It’s been a week of speechless moments, a time taken over by imagery. Capping the week off is an edit by David Peterson, and though it’s hard to go wrong with any image shot from the International Space Station, Mr Petersons’s edit of time lapse images is an appropriate way to round off a speechless week, my words are worthless here, check the video :: Read the full article »»»»
The 22-story rocket developed by Space Exploration Technologies – SpaceX – lifted off from its seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday evening.
Two previous launch attempts last week were scuttled by technical glitches, including a last-second abort on Thursday.
Perched on top of the rocket was a 3,175-kilogram communications satellite owned by Luxembourg-based company SES SA, which operates a 54-satellite fleet, the world’s second-largest.
The satellite, known as SES-8 – worth more than $US100 million – will be positioned to provide television, broadband and other communications services to customers in India, China, Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia :: Read the full article »»»»
Concrete has been used in construction for almost 3,000 years, it is THE most versatile building material on the planet, it’s also the least green. Our use of concrete in building is beyond extensive, by weight you’d need every other building material combined, then doubled to get even close to our reliance on this versatile composite.
The next most used substance on the planet is water, of which concrete also consumes an unhealthy amount of.
The main component of concrete is cement, the manufacture of which is one of the major contributors of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Cutting back on our use of cement and concrete is a hardship, the stuff is tough and relatively cheap compared with alternatives.
Recycling concrete is becoming much more common, in of itself however, it’s not such a green practice. Concrete demolition usually ends up with as much discarded landfill as recyclable product, and once concrete reaches the recycling yard it’s reprocessing takes almost as much energy as making the stuff from scratch.
Imagine a machine, a robot that could recycle concrete structures without all the heavy machinery, a single deconstruction process. World meet Omer Haciomeroglu’s ERO Concrete De-construction Robot :: Read the full article »»»»
About 20 babies have been diagnosed with the gastro and respiratory virus, which usually only causes fever, rash and diarrhoea but in severe cases can develop into hepatitis or encephalitis.
New South Wales Health – NSWH – says all 20 cases of HPeV have so far been in children aged under 16 weeks. Parents and doctors should be on the lookout for symptoms.
HPeV is a ubiquitous virus that is transmitted from person to person via direct and indirect routes. It is the cause of paralytic poliomyelitis, a disease that has been eradicated from most western nations :: Read the full article »»»»
A dinosaur skeleton has sold at auction in the UK for nearly $AU720,000. The diplodocus skeleton, nicknamed Misty, is more than 150 million years old and 17 metres in length :: Read the full article »»»»
The New South Wales Administrative Decisions Tribunal has upheld a ruling by the state’s Fair Trading department that the anti-vaccination group’s current name could mislead the public.
The AVN can elect to make a further appeal against the ruling, but Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts has warned the organisation risks a hefty legal bill because the department will seek legal costs.
“The AVN must change its name now,” Mr Roberts said.
The Australian Vaccination Network, which is clearly an anti-vaccine soapbox, claims to be a lobby and support group that promotes health choices. However, the New South Wales Fair Trading Department maintains that the groups name is intentionally misleading, saying the group “is in fact, an anti-vaccination group.”
The Australian Medical Association was among those that complained to Fair Trading about the AVN’s name :: Read the full article »»»»
China’s first stealth combat drone has reportedly made a successful maiden flight, with state media hailing the move as evidence Beijing is closing the gap with major Western powers, the drone is the nations third unmanned weapon.
The test flight of the “Sharp Sword” unmanned aircraft is another step in China’s years-long military build-up, with its defence spending now the second highest in the world and growing by double-digit percentages each year.
This latest weapon from the worlds most populated nation is thought to be based on a Skunk Works – Lockheed Martin – Concept, the UCLASS – Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike – drone :: Read the full article »»»»