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SciFi comes to life, courtesy of Elon Musk.
Ain't it cool? A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket payload fairing glides to Earth under its own parafoil in this photo unveiled by CEO Elon Musk on Instagram May 2, 2018.

"Last month, Musk said SpaceX is eyeing plans to use a "giant party balloon" to recover the second stage of its Falcon 9 rocket and then catch it on a "bouncy house.""

https://www.space.com/40509-spacex-payload-fairing-parafoil-photo.html
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Astronauts falling over on the Moon?
Classic fun.
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A drone on Mars! This could help speed up transit times immensely by charting out routes.
The Mars 2020 rover will carry a helicopter after all, it was announced today. Here's a video showing the thing actually flying in Mars-like atmosphere -- amazing. Mars's atmosphere is less than 1% as thick as Earth's, so you wouldn't think this thing can work. But here's the proof.
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Well this is a game-changer.
​Kilopower is a small, lightweight fission power system capable of providing up to 10 kilowatts of electrical power - enough to run several average households - continuously for at least 10 years. Four Kilopower units would provide enough power to establish an outpost.
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LAUNCH ALERT: SpaceX Falcon Heavy test launch live in 3 minutes
https://youtu.be/0KSr1RBsB4s
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LAUNCH ALERT
+SpaceX​ launch in just over one hour.
Watch live here:
https://youtu.be/0PWu3BRxn60
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I try to keep my feed fairly free of the clown show that is the US White House.
But this piece is breathtaking.
It's hard to believe that the world media isn't piling an unrelenting avalanche of scorn on this farcical liar who calls himself the 'leader of the free world'.
If you find yourself wondering how on earth a person can live with themself as such a blatant and transparent liar, it happens. I've seen it before. A political opponent back in the Maroochy Council days was like this. I'd watch him in public meetings and the bullshit that spewed out of him was gobsmacking in its audacity.
But what was more amazing was watching his supporters. They accepted it. I could hand over documentary evidence to the contrary, he'd say something like 'we'll have to verify the veracity of these' - yes that was the way he talked - and they'd nod along!
I learnt during those days that some people hear what they want to hear.
Cognitive Dissonance Resolution.
They hear lies.
Coming from the person they are invested in.
Subconsciously they realise that to admit they are lies is to admit to themselves being foolish for following the liar.
The subconscious mind therefore goes through all sorts of mental gymnastics to rationalise the lies as truth. Or at most irrelevant.
As for the liar themself? I can only conclude they spend so much time wallowing in their own lies that they lose track of reality. Which is why they can then pull off the lies so bald faced. They actually believe themselves.
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This is pretty cool. NASA and Google team up to set the Google artificial intelligence program to work on NASA Kepler planet hunting data.
And it's already discovered two new exoplanets that were in data already analysed by humans.
One around a sun very much like our own has taken the total number of planets discovered around that sun to the same as our own solar system.
Interesting aspect to this is that many citizen science projects are based around the belief that humans are very well evolved to detect patterns. It's called pareidolia and comes from learning how to detect predators in camouflage situations. And we can do far better than any computer programs.
So if an AI can be taught how to do that better than humans, then one of our last advantages ovee computers has been lost.

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/google-s-artificial-intelligence-finds-two-new-exoplanets-missed-by-human-eyes
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