It seems like something out of Star Trek, but a team at NASA is hard at work on developing real warp drive (or faster-than-light travel), and artist renderings of the proposed ship look stunning.
n 2010, Dr. Harold Sonny White revealed that he, along with a team at NASAs Johnson Space Center, are hard at work on developing a functional warp drive. After collaborating with artist Mark Rademaker, White was able to show what a possible warp drive ship may look like (Rademakers images are viewable here), and fans of Star Trek will not be disappointed, as i09 reports. The ship, affectionately named the IXS Enterprise for the drawings, looks like a vessel straight out of the cult science fiction show, which popularized the concept of travel between the stars. A subtle saucer section, which is an intentional nod to the show, sits cradled between two gigantic rings.
Those rings are key to how the proposed warp drive ship would work, and constitute the heart of the concept. White and his team have developed new theories to fix
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.
When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good long ago, but too often these days they serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors. After Zip2, when I realized that receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit, I avoided them whenever possible.
At Tesla, however, we felt compelled to create patents out of
The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas
The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas.
According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the surveillance is part of a top-secret system code-named SOMALGET that was implemented without the knowledge or consent of the Bahamian government. Instead, the agency appears to have used access legally obtained in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to open a backdoor to the countrys cellular telephone network, enabling it to covertly record and store the full-take audio of every mobile call made to, from and within the Bahamas and to replay those calls for up to a month.
SOMALGET is part of a broader NSA program called MYSTIC, which The Intercept has learned is being used to secretly monitor the telecommunications systems of the Bahamas and several other countries, including Mexico, the Philippines, and Kenya. But while MYSTIC scrapes mobile networks for so-called metadata information that reveals the time, source, and destination of calls SOMALGET is a cutting-edge tool that enables the NSA to vacuum up and store the actual content of every conversation in an entire country.
An article in The Telegraph
quotes William Hague saying that "Putin is losing control of events in Ukraine"...
The alternative argument is that Putin is very much in control and knows the upcoming elections (which he originally opposed to confound the west) will support him.
Europe is in between a rock and a hard place - sanctions will do little but damage European trade with Russia.
The article finishes with this amazing quote by Hague:
"If the Russians carry on like this then they will see Europe radically reduce its dependence on Russian energy. Russia will also be shut out of G8 for an extended period. I hope this message is getting across. But it is too early to say whether Putin understands the long-term consequences he faces."
Given that Europe has no alternative energy import strategy that could replace Russian oil and gas for at least 10 years I am worried (to say the least) on the eventual outcome.
A team of researchers led by University of Texas at Austin astronomer Ivan Ramirez has identified the first "sibling" of the Sun -- a star that was almost certainly born from the same cloud of gas and dust as our star.
Ramirez' methods will help other astronomers find other "solar siblings," work that could lead to an understanding of how and where our Sun formed, and how our solar system became hospitable for life. The work will be published in the June 1 issue of The Astrophysical Journal.
"We want to know where we were born," Ramirez said. "If we can figure out in what part of the galaxy the Sun formed, we can constrain conditions on the early solar system. That could help us understand why we are here."
Additionally, there is a chance, "small, but not zero," Ramirez said, that these solar sibling stars could host planets that harbor life. In their earliest days within their birth cluster, he explains, collisions could have knocked chunks off of planets, and these fragments could have travelled between solar systems, and perhaps even may have been responsible for bringing primitive life to Earth. Or, fragments from Earth could
China planning high-speed 13,000km Beijing-US railway
'China-Russia plus America line' would run for 13,000km across Siberia and pass under Bering Strait through 200km tunnel.
China is considering plans to build a high-speed railway line to the US, the country's official media reported on Thursday.
The proposed line would begin in north-east China and run up through Siberia, pass through a tunnel underneath the Pacific Ocean then cut through Alaska and Canada to reach the continental US, according to a report in the state-run Beijing Times newspaper.
Crossing the Bering Strait in between Russia and Alaska would require about 200km (125 miles) of undersea tunnel, the paper said, citing Wang Mengshu, a railway expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
"Right now we're already in discussions. Russia has already been thinking about this for many years," Wang said.
The project nicknamed the "China-Russia plus America line" would run for 13,000km, about 3,000km further than the Trans-Siberian Railway. The entire trip would take two days, with the train travelling at an average of 350km/h (220mph).
