Hurricane Irma as seen from the International Space Station

September 6, 2017 by  
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NASA captured an astonishing video of Hurricane Irma from space. Soon after the National Hurricane Center upgraded Irma to a Category 5 storm , the International Space Station’s external cameras caught what NASA described as a dramatic view of the hurricane . Irma has already smashed records – meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said on Twitter earlier this morning Irma has broken the Atlantic record previously held by 1980’s Hurricane Allen for Accumulated Cyclone Energy produced during 24 hours. Hurricane Irma is currently moving over Caribbean islands, and looks to be en route to Florida with winds reaching up to 185 miles per hour. As the International Space Station orbited the Earth, the station’s cameras shot the hurricane from multiple angles, showing how truly massive it is. According to weather forecaster Liam Dutton , Hurricane Irma is so large it would cover both Ireland and the United Kingdom. Related: Category 5 Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever Most of the people on Antigua and Barbuda lost power, and in Antigua around 1,000 people spent the night in shelters, according to ABS TV and Radio director of news Garfield Burford. He said the winds posed a major threat, and that a few rooftops had already blown away. Around 1,600 people reside on Barbuda, where the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over. Irma – des images de Saint Barth @ParisMatch pic.twitter.com/KhbYgMr6ha — Pauline Lallement (@pau_lallement) September 6, 2017 The hurricane also hit Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy, causing blackouts and flooding . French Overseas Territories Minister Annick Girardin was quoted by AFP as saying Hurricane Irma has resulted in major damage on multiple Caribbean islands. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters of Saint Martin, “We know that the four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed.” Image d'un hôtel à #StMartin après le passage #IRMA #ouraganIRMA via @guadeloupe_1ere pic.twitter.com/im6ORYro8m — La1ere.fr (@la1ere) September 6, 2017 According to The Guardian, Tropical Storm Jose, which is the weather system following Hurricane Irma, is forecast to turn into a hurricane by tonight. Via Reuters , The Guardian , and NASA Images via screenshot and screenshot

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Scientists discover ingredient for life on Saturns moon

July 31, 2017 by  
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Will Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, be the next rock humans aspire to reach after visiting Mars ? According to new research published today in Science Advances , possibly so. This is because researchers have found a complex molecule in the atmosphere of the moon that could very well lead to the formation of life. The molecule is vinyl cyanide and researchers believe it could be the key to developing cell membranes in Titan’s environment . Unlike Earth, Titan’s atmosphere is extremely cold. As a result, lipids can’t form and create cell membranes as is common on this planet. However, vinyl cyanide mixed with liquid methane — a substance Titan has lakes of — could very well foster the development of those essential cell membranes. The discovery was made by NASA’s Cassini probe, which has been exploring the Saturn system for 13 years. According to The Verge , evidence of the molecule was found on Titan but the probe wasn’t able to provide any conclusive measurements. To circumvent this, researchers used data collected from the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile . Scientists were able to read the radio waves emitted by different types of frequencies which result from various gas molecules jumping back and forth from one level of energy to another to determine that similar to Earth , Titan has periodic rainfalls. Of course, unlike showers of water, rainfall on Titan is liquid methane. Because of this fact, it was concluded there is a likely chance vinyl cyanide can also be found in the moon’s methane lakes. While no evidence yet exists that there are cell membrane-like structures forming on Titan , the researchers discovered at the minimum that it is possible for life to develop on the moon. As a result, scientists feel encouraged to continue studying it. Related: Saturn’s biggest moon has enough energy to power a US-sized space colony Said Martin Cordiner, co-author of the study, ”This is a far cry from saying [life] definitely happens on Titan and these cells are involved in some kind of primitive life . But it gives us a starting point in that discussion. If there was going to be life in Titan’s oceans, then it’s plausible vinyl cyanide could be a component of that.” + Science Advances Via The Verge Images via NASA  and Deposit Photos

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World’s largest radio telescope switches on to scan the heavens and "look for E.T."

September 26, 2016 by  
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For over five years, China has been building the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), a massive single-dish telescope that is the largest of its kind in the world. This summer they completed construction , and this past weekend, the telescope was finally switched on, manifesting China’s hopes to reemerge as a scientific world leader. FAST is larger than the Arecibo Observatory, the radio telescope in Puerto Rico that used to hold the title of world’s largest. FAST’s diameter is 1,640 feet, and the dish is comprised of 4,450 triangular panels. It possess a ” collecting area of 2.1 million square feet ” – about as much as if nearly 450 basketball courts were collecting signals from space . It reportedly cost $184 million to build, although The New York Times said that appears to be a modest figure. Around 9,000 locals had to leave their homes to make way for its construction, and some say the new homes were poorly constructed. Related: China completes world’s largest radio telescope to search for alien life China’s president Xi Jinping spoke for the occasion, referring to FAST as the country’s “eye in the sky.” He said the radio telescope will assist China as they make “major advances and breakthroughs at the frontier of science .” Although it’s fun to discuss FAST’s potential ability to probe for extraterrestrial life , listening in on alien conversations isn’t China’s primary goal for the radio telescope. Scientists could utilize FAST to map the night sky and explore further than possible with smaller telescopes. FAST could help astronomers investigate gravitational waves or determine how rapidly our universe is expanding. Still, alien hunters will be able to search for signals of extraterrestrial life. Dan Werthimer, chief scientist at the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center, told The New York Times, “We can use the telescope at the same time that they’re doing more traditional astronomy to look for E.T.” Thrilling discoveries are likely a few years out; for the first year or longer scientists will probably have to fine tune the equipment. But researchers seem hopeful. Astrophysicist Zhang Chengmin of the National Astronomical Observatories said, “Now we’re racing to catch up and want to recreate the glories of our ancestors by reviving our astronomy. China isn’t just an economic power; it is also becoming a scientific power.” Via The New York Times Images via FAST/National Astronomical Observation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Brilliant Sun Memories Lamp lets you record and "replay" your favorite light

