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Former Astronaut Wins Contract For Interstellar Travel Research
2012-01-06 12:30:23

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has chosen a former NASA astronaut to lead a foundation designed to advance space travel, reports Sharon Weinberger of BBC News. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to go into space, was chosen to lead the project known as the 100-Year Starship. The 100-Year Starship project's goal is to create a foundation that can last 100 years in order to help foster the research needed for interstellar travel. Jemison's team won...

2011-12-01 10:34:57

Technology for making an "artificial leaf" holds the potential for opening an era of "fast-food energy," in which people generate their own electricity at home with low-cost equipment perfect for the 3 billion people living in developing countries and even home-owners in the United States. That's among the prospects emerging from research on a new genre of "electrofuels" described in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News, the American Chemical Society's weekly newsmagazine....

Army’s Super Secret Hypersonic Weapon Undergoes Testing
2011-11-18 11:52:49

The US Army conducted its first flight test of its new Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW), launching the high-tech bomb from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai on Thursday. After launch, the rocket glided through the upper atmosphere over the Pacific “at hypersonic speed” before reaching its target on the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands, according to a statement made by the Pentagon. The rocket made the trip from Kauai to Kwajalein -- some 2,500 miles...

DARPA To Increase Funding For Cyber Research
2011-11-08 10:58:53

The US government´s advanced research unit said Monday it will boost investments in cyber research by 50 percent over the next 5 years, in response to the increased threat of cyber terrorism and warfare. The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) will increase its focus on offensive cyber capabilities and defensive cyber capabilities, both key elements in combating modern cyber threats. DARPA is looking for $208 million in cyber spending in the upcoming fiscal year, up...

DARPA Hopes To Retrieve, Reuse Components From Dead Satellites
2011-10-22 04:43:28

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced a new program that would recycle parts from non-functioning satellites to help save money when constructing replacement satellites, various media outlets reported Friday. According to Andrew Tarantola of Gizmodo, DARPA's Phoenix system "consists of a primary Tender/Servicer satellite and multiple smaller mini-satellites called 'Satlets.' As the plan goes, after the Tender has reached geosynchronous orbit (GEO), the...

100 Year Starship Conference: Sex In Space
2011-10-05 07:47:02

Experts, gathering at DARPA´s 100 Year Starship conference in Florida which ended Oct. 2, discussed the possibility of making space flights to distant planets within the next 100 years. But the next closest star to Earth -- Alpha Centauri -- is more than 4 light years away and would take any conventional spaceship thousands of years to make the journey. NASA´s Voyager I probe, the furthest-traveled object man has ever put into space, has made it only one percent of the...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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