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In settings such as disaster sites, toxic gas leaks can pose a real risk to rescue teams. With that in mind, Spanish researchers have outfitted a small drone to go into buildings and check for such gases, before anyone enters... Continue Reading Radio beacon-guided drone has a nose for toxic gases Category: Drones Tags: Disasters Gas Navigation toxic University of Barcelona ...
We already knew it was there, but now astronomers have mapped out the void neighboring our galaxy....
Over the years, we've seen a number of solutions aimed at automatically parking the car so that drivers don't have to, including fully automated facilities that move vehicles on platforms, parking robots and even auto-parking features in some modern cars. Bosch and Daimler say that their app-controlled system is the first fully autonomous, completely driverless parking service to be officially approved by authorities for everyday use... Continue Reading Bosch and Daimler get official approval for driverless automated parking system Category: Automotive Tags: Autonomous Bosch Daimler Mercedes-Benz Parking ...
A decade or so from now, astronauts could be cruising around the moon inside a Toyota rover....
Satellites tracked to the picometer, test tech for gravitational wave detector....
I mentioned this on Twitter yesterday: My car reservation was cancelled. There are no one way rentals in Chicago for love our money. My rescheduled flight doesn't get me home until tomorrow. So, fuck it, I'm taking a Lyft home. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 22, 2019 Here’s the full story on it. Yesterday I […]...
It's too easy to identify people in supposedly anonymous personal datasets, but there are ways we can protect our privacy, says Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye...
US diplomats in Havana reported a mysterious illness in 2016, but it was unclear if the effects were psychosomatic. Now scans suggest their brains have changed...
Plumes of smoke from wildfires mix with a swirling storm system over Russia in this view from NASA's Earth Observatory....
France's Optinid continues its line of novel tiny houses that feature sunroof-like sliding roofs with its Tiny House Franck. The recently-completed home can be opened up to the sun or stars when the weather's nice and also comes with underfloor heating installed for when it isn't... Continue Reading Sliding roof opens tiny house bedroom to the sun or stars Category: Tiny Houses Tags: Home House Micro-House Tiny Footprint Trailer ...
Lens filters are an important tool for many DSLR photographers, but dealing with different diameter lenses, stepping-rings, square filter mounts and the rest can be frustrating and expensive. But now, an ingenious filter system for mirrorless camera adapter mounts looks to shake everything up – except your photos... Continue Reading Aurora Aperture's revolutionary filter system sits behind the lens Category: Digital Cameras Tags: Cameras Digital imaging DSLR Filters Kickstarter Lenses ...
A Singaporean company is launching a kit that makes any motorcycle helmet smart. The Argon Transform kit sticks onto your lid, and gives it a HUD, rear view camera, forward-facing action/dash cam, Bluetooth connectivity, an intercom and visual GPS navigation – for an early bird price of US$399... Continue Reading Argon Transform adds dual cameras, comms and a HUD to any motorcycle helmet Category: Motorcycles Tags: Helmet HUD Indiegogo ...
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins spent their last full day in space before landing gearing up for their Earth return. See how here....
On July 23, 1999, the space shuttle Columbia launched into orbit to deploy the Chandra X-ray Observatory. See how it happened in our "On This Day in Space" video series!...
Air pollution, plastic packaging, nuclear power plants, genome sequencing: just before Boris Johnson becomes prime minister, the UK government has put out dozens of documents. Here's what you need to know...
Chris Kraft, NASA's first flight director who invented the concept of Mission Control, died on July 22, 2019. He was 95. "America has truly lost a national treasure with the passing of one of NASA's earliest pioneers," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine....
Aerospace company Lockheed Martin has finished building the Orion capsule that will fly on the uncrewed Artemis 1 test mission around the moon next summer, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced Saturday (July 20)....
For his Big Idea for The Reefs of Time, the first of his Out of Time series, Jeffrey A. Carver talks about structure — of his story, the universe, and other important things. JEFFREY A. CARVER: Big ideas are the meat and potatoes of classical science fiction, but sometimes they collide with one another like […]...
