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  • This NASA-Funded Pulsed Plasma Propulsion System Could Carry Humans to Mars In Just Two Months

    05/21/2024 11:37:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    The Debrief ^ | May 21, 2024 | Micah Hanks
    A groundbreaking new pulsed plasma propulsion system could soon enable faster and safer crewed missions to planets like Mars, according to a leading developer of novel technologies aimed at advancing the next stages of human space exploration. Scottsdale, Arizona-based space technology developer Howe Industries recently announced that its Pulsed Plasma Rocket (PPR) could represent a game-changer in advanced propulsion for space travel, allowing crewed missions to significantly reduce the travel time required to reach Mars. According to current timelines, NASA aims to send the first crewed missions to Mars within the next two decades using habitat-like spacecraft paired with hybrid...
  • MIT Astronomers Say They Have Discovered a Planet Current Theories Can't Explain

    05/17/2024 8:27:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    The Debrief ^ | May 17, 2024 | Christopher Plain
    Around a star in our Milky Way galaxy, astronomers have discovered an extremely low-density planet that is as light as cotton candy. The new planet, named WASP-193b, appears to dwarf Jupiter in size, yet it is a fraction of its density. CREDIT: K. Ivanov ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A team of astronomers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say they have discovered a distant planet that they can’t explain with current planet evolutionary theories. The newly discovered WASP-193b is a gas giant 50 percent larger than Jupiter, the largest gas giant in our solar system. However, it is only one-tenth as dense,...
  • WARP DRIVE Breakthrough Could Enable Constant-Velocity Subluminal Travel, Physics Team Says

    05/15/2024 8:45:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    The Debrief ^ | May 15, 2024 | Micah Hanks
    A novel warp drive concept that can function without any need for hypothesized exotic or negative forms of energy has been unveiled in a groundbreaking new study by leading propulsion researchers. Dubbed the “Constant-Velocity Subluminal Warp Drive,” the concept, developed by physicists with the Advanced Propulsion Laboratory at the New York-based think tank Applied Physics and from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, offers a theoretical new means of propulsion for space travel that conforms to general relativity, allowing it to operate at constant subluminal speeds with no need for unphysical forms of matter outlined in past concepts. According to...
  • Quantum Mechanics Hack Could Lead To "Unbreakable" Metals By Leveraging Weird Distortion Of Atoms

    04/02/2024 8:53:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    The Debrief ^ | MARCH 29, 2024 | MICAH HANKS
    Scientists say they have created a new method of testing materials that allows predictions to be made about their ductility, which could lead to the production of virtually “unbreakable” metals for use with components in a variety of applications. Drawing from quantum mechanics principles, the new method allows for significant improvements by enhancing predictions about metals’ ability to be drawn out into thinner shapes while maintaining their strength. According to researchers involved with the discovery, the new method has proven very effective for metals used in high-temperature applications and could help industries like aerospace and other fields perform tests of...
  • Innovative New High-Boost DC Power Converter Could Be A Game-Changer For Electronics

    04/01/2024 11:58:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    The Debrief ^ | APRIL 1, 2024 | MICAH HANKS
    Researchers report the development of a new concept for a new DC power converter capable of greater efficiency at lower cost and requiring less maintenance than existing electrical systems. Developed by a team at Kobe University in Hyōgo, Japan, the direct current voltage boost converter could revolutionize the development and use of electric power generation in various applications. Boost converters, which are also known as step-up converters, are a variety of switched -mode power supply devices that increase voltage while also reducing current in the conversion of direct current (DC) from the device’s input to its output. Most power converters...