Calling all fashionista-engineers: NASA is looking for a tailor to create a flexible and strong spacesuit for astronauts working on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). The suits have to protect the astronauts from cabin tears and the weightless flight. In addition the suits have to be able to handle moonwalks over an extended period of time. All aspiring spacesuit designers should apply soon; NASA will be awarding the contract in June 2008. The Orion CEV will put the new outfits to use on the first crewed flight to the International Space Station (ISS) no later than 2015 and on the moon by 2020. —Saba Berhie
Chevys Equinox, the first hydrogen fuel cell-powered SUV, was the guest of honor at the press conference on Friday marking the opening of ECOFEST in New York City. This was the vehicles first public unveiling, although the official launch of the Equinox will be in late October. As part of a market test called Project Driveway, Chevy will be loaning 110 of these cars to people in areas that already have hydrogen-fueling infrastructure, like New York, California and Washington DC.
Contestants had to submit essays stating why they should win a lease on one of the rare concept vehicles, which cost an estimated $1 million to build. The main advantages of the Equinox are that its free of harmful emissions (the only byproduct is pure water) and not reliant on fossil fuels. Currently, the disadvantages are that the vehicles are made individually at great cost (a fact that will change when and if they go into mass production) and hydrogen fuel stations are few and far between. New York City residents, for instance, will have to drive about 30 miles, all the way to White Plains, to load up their tanks with enough juice to travel the next 200 miles.
The current model is a market test vehicle and is unavailable for retail sales; but Chevy claims that the cost of the Equinox will be competitive (One wonders with what: The Maserati? The Prius?) when mass-produced. —Saba Berhie
This past June, the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn experienced a beautiful thing: the birth of a baby boy walrus, a first for the aquarium and for New York City in general. Now that he's nearly four months old, it seems it's time to name the creature that employees at the zoo have lovingly described as a 256-pound bulldog wearing a wetsuit. Now you can play an important role in the pup's young life by helping choose his name at the Today Show website.
As you can see from this video of the little guys first swim, hes about as agile on land as a one-legged antelope, but takes to the water as gracefully as, well, a walrus. If you have the stomach for it, you might also check out this birth video (the first-ever walrus birth caught on tape). Considering all the things that walruses do slowly, the birth is over ridiculously quickly.
Cast your votes before the October 10 deadline and hope that he ends up with a better name than his dad, Ayveq, which in the Siberian Yupik language means, simply, "walrus." Me, I'm taking the write-in route. Let's go "Oscar!"—Bjorn Carey
Nokia´s new and improved flagship mobile manages to beat the so-called â€Jesus phoneâ€ at its own game. Could this be the Second Coming? Find out in PopSci´s test drive
By John MahoneyPosted 10.02.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Nokia's timing couldn't have been any better when the revised and enhanced U.S. version of its flagship N95 smartphone (the N95-3) went on sale last week-just days after the iPhone's 1.1.1 firmware update officially shut down third-party apps and rendered useless many iPhones that had been unlocked.
Solar storms affect Earth occasionally, if indirectly. The flares and tsunami-like waves that sweep over the sun's surface can disable satellites and down power grids. Now it seems they can have a more concrete impact on objects that cross their path. For the first time ever, NASA scientists captured images of a comet colliding with a coronal mass ejection and losing its plasma tail in the process. In the comet's case, the same ejections that disrupt radio communications triggered magnetic reconnection, shoving together opposing magnetic fields surrounding the comet and causing the tail to rip off during the subsequent burst of energy.
The image above isn't much to look out, but researchers spliced together a series of pictures taken by NASA's STEREO satellite into a terrific movie of the collision, check it out here.—Abby Seiff
Today on PPX we have halted not one, not two, no, not even three, but FOUR propositions—all of them paying out at POP$0. No surprises here—all of the stocks in question had been trading below $10 for several weeks.
In summary, Digg.com was not shut down, no NASA bigwigs were fired, the iPhone was not recalled, and Facebook.com did not go public:
DIGGRIP: halted at POP$0.50
PNKSLP: halted at POP$2.50
FACEBOOK: halted at POP$5.25
IPRECAL: halted at POP$0.25
As always, happy trading! —John Mahoney
Potent new â€œnanofabricsâ€ repel germs and pollution to keep you healthy
By Dawn StoverPosted 09.28.2007 at 2:00 am 2 Comments
The approach of flu season sends many people scurrying for vaccinations and vitamins. But what if you could avoid the flu and other viruses simply by getting dressed? That´s the idea behind two garments that are part of the "Glitterati" clothing line designed by Olivia Ong, a senior design major at Cornell University. The two-tone gold dress and metallic jacket made their debut at the Cornell Design League fashion show on April 21.