Archive for the 'Technology' Category

We are not alone: One in four stars ‘may have Earth-like planets in orbit around them’

• April, 2011

The Universe is teeming with planets capable of supporting alien life, according to a new study. After studying stars similar to the Sun, astronomers found that almost one in four could have small, rocky planets just like the Earth.Many of these worlds may occupy the ‘Goldilocks’ zone – the region where conditions are neither too hot, nor too cold, for liquid water and possibly life. The findings mean that there could be tens of billions of planets like the Earth in our own galaxy alone

We’ve built a flying saucer, boasts Iran

• April, 2011

(even if it does look like it belongs in a 1950s B-movie) It’s not clear how far or how high it can fly – or even how big it is and what makes it take off. But an aircraft created by scientists in Iran is, they claim, the world’s first flying saucer. Called the Zohal – or Saturn in English – it said the unmanned spaceship is designed for ‘aerial imaging’ but added it can be used for ‘various missions’.

Obama could kill fossil fuels overnight with… thorium!

• March, 2011

If Barack Obama were to marshal America’s vast scientific and strategic resources behind a new Manhattan Project, he might reasonably hope to reinvent the global energy landscape and sketch an end to our dependence on fossil fuels within three to five years. We could then stop arguing about wind mills, deepwater drilling, IPCC hockey sticks, or strategic reliance on the Kremlin. History will move on fast. Muddling on with the status quo is not a grown-up policy. The International Energy Agency says the world must

Pavegen: Energy Generating Pavement Hits the Streets

• March, 2011

Any one point on a busy street can receive up to 50,000 steps a day, so imagine if you could take all that foot traffic and turn it into something useful – like energy! A new product designed by Laurence Kemball-Cook, the director of Pavegen Systems Ltd., can do just that. With a minuscule flex of 5mm, the energy generating pavement is able to absorb the kinetic energy produced by every footstep, creating 2.1 watts of electricity per hour. Every time a rubber Pavegen stone

Human brain has more switches than all computers on Earth

• March, 2011

The human brain is truly awesome. A typical, healthy one houses some 200 billion nerve cells, which are connected to one another via hundreds of trillions of synapses. Each synapse functions like a microprocessor, and tens of thousands of them can connect a single neuron to other nerve cells. In the cerebral cortex alone, there are roughly 125 trillion synapses, which is about how many stars fill 1,500 Milky Way galaxies. These synapses are, of course, so tiny (less than a thousandth of a millimeter

Zeitgeist – Moving Forward

• February, 2011

This Zeitgeist movie does touch various strings concerning the current and past problems of our societies. Therefore it should kick-start most people into thinking and reflecting on the situation… Whether too extreme or not, we can’t ignore the essence. It’s been time for REAL change for quite some time now…