The findings represent the first time that these gases, called acetylene and hydrogen cyanide, have been found in a terrestrial planet zone outside of our own."
Credit: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
Firefly is one of my all time favorite TV series which was mercillessly slayed before it's prime. Here are the lyrics from a neat site Blackcatter's World of TV Theme Song Lyrics.
"Take my love. Take my land.
Take me where I cannot stand.
I don't care, I'm still free.
You can't take the sky from me.
Take me out to the black.
Tell 'em I ain't comin' back.
Burn the land And boil the sea.
You can't take the sky from me.
Have no place I can be since I found Serenity.
But you can't take the sky from me. "
And when they arrive at the Red Planet for a stay of about a year and a half, they will cultivate potatoes, soybeans, wheat, rice, peanuts and beans in soil-less hydroponic chambers, according to NASA's food scientists."
The research represents the first tangible -- but not conclusive evidence of these earliest stars, which are thought to have produced the raw materials from which future stars, including our sun, were created.
The Big Bang, the explosion believed to have created the universe, is thought to have occurred 13.7 billion years ago. About 100 million years later, hydrogen atoms began to merge and ignite, creating brightly burning stars. Just what these stars were like wasn't clear."
Basics of Space Flight is a training module designed primarily to help JPL operations people identify the range of concepts associated with deep space missions, and grasp the relationships these concepts exhibit. It also enjoys popularity among high school and college students, as well as faculty, and people everywhere who are interested in interplanetary space flight.
This website attempts to offer a broad scope, but limited depth, as a background for further investigation; many other resources are available, of course, for delving into each of the topics related here. Indeed, any one of these topics can involve a lifelong career of specialization. This module's purpose is met if the participant learns the scope of concepts that apply to interplanetary space exploration, and the relationships among them.
Basics of Space Flight is intended to be used online via the worldwide web (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/basics). Links to external sites provide further depth to many topics. There are interactive quizzes to let you check your own progress (no records are kept). No academic credit is offered for completion.
Interplanetary exploration begins . . . "
I keep intending to get around to reading this. Now it's right here for my convenience.
The idea was revealed at a December workshop on robotic algorithms in Nice. Instead of creating a casing and then laboriously filling it with electronic circuit boards, components and switches, the plan is to print a complete and fully assembled device."
I once had a dream as a child of a paint by numbers set, where the paints had electrical properties. By sending electric currents through such a painting, you create a simple electric circuit capable of doing anything simple circuits are capable of. A few layers of the right "paints" would make a resistor, capacitor, or transitor. Light emitting diode paints could even light up as a display for a clock or a simple computer. I had even considered the possibility of putting these paints in a printer. Sometimes I think that childhood imagination is wasted when it isn't pursued.
I am glad to see that I may have been on to something really cool.
The precision automaton could revolutionise building sites. It can work round the clock, in darkness and without tea breaks. It needs only power and a constant feed of semi-liquid construction material."
This type of automated construction technique could be vital to a space colonizations effort. Many of the hazards of construction on Earth can be avoided. Those hazards are multiplied in an environment exposed to hard vacuum and radiation.
An Ambiguous Assault on Evolution
This Trojan Horse for Creationism has become very popular. But who is being duped? And what does it all mean for morality?
'The Death of Science'
Intelligent design is presented as a legitimate scientific theory and an alternative to Darwinism, but a close look at the arguments shows they don't pass scientific muster. So why are scientists worried?
Belief Posing as Theory
As evolution takes a beating, scientists remind us of the difference between fact, theory and belief.
Anti-evolution Attacks on the Rise
Each time the effort to introduce creationism into classrooms starts up again, so does legislation aimed against evolution. Learn about the rash of recent cases, plus a look at historically pertinent court cases.
The inaugural space launch will be announced tomorrow, September 7th, at 2:00 PM MT on the steps of New Mexico's State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. The announcement will take place in a combined press conference with Governor Richardson, New Mexico's government leadership, and the principals of UP Aerospace. "
I've setup my own music radio station using Yahoo! LAUNCHcast. I'm tuning it for my personal tastes. So far, I like what I here. Mostly. I also get to learn new artist who are similar to those I've selected. That's cool too.
