Tuesday, April 22, 2014

100's of Killer #Asteroids Hurtling Toward Earth?!

100from americanlivewire.com: The global network that listens for nuclear weapons detonations detected 26 asteroids exploded in Earth’s atmosphere from 2000 to 2013, data collected by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization shows. These explosions include the Feb. 15, 2013, impact over Chelyabinsk, Russia, which left more than 1,000 people injured by flying debris. City-killer asteroids are forecast to strike about once every 100 years, but the prediction is not based on hard evidence. B612 intends to address that issue with a privately funded, infrared space telescope called Sentinel that will be tasked to find potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth. The telescope, which will cost about $250 million, is targeted for launch in 2018.

Monday, April 21, 2014

CFR claims ​'Space terrorism, floating debris pose threats to US'

from RT.com: The United States is increasingly vulnerable to "space terrorism", according to a new report, as it is more reliant on its satellites and other installations in space to conduct national security operations.

Because the US depends so much on its holdings in space for a variety of operations, and as it is the “primary guarantor of space access,” it has more at stake in protecting its satellites from an attack or damage from another country’s debris, according to a report from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). 

“Threats to U.S. satellites would reduce the country's ability to attack suspected terrorists with precision-guided munitions and conduct imagery analysis of nuclear weapons programs, and could interrupt non-cash economic activity depending on the severity of the attack and number of satellites disrupted,” wrote Micah Zenko, the Douglas Dillon Fellow at the CFR’s Center for Preventive Action and the report's author. 

The report identifies China, North Korea, and Iran – all working to further their military space presence – as the top suspects for targeting US space capabilities. 

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Nest 'Smart Meter' Now Available on Google Play

from mobilesyrup.com: Google’s purchase of Nest has quickly borne fruit, at least in the distribution department, as the company made the Nest Learning Thermostat available to purchase for $249 CDN on the Play Store. Google spent $3.2 billion to purchase Nest earlier this year, and though the collaboration has yet to spawn any new products, its newfound distribution channel allows the search giant to advertise the product while users search for smartphones, tablets and apps. Nest is a digital thermostat that works with your home’s existing infrastructure to optimize heat and air conditioning output, and connects to WiFi for remote administration using an iPhone or Android device. The updated version of the Nest, which the company began selling last year, features a 320×320 pixel touch panel, dual-channel WiFi and a two-year warranty.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

DARPA's Microrobots Working Together To Build with Metal, Glass and Electronics

from technologyreview.com: Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy’s lab at SRI International might think his equipment is infested by ants. Dark shapes about a centimeter across move to and fro over elevated walkways: they weave around obstacles and carry small sticks.

A closer look makes it clear that these busy critters are in fact man-made. Wong-Foy, a senior research engineer at SRI, has built an army of magnetically steered workers to test the idea that “microrobots” could be a better way to assemble electronics components, or to build other small structures.

Friday, April 18, 2014

SpaceX Making Easter Delivery Of Station Supplies

from npr.org: A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week. Following its midday launch through cloudy skies, the Dragon cargo carrier was shown drifting away in the blackness of space, against the blue backdrop of Earth. It's transporting 2½ tons of goods, including a new spacesuit, spacesuit replacement parts, much-needed food, legs for NASA's humanoid, Robonaut, a bevy of mating flies, and germs gathered from sports arenas and historic sites across the U.S.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kepler-186f: First Earth-Sized, Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Found

#Kepler186f: First Earth-Sized, Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Foundfrom popularmechanics.com: A team of astrophysicists at the SETI Institute and NASA's Ames Research Center has just reached a major milestone in the search for life-supporting planets outside our solar system. For the first time, they have discovered an Earth-sized planet nestled in the temperate, liquid-water supporting distance from its star—the so-called habitable zone. "This is a historic discovery," says Geoff Marcy, an astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley who was not involved in the research, "it's the best case for a habitable planet yet found."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DARPA to Set Sea-based Electronic Ambushes for Enemies

from stratrisks.com: U.S. military researchers are moving forward with a program to hide ruggedized electronic devices at the bottom of the world’s oceans that when called on will float to the surface to jam, disrupt, and spy on enemy forces.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Virginia, this week released a formal solicitation (DARPA-BAA-14-27) for the second and third phases of the Upward Falling Payloads (UFP) project to hide sensors and other devices on the ocean floor that will last for as long as five years concealed at depths to 20,000 feet.

Last summer DARPA awarded UFP phase-one contracts to Sparton Electronics of De Leon Springs, Florida, and to Zeta Associates Inc. in Fairfax, Virginia, to develop conceptual designs of a future system with the potential to launch sensors, electronic jammers, laser dazzlers, and other devices surreptitiously and quickly in any of the world’s maritime hot spots.