Hip width and risk of birth-related trauma may play a role in a woman's decision to have sex. Women who were more inclined to have one-night stands had wider hips, reveals a study into how a woman's build influences her sexual behavior. Results of the study show that the number of sexual partners a woman had is largely driven by one-night stand behavior. This, in turn, correlates with a woman's hip width and not waist-to-hip ratio. Overall, women in this study with hips wider than 14.2 inches had more sexual partners and more one-night stands than women with hips under 12.2 inches wide.
Protein content subverts our appetite control systems
An article in nature
suggests that Processed foods that dilute protein content subvert our appetite control systems.
The weight of evidence indicates that the primary driver of the obesity epidemic in recent decades has been increased intake, rather than decreased energy expenditure. Not surprisingly, much research has focused on the source of these extra calories, with vigorous debate over whether fats or carbohydrates (especially refined sugar) are the main culprits.
But this approach misses a fundamental point. The obesity problem is best understood not as the result of the overconsumption of a single macronutrient, but from a skewing of the proportion of each macronutrient in our diet notably the dwindling quantity of protein in processed food products. The paucity of protein relative to fats and carbohydrates in processed foods drives the overconsumption of total energy as our bodies seek to maintain a target level of protein intake.
An optimal diet includes a mixture of foods that provide dozens of different nutrients in appropriate amounts and in the right proportions. Consuming such a balanced diet is essential for the growth and maintenance of all organisms, and for reproductive fitness.
The first oil extraction project has been successfully implemented in the Arctic on the Prirazlomnaya oil platform despite large-scale protests from ecologists, including the organization Greenpeace, which is opposed to offshore production on the shelf.
The volume of the first batch of oil was 70,000 tons. The fields total volume is 71,960,000 tons and it is projected that 6,000,000 tons will be produced a year. Thus, oil can be extracted from this reserve for at least ten years.
According Gazproms information, the first batch was purchased by one of the largest energy companies in Europe and the raw material was sold by direct contract. It is not clear, however, which company this was. Gazprom had earlier provided assurances that oil under the new ARCO brand would be supplied to the port of Rotterdam.
The field is located deep in the Pechora Sea, 37.28 miles from the shore, meaning that getting to it would not be so simple in the event of an oil spill. Specialized ice breakers maintain constant vigil next to the platform and a special accident complex has been built on the shore in the village nearest to the platform.
One turbine in Alaska, however, will now spin high above the rest.
Altaeros Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) is an inflatable, helium-filled ring with a wind turbine suspended inside. Altaeros Energies
will launch its high-altitude floating wind turbine south of Fairbanks to bring more affordable power to a remote community. Ben Glass, CEO of Altaeros told The New York Times
that the company expects to provide power at about $0.18 per kilowatt-hour, about half the price of off-grid electricity in Alaska.
Altaeros recently received additional funding from RNT Associates International Pte Limited, a company owned and controlled by Mr. Ratan N Tata, former Chairman of the Tata Group. Tata Power, a Tata Group subsidiary, is the leading developer of wind energy projects in India.
We are pleased to work with the Alaska Energy Authority and TDX Power to deploy our flexible, low cost power solution for remote communities, stated Ben Glass, Altaeros Chief Executive Officer. The project will generate enough energy to power over a dozen homes. The BAT can be transported and setup without the need for large cranes, towers, or underground foundations
Chlorogenic acid, the key component of green coffee bean extract, is a powerful natural antioxidant which combats free radicals in the blood stream. The affect is to slow down the aging process, and improve circulation and muscle tone.
The major anti-oxidant in green coffee bean extract, chlorogenic acid, inhibits the release of the G6Penzyme which has been shown to significantly stabilizes blood sugar levels, so diabetics can definitely benefit from taking this supplement. Diabetics can also benefit greatly from any reduction in weight that may occur from taking green coffee bean extract, as well.
That is only one of the reasons that this research is so exciting. According to studies published in the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity Journal, green coffee bean extract may just be the first weight reduction product ever that actually delivers on its promises.
In a study recently published in the LA Times,participants were supplemented with green coffee bean and strictly monitored for 12 weeks. On average, the participants lost 17 lbs each.That's 16% of their overall body fat and 10.5% body weight. But that's not the most amazing part. What really got us excited is