NASA is also working to build a $30 billion manned space station in cislunar space that would act as a staging post for return trips to the Moon - it is being built in collaboration with other space agencies including the European Space Agency ESA. … [Read more...] about US government is developing a nuclear thermal rocket to send satellites into the vast ‘cislunar’ space between Earth and the Moon in a renewed space race with China
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Hello world! The Sochi Winter Games officially open today at, wait for it, 20.14 local time, which is otherwise known as 16.14GMT. You may recall that the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics started at precisely 20.08 local time (on the eighth day of the eighth month, for good measure), that the opening ceremony for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics started at 20.10 local time, and the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics started at precisely 20.12 local time. This is a worrying trend for residents of future host cities, who just a couple of centuries from now will have to wait until well past 10 o’clock before their ceremonies start, with the final fireworks fading into the night sky at some point the following afternoon. But it could prove problematic sooner than that – will the opening ceremony for the 2062 Winter Olympics start at 9.02pm? How far are we going to go with this? … [Read more...] about Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics opening ceremony – as it happened
What is the law for cyclists who run into pedestrians? The Government is looking at a range of options to make the roads safer for pedestrians after a record number of pedestrians are being killed or seriously injured in crashes with cyclists. … [Read more...] about Cyclist who crashed into ‘phone zombie’ yoga teacher when she stepped into road looking at her mobile is left with £60,000 legal bill despite judge ruling they were BOTH to blame
Neither was the Makerbot, although a year or so after its launch in 2009, one of its users managed to do just that. And in the true spirit of open source, he then shared his designs enabling others to follow suit. According to Bre Pettis, founder of the company, when they started they just wanted to make the cheapest 3D printer kit that anyone could put together; that actually worked. But now, with the help of the Makerbot community, they're making their printers better and better. "It's good for business to give our users access to our plans and design files. They're our R&D department, so we get to benefit from any changes they make." His second-generation printer, called the Thing-O-Matic, retails at just $1,299 (£824). … [Read more...] about Could 3D printing end our throwaway culture?
This isn't just about cars, by the way. Economists in the US are increasingly puzzled by the fact that even after its recession officially ended, the rate of job-creation is much lower than expected and the mean length of time for which people are unemployed has rocketed to 40 weeks, twice as long as that observed during any previous postwar recovery. Economic theory (and history) says that when companies begin to grow or become profitable again, they buy equipment and hire workers. But that isn't happening. Companies are still buying kit, but they're not employing workers. … [Read more...] about Google’s self-guided car could drive the next wave of unemployment