10 Years of Weather History in 3 MinutesPosted by Krux on Monday September 2, 2013 @ 01:58pm
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This is awesome.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a video showing weather footage of the Southern Hemisphere from the past ten years captured with the recently decommissioned GOES-12 satellite.
NOAA's GOES-12 satellite was decommissioned on August 16th, 2013 after 3,788 days in service. From April 2003 -- May 2010, GOES-12 served as GOES East, providing "eye in the sky" monitoring for such memorable events as the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season and the series of blizzards during the winter of 2009-2010. After suffering thruster control issues, GOES-12 was taken out of normal service and moved to provide greater coverage of the Southern Hemisphere as the first-ever GOES South. During that time it provided enhanced severe weather monitoring for South America.
This animation shows one image from each day of the satellite's life -- a total of 3,641 full disk visible images.
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Microwave Relativity EnginePosted by Krux on Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 11:00am
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Hey Rub, can you sneak one of these out of the country?
China claims successful test of microwave relativity engine
Researchers in China say that they've successfully managed to test an engine that runs on electricity, requires no propellant and produces no exhaust. It's called the EmDrive, and it's able to convert microwave energy directly into thrust inside a sealed chamber. Oh, it's totally silent and highly efficient, too. If it seems too good to be true, well, you're not the only one who feels that way. But the researchers have a prototype that apparently works, and they've just published a paper detailing it.
Mini Maker Faire to put the spotlight on creators' handiworkPosted by Krux on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 08:01pm
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Hey, I'm famous!
Mini Maker Faire to put the spotlight on creators' handiwork
If you ask the organizers of Las Vegas' Mini Maker Faire, "Why?," they will simply tell you, "Because it's cool."
The event is part of a larger, nationwide maker movement. Makers are anyone who believes the do-it-yourself route is the way to go -- homemade shoes that light up while dancing, a machine that makes pinatas, anything they can imagine.
The people at the SYN Shop, a downtown maker hive at 117 N. Fourth St., slated to open next month, are attempting to unite their laser cutter- wielding community Feb. 2 at the Historic Fifth Street School for the Mini Maker Faire.
"It's really one large show and tell," said Pawel Szymczykowski, an organizer of the event. "People bring their projects and share how it's made."
New comet coming next year..Posted by Stealth on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 08:51pm
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I saw this today on the interwebs (http://o.canada.com/2012/09/25/will-we-have-a-christmas-comet-in-2013/) Looks pretty cool. i remember when Hale Bopp came around.. what a specticle that was.
That and Halley's comet.. that was all sorts of crazyness..
BS Religion and Snake Oil Sales MenPosted by Krux on Saturday September 15, 2012 @ 02:46pm
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Hey Rub, you have something to do with this one:
Quantum Jumping is based on the idea that multiple universes exist. These universes are similar to the world you know in many ways. The difference is that in these universes different versions of you also exist who made different decisions at critical points in your life.
Sounds suspiciously like the Church of Quantum Spirituality to me.
Fire Zee LASER!Posted by Krux on Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 07:28am
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So the folks over at Hackerbot Labs have a cool project they brought to Toorcamp, a giant FAA Approved Laser in order to measure the diffuse reflections of the atmosphere using a distributed array of semi-autonomous sensors. It's built with twenty-four 1 Watt lasers taken from a Casio DLP projector. The laser is housed on top of a yurt, which contains the controls and cooling system.
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Yup.. we got Mars.. again.Posted by Stealth on Monday August 6, 2012 @ 02:39pm
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I think this was an interesting quote.. "..A $2.5 billion mission -- a cost that is not that much more than what NBC paid for the Olympics -- was celebrated for its ability to inspire an entire country, not to mention a planet.". There where over 4 million people watching it last night on the ustream feed. It was fantastic. And then to see how fast the pictures (oh boy 64x64!) started to come back. Brilliant. Very cool to see things work that well.
Spaaaaaaaaaaaaace!Posted by Krux on Tuesday May 22, 2012 @ 07:47am
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And we have a successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocke, making SpaceX the first commercial company in history to attempt to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station.
More details here:
And we have video here:
Jumping RobotsPosted by Krux on Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 01:07pm
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Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air. An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings. Current development of Sand Flea is funded by the The US Army's Rapid Equipping Force.
LED outputs over twice as much power as is put into itPosted by Krux on Sunday March 25, 2012 @ 08:51am
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This has to be one of the cooler things I've seen in awhile:
The LED produces 69 picowatts of light using 30 picowatts of power, giving it an efficiency of 230 percent. That means it operates above "unity efficiency" -- putting it into a category normally occupied by perpetual motion machines.
However, while MIT's diode puts out more than twice as much energy in photons as it's fed in electrons, it doesn't violate the conservation of energy because it appears to draw in heat energy from its surroundings instead. When it gets more than 100 percent electrically-efficient, it begins to cool down, stealing energy from its environment to convert into more photons.