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As we pioneer our way out from Earth to other planets and eventual the stars, our concept of time will change in more ways than just different calendars. We’ll explore how interstellar civilizations might cope with everything from relativity to life extension and how century long voyages and time lags of communication over millions of worlds might be managed.

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3 January – China’s National
Space Administration (CNSA) achieves the first soft landing on the
far side of the Moon with its Chang’e 4 mission.

Scientists report
the engineering of crops with a photorespiratory “shortcut”
to boost plant growth by 40% in real-world agronomic conditions.

4 January – Researchers at Ecole
polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) report a way to control
properties of excitons and change the polarisation of light they
generate, which could lead to transistors that undergo less energy
loss and heat dissipation.

Researchers design
an inhalable form of messenger RNA aerosol that could be administered
directly to the lungs to help treat diseases such as cystic fibrosis

8 January – IBM unveils IBM Q
System One, its first integrated quantum computing system for
commercial use.

9 January- Astronomers at the
University of Warwick present the first direct evidence of white
dwarf stars solidifying into crystals.

11 January –
Researchers at the University of Michigan demonstrate a new approach
to 3D printing, based on the lifting of shapes from a vat of liquid,
which is up to 100 times faster than conventional processes.

14 January – A
study in the journal PNAS finds that Antarctica experienced a sixfold
increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017.

22 January –
Alphabet’s Waymo subsidiary announces that it will later in 2019
begin construction in the US State of Michigan on the World’s first
factory for mass-producing autonomous vehicles.

24 January – NASA scientists
report the discovery of the oldest known Earth rock – on the Moon.
Apollo 14 astronauts returned several rocks from the Moon and later,
scientists determined that a fragment from one of the rocks contained
“a bit of Earth from about 4 billion years ago.” The rock
fragment contained quartz, feldspar, and zircon, all common on the
Earth, but highly uncommon on the Moon.

29 January –
Researchers at Purdue University’s College of Engineering release a
paper in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
detailing a new process to turn plastic waste in hydrocarbon fuels.

3 February: Medical
scientists announce that iridium attached to albumin produces a
photosensitized molecule able to penetrate and, via photodynamic
therapy, destroy cancer cells.

6 February – NASA and NOAA
confirm that 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record globally, at
0.83 degrees Celsius (1.5 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 1951 to 1980
mean.

7 February – Medical scientists
working with Sangamo Therapeutics, headquartered in Richmond,
California, announce the first ever “in body” human gene
editing therapy to permanently alter DNA in a patient with Hunter
Syndrome.Clinical trials by Sangamo involving gene editing using Zinc
Finger Nuclease (ZFN) are ongoing.

18 February – A British woman
becomes the first person in the world to have gene therapy for
age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Scientists use gene
therapy to restore hearing in an adult mouse model of DFNB9 deafness.

19 February – Researchers at
Oxford Martin School publish evidence that, in the longer term, some
forms of cultured meat could be worse for the environment than
traditional farmed meat.

21 February – Scientists announce
a new form of DNA, named Hachimoji DNA, composed of four natural, and
four unnatural nucleobases. Benefits of such an eight-base DNA system
may include an enhanced ability to store digital data, as well as
insights into what may be possible in the search for extraterrestrial
life.

26 February –
Researchers at RMIT University demonstrate a method of using a liquid
metal catalyst to turn carbon dioxide gas back into coal, potentially
offering a new way to store carbon in solid form.

28 February – Scientists report
the first ever evidence of a former planet-wide groundwater system on
the planet Mars.

Scientists report
the creation of mice with infrared vision, using nanoparticles
injected into their eyes.

11 March: Scientists
report that cell nuclei from woolly mammoth remains showed biological
activity when transplanted into mouse cells.

4 March –
Scientists report that asteroids may be much more difficult to
destroy than thought earlier. In addition, an asteroid may reassemble
itself due to gravity after being disrupted.

7 March –
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
demonstrate a new optical imaging system that could enable the
discovery of tiny tumours, as small as 200 cells, deep within the
body.[

8 March –
Astronomers report that the mass of the Milky Way galaxy is 1.5
trillion solar masses within a radius of about 129,000 light-years,
over twice as much as was determined in earlier studies, and
suggesting that about 90% of the mass of the galaxy is dark matter.

