The biggest mobile, deployable, and self-contained solar-powered generator has been announced and it’s a real nifty item, even if it’s a bit photon-challenged. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 really drove home the need for effective mobile power generation during natural disasters. The company Ecosphere Technologies announced two years later their self-contained solar power generator meant for similar disaster relief
The European Space Agency is considering using a harpoon to snag space junk in orbit.
Low-earth orbit kinda sucks these days. There’s more than 17,000 trackable pieces of junk there larger than a Big Mac. If you include objects 1-10 centimeters wide, that number swells to an estimated half-million bits of dangerous debris. This detritus ranges from multi-ton defunct satellites to paint chips.
The Master molecule of life, the ribosome, is revealing its innermost secrets to biologists.
The ribosome is pretty much as critical as a molecule can get when it comes to life. It makes all the proteins in your body. Genes themselves are essentially just recipes for making proteins which are integral not only for the architecture of our bodies but chemical reactions, immunity, hormones, nutrient transport you name it. Without them we’d be an insensate glob of goo.
The SGU, together with George Hrab from the GeoLogic podcast, will be making a tour down under this Fall. We will be in Sydney, Australia November 28-30, 2014 at the Australian Skeptics National Conference. The following weekend we will be in Auckland, New Zealand December 5-7 at the New Zealand Skeptics Conference.
Physicist claims evidence that light is just a little bit slower than we think
Do you remember 1987? I do. That was the year of we detected the closest Supernova in 383 years. It was the first time that advanced human astronomers had a real close view of one. I even
threw a party (no I didn’t). It wasn’t in the Milky Way unfortunately. It was in a nearby (160,000 light years distant) dwarf galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud.
It was quite a week for ridiculous statements. As usual, there is no shortage of mind-boggling ideas floating around the internet.
Researchers have detected the smallest force ever measured using lasers and a super-cold gas trapped by waves of light.
This force is so small you’ve probably never even heard it before. We’re talking about a force of 42 YoctoNewtons (I promise that’s not made up). One yoctonewton is a septillionth of a newton or about a thousand billion billion times less than a feather lying on your desk. For some useless perspective, one newton of force is a little more than what’s needed to depress a key on a keyboard