Archive for the ‘Science & Technology’ Category

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TedX – Jacques Vallee – A Theory of Everything (Else) Article & Video

24/11/2011

Dr. Vallee was born in France, where he received a B.S. in mathematics at the Sorbonne and an M.S. in astrophysics at Lille University. Coming to the U.S. as an astronomer at the University of Texas, where he co-developed the first computer-based map of Mars for NASA, Jacques later moved to Northwestern University where he received his Ph.D. in computer science.

He went on to work on information technology research at SRI International and the Institute for the Future, where he directed the project to build the world’s first network-based collaboration system as a Principal Investigator for the groupware project on Arpanet, the prototype for the Internet.

A venture capitalist since 1984, Jacques Vallee has served as an early-stage investor and director of over 60 high-technology companies, a third of which went public through acquisitions or IPOs. Apart from his work with information science and finance, Jacques has had a long-term private interest in astronomy, in writing and in the frontiers of research, notably unidentified aerial phenomena.

His most recent book, The Heart of the Internet, is available free of charge on Google Books. He was awarded the Jules Verne Prize for a science fiction novel in French.

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Canada Wants Technology for the Holidays! ( video available in HD )

10/11/2011

Happy Holidays! (video available in HD)

(statistics provided by canada newswire article, Nov. 2011 – vital vision)

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Constellation View Video – CFH Telescope – Search 4 Nibiru Continues

19/10/2011

Despite the impotence of Elenin, there are still major storms, earthquakes and volcanoes (plus a whole slew of other conditions) that are still tormenting Earth and many are still looking for the answer … in the stars.

Does Nibiru exist? Maybe yes, maybe no. But it’s still wonderful to watch the stars.

Includes constellation overlay!!!

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El Hierro Video & News – Volcano Eruption Spots – Images Indicate Lava, Gases Released

13/10/2011

VIEW VIDEO OF SUBSEA ERUPTIONS ZONES OCT 13/2011:

Experts believe that the spots at sea “could be associated with a fumarole greater than 150 meters”

Las manchas de la erupción volcánica se acercan a 1,85 kilómetros de La Restinga.Volcanic eruption spots are close at 1.85 kilometers from La Restinga. Canary Islands Government

EFE spots generated by the underwater eruptions taking place in the Sea of Calm are already a nautical mile (1.85 km) from La Restinga, the southernmost population of the island of El Hierro, as photographs show, released by the Canarian Government.

This aerial image, taken by the National Geological Survey and the National Research Council, shows a patch of light green, with tan areas, approaching the coast, the Canary Islands government said in a statement.

Experts believe that spots in the sea “could be associated with a fumarole greater than 150 meters” and has “different characteristics” than originally observed.

During the afternoon of Wednesday, the team that traveled to El Hierro announced that it had detected two spots in the sea with a strong smell of sulfur and an area containing dead fish at a distance of between 1.5 and 2 nm (2 , 77 and 3.70 miles).

As explained by the Director General of Security and Emergency, Canarian Government, these two spots in turn signal subsea eruptions, one up to 2 miles and 750 feet deep and another 1.5 miles of the coast and 500 meters under the sea.

The spots generated by these subsea eruptions can be seen with the naked eye from the highlands of El Hierro, in which several people have gathered to observe this natural phenomenon, and has been witnessed on terrero Efe.

source: laopinion.es

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360 Degree Panorama – Milky Way Arches Over Chile

12/10/2011

The Milky Way arches across this rare 360-degree panorama of the night sky above the Paranal observing platform in Chile, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope.

The image was made from 37 individual frames with a total exposure time of about 30 minutes, taken in the early morning hours. The Moon is just rising and the zodiacal light shines above it, while the Milky Way stretches across the sky opposite the observatory.

Click For Enlarged Image - Its Gorgeous!

The open telescope domes of the world’s most advanced ground-based astronomical observatory are all visible in the image: the four smaller 1.8-metre Auxiliary Telescopes that can be used together in the interferometric mode, and the four giant 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes.

