24April2017

Innovative Mars rover camera could help NASA robots explore solo

Every second that a NASA rover roams across the surface of Mars is extremely expensive. With millions or perhaps billions of dollars of technology on the Red Planet – controlled by people on Earth who require salaries to eat and facilities [...]

Walkie Talkie building melts metal

Gist: Developers Face Heat for London’s Car-frying Skyscraper Concave design acts as lens that reflects intense sunlight for about two hours a day Now the Walkie Talkie building is melting BICYCLES: Dazzling light reflected from giant [...]

New Private Rocket Launches Into Orbit On Maiden Voyage

A new commercial U.S. rocket soared into the Virginia sky Sunday  (April 21) on a debut flight that paves the way for eventual cargo flights to the International Space Station for NASA. The third try was the charm for the private Antares rocket, [...]

IIT Students’ Satellite ‘Jugnu’ Launched into Space

A nano-satellite built by students of IIT Kanpur, ‘Jugnu’, was launched with the latest version of India’s indigenous Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from Sriharikota, Andhra [...]

Silicon trick for next-gen memory

Researchers have revealed details of a promising way to make a fundamentally different kind of computer memory chip.The device is a “memristor”, a long-hypothesised but only recently demonstrated electronic component.A memristor’s [...]

Laser analysis betrays diamonds’ origins

To the naked eye, a diamond dug up in peaceful Australia is often indistinguishable from a diamond dug up to finance civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But a new means of interrogation with lasers reveals fingerprints that can [...]

Germans claim first programmable computer

Z3 goes head-to-head with Colossus The Brits may have beaten the Americans, but it seems we were both pipped by the Germans. No, not football. Computers. Colossus was not, in fact, the world’s first programmable computer: that particular [...]

How Asteroid Mining Will Work

If you enjoy science fiction, then you know that the thought of colonizing the moon makes for some incredibly imaginative stories. But there is a good possibility that lunar cities will become a reality during the 21st century! Colonizing [...]

UK company to build Sun satellite

Ralph Cordey from Astrium UK explains how the craft will be built to survive its mission to the Sun British industry will lead the production of Solar Orbiter (SolO), a spacecraft that will travel closer to the Sun than any satellite to date. SolO [...]

‘Broadband giant’ set for launch

Viasat-1’s antennas undergoing testing during its construction at Space Systems/LoralOne of the most powerful satellites ever built is about to go into orbit on a Russian Proton rocket. The Viasat-1 spacecraft will deliver broadband services [...]