The world’s first quantum communication satellite, callled Mozi, the 600+kg Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), nicknamed Micius after the ancient Chinese philosopher and scientist, is now officially operational following months of in-orbit testing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced, saying that performance of the device is “much better” than was initially expected. The state-of-the art satellite was launched into orbit by in August, to provide “hack-proof” communications in an age of ever-increasing cyber espionage and potential space-based warfare.
Anonymous Hacking Collective Tweets Warning to Trump Administration --"Going to Regret Next Four Years" (A "Galaxy" CyberWorld Alert)
[This is the first of new Daily Galaxy coverage on news of space-based and terrestrial cyber warfare] The hacker and activist collective Anonymous has warned Donald Trump that he is going to “regret” the next four years in response to Trump’s tweet suggesting that outgoing CIA Director John Brennan may have been the leaker of what Trump called “fake news” — the revelation of an unsubstantiated report by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, that claims Russia has compromising information on the president-elect that could be used to blackmail him.
The Fermi paradox is the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the lack of evidence for, or contact with, such civilizations. As physicist Enrico Fermi asked, if the Universe is conducive to intelligent life, “Where is everybody?”
Is there anybody out there? The question of whether Earthlings are alone in the universe has puzzled everyone from biologists and physicists to philosophers and filmmakers. It's also the driving force behind San Francisco State University astronomer Stephen Kane's research into exoplanets.
Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NASA and NOAA released independent analyses of global temperatures that each came to the same conclusion: 2016 is very likely the hottest year on record, followed by 2015 and then 2014.
On July 4th, NASA Television aired live coverage of the solar-powered Juno spacecraft’s arrival at Jupiter after an almost five-year journey. Juno is the first spacecraft to orbit the poles of our solar system’s most massive planet. It will circle the Jovian world 37 times during 20 months, skimming to within 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers) above the cloud tops, providing new answers to ongoing mysteries about the planet’s core, composition and magnetic fields.
Astronomers have discovered a cosmic one-two punch unlike any ever seen before. Two of the most powerful phenomena in the Universe, a supermassive black hole, and the collision of giant galaxy clusters, have combined to create a stupendous cosmic particle accelerator.
China is moving quickly to solidify its lead in the world's digital arms race. Last year, the country unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight (above). This year, according to state news agency Xinhua, the government has set its sights on completing the world’s first prototype exascale computer; a machine capable of making a billion, billion calculations per second.
"Ten Times More Powerful than Hubble!" --Chile's Giant Magellan Telescope Will Search for Earth 2.0 (Today's "Galaxy" Stream)
“We’re seeking to make the most sensitive instrument in the history of mankind,” said Andrew Szentgyorgyi, associate director of the solar, stellar, and planetary sciences division at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “We’re looking to find Earth 2.0.”