To the right in the image and below the arc of the Milky Way, two of ESO’s galactic neighbours, the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds, can be seen.

An interactive virtual tour is available here

Image Credit: ESO/H.H. Heyer

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Video from Green Flight Challenge, Full Scale Electric Power Aircraft Competition

12/10/2011

See the amazing aircraft of the Green Flight Challenge (GFC) from the Google Green Flight Challenge Exposition hosted by NASA at Moffett Field held Monday October 3, 2011. The event showcased the latest in personal aircraft innovation and featured advanced vehicle demonstrations.

Day 2: Green Flight Challenge

Info on Green Flight Challenge

Cutting-edge technology companies exhibited close by to the aircraft. Products and technologies were demonstrated and displayed (advanced vehicles and innovations).  Some of the exhibitors:

  • Verticopter – Personal VTOL
  • D-STAR Engineering – Electric Motor featuring 8kw/kg
  • Sinhatech – Laminar Flow
  • Motor Excellence – Motors
  • GSE – Bio-Fuel Engines
  • Kleenspeed – Car and Aero Technolgies
  • JoBy Energy – Electric VTOL
  • A.I.R. Inc. – Motor Controllers
  • Google – Autonomous Automobile
  • NASA – The Future of Aeronautics
  • CAFE – GFC Flight Testing
  • Extreme Capacitor, Inc. – Ultra-Capacitors, X-CapTM
  • Alternair – Electric Aircraft
  • Catto Props – Quiet Propellers
  • Sentry View Systems – Data Acquisition
  • Wrightspeed – Electric Drivetrains
  • Synergy – Synergy aircraft
  • Aerovel – Flexrotor UAV
  • IKE Aerospace – Seraph Aircraft
  • Brammo Inc – Electric Motorcycle
  • Matternet – UAV Last-Mile Solutions
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Paleolithic Dog Fossils Show Early Relationship With Humans

11/10/2011

This skull of a dog found with a bone in its mouth may be an early indication of man’s relationship with his best friend.

Image: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Palaeontologists have unearthed the remains of three prehistoric dogs, including one with the bone from a mammoth in its mouth, a finding they claim could be an early indication of man’s relationship with his best friend.

A team, led by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, claims that the brains of the paleolithic dogs were also removed after their death which could indicate a human’s attempt to release the animals’ spirits.

This is because the dog skulls show evidence that humans perforated them in order to remove the brains, and as better meat was available, it’s unlikely that the brains served as food, the team says.

Mietje Germonpr, who led the team, said many northern indigenous peoples believed that the head contains the spirit or soul. “Some of these peoples made a hole in the braincase of the killed animal so that the spirit might be released,” she added.

And, in the case of the third dog with a mammoth bone in its mouth, the palaeontologists believe that the bone may have been inserted in the animal’s mouth by a human after it died, signifying a ritual burial, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.

Germonpr said the mammoth bone could signify “that the dog was ‘fed’ to accompany the soul of the dead person on its journey’.

Another team member, Prof Rob Losey at the University of Alberta, said that the study shows that the dog domestication occurred much earlier than previously thought.

He said: “The distinctive treatment given some of the remains also is compelling, and this indicates to me that a special connection had developed between people and some canids quite early on — long prior to any good evidence for dogs being buried.”

The ‘Journal of Archaeological Science’, which has published the findings, reports the skulls discovered clearly showed signs of domestication as they’re significantly shorter than those of fossil or modern wolves, have shorter snouts, and wider braincases and palates than wolves possess.

The dogs were described as large, with an estimated body weight of just over five stone and shoulder height at least 24 inches, resembling a larger and heavier Siberian husky.

The palaeontologists believe the animals were used for hauling meat, bones and tusks from mammoths and firewood.

The dogs are thought to have lived on a diet of mammoth tusks and meat, died when they were between four and eight years old, and suffered from numerous broken teeth during their lifetimes.

PTI

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