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"This time when we go to the Moon, we're actually going to stay."...
Hot on the heels of the logo and title reveal comes our first look at the new "Star Trek: Picard" spin-off series, focusing on Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart....
Still not that McLaren. We're talking again about the British camper van converter that works exclusively with big vans like the VW Crafter and Mercedes Sprinter. A few months before going full-on Savage with the Crafter, it was performing some of its first conversions on the generation-3 Sprinter. Its updated Shadow two-sleeper van capitalizes on the latest Mercedes tech, adding a cozy, sealed-off interior with space to sleep, cook, freshen and relax. And for those that yearn for a little more speed and adventure, it also offers bike-hauling Sprinter Sporthomes... Continue Reading Mclaren gives its Sprinter camper van sporty flair and spacious living Category: Automotive Tags: Campervan Camping Mercedes Mercedes-Benz Motorhome Motorhomes Outdoor Travel Van ...
NASA chose Maxar Technologies to build the power and propulsion element of the Gateway lunar space station, which will be an outpost for going to the moon and Mars...
Congressional report alleges Purdue corrupted WHO to boost international sales....
After expanding to Singapore late last year following a string of test flights of its radical 18-rotor aircraft, German aviation startup Volocopter has now announced plans to build its first flying taxi station in city, with flight trials to kick off soon after its completion. .. Continue Reading Volocopter to build a prototype flying taxi station in Singapore this year Category: Automotive Tags: Singapore Volocopter ...
While many mountain bikers don't like the idea of having their feet mechanically fastened to so-called clipless pedals, they do nonetheless see the advantages of such a setup. Austria's magped has set out to reach a compromise, with its magnetic platform pedals – I recently got to try a set out, and found myself drawn to them (sorry)... Continue Reading Review: magpeds use magnets for less-threatening foot retention Category: Bicycles Tags: Cycling Magnetic Pedal Reviews ...
On May 23, 2017, NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer took an urgent and unplanned spacewalk to replace a broken data relay box outside of the International Space Station. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space videos series!...
It turns out that tiny fish are crucial to supporting larger animals on and around a healthy coral reef...
A new type of wood material that reflects sunlight could keep homes cool and cut energy used for air conditioning...
3D printing technology is set to have a real impact on the worlds of building and construction. Plans are already afoot for the world's first 3D-printed neighborhood, while we've already seen what 3D-printed offices, houses and even castles can look like. Adding to the mix of possibilities is a new proof-of-concept bathroom unit, which scientists in Singapore were able to 3D print in its entirety in a single day. .. Continue Reading 3D-printed bathroom units take shape in a single day Category: 3D Printing Tags: 3D Printing Building and Construction Nanyang Technological University ...
Which is: Make a filter that takes any email with the word “unsubscribe” in it and punts it directly into archived mail, rather than sending it to your inbox. Since nearly all marketing email has a footer that explains (in very small type) how to unsubscribe to the mail, all of it will now bypass […]...
Cinema's favorite silver-suited, metal-booted cybernetic killing machine is back....
NASA wants to land humans on the moon in just five years — and the agency has chosen its first company to help the Artemis program build a lunar outpost for those astronauts: Maxar....
A plan to build a high-speed underground transport loop beneath a renovated Las Vegas Convention Center is moving full steam ahead. The local tourism authority has signed off on a contract worth almost US$50 million, that will see The Boring Company design and construct a set of tunnels through which guests will travel aboard self-driving electric vehicles. .. Continue Reading The Boring Company fleshes out the details for upcoming Las Vegas tunnel Category: Urban Transport Tags: Elon Musk New Atlas Audio The Boring Company Tunnel ...