13 March – The
laser of ELI-NP in Măgurele, part of the European ELI Project,
becomes the most powerful laser system ever made, reaching a peak
power of 10 Petawatts.

15 March – NASA
reports that latent viruses in humans may be activated during space
missions, adding possibly more risk to astronauts in future
deep-space missions.

20 March: First
fossil bird, named Avimaia schweitzerae, found with an unlaid egg,

18 March – Researchers provide
supporting evidence, based on genetic studies, that modern Homo
sapiens, arose first in South Africa more than 300,000 years ago,
traveled to East Africa, and from there, about 60,000 years ago,
traveled out of Africa to the rest of the world.

Physicist Adrian
Bejan presents an explanation of why time seems shorter as we get
older, which can be attributed to “the ever-slowing speed at
which images are obtained and processed by the human brain as the
body ages.”

27 March – Scientists report
that life-forms from Earth survived 18 months living in outer space
outside the International Space Station (ISS), as part of the BIOMEX
studies related to the EXPOSE-R2 mission, suggesting that life could
survive, theoretically, on the planet Mars.

Chinese scientists
report inserting the human brain-related MCPH1 gene into laboratory
rhesus monkeys, resulting in the transgenic monkeys performing better
and answering faster on “short-term memory tests involving
matching colors and shapes”, compared to control non-transgenic
monkeys, according to the researchers.[

29 March –
Paleontologists describe a site called Tanis, in North Dakota’s Hell
Creek Formation, containing animal and plant fossils dated to 65.76
million years BCE. These remains are embedded with tiny rock and
glass fragments that fell from the sky in the minutes and hours
following the Chicxulub impact. The deposits also show evidence of
having been swamped with water, caused by thesubsequent megatsunamis.

1 April – Scientists at ETH
Zurich report the creation of the world’s first bacterial genome,
named Caulobacter ethensis-2.0, made entirely by a computer, although
a related viable form of C. ethensis-2.0 does not yet exist.

10 April –
Scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope project announce the
first-ever image of a black hole, located 54 million light years away
in the centre of the M87 galaxy.

10 April – Scientists find a
way to view reactions in “dark states” of molecules, i.e.
those states that are normally inaccessible.

12 April – NASA
reports medical results, from an Astronaut Twin Study, where one
astronaut twin spent a year in space on the International Space
Station, while the other twin spent the year on Earth, which
demonstrated several long-lasting changes, including those related to
alterations in DNA and cognition, when one twin was compared with the
other.

16 April –
Scientists report, for the first time, the use of the CRISPR
technology to edit human genes to treat cancer patients with whom
standard treatments were not successful.

17 April – After a
long search, astronomers report the detection of helium hydride, a
primordial molecule thought to have been formed about 100,000 years
after the Big Bang, for the first time in outer space in NGC 7027.

23 April – NASA
reports that the Mars InSight lander detected its first Marsquake on
the planet Mars.

25 April –
Astronomers report further substantial discrepancies, depending on
the measurement method used, in determining the Hubble constant,
suggesting a realm of physics currently not well understood in
explaining the workings of the universe.

29 April –
Scientists, working with the Hubble Space Telescope, confirmed the
detection of the large and complex ionized molecules of
buckminsterfullerene (C60) (also known as “buckyballs”) in
the interstellar medium spaces between the stars.

30 April –
Biologists report that the very large medusavirus, or a relative, may
have been responsible, at least in part, for the evolutionary
emergence of complex eukaryotic cells from simpler prokaroytic cells

3 May – The UK’s
National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and University of Leicester report
the first generation of usable electricity from americium, which
could lead to the development of “space batteries” that
power missions for up to 400 years.

6 May – In its first report
since 2005, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warns that biodiversity
loss is “accelerating”, with over a million species now
threatened with extinction; the decline of the natural living world
is “unprecedented” and largely a result of human actions.

Researchers at
Columbia University report a new desalination method for hypersaline
brines, known as “temperature swing solvent extraction (TSSE)”,
which is low-cost and efficient.

8 May – A British
teenager, Isabelle Holdaway, 17, is reported to be the first patient
to receive a genetically modified phage therapy to treat a
drug-resistant infection.

11 May –
Atmospheric CO2, as measured by the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii,
reaches 415 parts per million (ppm), the highest level for 2.5
million years.] During the late Pliocene, sea levels were up to 20 m
higher, and the global climate was 3 °C hotter.

