10 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E17: Your Screen is Leaking was recorded on Saturday June 9th, 2012.

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Facebook's App Center launches, iOS 6 confirmed, Microsoft SmartGlass, touchscreen tacticle keyboards, Windows 8 Release Preview details, a new treament for prostate cancer and more.

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06 Jun 2012

The Venus Transit of 2012 has now finished, but thanks to the Solar Observatory, we can view the event in its entirety from a different perspective. 

This transit of Venus was rare.  The next transit won't occur until Dec 11, 2117, so mark your calendars.  The data obtained from this transit will assist scientists in both discovering some unknown secrets of Venus as well as techniques for searching for planets around other stars.

05 Jun 2012

With all the current buzz related to Space and exploration, none really have definitive plans to set up a colony on Mars.  Enter a new private space venture called Mars One, a company from the Netherlands.  They aim to send four astronauts on a one way trip to Mars in just 11 years.

31 May 2012

The SpaceX Dragon capsule is about to splash back to Earth, completing its historic journey to the International Space Station.  It was the first private spaceship to dock with the station.  Watch the splashdown live below.

31 May 2012
2004 Transit of Venus in front of the Sun.  Scientists hope to use the 2012 transit to help boost the ability to study other world's atmospheres.

Astronomers world-wide will use advanced telescopes and other instruments to watch Venus cross the Sun on June 5th and 6th.  This transit will help scientists find clues in the hunt for other planets where life may exist and will be the last transit of Venus until 2117, particularly in the study of their atmospheres.

30 May 2012

Luna-24 was the last Soviet mission to the moon.  It returned to Earth with water-rich rock samples from beneath the lunar surface only to be ignored by the West.  New research uncovers this story from obscurity.

Watery Evidence

For years the idea of water on the moon has excited science fiction fans and scientists alike.  It was always believed in the past that the moon was dry.  But in recent years evidence of the existence of water began to mount starting with the Clementine mission in 1994.  Clementine was America's first return to the moon in twenty years.

29 May 2012
100-Year Starship plans to develop technologies for interstellar travel. Artist impression of Interplanetary Society's Daedalus unmanned starship. (Credit Adrian Mann)

We've recently talked about the interstellar starship on our podcast and discussed it in the recent article here on the website, well now more interstellar excitement is beginning to heat up.  These topics are no longer just for the realm of science fiction and Star Trek.  Now a group of interstellar enthusiasts being headed by an ex-NASA astronaut are embracing the issue of the vast distances involved and are working on a solution.  To help bolster their cause they are being backed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to begin their work.

25 May 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E16: Whoa Not So Fast was recorded on Friday May 25th, 2012.

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Facebook launches a camera app, Windows 8 booting too fast, Leap Motion control system, Verizon kills grandfathered unlimited plans, SpaceX docks with iss and more.

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