NEWS NEWSLETTER: MAY 2010Digital Papyrus newsletter
"Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily"
Date: May 2010
Issue No. 73
What amazing times we live in...
It's hard to accept the Hubble Space Telescope is 20 years old. Somehow, it seems like it's hardly been any time at all since it was built, and other times it's hard to imagine there NOT being a Hubble. I wonder how we'll feel about the Large Hadron Collider in twenty years?
Earl Newton is a national multiple-award-winning writer/director. Former clients include Random House, Wiley Publishing, and Lionsgate.
He is the executive producer and creator of Stranger Things, the world’s first high-definition science fiction anthology series to be released on the Internet for free (pre-dating even the larger budgeted Sanctuary).
The Cosmic Butterfly Twenty years after its April 24, 1990 launch, the Hubble Space Telescope is an icon in space. Here are some of the most amazing views from the prolific space telescope. Hubble’s new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) starts things off in this image of the planetary nebula, cataloged as NGC 6302, but more popularly called the Bug Nebula or the Butterfly Nebula. WFC3 was installed by NASA astronauts in May 2009, during the servicing mission to upgrade and repair the 19-year-old Hubble telescope. FULL STORY
Top 10 Most Amazing Hubble Discoveries
The Hubble Space Telescope has lasted an astounding 20 years, and in that time it has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. Here is a short rundown of Hubble's greatest achievements. — Charles Q. Choi FULL STORY
Star-Formation Details Seen in New Images
New images from a European space telescope have revealed a stunning glimpse into the forces driving star formation in our galaxy.
The images were taken from the European Space Agency's (ESA) Planck space observatory and give astronomers a new view into the complex physics that shape the dust and gas in our Milky Way. FULL STORY
World's Largest Telescope to Be Built in Chile
By Clara Moskowitz, SPACE.com Senior Writer
The world's largest optical telescope – to be called, appropriately, the European Extremely Large Telescope – will be built on a mountain in Chile, the observatory's planners announced Monday.
The telescope's newly chosen home is the Cerro Armazones mountain in the central part of Chile's Atacama Desert. This location was picked for its optimal weather conditions – the skies are clear overhead about 320 nights a year, according to its European Southern Observatory (ESO) builders. FULL STORY
Five robots we wish were real ... and five we're glad aren't
It's National Robotics Week, a time when students, scientists and others in the technology community celebrate the increasingly important role that real-world robots are playing in our lives.
Militaries use robots to attack enemies and destroy land mines. Private companies sell robots that let their users see, hear and talk remotely.
Just this week, NASA and General Motors announced that they'll work together to send a human-like robot to the international space station. FULL STORY
Hook in the Book
When his name first cropped up in the news reports, it was just one more foreign name to worry about, like so many others. And, like so many others, it graduated in due time to the level of potential crisis. But before it had gone any further than that, suddenly all the rules had been changed when we weren't looking, and if you said "he" without an obvious antecedent you were talking about Arslan.
Arslan M.J. Engh
A little more about "amazing times
One of our own has fallen. Most of us know him as BLRWIZ. Brad sufferred a serious fall in his apartment, the first week in April, resulting in his being paralyzed from the chest down. He is currently a patient at UPMC Presbytarian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. As of today, he is still unable to swallow, but he is breathing on his own for short periods of time. That activity alone wears him out.
The medical marvels of our times mean that he is still alive, and there is hope he will recover his ability to breathe, speak, eat... perhaps even use his hands (although his brother has told his the hospital staff have not mentioned walking). Even those medical marvels do little to alleviate the stress of being hospitalized, or the boredom of inactivity.
One of his first requests was for books from home, and he was reminded he cannot currently hold a book to read it. He has an iPod, now, pre-loaded with almost 90 books ranging from humor, SF, fantasy, horror and mystery to non-fiction (such as Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture). The last time I was in a hospital, books-on-tape were somewhat rare, even for the blind. We can consider ourselves very lucky to live in the times we do. I'm sure at least one of is glad of the digital age.