Why You Should Be Excited About JunoOn July 4, NASA's Juno spacecraft fired its engines for the 35-minute orbit insertion burn. The spacecraft's nearly five year trek to Jupiter ended and its orbital mission began. It was an ... More >
Watch This Aussie Build A Grass HutSome people are just out there to make us all feel unproductive. Youtube channel Primitive Technology has become quickly internet famous for showing how primitive structures were built, using ... More >
Could Vanishing Stars Be A Clue To Alien Life?There are lots of ways to search for technologically advanced aliens. We can listen for them with radio telescopes. We can analyze the atmospheres of other plants to search for biosignatures, or ... More >
Explore an Infinite Library from HomeAppropriately called the "infinite monkey theorem", it's one of the more visually amusing demonstrations of statistics and probability. It has been attributed to Émile Borel in 1913, but ... More >
China Launches Long March 7On June 25, 2016, the Long March 7 rocket, China's largest space launch vehicle to date, blasted off from Wenchang, Hainan to a successful maiden flight. With a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) payload of ... More >
Jerrie Cobb kicked off her black pumps and crossed her stockinged feet on the floor. It was an unusual thing to do during a public hearing before a special subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics, but natural for Cobb. And it was a relaxed gesture that belied her stress. That July day in 1962, she was fighting tooth and nail to claim her rightful place in space alongside the Mercury astronauts.
Scientists have just given rodents' already formidable noses a boost. A team in New York City has genetically engineered mice that can pick up scents way below the concentrations normal rodents can detect. These “super sniffer” mice have extra sensors for certain smells, and could one day sniff out explosives, smuggled cargo, or illness.
In the wake of post-protest shootings that left five police officers dead and seven others wounded, along with two civilians, police traded gunfire last night with a suspect inside a downtown Dallas parking garage. Eventually, law enforcement sent a "bomb robot" (most likely shorthand for a remotely controlled bomb disposal robot) armed with an explosive, to the suspect's location, then detonated the explosive, killing the suspect.
Software engineer James Newman built a 16-bit Tetris-playing microprocessor the size of a room. It's thirty feet long and six feet high, weighs a thousand pounds, and cost $50,000 to build. Newman hopes the processor will find a new home where it can be used for educational purposes.
We can see a lot from space. Satellite imagery has gotten to the point where saying that something is "big enough to see from space" doesn't really mean much anymore. But there are some things that still elude us, like the day-to-day tracking of small animals in real time from above our atmosphere.
Only a few nations have ever built stealth fighters. The United States dominates in that arena, with the retired F-117, the in-service F-22, and the soon-to-be-in-service F-35, but it's not alone. Russia and China are both developing stealthy fighters of their own, and several nations, including Israel and the United Kingdom, joined with the United States to develop and field the F-35. Japan is slowly joining the exclusive stealth club, and it might turn to an indigenously designed plane to do it.
Appropriately called the "infinite monkey theorem", it's one of the more visually amusing demonstrations of statistics and probability. It has been attributed to Émile Borel in 1913, but since that time, technology has advanced in leaps and bounds. Computers are now able to handle such fantastically impossible tasks, and it just doesn't make sense to have that many monkeys around. I do not envy the HR rep who has to give an infinite amount of exit interviews.
Nature-inspired robotics is a hot field these days. We've reported on robots designed to mimic cockroaches, salamanders, cheetahs, sea snakes, among others. Basically, if it's alive, somebody out there is trying to make a robot version. So a robot inspired by a stingray might sound like more of the same. Not so.