Biology in Science Fiction NASA tests 'fuel-free' space travel that could one day see humans reach moon in FOUR HOURS Scientists are working on concepts of propelling both manned and unmanned craft with the technology that would require a nuclear power plant of 1.0 MWe (MegaWatts-electric) to 100 MWe. But they claim this is possible as the US Navy currently builds 220 MWe-thermal reactors for its “Boomer” Ohio class intercontinental ballistic missile vehicles. Dr Harold White, of the centre who carried out previous research not in a vacuum, has outlined more ambitious proposals - a 70-day outward mission to Mars, a 90-day stay, and then another 70-day return transit to Earth. He said: “A 90 metric ton, 2 MegaWatt nuclear electric propulsion mission to Mars [would have] considerable reduction in transit times due to having a thrust-to-mass ratio greater than the gravitational acceleration of the Sun. Dr White now plans to carry out more tests in a vacuum. Questions are still being raised about March's latest claims, which will now go through "peer review".
New Glasses Help Colorblind To See Normally With a new pair of stylish shades, people with colorblindness are beginning to see the world just as the rest of us do. The corrective glasses were actually created as tools to detect blood oxygenation and flow beneath the surface of the skin. But then colorblind people started trying them on, and they began to see the world in a whole new way. The glasses were created by 2AI Labs, a company co-founded by evolutionary biologist Mark Changizi when he left Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute in New York. Last summer the Boise, Idaho-based company developed three pairs of glasses called O2Amps. 2AI then got the idea that the O2Amps might help people with red-green deficiency, a genetic condition affecting 8 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women that renders them incapable of distinguishing between red and green. There are some drawbacks to the glasses, however.
Futurismic - near-future science fiction and fact since 2001 NASA Funds Plasma Rocket Technology for Superfast Space Travel Get short URL Ad Astra Rocket Company, specializing in the development of plasma rocket propulsion technology, has finished contract negotiations with NASA. As part of the Next Space Technology Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) award, the space agency will cover half of Ad Astra’s testing expenses over the next three years. Known as the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, or VASIMR, the engine uses plasma technology to accelerate rockets to previously unattainable speeds. To create plasma, the proposed engines will heat pressurized gas to extremely high temperatures with radio waves. "These experiments aim to demonstrate the engine's new proprietary core design and thermal control subsystem and to better estimate component lifetime," reads a statement from Ad Astra. If the company successfully develops VASIMR, it could be possible for humans to reach Mars in less than two months. New research hopes to extend the engine’s capacity.
Space medicine NASA astronaut Dan Burbank (foreground), Expedition 30 commander, and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, flight engineer, participate in a Crew Health Care System (CHeCS) medical contingency drill in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station. This drill gives crewmembers the opportunity to work as a team in resolving a simulated medical emergency on board the space station.(Nasa) Space medicine is the practice of medicine on astronauts in outer space whereas astronautical hygiene is the application of science and technology to the prevention or control of exposure to the hazards that may cause astronaut ill health. History Hubertus Strughold (1898–1987), a former Nazi physician and physiologist, was brought to the United States after World War II as part of Operation Paperclip. He first coined the term "space medicine" in 1948 and was the first and only Professor of Space Medicine at the School of Aviation Medicine (SAM) at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
Top 100 Science Fiction Blogs | Distance Learning Net By Kelsey Allen Science fiction works tend to engender an enthusiastic following in the academic and literary world. Whether you’re interested in books, movies, TV, or a little bit of everything, you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of the Internet’s many science fiction blogs. Here, we’ll take a look at 100 of the best of these blogs to satisfy your craving for all things sci fi. Whether you’re studying writing or just enjoy the genre, you’ll learn a lot about science fiction books from these blogs. : io9 offers a neverending dose of science fiction, with news, trivia, and more. : This blog covers a variety of science fiction, with books, TV and more. : Check out Suvudu for science fiction and fantasy books, movies, and games. : Forbidden Planet celebrates comics, TV, and more in sci fi and fantasy. : Check out this blog for short stories, news, reviews, and features. : This blog encourages readers to find their inner fanboy for genre films, graphic novels, and science fiction.
Could we get to Mars in 39 DAYS? Nasa selects companies to develop super fast deep-space engine Company in Texas has been asked to develop its revolutionary engineAd Astra's Vasimr engine could apparently get to Mars in 39 daysIt is one of 12 advanced technology projects to be funded by NasaOthers include new types of habitation and small deep space satellites By Jonathan O'Callaghan for MailOnline Published: 14:50 GMT, 1 April 2015 | Updated: 02:53 GMT, 2 April 2015 Nasa has selected a variety of companies to work on projects to create advanced space technologies, including faster methods of propulsion. Other projects to be worked on include improved habitats for humans, and small satellites to explore deep space. And one of the companies in the 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextStep) says they have an engine that could get humans to Mars in just 39 days. Scroll down for video The Vasimr engine - which uses plasma as a propellant - is being developed by the Ad Astra Rocket company in Texas. However, this involved short duration bursts for less than a minute.
Top 10 Amazing Lost Or Suppressed Inventions Technology This list looks at some amazing past inventions that have been lost. Some may be cause for skepticism but almost all of the items here are things that we would definitely love to understand better today. Greek fire was an incendiary weapon used by the Byzantine Empire. Orgone energy is a hypothetical form of energy first proposed and promoted in the 1930s by psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. Perpetual Motion Viktor Schauberger Schauberger and his works have become part of an internet-based conspiracy theory claiming that Schauberger invented free energy/perpetual motion devices and that this was “covered up” by the US government. Some people, including a number of doctors and biochemists, believe ozone has remarkable healing properties. Anti-Gravity Device Thomas Townsend Brown In 1956, the aviation trade publication Interavia reported that Thomas Townsend Brown had made substantial progress in anti-gravity or electro-gravitic propulsion research. Cold Fusion Device Eugene Mallove
why you shouldn’t bet on digital immortality Kenneth Hayworth has a vision. One day, right before his body gives out, he will be injected with a highly toxic soup of chemicals that will preserve him down to the cell. Then, his brain will be sliced into wafers as thin as tracing paper and a computer would map every one of this 100 billon or so neurons as well as how they have connected over the decades that he’s been alive. Finally, this vast map, his connectome, is uploaded to a big enough supercomputer and switched on to create a digital replica of him just as he was the instant before all the preceding events took place. It’s ripped right out of Kurzweil’s wildest dreams, advocated as the next step in human evolution by a Russian billionaire, though the implementation will be rather different, and it bets the house on the idea that we’ve found the seat of what we can poetically call a human’s soul: the aforementioned connectome. And there are more problems. [ illustration from the 2045 Initiative ]