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Meet the Photographer Hunting for Extraterrestrial Dust on Paris Rooftops – Motherboard

22 May

SPACE DUST: Jon Larsen has spent the eight years years hunting and photographing extraterrestrial dust in cities around the world—something NASA thought was impossible. Not anymore…

Source: Meet the Photographer Hunting for Extraterrestrial Dust on Paris Rooftops – Motherboard


Creepy Soviet Space Shuttles Are Sitting in a Kazakhstan Desert

15 May

COOL: A film catches amazing views of the remains of a space program from the Cold War.

Source: Creepy Soviet Space Shuttles Are Sitting in a Kazakhstan Desert

Elon Musk Just Teased The First Image Of The Tesla Semi Truck

1 May

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T HEARD, Tesla has been working on a big rig truck and just teased their first image of it. Seems like a likely evolution for the company’s vehicle efforts, and I think it would likely be a game changer, so to speak.  Think of the billions of dollars spend on billions of gallons of diesel fuel, and how that adds to the cost of getting goods shipped all over the U.S.  Think of how much diesel emissions add to climate change, too.

Any speculative sketching of Tesla’s truck (to be unveiled in September) will have some basics, guaranteed: an extremely aerodynamic shape, for starters.  Plenty of space for massive battery packs (and they’ll have to be massive, for the distances semi-trucks travel).  One thing not mentioned is solar panels – the amount of space on the top of a semi-trailer plus how much time in daylight is spent on the road should mean some sort of solar energy/recharging ability would be a no-brainer.

Source: Elon Musk Just Teased The First Image Of The Tesla Semi Truck

This Caterpillar Can Eat Plastic Shopping Bags

25 Apr

WHOA! “This discovery could be an important tool for helping to get rid of the polyethylene plastic waste accumulated in landfill sites and oceans.”

Source: This Caterpillar Can Eat Plastic Shopping Bags


What’s On Your Rooftop? Flecks of Outer-Space Dust, Most Likely

14 Mar

“After decades of failures and misunderstandings, scientists have solved a cosmic riddle — what happens to the tons of dust particles that hit the Earth every day but seldom if ever get discovered in the places that humans know best, like buildings and parking lots, sidewalks and park benches.

The answer? Nothing. Look harder. The tiny flecks are everywhere.”  Read how Jon Larsen, a Norwegian jazz musician and amateur astronomer led the hunt to discover that space dust and debris is everywhere. From The New York Times  and in today’s print edition, too!

Larsen’s discovery also led to writing a book about it, In Search of Stardust, coming in August.

Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia: The World’s Deepest Hole Yields Fascinating Data

6 Aug

FASCINATING AND SURPRISING, the world’s deepest hole in the ground yielded several surprises. Water at 23,000 feet, hotter than expected and fossils.

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