Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Sprayed Aerosols Could Ease Climate Woes

• January, 2009

Sprayed Aerosols Could Ease Climate Woes Irene Klotz, Discovery News Dec. 29, 2008 It won’t solve global warming, but a group of scientists are calling for a focused research program to investigate ways to seed the atmosphere with chemicals that would let the heat out — literally. Geoengineering is not a new concept. Governments have changed how and where water flows, filled in lakes and other wetlands for construction, even attempted to control the weather. A project to counter climate change, however, would take geoengineering

Hubble Finds Carbon Dioxide on an Extrasolar Planet

• December, 2008

Hubble Finds Carbon Dioxide on an Extrasolar Planet Ray Villard Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. This breakthrough is an important step toward finding chemical biotracers of extraterrestrial life. The Jupiter-sized planet, called HD 189733b, is too hot for life. But the Hubble observations are a proof-of-concept demonstration that the basic chemistry for life can be measured on planets orbiting other stars. Organic compounds also can be a

New dark energy findings suggest Einstein’s theory is dead-on

• December, 2008

New dark energy findings suggest Einstein’s theory is dead-on Trendwatch By Rick C. Hodgin Tuesday, December 16, 2008 18:11 Washington (DC) – NASA held a phone-in press conference today wherein three astrophysicists reported the latest findings on dark energy. They have now “clearly seen” the effects of dark energy on the most massive collapsed objects in the universe. This new evidence has aligned scientists behind the central belief that 1) dark energy exists, 2) that it explains why we are seeing the universe expanding and

MS offers peek through Windows 7

• December, 2008

MS offers peek through Windows 7 By Rory Cellan-Jones Technology Correspondent, BBC News, Los Angeles Microsoft has unveiled the latest version of its Windows operating system. It promised that it will deliver a better experience for users when it arrives sometime late next year. Windows 7 follows Vista, which Microsoft claims has been a success, but which has been subject to fierce criticism from a number of users. The system was demonstrated at the company’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. Senior vice-president Steven Sinofsky

Hawking Predicts Discovery of Alien Life

• December, 2008

Hawking Predicts Discovery of Alien Life: But Asks, Will It be Carbon Based? December 15, 2008 On the 50th anniversary of NASA, Stephen Hawking, Newton’s heir as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, answered the question, “Are we alone?” His answer was short and simple; probably not! Hawking presented three options. One, being that there is no life out there, and two – somewhat pessimistically, but subsequently, a little too realistic – being that when intelligent life gets smart enough to

Social services ‘set up CCTV camera in couple’s bedroom’

• December, 2008

Social services ‘set up CCTV camera in couple’s bedroom’ By Martin Beckford, Social Affairs Correspondent Social workers set up a CCTV camera in the bedroom of a couple with learning difficulties in order to monitor their behaviour, a new report claims. Council staff are said to have spied on the young parents at night as part of a plan to see if they were fit to look after their baby, who was sleeping in another room. The mother and father were forced to cite the