Science and Technology News and Links
January 1, 2008, 4:15 pm
Filed under: astronomy, interesting, physics, random, science, space, technology

U.S. plans huge next-gen spy satellite (CNN)

EXCERPTS: “The new system, known as BASIC, would be launched by 2011 and is expected to cost $2 billion to $4 billion… U.S. commercial satellites currently can make out the outline of a two-foot-long object from space. In April, a satellite will be launched with the ability to see a 16-inch object. By 2011, that capability is expected to narrow to nearly 10 inches…. ”

“The canceled Boeing satellite under FIA was supposed to provide both broad area views of the Earth and the ability to home in on a single target with a high-powered telescope on a single satellite. Those capabilities currently are provided by different satellites…The nation’s classified network of satellites represent some of the most expensive government programs and receive almost no public oversight. Because of their multibillion-dollar pricetags, sensitive missions and lengthy development schedules, spy agencies go to great pains to keep details from becoming public.”

Pentagon requests $100 Million to build space vehicle to fire missiles anywhere on Earth (RawStory)

Real Life Star Wars: The Militarization of Space (Alternet)

Video: The Latest in High Tech War: Supermarket of machines and gadgets designed to cause death and destruction (Global Research)

DARPATech 2007: Walking robots, jet packs, and hovercraft (Popular Mechanics)

Your worst nightmare: RFID powder (TechDo)

The high-tech future of the Army (CNet News)

Why the future doesn’t need us : Our most powerful 21st-century technologies – robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech – are threatening to make humans an endangered species. (Wired)

World unprepared for human bird flu epidemic (AFP via Raw Story)

Help Classify the Galaxy at GalaxyZoo

No Big Bang? Endless universe made possible with new model (PhysOrg)

Electrostatic Machines (Cidade University, Brazil)

Douglas Adams was right – the answer is 42 (The Australian)

Human family tree more like a rambling rose (Tulsa World)

EXCERPTS: “The old theory is that the first and oldest species in our family tree, Homo habilis, evolved into Homo erectus, which then became human, Homo sapiens. But Leakey’s find suggests those two earlier species lived side-by-side about 1.5 million years ago in parts of Kenya for at least half a million years. She and her research colleagues report the discovery in a paper published in Thursday’s journal Nature.”“All the changes to human evolutionary thought should not be considered a weakness in the theory of evolution, Kimbel said. Rather, those are the predictable results of getting more evidence, asking smarter questions and forming better theories, he said.”

“Life” found in inorganic interstellar dust (PressEsc) EXCERPT: “Physicists have found evidence that inorganic dust with life-like qualities exists in interstellar space, according to new research published in New Journal of Physics that hint at the possibility that life beyond earth may not necessarily use carbon-based molecules as its building blocks and also offer a possible new explanation for the origin of life on Earth.””An international team has discovered that under the right conditions, particles of inorganic dust can become organised into helical structures which can then interact with each other in ways that are usually associated with organic compounds and life itself.”

Scientists note brain’s reaction to fear (AP/Yahoo)

What to do before the asteroid strikes (Discover) 

The Infinite Potential of the Human Mind (Dissident Voice)

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Wohoho. Interesting articles. You’ve gotta be so smart

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