Saturday, 31 January 2015

Catching up

Flatpack furniture is one thing, but flatpack bridges? That may seem like reaching, but over 50 of them been constructed in the UK and Ireland, and civil engineers at Queen's University Belfast announce that work will soon begin on the world's longest flatpack arch bridge... Continue Reading Queen's University Belfast to create world's largest flat-pack bridge

Section: Architecture

Tags: Bridge, Concrete, Construction, Engineering

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The next big discovery is always beyond the next hill, but what if you can't see over it? That's the problem facing NASA with its Mars rovers, so the space agency is looking into how robotic helicopters could help scout the land ahead and give engineers back on Earth data to help plot the best route. .. Continue Reading NASA developing robotic helicopter scout for Mars rovers

Section: Space

Tags: Helicopters, Mars, NASA, Prototype, Robotic, Solar Powered, Spacecraft

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The Hubble space telescope has given us decades of incredible images, but it's reaching the end of its service life and the question is, what will come after? One possibility is the Aragoscope from the University of Colorado Boulder, which uses a gigantic orbital disk instead of a mirror to produce images 1,000 times sharper than the Hubble's best efforts... Continue Reading Lensless space telescope could be 1,000 times stronger than Hubble

Section: Space

Tags: Hubble, NASA, NIAC, Space telescope, University of Colorado

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A team of scientists led by UC Irvine has shown that you can unboil an egg, or at least egg whites ... but it isn't easy. Far more than a breakfast table trick, the feat is designed to demonstrate a new technique for recovering valuable molecular proteins quickly and cheaply that could have important biochemical applications... Continue Reading How to unboil an egg

Section: Science

Tags: Amino Acids, Chemistry, UC Irvine

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When the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks face on Sunday, it will also showcase new technology as the first Superbowl game played under LED lighting. According to the makers, the new high-performance LED stadium lights built by Cree and Ephesus Lighting will provide better lighting for less energy... Continue ReadingSuperbowl to be lit by LEDs for the first time

Section: Sports

Tags: HDTV, LED, Lighting, Stadium

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The dwarf planet Ceres has come into sharper focus with NASA's Dawn spacecraft sending back the best images yet of the asteroid. Shot on January 25 from a distance of 147,000 mi (237,000 km) as the unmanned probe closes in for its March rendezvous, the resolution was 30 percent better than the best images obtained by the Hubble space telescope. .. Continue Reading New Dawn Ceres image outdoes Hubble

Section: Space

Tags: Asteroid, Ceres, Dawn, Hubble, NASA, Space telescope, Spacecraft

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You may not have noticed, but the Earth had a close shave on Monday as an asteroid with its own moon made a cosmic near miss. As it passed within 3.1 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon, NASA's 230-foot-wide Deep Space Network captured radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86 and its tiny satellite... Continue Reading Once-in-a-generation near miss for Asteroid with its own moon

Section: Space

Tags: Asteroid, California, NASA

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For several years, NASA and its private enterprise partners have been working on the space agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) to provide an astronaut ferry service from US soil to the International Space Station. Now a panel from NASA, Boeing, and SpaceX has outlined the latest timetable leading up to the first commercial flights... Continue ReadingNASA, Boeing and SpaceX outline future of commercial manned spaceflight

Section: Space

Tags: Boeing, CST-100, Dragon, International Space Station, NASA, Spacecraft, SpaceX

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If F1 racers can be hybrids, then why not superyachts? That seems to be the thinking of Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects as it launched "the world’s first hybrid superyacht," Savannah, last Saturday. The centerpiece of a James Bond-themed launch ceremony for the new owner and the people involved in the yacht's construction over the last three years, the Savannah not only boasts a novel power plant, but is also the first superyacht to be entirely metallic painted save for the mast domes... Continue Reading Savannah, the world's first hybrid superyacht

Section: Marine

Tags: Diesel, Electric, Hybrid, Lithium-ion, Superyacht, Yachts

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After months of searching, the Euopean Space Agency (ESA) has given up the hunt for the lost Philae comet lander. Despite having narrowed the final resting place of the unmanned probe to a "landing strip" measuring 350 x 30 m (1,150 x 100 ft) on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the space agency has been unable to locate it and has commanded the Rosetta spacecraft to move into a higher orbit as it continues its science mission... Continue Reading ESA abandons comet lander search

Section: Space

Tags: Comets, ESA, Philae, Rosetta, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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Though we tend to think of private spaceflight as being in the SpaceX league, it also includes many smaller-scale efforts. For example, the non-profit Planetary Society has announced that its LightSail spacecraft will make its first test flight in May. The solar-propelled CubeSat will lift off as a piggyback cargo atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. .. Continue Reading Planetary Society's LightSail to make first test flight in May

Section: Space

Tags: Georgia Tech, Planetary Society, Satellite, Solar Sail, Spacecraft, Spaceflight

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