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

News From The Universe
January 17, 2009, 9:02 am
Filed under: astronomy, ecology, environment, interesting, Miscellaneous, news, physics, random, science, space, technology

“Renegade” Stars Tearing Across Universe, Hubble Shows – National Geographic 1/7/09

Like the wakes of cosmic speedboats, oddly shaped bow shocks reveal single stars careening through the cosmos at more than 112,000 miles (180,250 kilometers) an hour.

Monster Black Holes Spawned Early Galaxies – National Geographic 1/7/09

“Warm Plasma Cloak” Discovered Enveloping Earth – National Geographic 1/6/09

Milky Way ‘bigger than thought’ – BBC 1/6/09

The Milky Way has 50% more mass and is travelling 120,000km per hour faster than previously thought, according to researchers.

Getting into space by broomstick – BBC 1/5/09

The proposed space elevator project could be powered by a simple new approach, demonstrated using a broomstick.

Scientists plan to ignite tiny man-made star – Telegraph, UK 12/28/08

While it has seemed an impossible goal for nearly 100 years, scientists now believe that they are on brink of cracking one of the biggest problems in physics by harnessing the power of nuclear fusion, the reaction that burns at the heart of the sun.

In the spring, a team will begin attempts to ignite a tiny man-made star inside a laboratory and trigger a thermonuclear reaction.

A “Second Earth” has been found 20 light years away. Do you think there is life over there? – SodaHead via WRH 1/6/09

Scientists have discovered a warm and rocky “second Earth” circling a star, a find they believe dramatically boosts the prospects that we are not alone.

The planet is the most Earth-like ever spotted and is thought to have perfect conditions for water, an essential ingredient for life. Researchers detected the planet orbiting one of Earth’s nearest stars, a cool red dwarf called Gliese 581, 20 light years away in the constellation of Libra.

Space is just a little bit closer – BBC 12/21/08

The upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere are much lower than expected, a US Air Force satellite has found.

Magnetic-Shield Cracks Found; Big Solar Storms Expected – National Geographic 12/16/08

Some of the worst solar storms Earth has seen in decades are predicted to hit in 2012. Newfound breaches in the planet’s magnetic field will make matters worse, experts say.

New Evidence of Meteor Bombardment – NYTimes 1/1/09

Researchers say that an abrupt cooling of the Earth about 12,900 years ago may have been caused by one or more meteors that slammed into North America.

Space, Science & Technology News Round-Up
December 25, 2008, 12:48 pm
Filed under: astronomy, ecology, environment, interesting, Miscellaneous, news, physics, random, science, technology

Brain Injuries Linked to Spirituality – Miller McCune 12/17/08

Why caring robots should be controlled – CNet 12/19/08

An expert in robotics, Noel Sharkey of the United Kingdom’s University of Sheffield, believes that we should have strict controls over the personal uses to which we put robots.

Study links storm increases, warming – Raw Story 12/19/08

New discovery could rejuvenate brain –  Raw Story 12/19/08

Researchers at The University of British Columbia have discovered why the brain loses its capacity to re-grow connections and repair itself, knowledge that could lead to therapeutics that rejuvenate the brain.

Scientists find hole in Earth’s magnetic field (AP)  – Yahoo 12/17/08

Enceladus has ‘spreading surface’ – BBC 12/15/08

Pictures of Saturn’s moon Enceladus suggest its surface splits and spreads apart – just like the ocean floor on Earth.

Images extracted directly from brain? – Raw Story 12/12/08

Japanese researchers claim they can reconstruct images inside human mind.

Dark Energy Stunts Galaxies’ Growth – NYTimes 12/16/08

After bulking up rapidly in the first 10 billion years of cosmic time, clusters of galaxies, have grown very little during the last five billion years, astronomers said.

Human brain, dating back over 2,000 years, unearthed in Britain – BBC 12/11/08

Archaeologists find what could be the oldest surviving brain unearthed in Britain, dating back more than 2,000 years.

Hubble finds CO2 on extrasolar planet – Raw Story 12/11/08

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. This breakthrough is an important step toward finding chemical biotracers of extraterrestrial life