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    • NASA ISS On-Orbit (spaceref.com)- October 31, 2010
    • All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Sunday - Crew rest day. Ahead: Week 6 of Increment 25. Today 10 years ago, Soyuz TM-31 launched in Baikonur at 7:52 GMT (3:52am EDT) with Yuri Gidzenko, Sergei Krikalev & William Shepherd, beginning the permanent occupancy of ISS two days later as Expedition 1. TM-31 returned to Earth on May 6, 2001, with Talgat Musabayev, Yuri Baturin & Dennis Tito. At wake-up, FE-2 Skripochka conducted the regular daily ear... More...
    • Howie Hawkins’ Green New Deal (Artvoice.com)- October 29, 2010
    • Howie Hawkins is the Green Party’s gubernatorial candidate, running on a platform called the “Green New Deal,” which focuses on stimulating economic recovery and stopping climate change. “The Democrats have abandoned their New Deal legacy, which is what most Democrats hope they are voting for,” Hawkins says. “We want to bring back the demands they are asking for.” Demands like single payer healthcare, fully funded public schools, colleges and universities, progressive income tax re... More...
    • Engineering Simulation Software optimizes product development (ThomasNet)- October 28, 2010
    • today announced the launch of ANSYS 13.0, the newest release of its engineering simulation technology suite designed to optimize product development processes - reducing the time and cost needed to foster product innovations. The advanced technology behind ANSYS 13.0 includes hundreds of new features that make it easier, faster and cheaper for users to bring new products to market, with a high degree of confidence in the ultimate results they will achieve. ANSYS 13.0 delivers new benefits in thr... More...
    • U.S. approves world's largest solar power project (CnetNews)- October 26, 2010
    • The U.S. Interior Department approved yesterday a permit for the world's biggest solar power project that will provide electricity to up to 750,000 homes. The 1,000-megawatt project was proposed by a subsidiary of Solar Millennium and will be located on federal lands near Blythe, Calif. The Blythe plant will use parabolic trough technology to generate solar energy. "The Blythe Solar Power Project is a major milestone in our nation's renewable energy economy and shows that the United States inten... More...
    • Fluid Mechanics Revive Pilot-Wave Theory (Softpedia)- October 25, 2010
    • In a series of experiments, researchers at the Université Paris Diderot, led by physicist Yves Couder, demonstrated that small droplets of liquid can be made to behave like quantum particles. The results indicated that the small droplets were capable of bouncing up and down on a vibrated fluid bath, as they were carried away by waves that they themselves produced. This reminded the science team of the abandoned pilot-wave theory, which was one of the primary attempts of interpreting the emergin... More...
    • Autonomous Ocean Robot to Unlock Secrets of Antarctica (inhabitat.com)- October 25, 2010
    • Autonomous robots may be able to tell us just how bad the melting ice situation is in Antarctica and other hard-to-reach locations. Gavia, a bullet-shaped robot developed by the University of British Columbia, is attempting to do just that. The robot is currently in Antarctica on a mission to explore heretofore uncharted areas of the ocean. The eight foot by two foot robot, which comes decked out with mapping sonar, a digital camera, current meters, and a slew of sensors, is currently in Antarct... More...
    • Climate change could cost US Gulf Coast billions (AFP)- October 20, 2010
    • The US Gulf Coast, battered by hurricanes and a devastating oil spill, faces cumulative losses of 350 billion dollars if it fails to address the effects of climate change, a new study said Wednesday. The joint research by insurance firm Swiss Re and energy company Energy Corporation warns that Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama face annual losses of two to three percent of GDP by 2030 if they fail to act. "Wind and storm surge damage today already amounts to an average 14 billion dollars ... More...
    • Computer Modeling of Swimming Fish Could Lead to New Robots and Prosthetics (US News)- October 20, 2010
    • COLLEGE PARK, Md—Scientists at the University of Maryland and Tulane University have developed a computational model of a swimming fish that is the first to address the interaction of both internal and external forces on locomotion. The interdisciplinary research team simulated how the fish's flexible body bends, depending on both the forces from the fluid moving around it as well as the muscles inside. Understanding these interactions, even in fish, will help design medical prosthetics for hu... More...
    • Can fluid dynamics offer insights into quantum mechanics? (Nanowerk)- October 20, 2010
    • In the first decades of the 20th century, physicists hotly debated how to make sense of the strange phenomena of quantum mechanics, such as the tendency of subatomic particles to behave like both particles and waves. One early theory, called pilot-wave theory, proposed that moving particles are borne along on some type of quantum wave, like driftwood on the tide. But this theory ultimately gave way to the so-called Copenhagen interpretation, which gets rid of the carrier wave, but with it the in... More...
    • First solar thermal power plant with direct steam generation (7thSpace.com)- October 16, 2010
    • Solarlite GmbH, located in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Germany, is the parabolic trough collector developer and solar field constructer of the first commercial solar thermal power plant with Direct Steam Generation in the world. Solarlite has tested the DSG concept successfully in three pilot projects in Thailand and Germany. Solarlite's adaptation of DSG concept is based on the following advantages:rnrn- DSG concept is environment friendly and it avoids usage of flammable & environmental hazard... More...