April 2010 Archives

Glimpse the future - from 1939

By Daniel Smith on Apr 30, 10 06:13 PM

April 30, 1939, saw the launch of the New York World's Fair.

It gave visitors a glimpse of "the world of tomorrow" and shape industrial design, pop culture and the way the future would envision the future.

Here's The New York Public Library will some of their keepsakes from the event.

It's more than 40 years since the first human set foot on the moon, and now it could be time for another type of lunar explorer altogether.

A robot explorer with two legs and two arms straight out of sci-fi.

Weird Science Friday Links

By Daniel Smith on Apr 30, 10 10:00 AM

Bored at work? Counting down the hours to the weekend?

Then Weird Science can help (as long as the boss doesn't spot ya!).

Weird Science Friday Links give you a nudge towards stuff you'll hopefully find more diverting than the stack of papers in front of you!

The world's smallest horse?

Fun, fashion and science of shoelaces!

Could an asteroid knock the moon into Earth?

Liquid art is very cool.

NASA ship towing Space Shuttle fuel tank caught on Google Earth.

The centre of the universe

By Daniel Smith on Apr 29, 10 08:41 PM

Just where is it?

All us geeks over here in Blighty have been casting envious eyes over the Atlantic at our American cousins and Apple's iPad.

Mere it be just an oversized iPod or the game-changer many people are saying, we just don't know. Because Apple aren't selling it over here yet.

We have to wait until at least the end of May to get our greasy paws on the gizmo, but this video does seem to prove the touch-screen tablet could be everyone.

First five worlds of Kepler

By Daniel Smith on Apr 29, 10 12:00 PM

The first five new worlds discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope.

Einstein wins again

By Daniel Smith on Apr 29, 10 10:22 AM

There's no getting past Einstein and his General Theory of Relativity.

Two new studies used observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to test Einstein's theory - and, after 95 years, the famous patent clerk came through with flying colours.

Which is just as well. If it didn't, you'd find many a panicked physicist perched on window ledges all over the world.

A long-lost Soviet moon buggy - which went MIA in the early 1970s - has been found on the moon by a NASA satellite.

Lunokhod 1 landed in the Mare Imbrium aboard the Luna 17 lander in 1970 and rolled around on the Moon's surface for 11 months before it gave up the ghost.

A deep ocean current with a volume equivalent to 40 Amazon Rivers has been discovered by Japanese and Australian scientists near the Kerguelen plateau, in the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean, 4200 kilometres south-west of Perth.

In a paper published in Nature Geoscience, the researchers described the current - more than three kilometres below the Ocean's surface - as an important pathway in a global network of ocean currents that influence climate patterns.

Water ice and organic material has been discovered on the surface of an asteroid.

The discovery lends support to the theory that meteorites falling on Earth may have given a kick-start to life.

Scientists found evidence of a thin film of ice covering 24 Themis, one of the hundreds of space rocks in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

The 200km-wide object is one of the largest Main Belt asteroids.

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Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith - a long time ago, in a galaxy far away just north of Watford, Daniel fancied himself as a scientist but turned out to be the worst scientist since that bloke who mapped out all those canals on Mars that turned out to be scratches on his telescope's lens. Luckily, he is now not working on the Large Hadron Collider inadvertently creating a black hole that would swallow the world but is safely behind a desk writing this blog, bringing you the fantastical underbelly of nature... weird science.

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