Tech Tuesday for 12/4
In case you’ve been living under a rock this past week, NASA put another probe onto Mars. This one is basically a seismograph. Just a reminder, this is still a very tricky thing to do, and the fact that we get it right more often than not is worthy of the admiration of the people who put this stuff together.
Speaking of probes, OSIRIS-REX has achieved orbit around the asteroid Bennu.
He was particularly drawn to the futuristic shuttlecrafts that effortlessly skimmed through the air, with seemingly no moving parts and hardly any noise or exhaust.
Hydrogen stored in a liquid at STP, as a gasoline replacement. Sounds wonderful, but for something that is being touted as Open Source, I’m not seeing any obvious chemical formulas so I can understand how the Hydrogen is getting bound to the liquid, nor how the mystery catalyst is doing it’s job.
They have spread so far, so fast that they may be one defining sign of our times. The shells they leave behind can enter the geologic record, and survive for ages to come as a marker (“we were here”) in deep time.
New full body image scanner. There’s a couple of links to videos in the article, be sure to check them out, because damn if that isn’t impressive!
Ooooh, a pretty Pinwheel of Death!
It’s about time we started co-opting viruses to our benefit. Now if we could just engineer the cold virus to help with weight loss, I might enjoy having the sniffles.
ISS turns 20! Happy Birthday, you fantastic bit of easy to spot orbital amalgamation!
Factories! In! Space!
Speaking of hydrogels, we can use them for gathering water as well.
Using photosynthesis to convert CO2 into plastic.
Oh, man, this just hits all the right aerospace geek notes for me. ESA astronaut caught the launch of Progress rocket.
I got nothing better that this Ed Brayton quote from FB:
A Chinese scientist is making CRISPR babies. As an atheist BBQ guy, I know that this is totally unnecessary. You can make a baby CRISPR by drying out the skin and applying a coat of olive oil before roasting it. The Chinese invented Peking Duck, they should know this.