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2008-10-03 15:00:04

Scientists in Japan and the United States say creating a so-called space elevator that can be used to visit space is a real possibility. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Aeronautics and Astronautics Professor Jeff Hoffman said scientists around the globe are working toward creating an elevator-like device that could carry individuals into space, CNN reported Friday. "We are now on the verge of having material that has the strength to span the 30,000 km (18,640 miles) ... but we don't...

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2008-09-22 13:55:00

Japanese scientists are devoting themselves to cracking the greatest sci-fi vision of all: the space elevator. The space elevator is one of the most tantalizing concepts: cables stronger and lighter than any fiber yet woven, tethered to the ground and disappearing beyond the atmosphere to a satellite docking station in geosynchronous orbit above Earth. The 22,000 mile-long cables "” or flat ribbons "” will run the elevator carriages themselves requiring huge breakthroughs in...

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2008-02-22 09:50:00

Seeking an out-of-this-world travel destination?Outer space will rocket into reality as "the" getaway of this century, according to researchers at the University of Delaware and the University of Rome La Sapienza.In fact, the "final frontier" could begin showing up in travel guides by 2010, they predict."In the twenty-first century, space tourism could represent the most significant development experienced by the tourism industry," says Prof. Fred DeMicco, ARAMARK Chair in UD's Hotel,...

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2005-11-15 16:00:00

Nanotubes are the poster children of the nanotechnology revolution. These tiny carbon tubes "“ less than 1/50,000 the diameter of a human hair "“ possess novel properties that have researchers excitedly exploring dozens of potential applications ranging from transistors to space elevators. Nanotubes also produce light with a number of interesting properties, which have led researchers to propose various optical applications. One of the most promising is to use the tiny tubes as...

2005-08-19 16:10:00

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Transparent sheets made from minute carbon tubes may have uses ranging from artificial muscles to light-producing displays to electronic sensors to space elevators, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Texas scientists say the newly developed sheets are stronger than steel sheets of the same weight. Commercial applications of the sheets may be possible in a short time, according to Ray H. Baughman, a co-author of a paper reporting the...

2003-09-07 06:00:00

Inspired partly by science fiction, NASA scientists are seriously considering space elevators as a mass-transit system for the next century. Science@NASA -- "Yes, ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard NASA's Millennium-Two Space Elevator. Your first stop will be the Lunar-level platform before we continue on to the New Frontier Space Colony development. The entire ride will take about 5 hours, so sit back and enjoy the trip. As we rise, be sure to watch outside the window as the...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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