Archives for: October 2013
Your Next Vacation Could be in a Space Balloon

Ever since the early days of Star Trek and even before that, many a human has dreamt of going into space. So far the privilege and adventure of going into space has been granted only to a group of highly trained Astronauts from NASA and other world space organizations. Today, with the advent of new technologies, your next vacation could be in a space balloon. World View, as the project is known, is the name of the space tourism program that will take people 100,000 feet up into the Earth’s stratosphere to the edge of space. Once there, they will spend two hours admiring the view of the curvature of the Earth. The passengers will not experience weightlessness as they will not be high enough in space so they will be free to walk around in the space capsule. The capsule is lifted via a massive helium balloon and guided for a safe landing using a giant parafoil. Trips are slated to start in 2016 and are estimated to cost $75,000. Check out the video below:

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The World’s First Bionic Man is Hitting the Streets

Ever since the beginning of time, we humans have been curious about our origins and gone to great lengths over time to try to understand how life is created. This propensity for human curiosity has manifest itself through science with cloning techniques and organ growth using stem cells and scaffolding, but none so obvious as an artificially created mechanical human being, commonly referred to as the bionic man. Well the day has finally come, scientists have created the world’s first bionic man and he is hitting the streets for a stroll soon. A team of scientists at the University of Zurich have recreated more than 50 percent of the human body using the “most sophisticated” prosthetics and artificial organs (like a full circulatory system) available. A new documentary about this creation, entitled “The Incredible Bionic Man,” will air on the Smithsonian Channel this Sunday at 9:00PM ET. The lucky folks that live in the Washington, DC area will get a chance to “meet” the creation for in person. Only time will tell how far we can take this technology, perhaps on day we will all have android assistants in our home :-) Check out this awesome trailer of the upcoming documentary:

Source: The Verge

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Science Minute: Inside Google’s Quantum Computing Lab [Video]

Watch this video from the Verge and get an inside look at Google’s D-Wave Quantum Computer running at speeds that are ridiculously fast and could allow us to solve major scientific problems. Anything from analyzation of big data, to solving major medical computational problems, to possibly even mapping the entire known universe.

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