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Monday, July 29, 2013

Spacecraft Sees Giant 'Hole' In the Sun - Yahoo! News

Spacecraft Sees Giant 'Hole' In the Sun - Yahoo! News
First holes in the Earth's magnetic field in the South Atlantic, now this!  Doom! Well, I guess if you actually read the story, it is not that unusal.  However, it will affect space weather, something that could ultimately affect us.

Friday, May 04, 2012

CBC Books - Opening the Spiritual Doorway in the Brain

CBC Books - Opening the Spiritual Doorway in the Brain

Good combination of science & woo-woo!

I am presently reading The Spiritual Doorway to the Brain

Monday, April 09, 2012

Reto Future

The Future is Now, well, no flying cars or jet packs but at leastno one dropped the "Big One"!

February 8th, 2012


Given the popularity of the recently released Star Trek film and how it's given a new lease of life to Gene Roddenberry's franchise, it may signal a revival of optimistic visions of the future is finally upon us. It's about time.

Roddenberry's egalitarian utopia was set in the 22nd century but its aspirations were firmly rooted in the issues of its time.  Every week, the protagonists altruistically battled the forces of militarism, sexism, racism and every other "ism" network executives would allow at the time.

The series debuted in 1966,  an auspicious year for another "ism": optimism. Popular culture scaled increasingly-bold peaks that year. The Scott Paper company began selling disposable paper dresses for a dollar. The Beatles'  psychedelic "Tomorrow Never Knows" introduced new sounds.Masters and Johnson released "Human Sexual Response," shattering sexual myths of the past.


The race to the Moon was accelerating in 1966. Feats in space fed a public anxious for change and hungry for fantasy. The sensory overload of the newly-emerging Information Age created a syndrome that Alvin Toffler later dubbed "Future Shock."

Stanley Kubrick was filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1966. The movie anticipated the  discovery of extra-terrestrial life and artificial intelligence. It could happen by 2001…why not?

Art was imitating life in the future.  For the first time, photographs were sent back to Earth from the lunar surface by both the Russian and American space programs. The latter's Surveyor 1, launched on May 30, 1966, employed a TV camera that scanned the surface and transmitted the images of the lunar surface back to Earth.

The panoramas created by the combined images created fascinating fractal collages that were truly otherworldly.


Forty years later the shock and awe of 1966 might seem quaint. That's the way it ought to be. If we're going to progress beyond the drawing board of those creaky space age dreams (as depicted so amusingly on the cover of this week's New Yorker) it will take more successful re-imaginings of the future along the lines of Star Trek.

May they live long and prosper.

Murray MacNeill

Microbe Helps Convert Solar Power to Liquid Fuel

Microbe Helps Convert Solar Power to Liquid Fuel

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Murray MacNeill

Monday, December 05, 2011

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Future of Deep-Space Exploration: In-Depth Reports

The Future of Deep-Space Exploration: In-Depth Reports

The Future of Deep-Space Exploration

When humankind once again ventures out from Earth's neighborhood, where will we go? And how will we get there?

Scientific American Magazine

This Way to Mars

By adapting ideas from robotic planetary exploration, the human space program could get astronauts to asteroids and Mars cheaply and quickly


Interactive Features

Breaking the Deep Space Barrier

How a spacecraft propelled by ion drives could deliver humanity deeper into space than ever before



Forget Asteroids--Send a Manned Flyby Mission to Venus

Why not add our closest planetary neighbor to the list of destinations for astronauts to visit in the coming decades?



How an Energy-Efficient Spacecraft Could Revolutionize Space Travel [Video]

In a Skype interview, Damon Landau and Nathan J. Strange of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory talk about the radical mission proposal they laid out in the December issue of Scientific American


More in this Report


Obama's Goals for Space Exploration Include a Manned Mission to Mars Orbit in the 2030s

In a speech from Florida's Space Coast, the president argued the case for his proposed NASA budget and outlined his vision for human spaceflight

Apr 15, 2010

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Russian Phobos craft contacted

As the Python skit goes "I am not dead yet"!  The European Space Agency reports that it contacted the Phobos craft, still in earth orbit, using a special antenna attached to an Australian dish.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Scientists: Faster-Than-Light Finding Still Holds - ABC News

Scientists: Faster-Than-Light Finding Still Holds - ABC News

Can it be true?? Probably not! I believe that they use GPS coordinates, accurate to only a few feet, then use some kind of fancy pants algorithm to compensate.