This looks line a nice site to get familiar with the science behind global warming. I admit that beyond the basics, I'm kinda in the dark here. The recent article The Wall Street Journal vs. The Scientific Consensus is an interesting display of how myths about global warming get propagated.
Cosmos 1, the world's first solar sail spacecraft, launched in the tip of a converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile from the Barents Sea for the start of a mission that cost just $4 million."
Up, up, and away....
What do we expect? We expect to test a truly new type of technology – a Solar Sail Spacecraft. A technology that could some day take us to the stars."
In less than seven minutes from the time of this posting, COSMOS 1 is scheduled to launch...
It looks like people and companies are getting into position for the next big economic bang. This time it will be space ventures competing to get off the ground. A number of successful billionaires are running this space rush to orbit. It shouldn't be too much longer for the Moon, Near Earth Objects, and Mars to be within reach.
When Fox canceled 'Firefly,' it ignited an Internet fan base whose burning desire for more led to 'Serenity'
Here are some links from the article for "Firefly" and "Serenity" Online:
- Serenitymovie.com: The official film site.
- Cantstopthesignal.com: Whedon's site, which carries news about sneak screenings.
- Fireflyfans.net: An online watering hole for the devoted.
- Bigdamnboard.com: A database for all things "Firefly."
- Whedonesque.com: The ultimate resource for all things Joss.
- Hellmouthcentral.com: More Joss worship.
- Forums.prospero.com/foxfirefly: The biggest and best of the Firefly bulletins boards. Series actors have been known to post here.
- Browncoats.com is international Browncoat central.
And a couple more links:
This gives a detailed look at the process of colonizing the solar system through orbital space settlements. Although I believe a complete ecological model of space colonization will involve colonizing all bodies of the solar system in addition to orbital space settlements, I agree that the most important form will be the orbital colonies. This is the most universal and portable model here as well as in other star systems.
One day, this view will be taken in by human eyes...
Pearson said the launch last week of Sony's PlayStation 3, a machine 35 times more powerful than the model it replaced, was a sign of things to come.
'The new PlayStation is one percent as powerful as the human brain,' Pearson told the Observer. 'It is into supercomputer status compared to 10 years ago. PlayStation 5 will probably be as powerful as the human brain.'"
Ok, so the PlayStation 5 will have human equivalent brain power. I do have a few questions.
Question 1: Will the PS5 be powerful enough to play Xbox 4 games and vice versa?
Question 2: What year will the PS5 be available? 2012-14?
Question 3: How long will it take to develop software to approach human intelligence?
Question 4: At what PS generation will it become unethical to kill or mistreat a video game character?
You've seen the action movies where the bad guy threatens to destroy the Earth. You've heard people on the news claiming that the next nuclear war or cutting down rainforests or persisting in releasing hideous quantities of pollution into the atmosphere threatens to end the world.
The Earth was built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of iron. It has taken more devastating asteroid hits in its lifetime than you've had hot dinners, and lo, it still orbits merrily. So my first piece of advice to you, dear would-be Earth-destroyer, is: do NOT think this will be easy."
An entertaining look at the science of the "end of the world"--not "as we know it"--period!
The information below includes the opinions of scientists and space analysts inside and outside NASA. Details attributed to the White House are drawn from internal position papers obtained by Space News and SPACE.com."
Here's a FAQ with details on Bush's vision for NASA. Considering the mothballing of NASA's shuttle fleet and the potential rise in commercial space access. NASA astronauts could be destined to take commercial flights to the ISS within the next 20 years or so.
With frequent commercial trips to Earth orbit, lunar, near Earth asteroids, and Mars will be much easier to reach. Perhaps this could accelerate NASA's goals over the next few decades. NASA would be working less on the infrastructure of space travel and focus more on the medical, industrial, exploratory, and astronomical sciences.
Diamandis added that something very natural will happen when private orbital flights arise. “When you’re in orbit you are two-thirds of the way to anywhere,” he said.
“I predict that within about three years of private human orbital flights…you’ll have the first private teams of people stockpiling fuel on orbit and making a bee-line for the Moon,” Diamandis said."
