Warping it up!

Fini Alring's Glossy Tech Zine

Titan’s got the oil!

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Titan Sea Saturn’s orange moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new Cassini data. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes.The new findings from the study led by Ralph Lorenz, Cassini radar team member from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, USA, are reported in the 29 January 2008 issue of the Geophysical Research Letters.”Titan is just covered in carbon-bearing material—it’s a giant factory of organic chemicals,” said Lorenz. “This vast carbon inventory is an important window into the geology and climate history of Titan.”

Photo rendering: Copyright Kees Veenenbos

Paradox no more?: Black hole information loss

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Physicist may have finally cracked the black hole information loss paradox that has befuddled physicists for the past 40 years, according to an article accepted for publication by Physical Review D, which concludes that that an outside observer can never lose objects down a black hole.Case Western Reserve University physicists Tanmay Vachaspati, Dejan Stojkovic and Lawrence M. Krauss came to this conclusion after spending a year working on complex formulas to calculate the formation of new black holes.

It’s complicated and very complex,” noted the researchers, regarding both the general problem and their particular approach to try to solve it.

The question that the physicists set out to solve is: “what happens once something collapses into a black hole?”

NASA Unveils Hubble’s Successor

Friday, May 11th, 2007

“BBC News has an article detailing NASA’s replacement for the much-loved Hubble telescope. The $4.5 billion telescope will be placed in orbit 1.5 million km from Earth and will be almost three times the size of the Hubble. It is set to launch in 2013. They also plan to service the Hubble in 2008.”

Instrument For Detecting Life On Mars

Monday, March 12th, 2007

“With the financial help of NASA, American and European researchers have developed a new sensor to check for life on Mars. It should also be able to determine if traces of life’s molecular building blocks have been produced by anything that was once alive. The device has been tested in the Atacama Desert in Chile. It should be part of the science payload for the ExoMars rover planned for launch in 2013.”

Mice regenerates heart and other organs

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

Pretty amazing stuff! This is starting to remind me more and more of the future!!

Betterhumans.com writes “Professor Ellen Heber-Katz and a team of scientists at the Wistar Institute (within the University of Pennsylvania) have engineered a mouse that appears to be able to fully regenerate damage to any organ in its body except the brain.

Betterhumans.com: Mice engineered to regenerate entire organs

TimesOnline.co.uk: ‘Miracle mouse’ can grow back lost limbs

TheAustralian.news.com.au: It’s a miracle: mice regrow hearts