A sad raven bums out its friends

May23
Ars Technika: Science
Experiment shows how emotions can spread between birds....
The 60 Starlink internet satellites will be the heaviest payload SpaceX has ever launched, and the spacecraft will deploy in an unusual way....
Amongst many other things, aerial drones are now being used to inspect high-voltage power transmission lines. Canada's Hydro-Quebec public utility company, however, has developed what could be a better alternative … the LineRanger robot... Continue Reading Power line-crawling robot may give drones a run for their money Category: Robotics Tags: ICRA 2019 New Atlas Audio Power Stations Remote Control ...
A planned launch of a remote sensing satellite from Taiyuan in north China may have ended in failure, with the lack of an official statement suggesting an issue with the mission....
Could Mars have little microbes living in its dust?...
Though some folks still walk to work from the city transit station, many choose to scoot in. Electric kickscooters mean that you're less likely to arrive at the office in a sweat or out of puff, and there are lots of models to choose from – whether you own, rent or ride-share. BMW is looking for a slice of the last mile commute pie and its latest collaboration with Micro Mobility Systems has resulted in a new addition to the automotive giant's city scooter range... Continue Reading BMW kicks it on city streets with E-Scooter launch Category: Urban Transport Tags: BMW Electric Vehicles Last-mile transport Scooter ...
Face recognition technology is being rolled out across the world, but activists and politicians are starting to push back on creeping surveillance...
The world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma treats astronomers to a starlit performance at the Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile....

The Big Idea: Bryan Camp

May23
John Scalzi
Even when you write fantasy, the real world can influence your work. So Bryan Camp discovered when recent events caused to rethink the design of his latest novel, Gather the Fortunes. BRYAN CAMP: When I sold my first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, I was lucky enough (and had a savvy enough agent) to […]...
A group of chimpanzees in Gabon has figured out how to eat tortoises by cracking open their shells against tree trunks — further evidence of the apes’ ingenuity...
What will it take for NASA to put humans back on the moon? Aside from a still-undetermined sum of cash, the agency will need to launch about 37 moon missions between now and 2028....
New York City's High Line elevated park proved such a good idea that it's since been replicated around the world, including Seoul's Seouullo and Sydney's Goods Line. Londoners will soon be able to enjoy something similar too, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. .. Continue Reading London's High Line-style elevated park to rise with the Tide Category: Architecture Tags: Building and Construction London Public Space Urban Redevelopment ...
Thousands of preschools in China are using robots to give students heath checks. Each morning they examine pupils looking for signs of contagious diseases...
One of the high points of Photokina 2018 in Cologne, Germany, was the GFX100Megapixels Concept from Fujifilm, featuring a large sensor about 1.7 times the size of a full-frame image sensor and capable of recording 4K video. Now the company has announced a late June release for its new 102 megapixel medium format flagship, the GFX100... Continue Reading Fujifilm finally launches 100 megapixel medium format mirrorless monster Category: Digital Cameras Tags: FUJIFILM Medium Format Cameras Mirrorless Cameras New Atlas Audio Photography ...
Once again elections are being battered and political views polarized by far-right propaganda flooding social media – could a simple tweak to online connections help win the information wars?...
Destroying habitats, poaching wildlife and changing the climate will cause mammals and birds to experience “substantial ecological downsizing” over the next 100 years....
Oregon-based software developer Panic is getting into the hardware game with a handheld game console that features a hand crank. Called Playdate, it looks like a Gameboy made for (or by) a Minion, doesn't have a color screen, receives new games weekly like a TV show and, yes, there's a weird mechanical handle on the side – but not for power... Continue Reading Playdate looks to the past to reimagine the handheld (and hand-cranked) console of the future Category: Games Tags: Console Games Gaming Portable Gaming Retro ...
The rate of people dying from stroke in England decreased by 55 per cent between 2001 and 2010, according to an analysis of 800,000 patients...
Shrooms' relatives beat us to multicellularity by a healthy margin....
The move could steer women away from misinformation and abortion "science fiction."...
Here’s a very excellent mid-week selection of new books and ARCs that are available for your perusal. What here would you want on your own shelf now or in the near future? Share your thoughts in the comments....
The catch? You need about a million atmospheres of pressure....
Local health officials say cheap charlatans are likely using contaminated equipment....
Operator hopes to send power back to the grid before the year is out....
Since news of the scandal broke, the FDA says it will shut down the reporting system....
I figure that will hold you until my brain comes back. Also: What a great weekend at the Nebula conference, and not just because one of my best friends won the Nebula Award for Novel. It was good enough that I don’t actually mind my brain is mush today....
We can now see the Neogene period in color....