September 26, 2016 by  
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A sensor captures the color temperature and brightness of light at any moment of the day. The sensor can record the particular quality of light for around six hours, and users can then turn that captured light into a ” sunlight recordings playlist .” An app sends that recording to the lamp. If users want to share a sunrise or sunset with a friend or family member, they can even send their playlist to others. Related: Solar-powered Lucy reflects sunlight indoors to brighten any room According to Olive Creative Lab’s product description, “The software embedded in the lamp drives a power RGB LED capable of recreating the daylight in all its features: its color, intensity, and fickleness from the moments of shadow to the vibrancy of a sunny day.” The designers behind Olive Creative Lab were inspired by memory as well as how much light impacts our lives, especially when many are deprived of that light in winter. They wanted to design a lamp that seemed “alive,” and hope users will feel as if they’ve brought sunshine into their home, no matter the weather outside. The designers, who are based in Torino, Italy , started their design lab this year and Sun Memories Lamp is their first product. They aim to build an interdisciplinary lab that covers fields from “product to graphic, from interaction to sustainability.” Inhabitat spotted the Sun Memories Lamp at Designersblock at the 2016 London Design Festival . + Olive Creative Lab + London Design Festival + Inhabitat coverage of London Design Festival Images via Mike Chino for Inhabitat and Olive Creative Lab

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India’s richest man pledges free 4G to 1 billion people

September 6, 2016 by  
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In India , just one fifth of the adult population can access the Internet . The necessary infrastructure necessary just hasn’t been in place – especially in poorer or rural areas. But now the richest man in India is hoping to change that with a plan to offer free 4G Internet to one billion people. Mukesh Ambani started Reliance Jio , a mobile network service. The network is available for over 80 percent of India, and Ambani’s goal is to offer Jio – which translates as “live life” from Hindi – to 90 percent of Indians by March 2017. From text on the Jio website, it appears Ambani’s dreams are even larger: “Jio Digital Life will give the power of data to each Indian, to fulfill every dream and collectively take India to global digital leadership.” Related: New LED “Li-Fi” is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi To celebrate the new network, Ambani is offering the service for free through the end of 2016. After that date, cheap plans are still available; Indians could use Jio for 149 rupees, around $2.25, each month. At a company meeting, Ambani said, “Anything and everything that can go digital is going digital – at an exponential rate. Life is going digital.” To offer the revolutionary, fast service that reaches more of the Indian population, Ambani had to build infrastructure. He erected almost 100,000 telecommunications towers, and spent billions to do so. Reliance Jio will be able to use the radio frequencies of Reliance Communications , a company of which Ambani’s brother Anil Ambani is chairman. According to Mukesh Ambani, Jio can now reach 200,000 villages and 18,000 cities. Most Indians will probably hop on Jio via smartphones . According to Forbes , Ambani is worth $22 billion. He’s the chairman of Reliance Industries , a conglomerate that includes businesses in the oil and gas and petrochemicals industries. The richest man in India, Ambani is the 36th richest person in the world. Via CNN Money Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Guitar String Recycling Partnership Hits High Note

May 18, 2016 by  
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I’m not very musical and I never have been. I sing only when the radio is on loud enough to drown out my off-key caterwauling, and if you ask my mom about my brief tenure as a viola player in grade school I genuinely think she might pee from…

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UK town offers $380k reward to find killer of beloved local goose

March 3, 2016 by  
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The untimely death of Grumpy Gertie in the village of Sandon came as a shock to those who had come to love the resident goose. After discussing his death on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, listeners pooled together $380,000 as a reward for information leading to his killer. Read the rest of UK town offers $380k reward to find killer of beloved local goose

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Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars after hackers take over a Jeep Cherokee on the highway

July 24, 2015 by  
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What if you were driving down the road and the radio suddenly turned on and started blaring music? Or the vents started blasting the heat? Or, even worse, you started to turn without moving the steering wheel ? It’s possible – Wired Magazine recently reported that two hackers found a way to take over a Jeep Cherokee on a highway , and now Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles susceptible to the exploit. Chrysler owners can go here to see if their VIN is one of the affected vehicles. Read the rest of Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars after hackers take over a Jeep Cherokee on the highway

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Earl: The World’s First Solar-Powered Backcountry Survival Tablet

May 10, 2013 by  
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Out in the wilderness, there are few places to charge electronic devices. Those who are looking to slim down their packs and consolidate their GPS, maps, books, and radios into  one rugged machine may want to check out Earl , the world’s first backcountry survival tablet . Solar powered and able to withstand dust, mud, and shock, this hearty companion is currently looking for some crowdsourcing support to get it out onto the trail. Read the rest of Earl: The World’s First Solar-Powered Backcountry Survival Tablet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: android application , backcountry , bluetooth , crowdsourcing , e-ink touchscreen , earl , epub , frs , gmrs , gps , mobi , murs , NOAA , pdf , radio , same , survival tablet , wilderness        

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