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A Solution to Space Junk?

Written by Mike Awada on . Posted in Technology

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The first man-made object to reach space occurred on October 3rd, 1942 by German scientists during WWII. In the seventy years since, thousands of objects have reached orbit including designated phone and television satellites, weather monitors, and of course astronauts. Many objects served their purpose, but many others malfunctioned or became unresponsive and were left to forever circle the Earth.

Objects currently orbiting the Earth include abandoned satellites, used rockets, fragments of spacecraft, and random debris from past collisions. There are now over 500,000 pieces of space junk zipping around the Earth at over 17,500 miles per hour.

Could 2012 be the Year of the ‘God Particle’?

Written by Mike Awada on . Posted in Science

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland is the world’s largest and highest energy particle accelerator. It’s construction was an arduous process, beginning in 1998 and taking 10 years to complete. The collider lies 600 feet beneath the French and Swiss border, and has a circumference of 17 miles. The LHC was a collaborative effort, using the minds of over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries!

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The Large Hadron Collider

The purpose of the multi-billion dollar project was to allow physicists to potentially answer some of the most fundamental, unanswered questions known to man. Scientists hope this tool will answer questions about the structure of space and time, and help us to grasp the underlying concepts behind some of the deepest laws of nature.

The Self-Driving Car

Written by Mike Awada on . Posted in Technology

You’ve probably seen commercials for luxury vehicles that use motion sensors to correct operator error, either by moving sideways or by stopping short. Similarly, cars with adaptive cruise control will automatically adjust your speed, to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you. Combine these 21st century developments with GPS technology, and you have the ingredients for a vehicle that can get you from point A to point B with nothing more than a little direction.

Are you ready for the self-driving car? Are we ready for the autonomous vehicle?

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Self-Tying Shoes a Reality

Written by Mike Awada on . Posted in Gadgets, Sports

The flux capacitor, hoverboard, and self-tying shoes were all fantastic ideas stemming from the 1980′s silver screen trilogy ‘Back To The Future’. While it looks like we’re still a little ways away from time-travel, and are still working out the kinks on the hoverboard, the latter of the three aforementioned inventions has been kick-started into reality.

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A Cure For Global Warming?

Written by Mike Awada on . Posted in Science

If you hadn’t heard, there was a new molecule unearthed in a new way with the huge potential of curbing the global heating of the planet.

German chemist Rudolf Criegee is being credited with fathering the identification of these molecules, and big advancements have been made today, 40 years after his death.

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Untapping the Secrets of Memory

Written by Mike Awada on . Posted in Science

“Memory is the ability of an organism to store, retain, and recall information and experiences.”

For as long as I can remember, human-beings have struggled with various memory issues. Former President Ronald Reagan suffered from Alzheimer’s, and it was believed that it may have even affected him during the last years he was in office. Ralph Waldo Emerson suffered from dementia and forgot his name late in life. Similarly, civil rights hero Rosa Parks had memory issues in her later years. Parks’ family said she was abused by attorneys who took advantage of her mental state, convincing her to sue popular hip-hop group Outkast for using her name in a popular song.

The Mystery of Lake Vostok

Written by Mike Awada on . Posted in Science

For those of you who haven’t heard of Lake Vostok, it has been called “the most alien lake on Earth”. There was some fascinating news was released this afternoon.

Lake Vostok is a subglacial lake the size of Lake Ontario located 2.5 miles below sea level in the middle of Antarctica. It is estimated that the lake water lying beneath the ice has not been accessed in over 20 millions years! To put that in perspective, the largest mammal ever to walk the Earth, the ‘giraffe-rhino’ called a Paraceratherium was just going extinct at this time!