By Gregory MonePosted 01.02.2008 at 12:42 pm 0 Comments
2007 was a notable year for exploration of the Red Planet, but this year should prove to be just as exciting. Discovery News has a nice round-up of what to expect. Spirit and Opportunity, the twin rovers, are still hard at work, and three orbiters are still studying the planet from up high.
A new probe, Phoenix, is also slated to land on Mars' north pole on May 25. Researchers are hoping the lander will study samples of water ice and help them find new clues about the planet's history. Phoenix will look for evidence of organic molecules, too. And if you just can't wait until May, you can track the spacecraft's journey to Mars here.—Gregory Mone
By Gregory MonePosted 12.18.2007 at 11:30 am 1 Comment
Say this five times fast: Counter-Rotating-Ring Receiver/Reactor/Recuperator. OK, so it doesn't quite roll off the tongue, but this new device, which its designers wisely refer to as CR5, could help solve our planet's carbon dioxide problem.
The device, developed at Sandia National Labs as part of the Sunshine to Petrol project, uses sunlight and steam to neutralize carbon dioxide instead of spewing the stuff up into the atmosphere. The process would produce methanol, which could be used for fuel. The downer? The engineers say it could be a decade or more before the device is available.—Gregory Mone
By Gregory MonePosted 08.07.2007 at 5:53 pm 1 Comment
Mobile phones just keep getting more and more powerful, adding on new functions and graphics and capabilities by the week. Now they could join in the battle against heart attacks. A prototype heart monitor that works in concert with a phone, connecting via Bluetooth, could alert patients and doctors about abnormal cardiac activity through a text message. The external device sends signals to the phone, which includes a program that checks for irregular beats. When something odd registers, both patient and doctor are notified, which allows them to act earlier, and possibly prevent a fatal heart attack.
Developed by scientists at Sri Sai Ram Engineering College and Sathyabama University in India, the prototype has not yet begun clinical trials, but its developers are also thinking about adding a GPS function that would allow monitors to pinpoint the patients location.—Gregory Mone