If Jason Benkoski is right, the path to interstellar space begins in a shipping container tucked behind a laboratory high bay in Maryland. The set up looks like something out of a low-budget sci-fi film: One wall of the container is lined with thousands of LEDs, an inscrutable metal trellis runs down the center, and a thick black curtain partially obscures the apparatus. This is the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory solar simulator, a tool that can shine with the intensity of 20…
Curiosity rover finds evidence of ancient megafloods on Mars – Engadget
Previous images of large channels on Mars and giant wave-like features on its surface called “megaripples” indicate that the planet suffered from catastrophic floods…
They believe that the floods were caused by a huge meteoric impact that generated enough heat to melt massive amounts of ice on the planet. The event released carbon dioxide and methane, which combined with water vapor to form a warm and wet climate for a short time. This led to torrential rains across the planet, and the waters (along with the sediments) that slid off Mt. Sharp flooded the Gale crater. So, what does this mean exactly?
As you most likely know, the presence of water could mean the…
In Pictures: China’s moon mission milestone | Gallery – Aljazeera.com
Latest trip to the moon is another milestone in the Asian powerhouse’s slow but steady ascent to the stars.
China launched an ambitious mission on Tuesday to bring back rocks and debris from the moons surface for the first time in more than 40 years an undertaking that could boost human understanding of the moon and solar system.
The Long March-5, Chinas largest carrier rocket, blasted off at 4:30am Beijing time (20:30 GMT on Monday) in a launch from Wenchang Space Launch Center on the southern Chinese island of Hainan carrying the Change-5 spacecraft.
The China National Space Administration (CNSA) called…
Deck Scraper – Highways England backs new road repair method – The Construction Index
Highways England has approved the use of an American-made scraping machine to remove road surface membranes instead of using a standard hydraulic excavator.
The Deck Scraper
Highways England says that it has invested £650,000 into the development of the new Deck Scraper vehicle, made by Minneapolis-based National Flooring Equipment.
The Deck Scraper uses a blade to shave off the asphalt membrane, making it much quieter than a steel-toothed excavator bucket hacking at it.
Its adoption in the UK is down to Kier Highways and its subcontractor Currall Lewis & Martin (CLM) Construction, which is based in Oldbury.
Waterproof membranes are routinely used on…
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