Martian trippers enjoy storm free journey

Great news for all Martian wannabes.

The trip to Mars can be made much safer with the realisation of a “Force Field”. This will drastically cut down the problems the solar wind can cause, especially when a solar storm occurs.

The high speed particles flowing from the Sun during a Solar Storm can cause serious medical problems for the astronauts, so using technology developed during Fusion research it was found that a “magnetic bubble” can be used to envelope the spaceship and all and protect them in the same way the Earth is protected from the Solar Winds.

More information can be found here:
http://www.physorg.com/news145004546.html

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The future is big, bendy and transparent.

You might have seen bendable displays before, but unfortunately they’ve

always had something that stopped them going main stream. Until now.
All of the problems have been fixed: any size, any resolution, flexible and
bright.

Check out the new report here:

I think it’s hard to imagine the many ways this will transform today’s world, but just imagine what a roll up, light weight, flexible screen could do:

  • Wrap around your arm like a bracelet.
  • Sewn directly onto fabrics.
  • Floated into the sky by balloons.
  • Embedded into spectacles or any glass surface.

Do you have some good ideas?

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Exciting software – Phun

Continuing from my previous blog Exciting software, here’s another one.

Phun is a very clever 2D physics engine. With realistic water movement, gravity, friction and tweakable. The interface is actually very intuitive to. A very nice user experience.

See a video here:

And you can actually try the software from here:
http://www.acc.umu.se/%7Eemilk/

I’ve found it to be very impressive, easy to use and accurate.

Let me know what you think.

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E-Petition: Save physics

There has been sudden and wide reaching changes to the support Britain will be giving to Physics research in the coming months, all negative, and impacting some of the biggest experiments across the world.

Please show your suppport by signing the online petition here:
http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Physics-Funding/

More information here:
NewScientist
British Astronomical Association

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Becoming an intergalatic explorer 2 – Visit the zoo


I’m sure you’ll remember my last post about becoming an intergalactic explorer, well now there’s a new project to help you explore the cosmos but in a similar way to the last one.

The project is:
http://www.galaxyzoo.org/

You’ll be rummaging through the Slaon Digital sky survey – a huge database of galactic images. Your mission is to find the images that look like galaxies then pick a category for them. Most of these images haven’t been seen by anyone else.

THe image above is an example. it looks pretty good, and I’ve chosen an anti-clockwise spiral. (I hope you agree…)

Have fun and find something interesting…

UPDATE:
Here’s a few nice looking galaxies I’ve come across:
One, two, three and four.

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Earth II? Or would you prefer "GLIESE 581 C"?

A planet which is suspected to be the closet resemblance to Earth has been seen, and its a neighbour.

Just 20 light years away (almost in touching distance) around the star Gliese 581 is a planet not much bigger than Earth (1.5x). It orbits much closer to its star than the Earth does to the Sun, and takes only 13 “Earth” days to orbit. However, the star Gliese is much smaller and weaker than the Sun so a planet orbiting that close would actually have temperatures very similair to Earth, in fact within the temperature limit that would allow liquid water to exist on the surface.

All this has been estimated from the slight wobble of the star seen from Earth, which is created when a something large orbits around, although the effect is very small.

This would make an ideal candidate for the upcoming planet hunting space telescopes, designed to image planets around stars – unfortunately, we still have to wait several decades for this to be achieved…

More info here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6589157.stm
http://obswww.unige.ch/Instruments/harps/Welcome.html (The discovers)

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Petitions and light pollution.

The UK goverment now lets people create online petitions which amongst others, the prime minister will see. Not a bad idea.

If you want to have a look click here:
http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/search?q=light+pollution

Also note that these few petitions are for solutions to the problem of light pollution, something which I get quite annoyed about, so please go ahead and support these ideas, I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to.

Some people don’t even realise that there should be 1000’s of stars visible in the night sky, a view which makes us far to inward looking. Also, less light pollution equals less electricity used, so less greenhouses gases released as well as less pollution. It’s a no lose decision!


#flag: “Light pollution”, Petitions

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OU Planetary Science End

At last, my OU course is completed – not that I didn’t enjoy doing it, it just means I have much more free time and I don’t have to worry about revision or pending exams.

Just took the exam yesterday after a couple of solid days at home revising. It didn’t go to badly me thinks but to be sure I’ll have to wait a couple more months for my results to come in – no doubt they’ll be posted as soon as I know.

If I do pass it, it does means I’ll be able to claim a certifcate in (something like) “Space Physics” which should be handy for my CV and look cool (if nerdy) on my wall.


#flag: OU, “Planetary Science”, Exam

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