Science, Space & Technology
Cyberdyne Corporation of Japan has begun production of a cybernetic bodysuit designed to help people with weak muscles or disabilities. The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) suit uses special pads which attach to muscles and detect nerve signals from the brain. HAL weighs around 50 pounds, but can increase a user's strength by up to tenfold. More at FOXNews.com.
In a new image from NASA's Chandra Observatory, X-rays emanating from a nebula resemble a hand reaching out for light.
Recovered pieces of an asteroid spotted over the Sudan desert back in October may tell us something about the solar system's early history. The recovery of the rocks, which belong to a rare class of asteroid, mark the first time scientists were able to track an asteroid from space to the ground.
A female robot recently made her debut on the catwalk during Tokyo's Fashion Week. Her 42 motion motors have been programmed to mimic the moves of a live model.
Check out this video clip from a 2002 broadcast of MSNBC's "The Abrams Report," in which filmmaker Bart Sibrel debates astronomer Phil Plait on whether the moon landings were faked. Footage also includes the famous Buzz Aldrin punch.
Astronomers have captured a new image of the Helix Nebula, previously nicknamed "the eye of God." The nebula is made of gas blasted out by a dying star. More here.
A laser weapon that could be fired from the nose of a large jet plane to destroy missiles has shown success in simulated ground testing. For video footage and more info, visit New Scientist.
Tonight's guest, Sir Charles Shults, sent us an image which coveys the vast number of enigmatic objects seen on the surface of Mars. Click Martian Anomalies below to see the complete collection of Martian oddities.
An asteroid estimated to be less than 200 feet across, flew past Earth on Monday. Dubbed 2008 DD45, the space rock (pictured in the red circle) was at an altitude just twice the distance of some communications satellites. For more info, and a video of the asteroid's journey, visit New Scientist.
Andy Lloyd sent us a set of graphics depicting the "dark star" and its relationship to our solar system.
Tonight's guest Sir Charles Shults sent us an image which coveys the vast number of enigmatic objects seen on the Martian surface.
On a public broadcasting radio station in Belgium, a plan was recently discussed to create a new Golden Record to send into space.
A remote camera a mile and a half underwater has captured video footage of an alien-like squid with "elbows." More at National Geographic News.
Evidence for carbonate minerals has shown up on Mars in the eroded terrain of Nili Fossae. Formed in the presence of water, such areas might once have provided a suitable habitat for life. More at New Scientist.
Check out this video of a Dec. 2 flight of the Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV), a robotic drone designed to be launched into space to take out enemy ballistic missiles. During the test, the MKV showcased its advanced maneuverability, hovering in place and moving side to side using its on board retro-rockets. In space, the MKVs would leave their carrier missiles, track hostile nuclear warheads, and destroy them using big bullets called "kinetic interceptors." Read more at FOXNews.com.
Friday's full moon will be the biggest and brightest of the year. According to NASA, the Moon will appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons seen so far this year. The reason? The Moon's elliptical orbit causes its distance from Earth to vary. Tonight's full moon will be only 221,560 miles from our planet, the closest it has been in the last 15 years. More from National Geographic.
A Japanese robot, the Wakamaru, known for performing domestic tasks, made its stage debut in a production at Osaka University. The playwright and her project team created special software for the robot to move and deliver the correct lines.
It's a double whammy of intriguing space images! A mysterious glowing aurora over Saturn's polar region (pictured) was recently discovered by Cassini's infrared instruments. Meanwhile, the first images of exoplanets have been pulled in by Hubble.
Andy Lloyd sent us a set of graphics to accompany his presentation.
The binary suns, Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 of the constellation Reticulum, located around 39 light years from us, have long been rumored to contain planets housing ETs who've visited Earth. Pictured is the Betty Hill Star Map, which in Marjorie Fish's analysis indicated Zeta Reticuli as the aliens' home. For more on this star system, see this Wikipedia entry.
Bob Rist of Ohio Airships sent us an image of their prototype. Click to enlarge.
John DeSalvo sent us a set of images to accompany his presentation. Pictured is the 144 ft. Russian pyramid.
Jason Martell sent us a set of images to accompany his presentation. Pictured is the orbit of Planet X, as purportedly described by the Sumerians.
Appearing in studio during the first hour, author Rosemary Ellen Guiley presented an update on 'Frank's Box', a device that purportedly offers 2-way communication with spirits or the deceased.
While researching his book Virtual Medicine, Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby came across the Russian 'SCENAR' machine, which calls to mind the hand-held healing device on Star Trek. The SCENAR was developed by the Russian military and interacts with the body's biological energy to treat a variety of conditions.
Stan Deyo has started a company to build flying saucers for the public. View several images he sent us, related to the project.
C2C listener Aaron Rispo shares an account of his relative George Vladyka (pictured inside the Challenger in 1983) who worked for NASA and according to Aaron, pulled photos labeled "UFO" and delivered them to the Pentagon. Read the full story.
In their new book, Christopher Knight and Alan Butler pose the question Who Built the Moon?, suggesting that it may not be a naturally formed object.
One of Nikola Tesla's long-standing goals was to create a technological method for ending warfare.In 1934, he unveiled his "death beam," which was trumpeted on the front page of the NY Times as an invention that could "send concentrated beams of particles through the free air, of such tremendous energy that they will bring down a fleet of 10,000 enemy airplanes at a distance of 250 miles..." Tesla explained that the death beam would make war unfeasible as each nation could have their own "invisible Chinese wall."
Futurist Paul Guercio and physicist Dr. George Hart coined the term Timetraks to describe the output of their MERLIN Project software.The code was custom designed by a team of SDI/StarWars physicists to capture moments of what Guercio and Hart like to call "heightened-eventfulness." These uncommon moments of future activity, where important events will likely occur, are generated by mathematically capturing a particularly propitious past moment, like the beginning of a relationship or the start of a new job and applying a precise formula of cyclic intervals to that past 'frozen' moment.The result is a graphical image of all the future moments, when echoes of the original moment will again be heard. MERLIN Timetraks® are a lot like pages of sheet music from a very unique and one-of-a-kind symphony that can predict the timetable of future events. The Timetraks® for Friday night's Coast program, and instructions for reading them can be vi