Technological Revolution

NASA is working on a vacuum airship for Mars missions

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/19/2017 - 18:59

HOUSTON, Texas (PNN) - April 10, 2017 - It sounds like something out of science fiction - a vacuum airship filled with empty space, which will soar above the thin atmosphere of Mars.

But NASA is actually putting money into investigating the idea - as well as researching an artificial gravity chamber for spacecrafts.

Atmosphere found around Earth-sized planet GJ 1132b

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 22:00

ATACAMA DESERT, Chile (PNN) - April 6, 2017 - Scientists say they have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-sized planet for the first time.

They have studied a world known as GJ 1132b, which is 1.4-times the size of our planet and lies 39 light years away.

Their observations suggest that the "super-Earth" is cloaked in a thick layer of gases that are either water or methane or a mixture of both.

The study is published in the Astronomical Journal.

Southern Kalifornia Edison to bring on line 50 MW Tesla Powerpack 2 systems

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 20:24

LOS ANGELES, Kalifornia (PNN) - April 4, 2017 - Kalifornia will shortly bring more Tesla energy storage systems online in Southern Kalifornia Edison’s (SCE) service area.

The 50 MW projects (utilizing Tesla’s Powerpack 2) are conducted by Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investing arm of Macquarie Group (a global finance corporation).

Prospects for life in solar system are good

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 20:22

HOUSTON, Texas (PNN) - March 29, 2017 - There is evidence for subsurface oceans within nearly a dozen bodies (planets, asteroids and moons) in the Solar system.

Jupiter's Europa, Saturn's Enceladus, and Titan have the strongest evidence.

Scientists invent oxygen particle that allows you to live without breathing

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/29/2017 - 20:32

BOSTON, Massachusetts (PNN) - March 28, 2017 - A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital have invented what is being considered one the greatest medical breakthroughs in recent years. They have designed a microparticle that can be injected into a person’s bloodstream that can quickly oxygenate his or her blood. This will even work if the ability to breathe has been restricted, or even cut off entirely.

Scientists hack a human cell and reprogram it like a computer

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/29/2017 - 20:29

BOSTON, Massachusetts (PNN) - March 27, 2017 - Cells are basically tiny computers: they send and receive inputs and output accordingly. If you chug a Frappuccino, your blood sugar spikes, and your pancreatic cells get the message. Output: more insulin.

Hyperloop tech company offers first look at futuristic travel pods

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:55

CULVER CITY, Kalifornia (PNN) - March 21, 2017 - Building a new 700mph transport system sounds pretty tricky, so one Hyperloop company has decided to kick things off by building the passenger pods first.

Hyperloop is a proposed plan to transport people or cargo between cities at near-supersonic speed in vacuum-sealed pods.

Real-life Robocops will soon replace human terrorist pig thug cops

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:54

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (PNN) - March 20, 2017 - Robot police were once sci-fi fantasy, but soon the real thing will be patrolling the streets of Dubai.

While the original RoboCop from the 1987 film, a superhuman cyborg law enforcer, could hunt down murderous criminals, the real-life version will be tackling more straightforward misdemeanors.

Solar powered handheld vessel can turn hot air into cool drinking water

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 20:03

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (PNN) - March 3, 2017 - In an era when humans are taking from the Earth much more than they’re giving, it’s important that developers continue to create sustainable solutions that the globe is facing or will face in the near future. The water crisis that is impacting the whole planet, caused primarily by climate change and overpopulation, calls for new ways to produce water even when traditional natural resources are scarce so that people don’t die of dehydration.

Seven Earth-size planets were just found orbiting a nearby star

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 17:57

Three of them may be habitable.

HOUSTON, Texas (PNN) - February 23, 2017 - Planet-hunters are always on the lookout for worlds that look like Earth - rocky planets that are not too hot and not too cold for liquid water to flow on the surface. Now scientists have hit the jackpot, discovering seven Earth-size exoplanets orbiting a single star just 39 light-years away.

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