Clark Little, a photographer in Hawaii, has some of the most incredible photographs I’ve ever seen. He gets inside the waves – literally taking photos in the water as the waves crash over him – to shoot a perspective most people have never seen. Check out his gallery here. Blue Night is my favorite so far. Sadly, I can’t copy and paste the images, else I would give you a taste to entice you.
Mars has been in the news lately – and the news has been pretty darn interesting. First, on July 2nd there was an articleabout NASA’s idea of terraforming Mars using nanobots. Well, technically I suppose the plan is to use nanobots to first survey Mars so that the ‘unique Martian biosphere’ can be preserved when Mars is terraformed. But it is only natural to think we would then use those same nanobots already present to do the grunt work of terraforming – you know, producing oxygen from the carbon dioxide present so that the atmosphere could be altered to support humans and all our accompanying stuff. Also, the nanobots would likely need to be self replicating, so it would be a good opportunity to practice that technology (and see if the dreaded ‘grey goo’ develops) without risking Earth. Actually, that doesn’t sound great for the Martian biosphere. Maybe we should set up a preserve….
Second, on July 3rd NASA announced more Martian news of note: NASA Mars lander Phoenix discovered snow on the north pole of Mars. This is the first confirmation we have had of an actice water cycle on Mars. Aside from the general excitement of the scientific community at a new discovery, NASA is super excited about their theory being confirmed – based on what the lander had seen so far they were pretty sure there was a water cycle. There is also, of course, excitement over what this means for the future of humans on Mars. An active water cycle could mean a lot less work making the planet habitable. Cool, huh?
According to this articleon Slashdot (and there are lots more in various places – I just like Slashdot), NASA plans to set off an explosion on the moon that will create a 6 mile high debris plume so that they can look for water in the debris.
On the serious side, if they find a significant source water it would be another major step toward starting a real lunar colony, because water is one of the most important resources (right up there with air and soil – well, with hydroponics, I guess soil is less important) that are currently absent on the moon.
But, really, it’s very hard to be serious when you’re talking about NASA blowing up the moon. I mean, have they thought about what could go wrong? Two moons, anyone? What would that do to our tides? Ah, the imagination can run wild. Thanks, NASA.
I love these articles. This one from MSN sums up where our current tech is in comparison with Star Trek tech (from the original series) – we’re still way behind on some of it, but we’re actually ahead on a couple of things!
And other modern comminication technologies, including blogging and podcasting, according to this article in TechCrunch. Actually, it doesn’t sound like a bad idea – as long as core subjects like reading, writing, and math don’t get shortchanged in the process. It won’t matter how tech savvy the next generation is if they don’t know how to think and express themselves logically and coherently.
Ok, so the British are not who I think of when I picture the leaders in space technology – but they seem to be on the top of the heap right now in the race to develop a functional, practical spaceplane that would reduce the cost (in both time and money) of launches. Check out this article from LiveScience that explains what they have and what they’re hoping to develop.
I don’t really care who does it (although I must admit it would be nice if it was the US), as long as someone finds a better way to get us into space. There are so many projects and experiments that get put on hold or altogether vetoed every year because they are just too expensive. It’s time for a change.