How Consumer Electronics Will Drive Space Exploration
Space satellite engineers are taking advantage of the power, size and cost of modern consumer electronics to build a new generation of space exploration technology.
What's the Latest Development?
Several space engineering companies are taking advantage of the power, size and price of modern consumer electronics to create a new generation of satellites. The British satellite manufacturer SSTL wants to use Microsoft's Kinect system--motion-sensing hardware developed for the XBox platform--to make an "in-orbit proximity sensor and docking system." Because the Kinect can create 3D maps of its surrounding area, the system could be used to create a new fleet of microsatellites that can connect and disconnect from each other when engineers order them to.
What's the Big Idea?
Technology developed by space agencies has a tendency to trickle down into the civilian world, but now consumer goods are enabling a new generation of affordable space missions. The team working to build the Kinect satellite interface says the project could be the start of intelligent 'space building blocks', whereby smaller units can reconfigure themselves to create modular spacecraft. In the more immediate future, the technology could help create 'snap-on' auxiliary satellites that supply "backup power, propulsion or even additional on-board computing to another spacecraft."
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Meteorologists propose a stunning new explanation for the mysterious events in the Bermuda Triangle.
One of life's great mysteries, the Bermuda Triangle might have finally found an explanation. This strange region, that lies in the North Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been the presumed cause of dozens and dozens of mind-boggling disappearances of ships and planes.
Nazi supporters held huge rallies and summer camps for kids throughout the United States in the 1930s.
- During the 1930s, thousands of Americans sympathized with the Nazis, holding huge rallies.
- The rallies were organized by the American German Bund, which wanted to spread Nazi ideology.
- Nazi supporters also organized summer camps for kids to teach them their values.
A Bund parade in New York, October 30, 1939.
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Tea and coffee have known health benefits, but now we know they can work together.
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- A new study finds drinking large amounts of coffee and tea lowers the risk of death in some adults by nearly two thirds.
- This is the first study to suggest the known benefits of these drinks are additive.
- The findings are great, but only directly apply to certain people.