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Students, Space and Streaming Experiments

Students, Space and Streaming Experiments

Posted Tue, 11 Oct 2011 12:20:00 GMT by Dave Collier

YouTube and Space Agencies across the world are collaborating on an online educational project. If you know a student between the ages of 14 and 18 who has a keen interest in science, you might want to tell them about YouTube Space Lab, an innovative venture that will see Google working with the ESA, Lenovo, NASA, JAXA and Space Adventures to promote scientific experimentation in space.

Students, Space and Streaming Experiments

Supply questions asked as rare earths are getting rarer

Supply questions asked as rare earths are getting rarer

Posted Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The elements rarest in the Earth (rare earth) are the most expensive, until we mine the Moon or Mars. However, rare earth minerals are increasingly used in new technologies such as electric vehicles, photovoltaic cells and smart phone displays. At a conference in Minneapolis, the Geological Society of America is discussing a situation that is beginning to cause problems.

Supply questions asked as rare earths are getting rarer

Crab Nebula pulsar gamma rays energy amazing astronomers

Crab Nebula pulsar gamma rays energy amazing astronomers

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2011 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We still receive gamma rays from the Crab Nebula's pulsar source, six million light years away. What is amazing astronomers is the sheer energy, even more than the first-seen light rays. Even a year ago, 100 GeV (electron - volts) was not expected from these pulses or anywhere else.

Crab Nebula pulsar gamma rays energy amazing astronomers

Venus has ozone layer too

Venus has ozone layer too

Posted Sat, 08 Oct 2011 11:49:01 GMT by Dale Kiefer

The European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft has detected an ozone layer in Venus' atmosphere, much as on Earth. Unlike Earth, however, the ozone is not the result of biological activity.

Venus has ozone layer too

Old Hubble images reveal new planets' orbits

Old Hubble images reveal new planets' orbits

Posted Fri, 07 Oct 2011 01:09:01 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Old images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope have allowed astronomers to calculate the orbits and other characteristics of the only known exosystem with four planets circling a distant star. Astronomers reviewing old images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1998 have discovered evidence of two planets that were missed the first time around.

Old Hubble images reveal new planets' orbits

New crash-proof battery is 25% lighter

New crash-proof battery is 25% lighter

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 08:11:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

German scientists say they've developed a new, lighter lithium-ion battery for use in electric cars. The batteries, which can be mass-produced, should save 25% on weight. Although carbon-fiber technology is common in aircraft design, carbon-fiber composite materials are challenging to work with, and have proven difficult to mass-produce in complex designs. Until now.

New crash-proof battery is 25% lighter

Smile Mount Everest You're on Webcam

Smile Mount Everest You're on Webcam

Posted Wed, 05 Oct 2011 11:47:00 GMT by Dave Collier

A webcam has been set up to watch Mount Everest. Installed on Kala Patthar by the Ev-K2-CNR committee from the city of Bergamo with a perfect view of its magnificent neighbour Mount Everest, the world's highest peak is now on camera for all to see from 0:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. C.E.T. via the world's highest webcam and is powered by solar energy.

Smile Mount Everest You're on Webcam

Aviation goes green

Aviation goes green

Posted Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

As we all tend to fly because of employment, vacation or a migration of some kind, the creation of a new fuel efficient plane would be relevant to our everyday lives. So NASA proposed the Green Aviation Prize, with record first place prize money of $1.35 million.

Aviation goes green

There's an app for that: Turn your iPhone into a medical imager

There's an app for that: Turn your iPhone into a medical imager

Posted Tue, 04 Oct 2011 11:35:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

A new software/hardware combo application promises to deliver medical imaging and chemical detection with a simple iPhone. Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed an application for the iPhone that's reminiscent of technology from the fictional universe of Star Trek.

There's an app for that: Turn your iPhone into a medical imager

ALMA takes front row seat as galaxies collide

ALMA takes front row seat as galaxies collide

Posted Tue, 04 Oct 2011 07:45:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

New images from the ALMA radio telescope array show galaxies colliding, stars forming, with unprecedented detail. Although not yet complete, the massive ALMA radio telescope complex under construction high in Chile's Atacama desert is already providing breathtaking images of celestial phenomena.

