Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Tales of Future Past v2

Just to let you know what I'm doing on Tales of Future Past, this will be a very long project because I have hundreds of pages to transfer, edit, and sometimes completely rewrite.  I started the first version in 2004 and as it grew a lot of copy became horribly dated or technology has advanced to the point where I can do a lot more than I could originally.

At the moment, only one section is up, but others will follow as I complete and test them. When a new one goes live, I'll make announcements here as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

As to the old site, that's been removed as a menace to navigation,

Heat and light controlling smart window tech gets less-expensive, more flexible



For the past three years, Delia Milliron and her team at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin have been working on electrochromic smart materialsthat look like ordinary glass, yet can selectively keep out light or heat. Now the UT Austin team have come up with a new, flexible, smart-window material using a low-temperature fabrication process that makes it easier and cheaper to use than previous iterations.

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A steampunk wristwatch fit for an 18th century philospher



If less is more, then next to nothing is optimum. At least, that seems to be the thinking behind Manufacture Royale's Androgyne Royale wristwatch, which boasts an ultra-skeletonized design to show off its mechanical craftsmanship. The latest in the Androgyne Collection by the Swiss company founded by Voltaire in 1770 and revived in 2010, it's "steampunk-inspired" in-house design is intended to answer the question of what sort of modern watch the philosopher would have worn.

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Monday, 22 August 2016

STEREO-B solar observatory is no longer lost in space



NASA announced today that a solar probe thought lost in space has been recovered and is now communicating with mission control. After 22 months of silence, the Deep Space Network (DSN) re-established contact with the unmanned Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory B (STEREO-B) on August 21 at 6:27 pm EDT. According to the space agency, the spacecraft is operational and recovery efforts are continuing.

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Catch up



If you've ever wondered what men's fashion was like 5,300 years ago, a team of scientists led by Niall O'Sullivan of University College Dublin (UCD) have part of the answer. Using DNA analysis, the clothing and accessories found with the frozen corpse of a Copper Age man in the Alps shows that they were made up of at least five different species of domestic and wild animals.

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In 2012, scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Leicester came up with an idea to replace radio-based space navigation with a cosmic GPS that uses pulsars as a sort of deep-space lighthouse. Four years later, they've published a paper as part of a ESA feasibility study to see if the idea is practical and shown how it could be used to fix a spaceship within a radius of two kilometers (1.2 mi) at the distance from Earth to Neptune... Continue Reading How to navigate deep space by pulsar

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Across Western Europe are collections of standing stones dating back thousands of years that scientists have long suspected were huge astronomical computers, but that's largely been a matter of conjecture. Now a team of scientists from the University of Adelaide has statistically proven that some of the oldest standing stones in Britain were deliberately constructed to align with solar and lunar movements... Continue Reading Stonehenge and other standing stones really are computers

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SpaceX has made a comeback by nailing another seabarge landing of a first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket. Returning from the successful launch of a Japanese communications satellite, the Falcon 9 booster set down on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship located in the Atlantic downrange from the launch site in Florida late Saturday... Continue Reading SpaceX nails high-speed ocean landing

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NASA is that much closer to snatching an asteroid after the robotic half of its two-partAsteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) passed a key program review. The mission to retrieve an asteroid and move it into lunar orbit for study can now proceed to the next phase of design and development ahead of a planned launch in late 2021... Continue Reading NASA's asteroid capture mission gets ready to rock in 2021

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In the forensic sciences, the discovery of a single fact can convict a criminal or let an innocent person walk free. This is particularly important in gun crimes and a team of scientists at Flinders University in Australia have developed a new technique for analyzing gunshot residue that is so sensitive that it's possible to match residue with a specific brand of ammunition... Continue Reading Residue forms identifying fingerprint for brands of bullets

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Deep Space Industries plans first private asteroid landing as mining prelude



Deep Space Industries (DSI) today announced that it will conduct what it claims is the world's first commercial interplanetary mining mission. In conjunction with the government of Luxembourg, the Silicon Valley-based company is planning to launch an unmanned spacecraft called Prospector-1 to intercept, survey, and land on a near-Earth asteroid as a prelude to space mining operations.