The Ferrari 250 GT California Spider is the most valuable Ferrari made in significant numbers, but although 108 cars were produced, it still requires US$10 million or more to take one home from an auction. Two California Spiders (one SWB, one LWB) have been announced as auction block starters at Monterey this year and just how these two cars fare will be a key indicator as to the state of the top end of the market. This article covers the top 10 most valuable Spiders to have sold, with discussion on the various key features and links to all past auctions... Continue Reading Two Ferrari 250 GT California Spiders set to be market barometers in Monterey Category: Automotive Tags: Artcurial Bonhams Ferrari Gooding & Co RM-Sothebys ...
Forcite has officially launched its MK1 smart motorcycle helmet, which forgoes the HUD in favor of an interesting LED light strip, as well as a HD, wide-angle camera, Bluetooth comms unit, VOIP intercom and a handlebar-mounted control unit... Continue Reading Forcite launches its MK1 smart motorcycle helmet, with a unique LED visual communication strip Category: Motorcycles Tags: Helmet Motorbike Smart Helmet ...
Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer in the world – and it turns out we might have a two million year old ancestor to blame. Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have pinpointed a single gene that ancient ancestors lost, which appears to have predisposed us as a species towards higher rates of atherosclerosis than other apes and mammals... Continue Reading A single gene mutation 2 million years ago may have made humans prone to heart disease Category: Biology Tags: Cardiovascular Evolution Genetics Heart Heart attack Human UC San Diego ...
Why carry one screwdriver when you can effectively carry three? The folks at Big Idea Design have debuted a new solution for handy folks after some versatility when tending to everyday tasks, with the new Ti EDS screwdriver able to hold any kind of hex bit on its tip, while stowing a couple of spares away neatly inside its titanium body... Continue Reading Swappable titanium screwdriver keeps extra hex bits on hand Category: Outdoors Tags: Kickstarter Multi-Tools ...
Lyra is a handheld games console with a twist. It doesn't come with any games, you put it together yourself (or pay a little extra for pre-built) and it can double as a personal computer and a Raspberry Pi experimentation platform. It's a quirky offering that could appeal to the classic console fan who loves to tinker... Continue Reading Lyra combines a handheld, retro-game emulator and a personal computer in one device Category: Mobile Technology Tags: Coding Console Gaming Handheld Portable Gaming Raspberry Pi Retro ...
The UK plans to be carbon neutral by 2050, but it gave more than £4.5bn in aid money to fossil fuel projects overseas between 2010 and 2017...
Chris Kraft was also my friend....
Last week, construction on the TMT observatory was once again halted by peaceful protests by Native Hawaiians to whom the site on Mauna Kea is sacred....
India's Chandrayaan-2 mission is now on its way to the moon, but it has a slow journey ahead: The rover and lander won't touch down until early September....
Microscopic jelly blobs that form when simple carbon-based chemicals dry out could have been the precursors to the first biological cells on Earth...
Are you ready for an untethered Starhopper test? Of course you are....
Free-flying electrons generate light in silicon, CMOS lasers long way off....
Our ancestors may have learned to control fire 1.5 million years ago, which could explain how we came to be human...
More than 3700 square kilometres of Brazilian rainforest has been cleared since Jair Bolsonaro became president, but he has dismissed the data as "lies"...
Groundwater provides drinking water for 120 million Americans and irrigates farmland - but demand in some places, including in California, is drying up wells...
We’ve identified the original stars that were in the Milky Way before it devoured another smaller galaxy called Gaia-Enceladus about 10 billion years ago...
Some stars that go supernova are dimmer than we expect, so something must be filching their energy - it may be a possible dark matter particle called the axion...
"Today is a historical day for space and science and technology in India."...
We need to recognize Apollo as a historical event, not a model for future exploration....
Align supplements purchased from Amazon were likely counterfeits....
Flexible material contracts in response to ethanol vapor, relaxes when vapor is gone....
Whenever I take pictures of the moon, I get asked how I did it and what equipment I use. So I wrote a piece about that in the current issue of the fanzine Journey Planet, which is focused on the moon and (also) the moon landing of Apollo XI, which took place 50 years ago […]...
It would take a lot. Like a real lot....

