Awesome Science & Technology News
February 20, 2009, 7:35 pm
Filed under: astronomy, interesting, Miscellaneous, news, physics, random, science, space, technology, weaponry

Secret inspection satellites boost space intelligence ops – Space Flight Now 1/15/09

In a top secret operation, the U.S. Defense Dept. is conducting the first deep space inspection of a crippled U.S. military spacecraft. To do this, it is using sensors on two covert inspection satellites that have been prowling geosynchronous orbit for nearly three years.

Humans ‘Will be Implanted with Microchips’ – MSN via Cryptogon 1/30/09

Autonomous aerial drones for less than $500 – Boing Boing 2/5/09

Robots at War: The New Battlefield. – via Metafilter

“It sounds like science fic­tion, but it is fact: On the battlefields of Iraq and Afghan­istan, robots are killing America’s ene­mies and sav­ing Ameri­can lives. But today’s Pack­Bots, Preda­tors, and Ravens are rela­tively prim­itive machines. The coming generation of ‘war-bots’ will be im­mensely more sophisti­cated, and their devel­op­ment raises troubling new questions about how and when we wage ­war.”

Japanese firms unveil net-hurling ‘robocop’– BBC 1/22/09

Two Japanese companies unveil a security robot that can be commanded from a mobile phone to hurl a net over suspects.

The Army’s remote controlled beetle – MIT Technology Review 1/29/09

A giant flower beetle with implanted electrodes and a radio receiver on its back can be wirelessly controlled, according to research presented this week. Scientists at the University of California developed a tiny rig that receives control signals from a nearby computer. Electrical signals delivered via the electrodes command the insect to take off, turn left or right, or hover in midflight. The research, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), could one day be used for surveillance purposes or for search-and-rescue missions.  

Odd planet reaches fiery 1,200 degrees – Raw Story 1/30/09

Recent experiments in teleportation – via Metafilter 1/30/09

Scientist Teleport Matter More Than Three Feet– Fox News 2/6/09

Dust-Size “Crabs” Can Grab Living Cells – National Geographic 1/25/09

Tiny new wireless machines called microgrippers can manipulate microscopic objects—a breakthrough that could lead to devices that can perform surgery, a new study says. With video.

Found: New cosmic background radiation – Raw Story 1/16/09

Could Earth be a giant hologram?– Raw Story 1/16/09

This will spin you out!


The Earth Observatory – via Metafilter 1/14/09

Earth, observed. Standout photographs from NASA’s Earth Observatory website.

NASA discovers: It’s snowing on Mars – Raw Story 1/26/09

Twin to Milky Way’s Black Hole Found – Refreshing News 1/26/09

A sharp-eyed instrument on the Very Large Telescope has given astronomers a peek at the heart of a nearby galaxy, revealing a host of young, massive and dusty stellar nurseries and a possible twin of our own Milky Way’s supermassive black hole.

Mars and Mercury Formed From Planetary Scraps – National Geographic 1/21/09

A new model of planetary formation suggests that Mars and Mercury were formed from bits of Earth and Venus. 


Exclusive: NASA Researchers Claim Evidence of Present Life on Mars  – Space.com 1/14/09

A pair of NASA scientists told a group of space officials at a private meeting here Sunday that they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on Mars, hidden away in caves and sustained by pockets of water.  The scientists, Carol Stoker and Larry Lemke of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, told the group that they have submitted their findings to the journal Nature for publication in May, and their paper currently is being peer reviewed.  What Stoker and Lemke have found, according to several attendees of the private meeting, is not direct proof of life on Mars, but methane signatures and other signs of possible biological activity remarkably similar to those recently discovered in caves here on Earth.


Oldest Shark Braincase Shakes Up Vertebrate Evolution– National Geographic 1/13/09


“Alien” Atmosphere Helped Unfreeze Early Earth– National Geographic 1/12/09

Chemical signatures in 635-million-year-old rock suggest our planet once had an otherworldly atmosphere that might have helped melt millions of years’ worth of deep freeze.


IBM microscope 100 million times stronger than MRI– CNet 1/12/09 

Single cell ‘can store memories’ – BBC 1/25/09

Just one brain cell is capable of holding fleeting memories vital for our everyday life, according to US scientists.

FDA OKs 1st drug from genetically altered animals– AP 2/6/09


Researchers develop universal flu vaccine– Mercury News 2/5/09


NASA-sponsored Singularity University offers grad courses in accelerating technological change – BoingBoing 2/3/09


Asian heart disease gene found– BBC 1/18/09

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