Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Mars Methane Found, Raising Possibility of Life

• February, 2009

Mars Methane Found, Raising Possibility of Life Irene Klotz, Discovery News Scientists have discovered rich plumes of methane on Mars that not only disappear quickly, but are replenished by unknown sources that could be biological or geochemical in origin. “Either way, it’s very interesting,” planetary scientist Michael Mumma, with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., told Discovery News. “Mars is not a dead planet.” Mumma and colleagues used infrared spectrometers on three ground-based telescopes to monitor concentrations of methane in Mars’ atmosphere over

Do we live in a holographic universe?

• January, 2009

Do we live in a holographic universe? by Marcus Chown 15 January 2009 DRIVING through the countryside south of Hanover, it would be easy to miss the GEO600 experiment. From the outside, it doesn’t look much: in the corner of a field stands an assortment of boxy temporary buildings, from which two long trenches emerge, at a right angle to each other, covered with corrugated iron. Underneath the metal sheets, however, lies a detector that stretches for 600 metres. For the past seven years, this

World’s first flying car on the roads

• January, 2009

World’s first flying car on the roads from next year – yours for just £130,000 By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 4:50 PM on 18th December 2008 It’s been a pipe dream for 30 years but now the world’s first fully available flying car is set to hit the roads next year. Ever since the Back to the Future movies lit up our screens in the 80s, designers have dreamt of an automobile that could take to the skies at the push of a

Scientists plan to ignite tiny man-made star =Update=

• January, 2009

Scientists plan to ignite tiny man-made star by using the National Ignition Facility. By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent Last Updated: 4:50PM GMT 27 Dec 2008 It is science’s star experiment: an attempt to create an artificial sun on earth — and provide an answer to the world’s impending energy shortage. While it has seemed an impossible goal for nearly 100 years, scientists now believe that they are on brink of cracking one of the biggest problems in physics by harnessing the power of nuclear fusion,

Robot wars: The rise of artificial intelligence

• January, 2009

Robot wars: The rise of artificial intelligence By Steve Connor Friday, 19 December 2008 They can entertain children, feed the elderly, care for the sick. But warnings are being sounded about the march of robots The robots are not so much coming; they have arrived. But instead of dominating humanity with superior logic and strength, they threaten to create an underclass of people who are left without human contact. The rise of robots in the home, in the workplace and in warfare needs to be

Is a sunstorm blowing in?

• January, 2009

Is a sunstorm blowing in? By BILL McAULIFFE, Star Tribune Last update: December 8, 2008 – 9:37 AM The long-term space forecast is calling for gusts of charged particles – and possible power disruptions. It’s not the ache in their joints that tells Mark Engebretson and David Murr the weather’s about to change. It’s sunspots. The two Augsburg College physicists say a revival of sunspots after an unusually long lull is a signal that it could get stormy above Earth. Stormy enough to mess with