05 Aug 2012

As we near closer and closer to the landing, there are some places you can watch the event unfold live as it happens at 1:30 a.m. EDT and before the landing as well.  NASA will attempt to lower the largest rover yet, on Mars and search for signs of water and past life.

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02 Aug 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast #20: The Hate for 8, Recorded on August 2nd, 2012

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Windows 8 hits RTM, we will tell you when it will be on MSDN, more backlash from developers on Windows 8, Microsoft announces outlook.com, the FCC tells Verizon to allow Android hotspots, Antarctic forests and more


02 Aug 2012

Scientists drilling into the seabed off Antarctica revealed that a rainforest grew in the icy continent 52 million years ago.  Scientists warn that Antarctica could be ice-free again within decades.  This new discovery is published in the journal Nature.

31 Jul 2012

Boldly listen to narration of the Mars landing like no one has done before.  Touchdown of Curiosity is scheduled for August 6th at 1:31 a.m. EDT.  NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover will make one of the most complex and dangerous landings ever attempted by a spacecraft.  Previous versions of spacecrafts have used airbag type landings but due to the immense size of Curiosity it is using a multi-stage landing in its seven minutes of terror.  To help make the public aware of this mission, NASA has produced two videos to inform the world about the mission, narrated by William Shatner and Wil Wheaton.  Both videos are the same, just the narrators differ.  You decide TOS or TNG.

30 Jul 2012
A giant landslide on Iapetus stretches halfway across a 75-mile (120 km) crater. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Scientists are hoping that long landslides visible on Saturn's moon Iapetus may provide clues to understand similar movements here on Earth, in particular how earthquake fault lines often slip farther than expected.  Scientists have concluded that flash heating could cause the falling ice to move 10 to 15 times farther than expected.

23 Jul 2012
NASA's Cassini radar images show river networks draining into lakes in Titan's northern polar region. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/USGS

The thick and hazy atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, may hide a geological past similar to erosion seen on Earth according to a new study. 

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville studied images of Titan taken from the Cassini spacecraft and have investigated the erosion of its terrain over millions of years by rivers of liquid methane.

23 Jul 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast #19: Bursting with Fruit Flavor Recorded on July 23rd, 2012

Summary: 

Windows 8 gets a general release date, Office 2013 Preview is ready for download, Yahoo gets hacked, AT&T announces Mobile Share, the Ouya Android console, Bionic eyes and more.

17 Jul 2012
SKYLON, a concept space-plane from Reaction Engines Ltd., is a reusable single stage-to-orbit launch vehicle that uses revolutionary new engine technology.

Astrium Space Transportation and OHB AG will lead the design of a new heavy-lift vehicle for the European Space Agency (ESA).  This following a bidding war that included a third bidder, Reaction Engines Ltd. of Britain according to ESA director General Jean-Jacques Dordain.  This British bidder is a company that for more than 10 years has been designing a space plane called Skylon using a radical new single-stage engine design.

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