14 May – Researchers at
Macquarie University report that plastic pollution is harming the
growth, photosynthesis and oxygen production of Prochlorococcus, the
ocean’s most abundant photosynthetic bacteria, responsible for 10% of
oxygen breathed by humans.

15 May – Researchers, in a
milestone effort, report the creation of a new synthetic (possibly
artificial) form of viable life, a variant of the bacteria
Escherichia coli, by reducing the natural number of 64 codons in the
bacterial genome to 59 codons instead, in order to encode 20 amino
acids

21 May –
Researchers at McMaster University report the discovery of a new and
more efficient method of storing vaccines in temperatures of up to 40
°C for weeks at a time.

22 May – Scientists report
the discovery of a fossilized fungus, named Ourasphaira giraldae, in
the Canadian Arctic, that may have grown on land a billion years ago,
well before plants were living on land.

27 May – The last
male Sumatran rhinoceros in Malaysia is reported to have died,
leaving only one female in the country.

3 June –
Researchers report that the purportedly first-ever germline
genetically edited humans, the twin babies Lulu and Nana, by Chinese
scientist He Jiankui, may have been mutated in a way that shortens
life expectancy.

10 June – A study by
researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, identifies nearly
600 plants that have disappeared since the Industrial Revolution –
more than twice the number of birds, mammals and amphibians combined
– with extinctions now occurring 500 times faster than the natural
background rate

11 June – Researchers at the
University of Colorado Boulder demonstrate “nanobio-hybrid”
organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to
produce a variety of eco-friendly plastics and fuels.

12 June – The discovery of
cold quasars is announced at the 234th meeting of the American
Astronomical Society.

19 June –
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University demonstrate the first
noninvasive mind-controlled robotic arm

20 June –
Researchers at Lancaster University describe a new electronic memory
device that combines the properties of both DRAM and flash, while
recording or deleting data using hundreds of times less energy.

21 June –
Scientists release the video appearance, for the second time, and for
the very first time in waters of the United States, of a giant squid
in its deepwater habitat.

28 June – Astronomers report
the detection of a star, named HD 139139 (EPIC 249706694), that dims
in brightness in an apparent random, and currently unexplainable,
way.

29 June –
Scientists report that all 16 GB of Wikipedia have been encoded into
synthetic DNA.

3 July – Researchers identify
more than a 1 million square kilometres (0.39 million square miles)
of lost tropical rainforest across the Americas, Africa and Southeast
Asia, with a high potential for restoration.

10 July –
Anthropologists report the discovery of 210,000 year old remains of a
Homo sapiens and 170,000 year old remains of a Neanderthal in Apidima
Cave in southern Greece, over 150,000 years older than previous H.
sapiens finds in Europe.

11 July – Carnegie Mellon
University reports an artificial intelligence program, developed in
collaboration with Facebook AI, which is able to defeat leading
professionals in six-player no-limit Texas hold’em poker.

12 July –
Physicists report, for the first time, capturing an image of quantum
entanglement.

15 July – Astronomers report
that non-repeating Fast Radio Bursts (FRB)s may not be one-off
events, but actually FRB repeaters with repeat events that have gone
undetected and, further, that FRBs may be formed by events that have
not yet been seen or considered.

A paper is released
in the journal Nature Astronomy in which researchers from Harvard
University, the University of Edinburgh and NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL) detail how silica aerogel could be used to block
radiation, obtain water and permit photosynthesis to occur to make
Mars more hospitable for human survival.

22 July – Biochemists and
geochemist from Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo and the
National University of Malaysia, Bangi report the discovery of simple
organic molecules (hydroxy acids) that can assemble themselves into
possible protocells under conditions similar to those of the early
Earth.

5 August – Scientists report
that a capsule containing tardigrades in cryptobiotic state (as well
as a laser-etched copy of Wikipedia in glass) may have survived the
April 2019 crash landing on the Moon of Beresheet, a failed Israeli
lunar lander.

Engineers at the
University of Buffalo reveal a new device able to cool parts of
buildings by up to 11 °C (20 °F), without consuming electricity.
The system uses an inexpensive polymer/aluminum film at the bottom of
a solar “shelter”, which absorbs heat from the air inside
the box and transmits that energy back into outer space.

