Posted: November 19th, 2013 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration | Tags: Mars, MAVEN, NASA, NASA Animation, Nasa Launch, United Launch Alliance Atlas V | No Comments »
NASA’s latest trick, MAVEN – Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution – has kicked-off with a seamless countdown and flawless launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the 2 tonne spacecraft lifted off at 1:28 pm local time.
“MAVEN deployed without a hitch, everything is looking good,” NASA Mission Control said.
The MAVEN mission will measure the effect solar winds have had on stripping its atmosphere of water, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. When a spacecraft was first sent to Mars in the 1960s, it looked like a cratered, battered world, not much different to Earth’s moon :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 5th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: ABC TV, Cholesterol, Dr Maryanne Demasi, Youtube Video | No Comments »
As previously mentioned, I’m not a huge television watcher, discerning, no couch-potato. One show I must see each and every week – or I seriously get the grumps – is Catalyst.
For those not-in-the-know, Catalyst is a superlative Australian science program aired weekly on ABC TV, it’s always current, often a lark and most beautifully produced.
My favourite science reporter is back with another superlative question, “Is the role of cholesterol in heart disease really one of the biggest myths in the history of medicine?”
The answer is surprising. In this must see episode of Catalyst, Dr Demasi and team track down some surprising insights :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 13th, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: Bathurst, Casey Stoner, Grilled Motoring News, MotoGP, MotoGP Legend, REBLOG!, V8 Supercars, World Champion | No Comments »
Two-time world MotoGP champion, Casey Stoner is set to be inducted into the top motorcycling competition’s hall of fame as a “MotoGP Legend”, an official said Friday.
The Australian – who turns 28 next week – retired last year, Stoner won two world titles in 2007 and 2011 and joins fellow Australians Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner in the sports Hall of Fame :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 10th, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Grilled Motoring News | Tags: 2013 World Solar Challenge, Adelaide, Australia, Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, Darwin, Ecodriver, Grilled Motoring News, Nuna7, Solar Race, Tokai | No Comments »
The World Solar Challenge has been won by the Dutch team in their superquick Nuna7, their solar powered car crossed the finish line more 100 kilometres ahead of closest rival Japan.
Hindmarsh Square was the scene of jubilant celebrations as the Dutch team, Nuon, cruised into the centre of Adelaide for the trophy presentation after completing the 3,000 kilometre road journey from the top ends capital, Darwin.
It marked the fifth win in the event for the team, who have now competed seven World Solar Challenges, the team will lead a victory parade through the streets of Adelaide on Sunday October 13.
The race was close right up until veteran Japanese team Tokai, lost its battle with cloudy skies closing in on the finish line, while Tokai was stuck on the side of the road with a flat battery, Nuon powered on passed to take line honours :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 27th, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Climate Change | Tags: Climate Change, Climate Change Deniers, Climate Science, Ecology, The Environment | No Comments »
It may have all but been leaked, massaged and misquoted in the months prior to today’s release, however the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC – report remains by far the most important climate report card on the planet.
More than 600 scientists contributed to the report, which is the result of almost seven years work by climate scientists and policy-makers. It’s based on more than 50,000 contributions from around the globe, and an exhaustive peer review process.
Long-term global temperatures are rising, Arctic ice is shrinking, permafrost melt is increasing, and sea levels are rising. The United Nations’ chief science panel also says it is 95 per cent certain that humans are behind the planet’s rising temperatures. According to the IPCC, the report is a conservative outlook.
While average land and sea temperatures will continue to rise, the report suggests the planet is heating at a slower rate than previously predicted. The worst case scenario is for a sea level rise by almost 1 metre, and temperatures could rise by around 2 degrees Celsius.
The IPCC panel says mankind needs a carbon budget if we are to restrict a rise in temperatures, the report predicts that since industrialisation we’ve emitted more than half a trillion tonnes of carbon dioxide, by 2040 we’ll have doubled those emissions :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 22nd, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Toxically Engineered | Tags: Food and Agriculture Organisation, Food Wastage Footprint, Food Waste, Geenhouse Gases, United Nations | No Comments »
The food the world wastes accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, according to a United Nations report.
It says every year about a third of all food for human consumption, around 1.3 billion tonnes, is wasted, along with all the energy, water and chemicals needed to produce it and dispose of it.
Almost 30 per cent of the world’s farmland, and a volume of water equivalent to the annual discharge of Europe’s River Volga, are in effect being used in vain.
In its Food Wastage Footprint Report – below – the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation – FAO – estimated the carbon footprint of wasted food was equivalent to 3.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
If it were a country, it would be the world’s third biggest emitter after China and the US, suggesting that more efficient food use could contribute substantially to global efforts to cut greenhouse gases to limit global warming :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 10th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: REBLOG! | No Comments »
It’s a fact – I’m a freak – a powerboard freak! Clearly my home was designed and built by a Neanderthal, a caveman who had no need of powerpoints, electric plugs or switches.
Fast forward to now, and I’m surrounded by powered objects, and until recently – thanks to Jake Zien – I was surrounded by a mess of powerboards.
Jake Zien’s superclever Pivot Power has almost literally saved my electrified life, however, as the TV man says “…but wait there’s more!” Jake has now got a supercute Power Pivot Mini :: Read the full article »»»»