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Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:09 pm
by Boikat
Here's an image from the Spitzer Space Telescope. (Large file). Note the bright nebula near the center upper right.

Nice profile, I think. :)

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:31 pm
by Qray
That's a awesome image.

I tried going to Spitzer Space Telescope's Web Site to learn more about it, but was able to learn much. Do you know of a link that explains the program?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:42 am
by Boikat

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:08 pm
by Boikat
This is pretty neat:

The article doesn't mention how far the full potential can go, such as programmable, animated tattoos. Couple that with OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes), and some pretty wild possibilities can be imagined, like tiger striping yourself (assuming a "full body treatment"), or Polka Dots (Why?) or, gee, camouflage (Hmm, wouldn't you have be pretty much naked? )

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:39 pm
by Llew
Waoh, the cellphone part is weird.

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:06 pm
by Boikat
Thew more you think about it, the more the little "sugar powered fuel cell" powering various applications begins to open up a whole lot of possibilities. First off would be "built in" blood glucose meters for type I and II diabetics. I'm sure a system of "twinge" could be set up if your glucose gets too low, and if it's too high, run a "screen saver" and burn up the extra glucose by "wasting power". :)

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:36 pm
by aldan
Being a type 1 diabetic, I think that sounds like a good idea. The sugar burning would likely be a small amount, but every bit helps. Extremely high blood sugar is badbadbad and very tough to deal with. They'd have to come up with a way to have ones that could be 'reprogrammed' so that if the doctor says you need to adjust something it could be easily done.

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:49 pm
by Boikat
Martian land slide, caught in the act: ... anche.html

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:35 pm
by Ariel
:shock: Wow!

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:48 pm
by Boikat
Here's something that also deserves a "Wow!", or maybe a "Say what?" ... ip-to.html

One-Way Trip to Mars

McLane insists that for now, one-way is the only way.

"Return to Earth from the Martian surface is a daunting technical problem for which current technology offers no obvious solution," he wrote in 2006. "Realistically, there aren’t even any schemes based on futuristic technology that are likely to be perfected within the next 20 years. When we eliminate the need to launch off Mars, we remove the mission’s most daunting obstacle."
Any takers? :?:

Micro Brain

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:57 pm
by Boikat
And, how long before we see this in a PC? ... hines.html
The most powerful computer known is the brain, and now scientists have designed a machine just a few molecules large that mimics how the brain works.

So far the device can simultaneously carry out 16 times more operations than a normal computer transistor. Researchers suggest the invention might eventually prove able to perform roughly 1,000 times more operations than a transistor

Microsoft World Wide Telescope.

Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 4:57 pm
by Boikat
I just downloaded Microsoft's new "Telescope". I think it's sky is a bit on the semi crude side, but I also think this is a "beta" sky, with improvements on the way.

Otherwise, it's a good deal (Because it's free), and allows you to scan the sky, zoom in and look at planets, stars, star clusters, nebula and galaxies. Some images are a bit "rough", like I said. For instance, the Orion Nebula is washed out and over exposed. But again, I expect that over time it will be updated.

Navigating is easy. Just double click a spot or object, and the scene will identify, center, and zoom in on the object. Manual zoom is accomplished with the +/- keys, and manual scrolling uses the mouse "drag".

Planets are a bit rough, but barely passable (I'm sure that will improve too).

For a freebie, it's okay. Good potential for star fields and so on for backgrounds, but a super-dupe ultimate tour of the Universe? not at this time.