NASA unveils new (Mars) rocket plans

14 09 2011

[Sharing the same, for the record, as it is a true milestone in space travel & exploration]

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Article by Brendan Sasso

NASA unveiled on Wednesday the designs for its latest rocket, the successor to the retired space shuttle.

The rocket, called the Space Launch System (SLS), will rely on a liquid hydrogen and oxygen fuel system, and NASA hopes it will one day take astronauts to Mars.

Its first flight is planned for 2017.

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Future Exploration Destinations: An artist’s concept shows the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle and future destinations for human exploration beyond Earth orbit: the moon, an asteroid and Mars.

"This launch system will create good-paying American jobs, ensure continued U.S. leadership in space, and inspire millions around the world," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "President Obama challenged us to be bold and dream big, and that’s exactly what we are doing at NASA. While I was proud to fly on the space shuttle, kids today can now dream of one day walking on Mars."

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Artist Concept of SLS launching

Lawmakers praised the announcement, but criticized the administration for taking so long to move forward with its space exploration plans.

“This decision to proceed with development of the Space Launch System is long overdue," said Reps. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Chairman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee and Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Chairman of the Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies in a joint statement.

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"This Administration’s lack of commitment for human space exploration has frustrated and angered many of us in Congress who are committed to American leadership in space.  The Administration’s obstructionism has already resulted in the unnecessary loss of thousands of American jobs, and served to diminish our Nation’s leadership and stature among space-faring nations."

ciao

mags

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Official Building “Windows 8” Blog

15 08 2011

Today Steven Sinofsky, President and head of Windows team, launched the official Windows 8 blog (engineering) blog- “Building Windows 8” or B8. The purpose of the blog, according to Steven, is- “to begin an open dialog with those of you who will be trying out the pre-release version over the coming months. We intend to post regularly throughout the development of Windows 8, and to focus on the engineering of the product. Welcome to “Building Windows 8,” or as we call it, “B8.”

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If you’re looking for notifications of posts, then be sure to follow the B8 team on Twitter @BuildWindows8.

PS. Also, please note that the “Build” event is completely sold out. Build is the new Microsoft event for modern hardware and software developers, which is to be held during September 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.

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ciao

mags





“Early Warning” Film- Official Site

27 07 2011

The Earthquake “Early Warning” independent documentary, which I developed & produced, now has an official home at eew.crosscity.com, thanks to my brother (Nagi), who is hosting the site on his crosscity.com hosting services.  The site will also serve as an unofficial journal of activities surrounding the progress of the Early Warning System in the US West Coast!

About the Documentary

The recent Magnitude 9 Tōhoku earthquake in Japan reminded us of the sudden destructive power of earthquakes- but, this earthquake was different in that a warning flashed, on televisions, computer screens and cell phones across the country, seconds before the devastating earthquake hit. The warning, which ranged from 10-30 seconds, allowed people to duck and cover, and industry to halt sensitivity machinery and isolate hazardous chemicals; the multitude of small actions taken reduced the overall impact of the event. Japan and few other countries are equipped with such an EEW system, with Japan’s EEW system being the most advanced. But the United States is far behind other countries in a deployed EEW system; California is one of the most earthquake prone places on earth, due to San Andreas fault, yet it lacks even an early warning system; same is the case for Washington and Oregon states, though both states are under earthquake prone Cascadia subduction zone, and can expect an earthquake as devastating as the one experienced recently in Japan!

Watch the "Early Warning" documentary:

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The “Early Warning” Documentary describes the earthquake early warning system and then brings to light the reasons why such an early warning system is not in place in the US West Coast and if and when such a system is expected to be in place in the US West Coast.

“Early Warning” documentary was filmed by Ty Kelly & Mahesh Punyamurthula, recent graduates from the Independent Filmmaking Diploma course from the University of Washington, Seattle; the documentary was produced by jsmags productions.

Time-lapse animation of March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake in Japan:

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Early Warning System

Apart from providing details about the documentary, this web site will also be used as the unofficial venue to report progress of the development of the earthquake early warning systems in the US West Coast. The development of the early warning system is a massive undertaking that involves multiple teams at Federal and State level & industries, at several millions of dollars of budget and that which requires several years of detailed work and effort; so, there will be a lot to share and talk about- please stay tuned!

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mags

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History of Interactive devices; Kinect SDK Launch

16 06 2011
 
“Look at the collection and then try and convince me that our slow rate of progress is due to a lack of technology rather than a lack of imagination.”
—Bill Buxton
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Fascinating opportunity to explore veteran designer, researcher and writer, Bill Buxton’s collection of input & interactive devices from over 30 years.

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On a related note, today Microsoft officially launched Kinect Software Development Kit (SDK) through Channel 9 Live site. You can learn more about Kinect SDK here.

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ciao

mags





Microsoft Next

20 05 2011

Learn more about Microsoft Next and, also how Microsoft Research (MSR) and Microsoft Product teams collaborate- through an infographic and blog. Learn more about how such amazing technologies as Kinect, Surface, Worldwide Telescope, TellMe and others came about, thanks to the collaboration between Microsoft Research & Product Teams. More at Microsoft Next.

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mags





Envisioning Technology

9 03 2011

by Michell Zappa

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Technologies mentioned
  • Artificial Intelligence: Artificial Neural Networks, Recommendation engines, Machine translation, Software agents, Natural language interpretation, Medical diagnostics
  • Biotech: Personal Gene Sequencing, Personalized medicine, Biomarkers, Telemedicine, Vertical agriculture, Artificial limbs, Stem-cell treatments, Synthetic meat, Wetware
  • Energy: Fuel cells, Conductive energy, Smart meters, Local power production, Nanogenerators, Piezoelectricity, Smart grids, Biomechanical harvesting, Traveling wave reactor, Biofuels
  • Internet: Near Field Communication, Linked data, Social graph, Cloud computing, Personal Area Network, 4G, Picocells, Pervasive video capture, Sensors, 5G, Smart infrastructure, High Altitude Platforms, Interplanetary internet
  • Materials: Print on demand, 3D printing, Metamaterials, Carbon nanotubes, Programmable matter
  • Money: Crowd funding, Mobile payments, Virtual currencies, Cash-less society
  • Natural User Interfaces: Multi touch, Gesture recognition, Augmented Reality, Speech recognition, Haptics, Telepresence, Machine vision
  • Robotics: Appliance bots, Smart toys, Self-driving vehicles, Domestic robots, Utility fog
  • Space: Private spaceflight, Space tourism, Space elevator, Lunar outpost
  • Ubiquitous computing: Tabs & Pads, 3D, Boards, Electronic paper, Pico-projectors, Spimes, Wearables, Fabric-embedded screens, Retinal displays, Projected audio, Holography, Skin-embedded screens
  • Warfare: Cyber-warfare, Exoskeletons, UAVs
Glossary
  • 3D: 3D televisions, screens, cameras, etc.
  • 4G: Fourth generation cellular wireless (WiMAX, LTE)
  • 5G: Fifth generation cellular wireless
  • ANN: Artificial Neural Network
  • AR: Augmented Reality
  • HAP: High Altitude Platform
  • NFC: Near Field Communication
  • NUI: Natural User Interface
  • PAN: Personal Area Network
  • PGS: Personal Gene Sequencing
  • SPIME: An object that can be tracked through space and time.
  • UAV: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

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mags