6 August –
Scientists at the University of Leeds create a new form of gold just
two atoms thick, measured at 0.47 nanometres. In addition to being
the thinnest unsupported gold ever produced, it functions 10 times
more efficiently as a catalytic substrate than larger gold
nanoparticles.

7 August –
Biologists report the discovery of the fossil remains of a
first-of-its-kind extinct giant parrot named The Hercules parrot (or
Heracles inexpectatus) in New Zealand. The parrot is thought to have
stood up to 1 m (3 ft 3 in) tall and weighed approximately 7 kg (15
lb).

8 August – Researchers at
Harvard report the creation of “cyborg organoids”, which
consist of 3D organoids grown from stem cells, with embedded sensors
to measure activity in the developmental process.

9 August – Scientists report
the isolation and culture of Lokiarchaea, a microorganism that may
help explain the emergence of complex eukarotic (nucleated) cells
from simpler bacteria-like cells

15 August – Chemists report the
formation, for the first time, of an 18-atom cyclocarbon of pure
carbon; such chemical structures may be useful as molecular-sized
electronic components.

19 August – The first computer
chip to exceed one trillion transistors, known as the Wafer Scale
Engine, is announced by Cerebras Systems in collaboration with Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

23 August – Austrian and Chinese
scientists report the first teleportation of three-dimensional
quantum states, or “qutrits”, which are more complex than
two-dimensional qubits.

26 August –
Astronomers report that newly discovered long-term pattern of
absorbance and albedo changes in the atmosphere of the planet Venus
are caused by “unknown absorbers”, which may be
microorganisms high up in the atmosphere of the planet.

Scientists report
the discovery of a new distinctive light wave, named a Dyakonov-Voigt
wave, that results from a particular manipulation of crystals, that
was first suggested in equations developed by physicist James Clerk
Maxwell in the middle 1800s

30 August – Scientists in China
report a way of regrowing the complex structure of tooth enamel,
using calcium phosphate ion clusters as a precursor layer.

2 September –
Insilico Medicine reports the creation, via artificial intelligence,
of six novel inhibitors of the DDR1 gene, a kinase target implicated
in fibrosis and other diseases. The system, known as Generative
Tensorial Reinforcement Learning (GENTRL), designed the new compounds
in 21 days, with a lead candidate tested and showing positive results
in mice.

6 September – Mathematicians
report, after a 65-year search (since 1954), the solution to the last
integer left below 100 (i.e., “42”) expressed as the sum of
three cubes.

A team of physicists
report that the supposed discrepancy in the proton radius between
electronic and muonic hydrogen does not exist, settling the proton
radius puzzle.

10 September –
Scientists report the computerized determination, based on 260 CT
scans, of a virtual skull shape of the last common human ancestor to
modern humans, and suggests that the human ancestor arose through a
merging of populations in East and South Africa, between 260,000 and
350,000 years ago.

11 September – Researchers at the
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology demonstrate the first
artificial hand for amputees that merges user and robotic control, a
concept in neuroprosthetics known as shared control.

Google reports the
creation of a deep learning system, trained on 50,000 different
diagnoses, able to detect 26 skin conditions as accurately as
dermatologists.

16 September: The
most massive neutron star ever discovered, with 2.17 solar masses
placing it on the boundary of the theoretical maximum.

16 September – Biochemists report
that “RNA-DNA chimeras” (complex mixtures of RNA molecules
and DNA molecules) may be a more effective way of producing precursor
life biochemicals, than the more linear approaches (with pure RNA and
pure DNA molecules) used earlier

Scientists at the
Mayo Clinic report the first successful use of senolytics, a new
class of drug with potential anti-aging benefits, to remove senescent
cells from human patients with a kidney disease.

In a study published
in PNAS, researchers at MIT detail a new emission free method of
cement production, a major contributor to climate change.

17 September – A
small clinical trial, announced by U.S. company NeuroEM Therapeutics,
shows reversal of cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease
patients after just two months of treatment using a wearable head
device. Electromagnetic waves emitted by the device appear to
penetrate the brain to break up amyloid-beta and tau deposits.

25 September – The
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases its Special
Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. This
includes a revised projection for sea level rise, upwards by 10 cm to
1.1 metres by 2100.

The Amery Ice Shelf
in Antarctica produces its largest iceberg in more than 50 years,
with a chunk called D28 being calved off that is 1,636 sq km in area
and weighs an estimated 315 billion tonnes.

