NASA trials beaming messages into space using lasers

NASA trials beaming messages into space using lasers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Communicating with space stations and orbiting objects today makes 1980’s dial ups look fast, this new upgrade will help NASA unlock even more of the universe’s secrets.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself with XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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SpaceX successfully launches first crew into orbit, ushers in new era of spaceflight

SpaceX successfully launches first crew into orbit, ushers in new era of spaceflight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the past NASA designed and used their own rockets to transport astronauts to the ISS, now they’re using SpaceX as the world’s most expensive Uber.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. SpaceX and other companies like Blue...

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Commercial supersonic flights get nearer after NASA green lights X-59 build

Commercial supersonic flights get nearer after NASA green lights X-59 build

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Commercial supersonic flights ended last century after Concorde was cancelled, but Lockheed and NASA wants to bring it back and they’ve created a new X-Plane to do it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Concorde, the world’s first...

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NASA unveils plans to grow homes on Mars and the Moon out of fungi

NASA unveils plans to grow homes on Mars and the Moon out of fungi

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As odd as this might sound it’s actually a very logical idea when you think about it, and NASA aren’t the first to think about growing homes or cities out of plants.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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IBM’s floating space robot just got an emotional upgrade

IBM’s floating space robot just got an emotional upgrade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As software improves and AI gets better one big advantage that robots have over humans still is that they can get upgrades and CIMON just got an EQ upgrade.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. How many times...

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NASA revives plans to build huge solar power plants in space

NASA revives plans to build huge solar power plants in space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Alot of the Sun’s energy is lost as the sun’s rays travel through the Earth’s atmosphere, so countries are now advancing plans to build solar power plants in orbit.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Fifty years ago...

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US startup uses an old NASA recipe to create “meat” from thin air

US startup uses an old NASA recipe to create “meat” from thin air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we investigate new ways to feed the planet some of the breakthroughs in food production are “unconventional.”   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you should have heard of...

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Skies beckon as NASA takes delivery of it’s first all electric X-Plane

Skies beckon as NASA takes delivery of it’s first all electric X-Plane

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Big improvements in the energy density of batteries mean that all electric aircraft are now becoming a possibility.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Anyone who’s anyone in the aviation industry, from Airbus and Boeing to Rolls Royce,...

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An inflatable humanoid robot destined for space secures NASA funding

An inflatable humanoid robot destined for space secures NASA funding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting equipment and robots into space is expensive, and that makes inflatable robots attractive if we can solve some challenges first.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We don’t see a lot of inflatable robots, probably for obvious...

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NASA designs shape shifting robots to explore other planets

NASA designs shape shifting robots to explore other planets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Todays robots are, by future standards, fairly fixed and static affairs, but tomorrow they’ll evolve and transform themselves to suit their environments.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I talked about a new Polymorphic liquid metals that, when...

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World first as astronauts 3D print beef in space

World first as astronauts 3D print beef in space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting food into orbit is expensive, and most of the food is dubious anyway, but 3D printing and new technologies are giving us entirely new ways to produce food anywhere and anytime.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Google’s quantum computer allegedly achieves quantum supremacy milestone

Google’s quantum computer allegedly achieves quantum supremacy milestone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum supremacy is the point at which quantum computers become the most powerful computers on the planet.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. This could be the dawn of a new era in computing. Literally. After years in...

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NASA tests it’s newest artificial gravity system in an office on Earth

NASA tests it’s newest artificial gravity system in an office on Earth

WHY THIS MATERS IN BRIEF As humanity continues to eye space as the next great adventure we need more efficient anti-gravity systems.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. A little while ago I discussed NASA’s Artificial Gravity experiment, and like me, if you’ve seen...

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NASA steps into the unknown with project to 3D print spacecraft in orbit

NASA steps into the unknown with project to 3D print spacecraft in orbit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Launching equipment and satellites into orbit is expensive, space limited, and slow, so NASA wants to eliminate these bottlenecks and 3D print and assemble objects in space.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. A little while ago I discussed...

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ESA’s first self-driving spacecraft heads to space for maiden tests

ESA’s first self-driving spacecraft heads to space for maiden tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Transportation on Earth is going fully autonomous, and now so too are spacecraft.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. You’ve heard of self-driving cars and trucks, flying cars, and probably even self-driving cargo ships, but soon we’ll be able...

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NASA’s green rocket fuel is less harmful to the environment, and can be FedEx’d

NASA’s green rocket fuel is less harmful to the environment, and can be FedEx’d

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As access to space gets cheaper we’re sending more rockets up today than ever before, and the fuel they use has a massive environmental impact.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. When I talk about Elon Musk’s vision for...

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NASA announces it’s opening the ISS up to space tourists

NASA announces it’s opening the ISS up to space tourists

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the costs of accessing space fall by multiples of a hundred it might not be long before you too consider space as your next vacation.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Following on in the footsteps of other...

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Jeff Bezos lays out his vision to take millions of people to the stars and beyond

Jeff Bezos lays out his vision to take millions of people to the stars and beyond

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the world gets more crowded billionaires are lining up to make humans an inter-stellar species, with interesting results.   The plan of Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, to transport humans from Earth to the Moon and house millions of us in space colonies...

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NASA’s revolutionary metamaterial “morphing” wing mimics birds wings

NASA’s revolutionary metamaterial “morphing” wing mimics birds wings

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aircraft wings are subject to different conditions during flight, but until now rigid wings weren’t optimal for any of them.   A team of researchers led by NASA and MIT in the US have come up with a radical new aeroplane wing design that is...

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NASA to test revolutionary X-Ray communications system on the ISS soon

NASA to test revolutionary X-Ray communications system on the ISS soon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Traditional RF communications in space are slow, and can be blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere during re-entry, X-Ray communications have no such problems.   Recently NASA tested the world’s first interplanetary space internet by sending a selfie from the Arctic to the International Space Station...

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