Zodiacal light by Noriko Tabuchi Premium Canvas Starting at just $99 Buy Now Framed Print Starting at just $89 Buy Now Acrylic Starting at just $149 Buy Now 10451_earth.jpg (JPEG Image, 2560×1600 pixels) A new energy source: Major advance made in generating electricity from wastewater Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants not only will power themselves, but will sell excess electricity. The new technology developed at OSU can now produce 10 to 50 more times the electricity, per volume, than most other approaches using microbial fuel cells, and 100 times more electricity than some. Researchers say this could eventually change the way that wastewater is treated all over the world, replacing the widely used "activated sludge" process that has been in use for almost a century. The new approach would produce significant amounts of electricity while effectively cleaning the wastewater. The findings have just been published in Energy and Environmental Science, a professional journal, in work funded by the National Science Foundation.
W is for WONDER One of the basic human responses is wonder. It's an inner state, a mood or attitude, that seems to have an accompanying emotion that can be very intense. There are also certain thoughts that go along with it. Why is there something rather than nothing? Here's wishing you all the wonder you want, and then a bit more to surprise you at just the right moments. Asteroid Mining Venture Backed by Google Execs, James Cameron Unveiled A newly unveiled company with some high-profile backers — including filmmaker James Cameron and Google co-founder Larry Page — has announced plans to mine near-Earth asteroids for resources such as precious metals and water. Planetary Resources, Inc. intends to sell these materials, generating a healthy profit for itself. But it also aims to advance humanity's exploration and exploitation of space, with resource extraction serving as an anchor industry that helps our species spread throughout the solar system. "If you look at space resources, the logical next step is to go to the near-Earth asteroids," Planetary Resources co-founder and co-chairman Eric Anderson told SPACE.com. Planetary Resources is officially unveiling its asteroid-mining plans at 1:30 p.m. Precious metals and water Two of the resources the company plans to mine are platinum-group metals and water, Anderson said. "We're going to go to the source," Anderson said. The plan
Animal Sleep Most animals have a daily pattern of rest and activity. Some animals are more active during the day (diurnal) and some are more active during the night (nocturnal). How much time do animals spend sleeping? References: This table was adapted from four sources: Aserinsky, E., Eyelid condition at birth: relationship to adult mammalian sleep-waking patterns, In Rapid Eye Movement Sleep, edited by B.N.
Simply breathtaking: The Milky Way By Eddie Wrenn Published: 16:27 GMT, 26 June 2012 | Updated: 07:20 GMT, 27 June 2012 Occasionally an image comes along which is simply breath-taking. This, we humbly submit, is one of them, an image of the Orion Arm of the Milky Way galaxy, stretching in an immense band across the skies and giving us just the tiniest glimpse of the vastness of our universe around us. The image was taken by astrophotographer Luc Perrot on the French island of Réunion, to the East of Madagascar, who reports that he waited two years to get the perfect light conditions. But it was worth it. Simply stunning: Photographer Luc Perrot photographed this amazing view of the Milky Way The image was taken earlier this month at the Piton de l'Eau on Reunion Island. In the foreground, surrounded by bushes and trees, lies a water-filled volcanic crater serenely reflecting starlight. A careful inspection near the image center will locate Piton des Neiges, the highest peak on the island, situated several kilometers away.
Felix Baumgartner Skydives From The Edge Of Space [11 High Quality Photos] Red Bull is supposed to give you wings bit that would only slow Felix Baumgartner down. This week the daredevil made a test skydive from 18 miles up in preparation for his upcoming jump from 120,000 feet (22 miles) in which he hopes to reach speeds of 690 MPH and be the first person the break the sound barrier. In the latest test jump Felix went 0 to 509 MPH in just 30 seconds and all that is without the aid of a plane fo rocket, just pure gravity baby! Here are photos from his latest jump… Felix Baumgartner hugs Capcom 1 USAF Col (ret) Joe Kittinger after his 96,640 ft free fall from the stratosphere making them the only two people to freefall from that high an altitude. Felix Baumgartner gets lifted up to enter into the capsule. Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria sits in the capsule before lift off at the flight line. The weather and wind conditions aligned perfectly as the balloon lifts up during the second manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos. From The Web Leave a comment comments