30 September – By
combining doses of lithium, trametinib and rapamycin into a single
treatment, researchers extend the lifespan of fruit flies
(Drosophila) by 48%.

8 October:
Researchers find human cartilage repair mechanism which may allow
entire limbs to regenerate.

1 October – Scientists at the
University of California, San Diego describe how a protein named Dsup
(Damage suppression protein) binds to chromatin, which protects the
cells of tardigrades and may explain the animals’ tremendous
resilience.

Physicists report a
way of determining the state of Schrödinger’s cat before observing
it.

15 October –
OpenAI demonstrates a pair of neural networks trained to solve a
Rubik’s Cube with a highly dexterous, human-like robotic hand.

16 October –
Researchers at Harvard Medical School identify a link between neural
activity and human longevity. Neural excitation is linked to shorter
life, while suppression of overactivity appears to extend lifespan.

22 October –
Scientists report further evidence supporting the Younger Dryas
impact hypothesis that the extinction of ice-age animals may have
been caused by a disintegrating asteroid or comet impact and/or
airburst about 12,800 years ago.

23 October –
Google announces that its 53-qubit ‘Sycamore’ processor has achieved
quantum supremacy, performing a specific task in 200 seconds that
would take the world’s best supercomputers 10,000 years to complete.
However, the claim is disputed by some IBM researchers.

25 October – A new
carbon capture system is described by MIT, which can work on the gas
at almost any concentration, using electrodes combined with carbon
nanotubes.

28 October – A study published in
Nature identifies Botswana as the birthplace of anatomically modern
humans, based on genetic studies, around 200,000 BCE.

30 October – A
large-scale study by researchers in Germany finds that insect
populations declined by one-third between 2008 and 2017.

31 October –
Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, develop
a new film that is applied to solar cells, which combines
nanocrystals and microlenses to capture infrared light. This can
increase the solar energy conversion efficiency by 10 percent or
more.

1 November –
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute demonstrate a way to
3D print living skin, complete with blood vessels, which could be
used for more natural and accurate grafts.

4 November –
Scientists confirm that, on 5 November 2018, the Voyager 2 probe had
officially reached the interstellar medium (ISM), a region of outer
space beyond the influence of the Solar System, and has now joined
the Voyager 1 probe which had reached the ISM earlier in 2012.

6 November –
Scientists at the University of Rochester demonstrate a new technique
for creating superhydrophobic metals that float on water, using
femtosecond laser bursts to “etch” the surfaces and trap
air.

8 November – Computer experts at
Kaspersky Lab report the detection of a very advanced and insidious
backdoor malware APT named Titanium, that was developed by PLATINUM,
a cybercrime collective.

13 November – Researchers report
that astronauts experienced serious blood flow and clot problems
while onboard the International Space Station, based on a six month
study of 11 healthy astronauts. The results may influence long-term
spaceflight, including a mission to the planet Mars, according to the
researchers.

Scientists in Japan
use single-cell RNA analysis to find that supercentenarians have an
excess of cytotoxic CD4 T-cells, a type of immune cell.

15 November – The
discovery and interpretation of 143 new Nazca geoglyphs is announced
by researchers from Yamagata University.

Scientists report
detecting, for the first time, sugar molecules, including ribose, in
meteorites, suggesting that chemical processes on asteroids can
produce some fundamentally essential bio-ingredients important to
life, and supporting the notion of an RNA world prior to a DNA-based
origin of life on Earth, and possibly, as well, the notion of
panspermia.

Researchers at the
University of Notre Dame develop a new method for lifelong learning
in artificial neural networks, which entails the use of a
ferroelectric ternary content-addressable memory component. Their
study, featured in Nature Electronics, aims to replicate the human
brain’s ability to learn from only a few examples, adapting to new
tasks based on past experiences.

23 November – The
last known Sumatran rhinoceros in Malaysia passes on.

25 November – IPv4 address
exhaustion: The RIPE NCC, which is the official regional Internet
registry (RIR) for Europe, officially announces that it has run out
of IPv4 Addresses.

The World
Meteorological Organization reports that levels of heat-trapping
greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached another new record high of
407.8 parts per million in 2018,[453] with “no sign of a
slowdown, let alone a decline.”

