Talking space elevator isn’t new, but showing a serious interest in the construction of one probably is. Tokyo based construction firm Obayashi Corp. has displayed interest in building a space elevator. The project would make liberal use of carbon nanotubes, and have a cable stretched up 96,000 kilometers into the air, or probably space would be a better word here.
NASA has released new “Blue Marble” images of the Earth, showing our planet in detailed, high-resolution images. NASA used a collection of satellite images that were stitched together to create these fantastic images of our earth. Most of these images came from the satellite Terra, that floats in orbit about 435 miles high from the earth’s surface.
We’ve seen countless sunsets, we’ve seen earthrise from moon, and the Martian sunset. Now we feel qualified enough to take a trip outside our solar system and observe “sunsets” on exoplanets. This particular rendering shows the sunset on exoplanet HD 209458, also known as Osiris.
The speed of light is the fastest known, and for all intents and purposes, is considered to be the physical limit. So yes, a camera or for that matter, any device that can match the speed of light, is impressive. The video shows Ramesh Raskar, associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, announces that they have managed to built a virtual slow-motion camera that can see photons or light particles move through space. The camera captures imaging data at roughly a trillion times per second.
We are all well familiar with the mushroom cloud blast image that shows after a nuclear explosion. This image is very different from that. This shows a nuclear explosion less than a millisecond after its detonation. Captured during the Tumbler-Snapper tests in Nevada (1952), the image was shot from about 7 miles away using a rapatronic camera.
Touch technology company Senseq has come up with a prototype device that shows touchscreens can be much more than what they are now. According to the prototype, rather than being just panes of glass, touchscreens could be able to provide tactile feedback by means of textures. Senseq call the technology “Feel Screen.”
We can’t remember the number of times we have tried to attach a gadget to a socket or a computer and that darned thing was just out of range. Kids, this never works out well. Japan’s Asahi Kasei corporation has decided to make things that much more easier, and the world that much more better with power and data cables that are elastic and can be stretched to 1.5 times their original size. How cool is that?
A BBC crew has managed to capture a video of the formation of a “brinicle”, an icicle made from brine. The time lapse video shows the formation of a brinicle in super cold water of the Antarctic, as it sinks to the ocean floor wreaking havoc and freezing everything that may be unfortunate enough to come in its way.
A lot of people get injected with flu vaccines every year, and a lot of the still get the flu. The problem here is not the vaccine, but the virus that has a lot of strains and mutates into other strains making it very difficult to have a vaccine that can actually save us from the flu. There may still be hope in the shape of a vaccine developed by scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern.
In preparation of welcoming our new robotic overlords, scientists at Seoul National University in South Korea have developed a robot that, at some point in the future, could power itself by eating organic material. Modeling the robot on the Venus Flytrap, scientists made use of different materials to set the ball rolling.