left, trapped outside her own home, unable to trigger the airlock or to obtain more oxygen, literally asphyxiating in the biases of someone else’s shoddy computer program. The effects would be both fatal and enraging.

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