26 November – Researchers report,
based on an international study of 27 countries, that caring for
families is the main motivator for people worldwide

27 November – Researchers report
the discovery of Caveasphaera. a multicellular organism found in
609-million-year-old rocks, that is not easily defined as an animal
or non-animal, which may be related to one of the earliest instances
of animal evolution.

2 December – Researchers from Tel
Aviv University describe how a molecule known as PJ34 triggers the
self-destruction of pancreatic cancer cells, which were reduced by up
to 90% in mouse models.

3 December –
Researchers from the University of Bath report the creation of
artificial neurons that reproduce the electrical properties of
biological neurons onto semiconductor chips.

4 December –
Astronomers publish the first evidence of a giant planet orbiting a
white dwarf, WDJ0914+1914, suggesting that planets in our own Solar
System may survive the death of our Sun in the distant future

5 December –
Researchers at the California Academy of Sciences report the
discovery of 71 new plant and animal species, which includes 17 fish,
15 geckos, 8 flower plants, 6 sea slugs, 5 arachnids, 4 eels, 3 ants,
3 skinks, 2 skates, 2 wasps, 2 mosses, 2 corals and 2 lizards.

9 December –  Scientists in China
create pigs with monkey DNA; thus creating an animal hybrid with
genetic material from two different species.

Intel reveals a
first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip – code-named “Horse
Ridge” – for control of multiple quantum bits (qubits) and
scaling of larger quantum computer systems.

10 December – Ford, in a joint
research project with Microsoft, reveals a “quantum-inspired”
algorithm able to cut traffic by 73% and shorten commuting times by
8% in a simulation of 5,000 cars.

11 December –
Scientists report the discovery of cave art in central Indonesia that
is estimated to be at least 43,900 years old, and noted that the
finding was “the oldest pictorial record of storytelling and the
earliest figurative artwork in the world”.

18 December – Scientists report
that Homo erectus, a species of extinct archaic humans, may have
survived to nearly 100,000 years ago, much longer than thought
previously.

30 December –
Chinese authorities announce that He Jiankui, the scientist who
claimed to have created the world’s first genetically edited human
babies, had been sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3
million yuan (US$430,000) for his genetic research efforts

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Can A.I. make music? Can it feel excitement and fear? Is it alive? Will.i.am and Mark Sagar push the limits of what a machine can do. How far is too far, and how much further can we go?

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Over the last 30 years, Hubble has taken millions of incredible photos of distant stars and galaxies. But Hubble’s best images have come and gone, and the world’s most famous telescope will sadly come to an end in the not-to-distant future. This video looks at how Hubble managed to capture an image of the most distant Galaxy in the known universe, located 32 billion light-years away.

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Anti-gravity is one of those controversial subjects that some say is more in the realm of science fiction than science fact with many physicists saying it’s just not theoretically possible while others are busy trying to find theories that would allow it to be possible. In this video, we look at some of the things that we thought were anti-gravity but turned out not to be and what could be our nearest discovery with the vailidation of Einstein’s predictions of space and gravity warping.

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For half a century, researchers have been scanning the sky for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, so far to no avail. But with regular discoveries of new planets around distant stars, the universe seems to be more friendly to life by the day.

Interviews with Jill Tarter and Laurance Doyle from SETI Institute, and Andrew Siemion from UC Berkeley SETI Research Center, also affiliated with SETI Institute.

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Interview with Leslie Willis of Battlestar Raven -BFC 002 Battlestar Galactica Fanclub at ICCC 2019!!

In this interview I talk with Leslie about the fanclub centered around all things “Battlestar Galactica”, some of the upcoming events the organization will be at, such as All-Con Dallas in mid March, including possibly having the large scale “Team BSG Viper”, built by Karl Kuhlenschmidt there, and Houston Arcade Expo on Nov 15-17th.

Leslie also discusses the history of the “Battlestar Raven” fanclub this coming year being it’s 20th Anniversary.

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How will humanity react if we discover life somewhere out there in the Universe, whether it’s bacteria under the surface of Mars, a bio signature of alien life in the atmosphere of another world, or a radio signal from another civilization. Will our civilization lose its collective mind and have a temper tantrum on a global scale? Will we become one of those purge planets from Rick and Morty? Will the discovery suddenly end all religion, as we wait for guidance from our new alien overlords? Will we gather together as a species to present a common front to whatever cosmic horrors await us beyond the Solar System?

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