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The pilot of the Indonesian jet that crashed into the sea in Bali on Saturday, says he felt the plane was “dragged” down by wind as he was trying to abort a landing and fly around for a second approach.
Amazingly, all passengers and crew survived — the brand new 737 did not.
Hope springs eternal for die-hard Star Trek fans that scientists will one day build an actual, working antimatter propulsion engine similar to the one that powers the fictional starship Enterprise.
A paper published earlier this year by a pair of enterprising (get it?) physicists should fan the flames of that fantasy even further. The results from their computer simulations indicate that at least one key component of realizing a working antimatter propulsion engine — highly efficient magnetic nozzles — should be far more efficient than previously thought. And such nozzles are feasible using today’s technologies.
I was afraid we’d get photo-bombed.
good thing that good-for-nothing Pluto wasn’t here…
We let that guy into our club one time and he thinks he’s one of us, amirite?
Earth, seen in 1990 as a “pale blue dot” from Voyager 1, about 3.7 billion miles away. Listen to the Boston Public Radio interview with a Voyager scientist: http://ow.ly/dIZ7F
I’ll take two.
In the history of space exploration, propulsion technology hasn’t really changed very much. The earliest rocket prototypes were nothing more than elaborate versions of weapons used during World War 2 and fireworks used during civil celebrations.
Now, we’ve looked into history for another solution, the solar sail.
An Austrian firm has come up what it hopes is the next big thing for the mega-rich: a man-made, floating “island” with a list price of 5.2 million euros ($6.5 million), the company’s founder told AFP Monday.
Measuring 20 by 37 meters (66 by 121 feet), the “Orsos Island” has no engine but can be anchored anywhere.
A squad of 80 municipal policemen booted a small legion of costumed gladiators and centurions from Rome’s Colosseum yesterday.
The policemen warned the 30 sword-swishing, faux gladiators that they will no longer be allowed to hang out at the 2,000 year old monument.
A 2002 law prohibits anyone to pose in costume around the Colosseum.
Following the warning, those who will pose near the arena dressed as ancient Romans, will face up to one year in jail.
The biggest challenge concerns interstellar travel itself. If we set off for Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system, using today’s technology, we’d arrive in something like 100,000 years. The goal of a new project, called the 100 Year Starship, is to cut that time to a century or less.
Another Reason to Fear Bed Bugs
Five foreign tourists and a Thai guide died this year in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, while several others fell ill. Authorities conclude that most of the deaths were related since they occurred in proximity to each other, but the exact cause is still unknown.
The Thai Department of Disease Control recently released a report stating that it believes the tourists died of chemical exposure, but they don’t know exactly which chemical was the culprit. But other experts point the finger at bed bug pesticides.