Paul server guy (1128251) writes "I am building a limousine bus, and the owners want to prevent occupants from using cameras on board. (but would like the cameras mounted on the bus to continue to operate. I think they would consider this optional.) They would also like to do it without having to wear any "Anti-paparazzi" clothing. (because they also want to protect the other guests on board.) They would like to do this without destroying the cameras. (So no EMP generators please) We've done some testing with high power IR, but that proved ineffective. Several active emitters would be fine. Does anyone have any ideas that they are willing to share? We will pay for a functional device." top
Paul server guy (1128251) writes "I work at an privately funded open source, manned, return to the moon mission.( http:\\openluna.org ) — Yes really, Yes, we really are going to put man (and woman) back on the moon. Since we are Open source, we want all of our tools to be. What we are looking for is CAD software that we can feed into Blender (or the like) to do 3D modeling with. Many of the Engineers have tried working with Blender and Art of Illusion, but have not been pleased. They want to just draw the parts, then feed them to the art people who will run them through the 3D modelers for videos, illustrations and such.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, was able to image five of the six Apollo sites, with the remaining Apollo 12 site expected to be photographed in the coming weeks.
"The LROC team anxiously awaited each image," said LROC principal investigator Mark Robinson of Arizona State University. "We were very interested in getting our first peek at the lunar module descent stages just for the thrill — and to see how well the cameras had come into focus. Indeed, the images are fantastic."
The satellite reached lunar orbit June 23 and captured the Apollo sites between July 11 and 15. Though it had been expected that LRO would be able to resolve the remnants of the Apollo mission, these first images came even before the spacecraft reached its final mapping orbit. Future LROC images from these sites will have two to three times greater resolution.
Although these pictures provide a reminder of past NASA exploration, LRO's primary focus is on paving the way for the future. By returning detailed lunar data, the mission will help NASA identify safe landing sites for future explorers, locate potential resources, describe the moon's radiation environment and demonstrate new technologies.
This probably won't shut up the "We never went there" crowd, but they are very cool to look at in any case!" Link to Original Source
Paul server guy writes "From a story at http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/090528-exoplanet-small-star.html — A Jupiter-like planet has been discovered orbiting one of the smallest stars known, suggesting that planets could be more common than previously thought. "This is an exciting discovery because it shows that planets can be found around extremely lightweight stars," said Wesley Traub, the chief scientist for NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "This is a hint that nature likes to form planets, even around stars very different from the sun."
Astrometry was first attempted 50 years ago to search for planets outside our solar system, but the method requires very precise measurements over long periods of time, and until now, has failed to turn up any exoplanets. The technique involves measuring the precise motions of a star on the sky as an unseen planet tugs the star back and forth. The discovery will be detailed in the Astrophysical Journal.
The newfound exoplanet, called VB 10b, is about 20 light-years away in the constellation Aquila (a light-year is the distance that light travels in a year, about 6 trillion miles or 10 trillion kilometers). It is a gas giant, with a mass six times that of Jupiter, and an orbit far enough away from its star to be labeled a "cold Jupiter" similar to our own.
In reality, though, the planet's own internal heat would give it an Earth-like temperature.
The planet's star, called VB 10, is tiny. It is what's known as an M-dwarf and is only one-twelfth the mass of our sun, just barely big enough to fuse atoms at its core and shine with starlight." Link to Original Source top
What Star Trek episodes do I show GF before Movie?
Paul server guy writes "OK, My Girlfriend wants to go see the new Star Trek movie with me. Here is the problem, She has never seen any Star Trek before! I've done a good job on getting her started w/ SF. She is a huge Firefly/Serenity fan, and is ripping through my Farscape DVDs, is an avid Dollhouse fan, and is really looking forward to Stargate, loved Iron Man, and the original three Star Wars movies, and hated the Anakin Trilogy, has read (and loved) a bunch of Heinlein and other books, and is very open to any SF I can feed her. (And she really does exist, and is actually hot, not some beer/caffeine poisoning induced fantasy.)
So, Here is my question — Should I show her any Star Trek before we see the movie, and if so, what show/episodes/movies?
My initial thought was to show her a few select/classic episodes from all of the TV shows and movies, just to give her a feel for the story, but now that I think about it, I am thinking that I should let her see it unfold in the movie for the first time.
Could anyone who has seen the movie shed any light?" top
His two-year battle with the disease ended on Tuesday when he passed away peacefully, his daughter said.
Arneson developed many of the fundamental ideas of role-playing: that each player controls just one hero, that heroes gain power through adventures and that personality is as important as combat prowess," said a statement from Wizards of the Coast, which produces D&D.
Paul server guy writes "According to Wired Science http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/08/four-mo nth-mars.html and MSNBC "Cosmic Log" http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/08/20/ 325220.aspx the seven person F-XI LDM crew that has been stationed at the Mars Society's FMARS station has completed their unprecedented 100 day simulation. (it is actually 101 days, because for 37 they lived on "Mars time" adding 39 minutes to each day and losing a day to the rest of us.) According to the mission's remote science principal investigator Chris McKay, of NASA Ames. "Their pioneering simulation of crew operations on Mars time is by far the best work on this topic ever done. It sets the standard for future Mars mission simulations." Crew Commander Melissa Battler, a Canadian geologist, commented in her blog that one of the biggest challenges of shifting to Martian time was not when to fall asleep (which they had no trouble with) but when to eat! "Several of us were hungry very frequently during our first 10 days of Mars Time, but our bodies seem to be adjusting now." Melissa adds that the extra 39 minutes does make a difference, "[you] feel like [you're] getting more work done." Several "MarsEd" events took place where the crew would send a video presentation and then hold Q&A sessions with various Children's classes. For a major send off, as part of a MarsEd event the today the crew spoke to the NASA Ames Academy, and on the 22nd, the "Foxi" LDM Crew will be 'meeting' with Astronaut Clay Anderson, who is currently in orbit aboard ISS! Following the mission, the crew will mothball the FMARS (Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station) hab and travel to the International Mars Society's annual conference in LA Aug 30 — Sept 2. This and more information can be found at http://www.marssociety.org/portal My Summary? It was a fantastic mission, doing world class ground breaking science in extremely hostile conditions, and every one came through it in high spirits. A complete mission success. You should look at http://www.fmars2007.org/ to see all of the details." Link to Original Source