A labor of love is about to be carried out by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) involving Opportunity, the ten-year veteran Martian rover. It seems fitting to write about this on Labor Day as the rover continues to set new records for distance and longevity on the Martian surface.
It is an inspiration to see the technological marvels that have gotten us to where we are today. And a great place to see this is Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
While away on vacation, I read about LiftPort Group, a Kickstarter-funded space elevator project that received over $110,000 U.S. from more than 3,400 backers. The company, located in Tacoma, Washington, originally sought $8,000, so one would think this was largely fantasy, but with the amount of money that has come in it would seem it owes its investors something more than one it has delivered to-date.
The Perimeter Institute at University of Waterloo, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, has proposed in recent discussions among its faculty focused on cosmology, that the Big Bang may have been the back side of a black hole.
Applied Materials Inc. supplies equipment, software, and services to some of the world's biggest manufacturers of semiconductors, smartphones, and other types of consumer electronics. They design and build material constructs at the atomic level. And one of their areas of expertise is batteries. At the Wearable Technologies Conference held in Germany, a senior technologist from Applied Materials described the company's work on solid-state thin film batteries, smaller, lighter, more flexible, with faster recharge and double the cycles of current lithium-ion technology.
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In the last week updated plans for the next generation of Martian rovers have been released.
The real story behind this most recent imagery of Charon circling in close proximity to its parent, Pluto, is just how little we actually know about the dwarf planet. Here is an astonishing reminder of our lack of knowledge. We humans have yet to observe a full year on Pluto. We've known of its existence since 1930 but the dwarf planet takes 248 Earth years to orbit the Sun. As a result we don't, to date, have an accurate measure of Pluto's complete orbital path.
Iceland with its abundant geothermal energy sources and access to natural gas seems like a good place to develop a hydrogen economy. But along what it calls the Icelandic Hydrogen Highway, the country has encountered a few bumps and bruises. When the economy and banking system tanked a few years ago the plans for a hydrogen infrastructure were put on hold.
A suspected Ebola patient has appeared thousands of kilometers away from West Africa here in the Greater Toronto Area. The patient was admitted to a hospital in the last two days complaining of symptoms equated with early stages of Ebola. The person had recently visited West Africa and may have been exposed to someone infected that was traveling as well. The problem with Ebola at the early stage is the symptoms are flu-like and also can be confused with the onset of malaria. Doctors will know in the next few days if they are dealing with Canada's first Ebola case related to the latest African outbreak. But they are proceeding as if it were Ebola.