Greetings From Aviles

Jul17
John Scalzi
It’s pretty here, and also, I wrote a chapter this morning, so it’s also apparently conducive to getting work done, so that’s nice too. How are you?...
In recent weeks, a new study by researchers at ETH Zurich has hit the headlines worldwide (Bastin et al. 2019). It is about trees. The researchers asked themselves the question: how much carbon could we store if we planted trees everywhere in the world where the land is not already used for agriculture or cities? […]...
Here I am in Aviles, Spain. It’s very pretty here. Also, I’ve been up for 24 hours, so I am very tired. I’m going to have a nap now....

Pick One / Child’s Play Videos

Jul15
Bear McCreary Blog
In addition to writing music, I spent last spring writing, producing, and directing videos to help get that music out into the world. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of my three recent shorts: “Pick One,” “Theme from Child’s … Continue reading →...

Off to Spain

Jul15
John Scalzi
Where I am a guest of the Celsius 232 Festival. I expect to be mostly busy with that for the next week, but may post a few pictures here and there (and there are a couple Big Idea pieces for you to look forward to this week as well). You kids have fun while I’m […]...

THE LEGEND PICARD RETURNS

Jul15
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Heres Patrick Stewart chatting to a packed convention hall in Star Trek Las Vegas as only he can, "Make it so". The fans of course loved every minute of it and couldn't get enough of "the Picard" news. How do you separate the legend from the man? So everyone settled down and listened to Stewart speak and WOWSERS!  He just blew us away..... and this is just the beginning!"You know, whatever happens in the next few years what you did makes it all worthwhile anyway. However I have to tell you, he (Jean Luc Picard) may not and I stress, may not be a captain anymore. He may not be the Jean Luc that you recognize and know so well. It may be a very different individual - someone who has been changed by his experiences. 20 years will have passed which is more or less exactly the time of the very last movie Nemesis and today. We have no scripts as yet, we're just talking, talking, talking storylines. It will be I promise you, I guarantee it, something very very different but it... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/Xn9MjmS2uJQ/the-legend-picard-returns.html...
A tall and fairly impressive stack of new books and ARCs this week. What here is something you’d want to take into the weekend with you? Share in the comments!...
The New York Times last week ran a piece called What Middle-Class Families Want Politicians to Know, which featured interviews from a number of Americans, discussing their economic concerns and fears. The thing is, the large majority of the households represented in the piece have a six-figure income; while there is one fellow whose reported […]...

Rim of the World

Jul08
Bear McCreary Blog
ORCHESTRAL ADVENTURES LIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD: In the new Netflix film Rim of the World, four kids meet at the titular summer camp before an alien invasion plunges the world into chaos. They must overcome their differences and embark on a journey to … Continue reading →...
“The weather forecast looks sunny and particularly hot from Sunday to Friday, with afternoon temperatures above 30°C every day, and likely exceeding 35°C by the middle of the week. One consequence is that the poster sessions (Tuesday and Thursday) have been moved to the morning as they will be held outside under a marquee.”   […]...
This month’s open thread for climate science discussions....

Star Trek Discovery Mystery

Jul01
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Hey trekkers, heres a puzzle for you to brainstorm. The United Federation of Planets Crossfield-class STARSHIP, USS Discovery NCC-1031 was reported destroyed in 2257............dun dun duuuuun. so that being the case why did it turn up abandoned in the 33rd century?Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers ...

Absence and Evidence

Jun26
Real Climate
Guest commentary by Michael Tobis, a retired climate scientist. He is a software developer and science writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. A recent opinion piece by economist Ross McKitrick in the Financial Post, which attracted considerable attention in Canada, carried the provocative headline “This scientist proved climate change isn’t causing extreme weather – so politicians […]...

Child’s Play

Jun24
Bear McCreary Blog
Chucky, the demented doll and horror icon with the devilish little face, peered out at me from a torn VHS cover at my local video store and haunted my dreams as a kid. Now, thirty years later, I found a … Continue reading →...

QUENTIN TARANTINOS STAR TREK FILM

Jun19
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Finally June 2019 is here, deadline reports world famous Star Trek fan, Quentin Tarantino is pitching his idea for a new Star Trek film and guess what my trekker friends? Paramount loves it! Well why wouldn't they? with Q.T. record, Star Trek's sleeper franchise will burst into life!. Word is Tarantino and J.J.Abrams are in talks about Q.T's "idea."  Simon Pegg, some say, reckons..... "That idea is going into the writer's room to be looked at. I think it might take something like him to restart it."  Tarantino wants the film to be R rated, so its a safe guess the crew of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 are gearing up for some hysterical, homicidal trekamania. What could be so wrong with exploring new territory with a splash of red boldly going where no satirist has gone before?....Sounds so right doesn't it?KEENSER AND SCOTTYSo now Tarantino is in talks to explore Star Trek 4 with the studio. While nothing is set in stone, the pl... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/aJVV24W6rrk/quentin-tarantinos-star-trek-film.html...