NASA Morpheus lander

Approaches to Landing on Mars and Other Places – NASA, SpaceX and Others

June 30, 2014 – Over the weekend NASA test flew its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) near the Hawaiian Islands. It is NASA’s solution for landing heavier payloads ... Continue Reading →
Texas wind turbines

Encouraging News Headlines on the Renewable Energy Front

June 29, 2014 – A combination of sunny days and windy weather contributed to three energy record setting days recently in the United Kingdom, Germany and the State of Texas. On ... Continue Reading →
KAIST pacemaker

Piezoelectric Technology in a Pacemaker – Really?

June 28, 2014 – In a recently published article in Advanced Materials, Korean researchers at their Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) described a cardiac pacemaker ... Continue Reading →
tornado

Beating Tornadoes – Great Wall Proposed Across American Midwest

June 27, 2014 – A Temple University physicist has proposed a plan to build a series of 300-meter-high (1,000 foot) walls across parts of the American Midwest to inhibit tornado ... Continue Reading →
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How 21st Century Technology is Changing Education

June 26, 2014 – Today was the last day of the public school year here in Toronto. The youngsters are out for the summer holidays and that has made me think about just how much ... Continue Reading →
OCO-2 satellite

NASA Preparing Satellite to Monitor How the Planet Breathes

June 26, 2014 – It will cost $465 million U.S. but the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will be the first satellite of its type focused solely on observing CO2 levels on ... Continue Reading →
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A Simple Way to Combat Heat Waves in Farm Country

June 25, 2014 – No plough, less heat! That is the lesson farmers are being taught to combat extreme heat. Using what is called no-till farming, sowing seeds on cropland that has ... Continue Reading →
Cruise RP-1

Cruise RP-1 Turns Even Your Car into an Autonomously Driven Vehicle

June 24, 2014 – Right now if you own an Audi A4 or S4 then you can add an autopilot for $10,000 U.S. Developed by Cruise Auomation, the RP-1 includes cameras, radar, collision ... Continue Reading →
Global ocean commission

Global Ocean Commission Tells Us What We Don’t Want to Hear

June 24, 2014 – A report based on the analysis of marine scientists from around the globe urges governments to take action to address overfishing, ocean acidification, pollution ... Continue Reading →
Stanford pacemaker

Pacemakers Without Batteries? The Technology is Coming Soon

June 23, 2014 – My father-in-law had a cardiac pacemaker implanted when he was in his mid-80s. He had it replaced after about 5 years because the battery failed. This is a common ... Continue Reading →