GENEVA November 19, 2011 (AP)

The chances have risen that Einstein was wrong about a fundamental law of the universe.
Scientists at the world's biggest physics lab said Friday they have ruled out one possible error that could have distorted their startling measurements that appeared to show particles traveling faster than light.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Ants and Caterpillar Robots

ANTS AHOY! and Caterpillar robots:

The latest on the bug beat: To survive floods, fire ants band together to form a raft. They can sail for weeks. But how does the raft stay afloat? Researchers report the answer in PNAS this week. Plus, engineers at Tufts are looking to the caterpillar for inspiration for soft-bodied robots. The problem is that squishy bodies make it difficult to move quickly--but some caterpillars have developed a workaround. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

How Was Egypt's Internet Access Shut Off?: Scientific American

How Was Egypt's Internet Access Shut Off?: Scientific American: "How Was Egypt's Internet Access Shut Off?
Preliminary investigations indicate that most of the country's ISPs cut Internet access within a 20-minute period, likely at the government's behest
By Larry Greenemeier | January 28, 2011 | 16"

See also the American Kill Switch Plan, CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Landscapes of Extraction: Industrial Impacts Mar the Planet [Slide Show]: Scientific American

Landscapes of Extraction: Industrial Impacts Mar the Planet [Slide Show]: Scientific American

We Art Doomed!
Read the linked SciAm article for further information.  Mountaintops leveledTar sands scraped and boiled. Water taps aflame. These are just a few of the ways that mankind's quest for fossil fuels manifests itself, beyond the obvious utility of being able to power a home or business or drive a car.

Industrialized civilization relies on coal, oil and natural gas—the stored sunlight collectively known as fossil fuels—for more than 80 percent of the energy that enables everything from driving to reading on a computer screen. For all its many benefits, that energy can also have hidden costs—invisible CO2 forming a thickening blanket in the atmosphere and causing climate change, asthma in inner cities, to name a few—along with the more visible impacts.

Monday, January 31, 2011

The frugal alien's beacon

The frugal alien's beacon:

Waiting for the WOW signal in the SETI search? Read the article linked above. Also see the Science Fact column in the January 2011 issue of Analog Magazine.
Also, listen to the Planetary Society article on Planetary Radio by clicking below on MP3 or wmv

Gregory and James Benford on Benford Beacons for SETI

Airdate: Monday, October 4, 2010
Running Time: 00:28:52
Listen: Windows Media | MP3
Greg and Jim Benford return to Planetary Radio, this time to talk about their rethinking of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. The twin brothers believe "classical" SETI may not have been looking in the right places or for long enough. Bill Nye covers several topics in his weekly commentary, ranging from Congress' vote on the NASA budget to losing fingernails on spacewalks. Emily Lakdawalla reports on the effort to pick a spot on Mars for the Curiosity rover. Bruce Betts shares a the night sky, a new space trivia contest, and a cookie with Mat Kaplan.
Click on the MP3 or Windows Media to listen

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia

The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia: "The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia"

Keep up with the latest. Found recently was an earth type rocky planet only a few times larger than earth...unfortunately, it is too close to the sun to support life. Also, three planets in one system were actually imaged! (HR 8799 B, C D)Exopl

NEW SCIENTIST MAG.: New Approach to Quantum Reality

Quantum reality: The many meanings of life

Where the weird things are (Image: <a href="">Richard Wilkinson</a>)
Where the weird things are (Image: Richard Wilkinson)
Quantum theory is a scientific masterpiece – but physicists still aren't sure what to make of it
A CENTURY, it seems, is not enough. One hundred years ago this year, the first world physics conference took place in Brussels, Belgium. The topic under discussion was how to deal with the strange new quantum theory and whether it would ever be possible to marry it to our everyday experience, leaving us with one coherent description of the world.

Monday, December 06, 2010

From New Scientist
What image first comes to mind when you think of a Neanderthal? Chances are you picture a brutish, subhuman figure &#8211 a cliche that survives in the face of mounting evidence that they were inventive, creative and cultured. Perhaps it's time we accepted that Neanderthals were people too? This week's lead feature examines that proposition. Elsewhere this week: we investigate the danger of unreliable paternity tests; find out how to create temperatures below absolute zero; and in the latest edition of our subscriber-onlyInstant Expert, cognitive biologist W. Tecumseh Fitch explains how we think language evolved.
Sumit Paul-Choudhury, online editor

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Weird Arsenic-Eating Microbes Discovered? Yes. Finding E.T.? No. - NASA Watch

Weird Arsenic-Eating Microbes Discovered? Yes. Finding E.T.? No. - NASA Watch

This, combined with deep sea worms existing on chemicals from ocean floor chimney's make it more likely that we will find some type of life away from earth. Perhaps the 1976 Mars lander did find life...just life with a different chemical basis.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Journal of Cosmology

Journal of Cosmology: "\Table of Contents - Volume 12
Colonizing Mars
The Human Mission to the Red Planet

October - November, 2010

Edited by
Joel S. Levine, Ph.D.,
NASA, Co-Chair, Human Exploration of Mars Science Analysis Group (HEM-SAG) of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG).
Rudy Schild, Ph.D.,
Center for Astrophysics, Harvard-Smithsonian
In Association and Collaboration with the Mars Society