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Lockheed Martin to send CubeSat on Moon mission aboard SLS



Giant interplanetary probes are getting some pint-sized competition in the form of CubeSats that significantly reduce the cost of space research, and even major players are embracing the downsizing trend. Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with NASA to develop and deploy SkyFire, a six-unit CubeSat designed to shed more light on the Moon's surface.

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Britain looks to robot dragonflies and lasers for future defense



Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has provided a glimpse of the future of war by unveiling plans that include the development of robotic dragonflies called "Skeeters," laser weapons, and virtual reality helmets. Part of a new defense innovation initiative designed to speed the transition of new systems from the lab to the battlefield, the Innovation and Research Insights Unit (IRIS) is intended to identify emerging technologies and determine their potential military impact.

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Hyperloop One plans to take supersonic tube transport underwater



Back in May Hyperloop One revealed a number of applications for the transportation technology that it's developing. Now board member and CEO of the X-Prize Foundation, Peter Diamandis, has confirmed in an interview with Business Insider that the company is interested in producing an underwater version of the system that could be used to move cargo to floating ports 10 miles offshore.

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3D printing puts Zeus back on his throne



One of the long-lost Seven Wonders of the World has been resurrected by Stratasys Ltd in partnership with the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. They have unveiled a "near-exact" 3D-printed scale replica of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia. The plastic replica was created by the Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based additive manufacturing company to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games.

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Curiosity: Four years on Mars and still trekking



NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed the fourth year of its original two-year mission today and is looking forward to another two-year extension beginning in October. When the US$2.5 billion unmanned explorer landed on the Red Planet on August 6, 2012, it was the most complex lander to have visited any world. In its brief career it has provided mankind with a new understanding of Mars and the chances that life may have once or could still exist there. Let's retrace its history making tracks.

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World's largest aircraft greets the public ahead of first flight tests



The world's largest aircraft made its first public outing this week. On August 6 at 4:00 am BST, Hybrid Air Vehicles' helium-buoyant Airlander 10 airship, which was originally developed for the US Army as the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV), was guided out of its hangar, Airship Shed 1, at RAF Cardington, Bedfordshire, UK, ahead of a short series of ground tests in anticipation of its first flight in Britain.

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Friday, 5 August 2016

PIN-controlled self-locking gun has safety in its sights



One of the problems with handguns is that it's very difficult to keep them both available for immediate use, yet secure against falling into the wrong hands. San Diego-based startup Safety First Arms is looking to solve that problem with its self-locking Smart 2 pistol, which is unlocked using a built-in PIN pad and incorporates an anti-theft alarm to prevent theft, tampering, and unauthorized use.

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Gizmag is now New Atlas: Why we've changed our name



For almost 15 years we've worked hard to keep you up to date with the rise of technology and its impact on our daily lives. That has lead us into new frontiers, and now, a new name.

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US Navy conducts first flight test using 3D-printed, safety-critical parts



A US Navy aircraft with a 3D-printed, flight-critical part has flown for the first time. According to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), an MV-22B Osprey carried out a test flight on July 29 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, with a titanium link and fitting assembly for the engine nacelle made using 3D additive manufacturing.

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F-35A declared combat ready following first air-to-air kill



The US Air Force announced today that the F-35A Lightning II fifth generation fighter aircraft is "combat ready." According to General Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, the aircraft met all its key criteria for being declared operational. The declaration comes after the F-35A made its first air-to-air kill on July 28 by engaging and destroying a target drone using a heat-seeking missile.

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Virgin Galactic awarded operator license for SpaceShipTwo



Virgin Galactic has come a step closer to heading back into space with the US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST) awarding the company an operating license for SpaceShipTwo. Coming almost two years after a midair accident that took the life of a test pilot, Virgin Galactic says that this will eventually allow it to begin commercial operations.

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