Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN are going to attempt to make mini Big Bangs.
“These beams will have the kinetic energy of an aircraft carrier slammed into the size of a zero on a 20p piece,” Brian Cox of Manchester University told the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science….”There has never been such a jump in particle physics. It will go into an area that we don’t really understand,” he added.
Here’s my favorite quote:
They estimate the possibility of accidentally destroying the planet as extremely low.
:::whew::: Glad to hear that, guys.
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Posted in News, Science September 29th, 2006 by Chip
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It was never supposed to get this far, so this is a big deal.
The rover beamed black-and-white images back to Earth showing the crater interior complete with hanging rocky cliffs and rippling sand dunes on its floor.
Posted in News, Science, Space September 28th, 2006 by Chip
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John M. “Mike” Ford passed away early yesterday morning. Cause of death is still unknown.
Author of _How Much for Just the Planet_, _Growing Up Weightless_, The Last Hot Time_ and many others.
This blogger has put together a list of science fiction themes that have been done waaaaay to death.
If you read or watch a lot of science fiction, you may begin to notice certain themes that constantly crop up. Some of these, like the ridiculously sexy female scientist/alien/robot/whatever, detract from the realism — but no one is complaining about it. Not me, anyway. Hooray for Jeri Ryan!
But some of these overused cliches really need to go.
I can think of a few he missed, like “ships that are capable of FTL fight battles with laser-type weapons,” but I think he definitely hit the major offenders. (Beware: The page was recently Farked, so many of the comments are of the Asshat variety.)
Posted in Humor September 27th, 2006 by Chip
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NASA scientist David McKay suggests that the Moon might be a good place for a massive storehouse of digital information, sort of a (less-flammable) Lunar Library of Alexandria. McKay says the lunar library could be stored on computers buried in the ground, placed inside craters, or located in hollow lava tubes.
The benefits of lunar storage are that there is no oxygen to erode the material, constant sub-freezing temperature and the Moon is currently free of all of the havoc wreaked by humankind.
Families could even pay a fee to preserve photographs in the lunar library for future civilizations. McKay calls it the “ultimate time capsule.”
Link (via BoingBoing)
If the planned Jan. 30 launch of Bigelow Aerospace’s Genesis 2 space module on a Russian Dnepr rocket is successful, Las Vegas entrepreneur Robert Bigelow plans to send a human-rated habitat into orbit in either the second half of 2009 or the first half of 2010.
Posted in News, Space September 25th, 2006 by Chip
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From the NRO Corner blog:
This is going around the math-sci listservs:
The Royal Society has digitized & online all of its publications. For the first time the Archive provides online access to all journal content, from Volume One, Issue One in March 1665 until the latest modern research published today ahead of print. And until December the archive is freely available to anyone on the internet to explore.
This is an unbelievable sci/tech resource — 60,000 articles by folks from Newton to Hawking.
Posted in News September 22nd, 2006 by Gandalara
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Never forget another anniversary. The Remember Ring is programmed to briefly heat up every hour on a specific date. It powers itself with a “micro thermopile” that turns heat from your hand into stored electricity that runs its internal clock and the heater.
Link (via BoingBoing)
Posted in Ephemera, Science September 22nd, 2006 by Chip
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The search for planets with extraterrestrial life has gotten a new tool: an “ID chart” that scientists will use to compare alien worlds with Earth as it has appeared over the eons. As technology improves to the point where Earthlike planets can be detected, astronomers have created an historical model of the Earth throughout its evolution for purposes of comparison. They identified six different epochs–stages in the evolution of carbon-based life–so that they can compare the spectra of those atmospheres with those of any promising new planets.
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Posted in News, Science, Space September 21st, 2006 by Chip
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NASA needs to get ready as soon as possible to return to the moon, if for no other reason than to understand how life evolved here on Earth, the National Research Council has urged.
Posted in News, Space September 20th, 2006 by Chip
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