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International Space Station repurposed to go to deep space?

When President Obama decided we should aim for the asteroids rather than the moon, NASA was sent back to the drawing board And some of their ideas are more interesting than others Their most recent one to launch the International Space Station to the stars Getting to space is expensive, and NASA has been feeling tight budget cuts Its next generation of launchers has been cancelled, and while the administration has been able to piece together a simpler space program, they are being run ab

Incredible jumping robot can aim and right itself - video

This tiny guy can jump up to a meter high, can right itself on landing, orientate itself and jump again, all with one tiny motor and 100's of times on one battery There must be a use for it somewhere, and probably nefarious, or the latest kids toy In nature, jumping is widely used by small animals such as frogs, grasshoppers, locusts, or flees to travel in complicated terrain such as forests where many obstacles exist Jumping enables them to overcome large obstacles in spite of their sm

Finger length determines athletic ability in women

Here is something to try when you are bored The research takes its place among dozens of other studies tying that ratio -- known in finger-measurement circles as 2D:4D the relationship between the length of the second digit, 2D, and the fourth -- to all manner of physical and psychological traits, from breast cancer risk to schizophrenia Digit ratio, as the measurement is called, has been found to relate to left-handedness and autism, to hyperactivity and bullying in children, eatin

Which ethnicities can't handle a nice bit of cheese? - World Lactose intolerance index

Humans are born with the ability to process lactose found in milk However as we age people from some ethnicities lose that ability and find it creates bloating, flatulence and other side effects so they become Lactose intolerant Others, owing to some sort of genetic abnormality, found mostly among Europeans, can enjoy a nice piece of cheese all through their life This is a list of how many people in an ethnicity are lactose Intolerant Its interesting that 30% of North Indians vrs 70% o

Scientists mod the Bird Flu virus - now can kill half of humanity with it

A virus with the potential to kill up to half the world’s population has been made in a lab Now academics and bioterrorism experts are arguing over whether to publish the recipe, and whether the research should have been done in the first place ­The virus is an H5N1 bird flu strain which was genetically altered to become much more contagious It was created by Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who first presented his work to the public at an influenz

Personal Jetpack ready for sale - video

The Martin Jetpack is about to enter production and this video looks at some of the situations it might be useful for, from search and rescue, to police, to military It also looks like a great recreational toy to have as well, or even a commuter vehicle for congested cities [flash=640x360]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/OtRUtJlacBI[/flash] More: http://martinjetpackcom/

Wheat is a drug like morphine thats why opiate blockers act as diet suppressor

If you are a morphine addict, you can instantly lose your high with an injection of Naloxone, an opiate blocker Surprisingly Naloxone works as a diet suppressor as well, because wheat acts like morphine on the brain An odd series of clinical studies conducted over the past 40 years has demonstrated that foods can have opiate-like properties Opiate blockers, like naloxone, can thereby block appetite One such study demonstrated 28% reduction in caloric intake after naloxone administratio

NASA's Mars Rover gets its Nuclear Generator powered up - image

Engineers installed the plutonium power source on NASA's Curiosity rover Thursday, adding the final piece to the complex robot before its Nov 25 blastoff to Mars Once the MMRTG is all hooked up, the spacecraft will begin receiving its own power The final power-up is scheduled for Friday morning, and it won't be turned off again The Mars rover's generator will produce power over at least 14 years The rover's baseline mission is expected to last approximately two years on the surface of

Socratea exorrhiza - the Walking Palm

Imagine a tree, or palm, that can walk to a better place for more sunlight it exists! Socratea exorrhiza, the Walking Palm, is a palm native to rainforests in tropical Central and South America Its common name arises from the fact that the tree's stilt roots enable it to slowly shift position, up to 1 meter a year to get more sunlight This tree grows to 12 meters in height Its trunk is used in the construction of houses and other structures It is usually split length-wise before it

Car can jump over road bumps with new Bose suspension system- video

Bose have developed a new suspension system that allows a car to bunny hop over obsticales on the road Will add a new dimension to police car chases with road spikes [flash=640x480]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/eSi6J-QK1lw[/flash]

The Storseisundet Bridge in Norway

Winding around like a piece of art the Storseisundet Bridge is on Norway's famed Atlantic Road, 8km of spectacular road that is such a popular tourist attraction that caution must be shown when driving it, as both the local population and visitors frequently use the road to go fishing for cod and other saltwater fish directly from the roadside The Atlantic Road Atlanterhavsveien was voted "Norwegian Construction of the Century" on 27 September 2005, and is currently Norway's second mo

World's first manned flight with an electric multicopter - video

OK it looks silly, considering the landing system is an inflatable exercise ball, but this is the first flight of an electric multicopter Multicopters are popular and sophisticated machines able to be programmed for some amazing feats, this is the first time its been upsized to fit a human The designers note: Optimization of energy usage in charging and durability in battery life is currently one of the largest problems in electrically powered transportation The future is bright for t

Yet another sign the revolution is near - human like walking robot - video

Petman is an anthropomorphic robot developed by Boston Dynamics for testing special clothing used by the US Army It balances itself as it walks, squats and does simple calisthenics Petman simulates human physiology by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating inside the clothing to provide realistic test conditions The development is lead by Boston Dynamics, working in partnership with Measurement Technologies Northwest, Oak Ridge National Lab and MRIGlobal The work is being done f

Flat turtle found - so many handy uses - image

Looking like it had been run over, this flat turtle will make an excellent pet and can be easily mailed around the country With a flat shell you can also sell advertising space A rare soft-shell turtle thought to be on the brink of extinction has been discovered in Cambodia in a former stronghold of the Khmer Rouge, conservationists said Wednesday A 24-pound female Cantor's giant turtle — known for its rubbery skin and jaws powerful enough to crush bone — was capt

New focus free Lytro cameras - video

With the Lytro, you can snap images as and when you want, without taking the pain of focusing at the moment, instead leaving it for later A Conventional camera use lenses to focus a subject, which means that for an in-focus part of the image, the sensor takes in light only from one direction But, in light-field photography, light from multiple directions hits each patch of the sensor The Lytro stores this information and later compiles it into something that our eyes can perceive More s
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