Japan just revealed some of its plans for space exploration, including the amazing hope of landing a robot explorer on the moon by 2015 and having an entire base of robots by 2020. Will they beat NASA in the new Lunar Space Race? Japan just revealed some of its plans for space exploration, including the amazing hope of landing a robot explorer on the moon by 2015 and having an entire base of robots by 2020. Will they beat NASA in the new Lunar Space Race?
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a joint program by NASA and the German Aerospace Center, achieved a major milestone May 26, with its first in-flight night observations. "With this flight, SOFIA begins a 20-year journey that will enable a wide variety of astronomical science observations not possible from other Earth and space-borne observatories," said Jon Morse, Astrophysics Division director in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "It clearly sets expectations that SOFIA will provide us with "Great Observatory"-class astronomical science." "The crowning accomplishment of the night came when scientists on board SOFIA recorded images of Jupiter," said USRA SOFIA senior science advisor Eric Becklin. "The composite image from SOFIA shows heat, trapped since the formation of the planet, pouring out of Jupiter's interior through holes in its clouds."
Nothng says summer holidays quite like ice cream. On a hot afternoon by the sea, there's little to beat the simple pleasure of a cooling scoop of your favourite flavour. Can food get much more satisfying than this?
Vic Morris thinks it can, with the help of nanotechnology. He is part of a team tweaking foods to trick the body into feeling pleasantly full long after the final mouthful - and without overeating. Ice cream that makes you feel full could be just the beginning. Nanotechnology promises even saltier-tasting salt, less fattening fat, and to boost the nutritional value of everyday products. Nanofood supplements could even tackle global malnutrition. So what is a nanofood? It isn't just about nanoparticles. Many foods have a natural nanostructure - the proteins in milk form nanoscale clusters, for example - that can be altered on the nanoscale to enhance their properties.
A Chinese supercomputer -- the Dawning Nebulae, based at the National Supercomputing Center in Shenzhen, China -- has achieved a sustained computing speed of 1.27 petaflops (quadrillion mathematical operations per second), ranking as the world's second fastest machine on the latest Top 500 list of supercomputers released Monday. The world's fastest computer remains the Cray Jaguar supercomputer, based at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, at 1.75 petaflops.
With Google and Intel leading a charge by technology companies to change the face of television, the slow-moving industry is being forced into a radical rethink of its business model.That could mean that TV sets end up being given away, with a shift towards selling services instead, according to ideas debated at the annual conference of the Society for Information Display in Seattle last week. In 2010, the display industry is pushing three advances in television at once - 3D, internet connectivity and LED backlighting - the latter feature enables thinner sets using less power.