Science, Space & Technology
Wired.com has posted exclusive video of the recent test flight of Virgin Galactic's White Knight Two. The all-carbon "mothership" was designed to carry a six-passenger spaceship up to 50,000 feet above Earth, where it will be launched from the underside of the craft to continue its ascent to the edge of space.
NASA's Messenger spacecraft, orbiting Mercury, has sent back some surprising findings-- evidence of massive volcanism, unusual impact craters, and magnetic tornadoes that funnel plasma from the sun.
Scientists in South Korea have cloned four dogs that glow in the dark.
This massive 170-pound rock has created a stir in Merced, California. Clearly out of place amongst the landscape, area residents are puzzled as to its origin...
A new study in connectedness has revealed that it truly is a small world. So small, in fact, that less than 10% of Earth's land areas require more than 2 days of travel time to reach a major city.
Dr. Alasdair Coles, an Anglican priest and lecturer in neurology at University of Cambridge, has reviewed several brain imaging studies involving people of faith in an attempt to discover if there are unique brain signatures for religious experiences. Coles concluded that there were "no differences in the signatures for verifiable or unverifiable beliefs," meaning the brain image of a Madonna fan humming along to one of her songs would likely look the same as one of a religious person singing a spiritual song.
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.