Looks like commercial space flight might be taking off in a big way. Right now the US and China are planning to go back to the Moon and head for Mars. Could it be, that private space programs are getting ready to join the race?
Virgin Galactic plans to offer space tourism at prices starting at $200,000 a pop that may eventually fall to $25,000 a ride. The space travel adventure trip include several days training and a preview flight aboard the launch plane. With flights starting in 2008, they hope to reach profitability at around five years and to forge ahead with the commercialization of orbital flight.
I've been saving this Kevin Smith review of the movie until after I saw Episode III. Well, now that I've seen the movie, I'm glad I waited because I don't think he left anything out! It was a fantastic movie, and he was absolutely thrilled. My only warning, don't click on the link above until AFTER you have experienced Revenge of the Sith!
Say more on this, I will not. Until the movie you have had chance to see.
In the MoonROx contest, NASA and the Florida Space Research Institute (FSRI) challenge inventors to pull at least 11 pounds (five kilograms) of breathable oxygen from a volcanic ash-derived lunar soil substitute called JSC-1.
But it doesn’t end there. Participants not only have to extract the oxygen, but must accomplish the feat within eight hours. The competition expires June 1, 2008."
Hey, I wouldn't mind trying out for this one! My wife is a chemist too. I think I'll start thumbing through her books when I get home...
“Half the technology companies here are spinoffs'' of a Lucas' company, said Robert Huebener, a former LucasArts videogame developer who in 1998 founded a competing firm in nearby Redwood City.
Perhaps not half, but the list of companies that in one way or another got their start at Skywalker Ranch is long."
The impact Lucas has had outside the movie industry is even more astounding that within it.
A look at 10 power strategies including solar, hydroelectric, nuclear, and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC).
For those interested in going to the moon as a next step toward colonization, the use of polar craters as base sites could hinder lunar development. The easy access to water and solar power is only available in sparse areas at the poles. Developing a moon base could be cheaper at thes locations. However, the necessity of the ability to collect and store power over the 14 day luner days and nights might be delayed leaving much of the moon uninhabitable. The author suggests tackling these problems upfront will lead to cheaper and faster access to the moon.
In an effort to help those neophytes get up to speed, and maybe remind casual fans of the various plot divergences, we present a 'surface overview' of the story so far. "
(That could have used a vertical crawl animation...)
Finally, the circle is complete. The final story is revealed, and Vader is masked. I can't wait much longer.... Here's a guide to the movies from my favorite aggregate movie critic site: ROTTEN TOMATOES.
Time Magazine has a cool list of sites for all things gaming.
I'd like to wish the new and improved NASA effort for safety. Hopefully, once these bitter trials are completed, the Shuttle will be retired (in 2010) without another tragedy. I do hope it returns to operation soon, but I certainly understand the need for caution.
The Language Construction Kit: "This set of webpages ... is intended for anyone who wants to create artificial languages-- for a fantasy or an alien world, as a hobby, as an interlanguage. It presents linguistically sound methods for creating naturalistic languages-- which can be reversed to create non-naturalistic languages. It suggests further reading for those who want to know more, and shortcuts for those who want to know less. "
This looks really cool. Any SF world building Zemoxians should take a look at this for creating unique languages. Software Zemoxians could possibly take this and build a language construction tool or generator.
Space.com examines the top 10 imaginations at work in a swiftly changing space industry. They are the entrepreneurs, policy makers, and visionaries helping to push innovation and technology to new heights, as well as the scientists who remind us of the hopes, dreams and ambitions that the cosmos could fulfill. "
Machines that can copy themselves have been built before, but the earlier experiments were limited to two dimensions or confined to a track. Hod Lipson and his collaborators at Cornell University have designed modular cubes, called molecubes, that can assume a range of three-dimensional shapes."
This is cool! I want a kit of my own!
The shuttle is due to retire in 2010 and its replacement isn't due until 2014. And with the shuttle out of commission for two years, the space station's completion may be in jeopardy.
This looks really cool. An internet billionaire is running his own space program. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is using his money to get into the space tourism biz. His small space technology company has been working with space missions since 2003. He just bought some land in Texas for a space port for space tourism. His ultimate aim is space colonization. This looks like a company to watch.