ALMA takes front row seat as galaxies collide

Mercury's secrets revealed by the MESSENGER

Mercury's secrets revealed by the MESSENGER

Posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 07:20:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Planet Mercury's secrets are unraveling, thanks to a flood of new information from NASA's orbital spacecraft, MESSENGER. Launched some six years ago, MESSENGER, or the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft, is the first in history to orbit the fiery, innermost planet.

Mercury's secrets revealed by the MESSENGER

Purdue energy pioneer to receive medal from President Obama

Purdue energy pioneer to receive medal from President Obama

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2011 18:44:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Green energy pioneer, Dr. Rakesh Agrawal, of Purdue University, will receive a National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama later this year, in recognition of Agrawal's contributions to sustainable energy technologies.

Purdue energy pioneer to receive medal from President Obama

Nanotubes and the dawn of the flexible solar cell

Nanotubes and the dawn of the flexible solar cell

Posted Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:22:00 GMT by Dave Collier

The development of a transparent, flexible conductor could have interesting implications for solar cell design. Northwestern University in the United States, has come up with a novel solution: an application of nano-technology to create a flexible material that is both transparent and conductive.

Nanotubes and the dawn of the flexible solar cell

Breaking the Cosmic Speed Limit

Breaking the Cosmic Speed Limit

Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2011 20:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

While the speed of light is accurately measured at 299,792,458 metres per sec (700 million mph) neutrinos have just been policed at an unexpected higher rate over a 450 mile test. While the rate is a mere 60 nanoseconds faster, the incredible fact is that the speed difference is actually 12,000 mph!

Breaking the Cosmic Speed Limit

Scientists revise long-held beliefs about plant biodiversity and biomass

Scientists revise long-held beliefs about plant biodiversity and biomass

Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2011 09:00:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

For decades, scientists have believed there is a particular relationship between the biomass produced by plants and the number of different plant species in a given habitat. New research published in the journal Science shows that a long held belief about the relationship between plant biomass and plant diversity is flat wrong.

Scientists revise long-held beliefs about plant biodiversity and biomass

NASA Aquarius satellite maps ocean salinity

NASA Aquarius satellite maps ocean salinity

Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2011 03:10:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

So relevant to all life forms and our climate, the sea's salt has now been estimated by NASA's  Aquarius/SAC-D satellite observatory. After two and a half weeks, since only August 25th, the preliminary data have been exemplary, providing us with an early view of large-scale ocean patterns.

NASA Aquarius satellite maps ocean salinity

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Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

Posted Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Dragons increase in species numbers.

Posted Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:10:06 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pollution: chemical weapons destroyed in US

Posted Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:55:21 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Fascinating new squid behaviour in nature

Posted Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Chimpanzee losses and successes.

Posted Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:46:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bats fly high and DNA techniques are classy

Posted Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:51:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Pluto approached by "strange" probe

Posted Tue, 06 Jan 2015 11:17:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Astronomers rule (in their universe)

Posted Thu, 01 Jan 2015 10:15:11 GMT by JW Dowey

Mammals that cannot see in the light

Posted Sat, 27 Dec 2014 11:02:11 GMT by JW Dowey

A giant leap for frog-kind.

Posted Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Leaping Lizards and Self-righting Robots

Posted Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:22:00 GMT by Dave Collier

The dolphin remembers

Posted Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:05:48 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Oldest woolly rhino emerges from frozen wilderness

Posted Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:05:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Ants can save millions from earthquakes

Posted Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:46:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

First waterworld planet GJ1214b observed by Hubble

Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:44:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

'Pompeii' like fossils of Trilobites found in real-life situations

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:01:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Ancestor of hummingbird and swift

Posted Thu, 02 May 2013 10:58:42 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sail Transport Network - The Past Meets the Future

Posted Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:43:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Fishy modelling

Posted Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:08:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Wind-powered car sails its way across continent

Posted Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:15:00 GMT by Astrid Madsen