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Giulio Prisco

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Giulio Prisco is a freelance writer specialized in science, technology, business and future studies.

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Directed Evolution Teaches Nature the Unnatural, Brings Silicon to Life

Posted on November 25th, 2016.

Caltech researchers have achieved a spectacular demonstration that living organisms can be persuaded to make silicon-carbon bonds. The study is the first to show that nature can adapt to incorporate silicon into carbon-based molecules, the building blocks of life. This breakthrough could have en important impact on how medicines and...

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NASA Scientists Sketch Tentative Theory of EmDrive Propulsion

Posted on November 22nd, 2016.

Last week the final version of the NASA Eagleworks EmDrive paper, titled “Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum,” published in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)’s prestigious Journal of Propulsion and Power, described promising experimental results and hinted at...

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Final NASA Eagleworks Paper Confirms Promising EmDrive Results, Proposes Theoretical Model

Posted on November 18th, 2016.

Earlier this month Hacked reported that a draft version of the much expected EmDrive paper by the NASA Eagleworks team, had been leaked. Now, the final version of the paper has been published.

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Companies

Microsoft Joins Linux Foundation, Bets on Open Cloud Computing

Posted on November 17th, 2016.

Only a few years ago the idea that Microsoft could actively promote Linux and join the Linux Foundation would have sounded like science fiction, but that’s exactly what happens now: Microsoft is joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member.

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Politics

Viral Disinformation Warning: Fake News Are Taking over Facebook

Posted on November 14th, 2016.

Today’s news: Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford voted for Donald Trump, the Republican President-elect of the US, because the liberals want to take away their money; Melania Trump filed to divorce her husband, Donald Trump; Donald Trump himself said to People Magazine that Republicans are the dumbest group of voters; All the news above...

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What to Expect for Space and Sci/Tech Under President Trump?

Posted on November 10th, 2016.

US President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t strike as one who knows – or cares – a lot about space, science, and technology. Since the announcement of Trump’s victory, there have been a lot of headlines about a possible catastrophic impact of the upcoming Trump presidency on space and sci/tech in the US. However, a...

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Autonomous

Drones Are a Next-Generation Computing Platform, Says Intel

Posted on November 8th, 2016.

Intel announced the first Intel drone designed specifically for light shows: the Intel Shooting Star drone. With this drone, the company plans to demonstrate that drone light shows can redefine entertainment and create amazing new experiences in the night sky.

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Leaked NASA Eagleworks Paper Confirms Promising EmDrive Results

Posted on November 7th, 2016.

In August Hacked covered the rumor, then confirmed by NASA, that a paper by the NASA Eagleworks team, titled “Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio Frequency Cavity in Vacuum,” to be published in December’s issue of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)’s Journal of Propulsion and Power, a...

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Electronics

Chinese Physicists Achieve Record-Breaking Quantum Cryptography Breakthrough

Posted on November 4th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China and other Chinese labs, with the collaboration of a lab in the US, have implemented a secure quantum protocol known as Measurement-Device-Independent Quantum Key Distribution (MDIQKD), suitable for practical networks and devices, over a distance of 404 km. The breakthrough,...

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Politics

The Heartland Has Been Devastated: Peter Thiel Speaks Up

Posted on November 2nd, 2016.

In a speech at the National Press Club on October 31, billionaire businessman and tech pioneer Peter Thiel defended his controversial decision, which has caused intense debate and earned Thiel the wrath of Silicon Valley liberal elites, to back Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Companies

Finally: The Flying Car, Courtesy of Uber

Posted on October 28th, 2016.

When we imagined the 21st century in the late lamented sixties, two features were always there: the cities on the Moon and the planets, and the flying cars. Much to our chagrin, neither materialized. But now SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to build cities on Mars, and Uber is envisioning a fleet of flying cars, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Cybersecurity

Shock Wave on the Ice: The Pirate Party Could Win Iceland’s National Elections Next Saturday, Grab Power

Posted on October 27th, 2016.

The Pirate Party of Iceland, founded in 2012 to champion direct democracy and internet freedom, is projected to win Saturday’s general election and could end up leading Iceland’s next government, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Op-Ed

Like: Facebook Could Stop Playing Nanny and Thought Cop

Posted on October 25th, 2016.

Facebook is often criticized for playing nanny: removing content deemed unsuitable for minors, removing content deemed offensive to this or that group, and in general adopting a perhaps benevolent but certainly heavily hands-on approach to the material posted by users. That could be about to change. According to a Facebook news release...

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Op-Ed

Sorry Silicon Valley Liberals, Freedom of Thought Is Too Important to Mess With

Posted on October 21st, 2016.

Silicon Valley is on fire because venture capitalist Peter Thiel, after speaking in support of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, is donating $1.25 million to Trump’s campaign through a combination of super PAC donations and funds given directly to the campaign, The New York Times reported. Project Include, led by Former...

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Astronomers Intrigued by ‘Probable’ Alien Signals in Stellar Spectra

Posted on October 19th, 2016.

A paper accepted for publication in PASP claims the detection of “signals probably from Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.” A preprint titled “Discovery of peculiar periodic spectral modulations in a small fraction of solar type stars” is available on arXiv. The SETI community is skeptical but actively looking.

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Shawyer Claims Much Higher Thrust for Second-Generation EmDrive, Files New Patent Application

Posted on October 17th, 2016.

The “anomalous” or “impossible” space propulsion system EmDrive has been often in the news in the last few months. First, the rumor – then confirmed – that the latest experimental results of the NASA Eagleworks team will be published in December in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics...

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Advanced LIGO Gravitational Wave Observatory Could Detect Permanent Memory of Spacetime

Posted on October 14th, 2016.

Gravitational wave astronomy will soon be in full swing, and permit studying subtle gravitational wave physics and intriguing “spacetime memory” effects.

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Politics

White House Releases AI Report and Strategic Plan; President Obama Speaks Up on AI and Space

Posted on October 13th, 2016.

The White House released a report titled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence” (AI) as well as a “National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.” Meanwhile, President Obama is speaking up on AI, futuristic technologies, and space.

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Space

ESA Ignores Stephen Hawking’s Warning, Sends Message to the Stars

Posted on October 12th, 2016.

On October 10 the European Space Agency (ESA) sent a message to the stars, ignoring dire warnings from science fiction writers and scientists including Stephen Hawking.

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Hacking Matter

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Vindicates Radical Visions of Molecular Nanotechnology

Posted on October 10th, 2016.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 was awarded jointly to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.” The award vindicates the dreams of nanotechnology enthusiasts, and points the way to the molecular nanotechnology proposed by Drexler in the eighties.