The Space Elevator Blog - For scalable, inexpensive access to space… Space Elevator Science - Climb to the Sky - A Tethered Tower by Michael Laine For further information about Earth’s Space Elevator, LiftPort Group’s Tethered Tower system or the Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure, please visit us at www.LiftPort.com . While you’re there, please stop by our forums – ask or answer a question! You might also want to look over LiftPort in the media; a long list of links can be found here. This campaign ended on the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy's famous Moon Speech. What can I say? My final thanks go to my dedicated, talented, brilliant, amazing, tireless, enthusiastic, creative, cheerful (even when I’m yelling at them) team. There’s lots of talk these days about ‘crowdsourcing’; and I get it. So once this community connects further, we will ask for your direct participation. I look forward to working with you! Who is LiftPort Group? IMPORTANT: We have a lot of rewards – on purpose – because we have a complex new project and a 10 year legacy (and fan support) for the old project. To begin... - LiftPort.com Tethered Towers
Moonless Earth Could Potentially Still Support Life, Scientists Say Scientists have long believed that, without our moon, the tilt of the Earth would shift greatly over time, from zero degrees, where the Sun remains over the equator, to 85 degrees, where the Sun shines almost directly above one of the poles. A planet's stability has an effect on the development of life. A planet see-sawing back and forth on its axis as it orbits the sun would experience wide fluctuations in climate, which then could potentially affect the evolution of complex life. However, new simulations show that, even without a moon, the tilt of Earth's axis — known as its obliquity — would vary only about 10 degrees. The stabilizing effect that our large moon has on Earth's rotation therefore may not be as crucial for life as previously believed, according to a paper by Jason Barnes of the University of Idaho and colleagues which was presented at a recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society. As the world turns Similarly, a planet's orbital plane also precesses.
Amazing Robot Can Jump 30 Feet High Boston Dynamics yesterday posted a video to their YouTube page showing off their “Sand Flea Jumping Robot. The robot appears to be a normal RC car except for one thing: it can pop itself 30 feet into the air to scale obstacles in its path. The video, as seen below, shows the robot leap to the roof of a small building in a single bound. The robot has an onboard stabilization system that helps control landings and stabilize the view from its onboard video uplink. Funding for the development of the ‘Sand Flea’ was provided by DARPA, JIEDDO, and the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force. Boston Dynamics describes itself on its website as “an engineering company that specializes in building dynamic robots and software for human simulation.” Impressed? Amazing Robot Can Jump 30 Feet High
LIVE REAL TIME SATELLITE AND SPACE SHUTTLE TRACKING AND PREDICTIONS Plutopia News Network Tracking light in, essentially, a tiny pinball machine If you want to communicate a lot of information very fast and in a very short time, then you have to use light. Indeed, modern communications relies on this. Yet, communications of the very small scale still rely on passing currents along wires. The wires connecting transistors on a chip consume a significant amount of power, and generate a significant amount of heat. We would love to convert to optical interconnects, both on-chip, and between chips, but the technology just isn't there yet. Unfortunately nature isn't kind enough to just leave these materials lying about. The artificial materials that allow us to guide and confine light more tightly are called metamaterials or photonic crystals. Following the light The big problem with measuring how light travels through a photonic crystal is getting light into the crystal. What we are talking about are optical modes. The alternative is to place fluorescent dyes in the photonic crystal. We'll Glow
Scientists Discover The Oldest, Largest Body Of Water In Existence--In Space Scientists have found the biggest and oldest reservoir of water ever--so large and so old, it’s almost impossible to describe. The water is out in space, a place we used to think of as desolate and desert dry, but it's turning out to be pretty lush. Researchers found a lake of water so large that it could provide each person on Earth an entire planet’s worth of water--20,000 times over. Yes, so much water out there in space that it could supply each one of us all the water on Earth--Niagara Falls, the Pacific Ocean, the polar ice caps, the puddle in the bottom of the canoe you forgot to flip over--20,000 times over. The water is in a cloud around a huge black hole that is in the process of sucking in matter and spraying out energy (such an active black hole is called a quasar), and the waves of energy the black hole releases make water by literally knocking hydrogen and oxygen atoms together. The new cloud of water is enough to supply 28 galaxies with water.