TO BOLDLY GO AND DISCOVER

May20
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Uss Discovery Ncc 1031Discovery, Futurism and Safety. The Galaxy is a big place but luckily for us our world has sunlight, gravity and h20 which sustains happy earthers and makes life possible. However all is not as it seems. Not everything is clearly marked. For instance theres no sign-posts in space.While few of us wonder where the cosmos came from or why nature is the way it is, Star Trek has loads of UFP spacefaring organizations. Many have bright leaders like Starfleet who look towards the future. The very bad I will not identify because they are militant and might send their loyal henchmen to get me, lol. Several have unique signs and symbols but who are they?BORGare you afraid to boldly go.....where no trekker has gone before?Do you feel afraid or safe in our Terran Solar System?UNITED FEDERATION OF PLANETSUSS ENTERPRISE COMMAND Which signs and symbols can you identify from this space ... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/rVo6-KzTR0s/to-boldly-go-and-discover.html...
Seriously, this photo has everything (photographic-wise, anyway) you come to Whatever for! I’m traveling tomorrow and will be in Los Angeles through Monday, taking meetings and also taking part in the Nebula Weekend, where among other things I will be participating in the mass autographing on Saturday afternoon, which is totally open to the public. […]...

The Professor and the Madman

May14
Bear McCreary Blog
I was raised by a novelist, Laura Kalpakian, who instilled in me a deep appreciation of the written word. As a toddler, I would frequently stumble into her office, my footsteps concealed by the relentless cadence of her fingers clacking … Continue reading →...

Tim Conway Gone

May14
John Scalzi
Comedian Tim Conway passed away today, and I posted a thought on Facebook which I’ll share here as well: “It occurs to me that one day every celebrity I ever loved growing up will be gone, and it will feel a little bit like being orphaned.” I will add that at age 50, their ranks […]...

STAR TREK QUOTES

May13
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Star Trek has impacted on popular culture with phrases and quotes from the show infecting us, Yes! Thats means you and me. Haven't you noticed? Yes or No? maybe you're an unbeliever? So we're skeptical at first and undecided with unbelief!GOOD HONEST HATRED, VERY REFRESHINGKOR Thats why our heroes commanding the starship USS Enterprise NCC 1701 are roaming the universe spreading the good word. STAR TREK LIVES! Now Trek communication has taken grip of our everyday lives via our conversations through those gadget thingies everyones staring at especially at fan conventions. Iphones they call them. Almost everyone knows the Star Trek lingo, stating logical facts or hellsfire in heated moments of passion.But who said what?   Which one is your favorite?All hands Battle Stations!Beam me up, Scotty!Fascinating.Hes dead Jim.I'm a doctor not a bricklayer!Hailing frequencies open.Engage!Make it so.Resistance is futile.KHA... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/SKh4wNmibro/star-trek-quotes.html...
My two favorite people on the planet, but of course you know that already. Happy Mother’s Day to you, if you are, or have ever had, a mother....
Two days ago I encouraged people to donate to RIP Medical Debt, a non-profit that wipes out medical debt here in the US, and in return I would (if pledge goals were met) write a short story and do an audio version of the story as well. This pledge drive was in commemoration of my […]...
A bimonthly open thread on climate solutions and policies. If you want to discuss climate science, please use the Unforced Variations thread instead....
This month’s open thread about climate science topics. For discussions about solutions and policy, please use the Forced Responses open thread....

Star Trek Time Travel

Apr17
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
The crew of Star Trek's USS Enterprise NCC 1701 - A,B,C and D has traveled backwards and forwards in time, frozen in time or repeated moments of time over and over again... but how many? Well my trekker friends... hells bells, how can we be sure? because we've got 13 movies, 7 Star Trek series and encounters with temporal anomalies, Thats a lot of Star Trek isn't it? So to begin, let examine TNG today and follow up with TOS, DS9, VGR, ENT,TAS, and Star Trek Discovery later on.Star Trek The Next GenerationTime Travel Episodes:1. All Good Things2. Captains Holiday3. Cause and Effect 4. Firstborn5. Tapestry6. Time Squared7. Yesterdays Enterprise8. Times Arrow9. A matter of Time10. We'll always have Paris (Temporal anomaly)11. TimescapeI couldn't leave out Leonard's Stories about time, I know I'm being illogical... but its cool to think his spirit is time travelling out there somewhere. What do you think? Which is you fa... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/WVsHT1qMoAM/star-trek-time-travel.html...

Nenana Ice Classic 2019

Apr14
Real Climate
Wow. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the exceptional (relative) warmth in Alaska last month and in February, the record for the Nenana Ice Classic was shattered this year. The previous official record was associated with the exceptional conditions in El Niño-affected winter of 1939-1940, when the ice went out on April 20th 1940. Though since 1940 was […]...