Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


NASA successfully launches Magnetosphere Multiscale spacecraft

NASA successfully launches Magnetosphere Multiscale spacecraft

NASA has announced that it has successfully launched four new spacecraft this week. The spacecraft are called the Magnetosphere multiscale (MMS) spacecraft and will be positioned in Earth orbit. The spacecraft launched on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Thursday, March 12. The launch occurred at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41.

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JAXA beams solar energy from space to Earth with accuracy

JAXA beams solar energy from space to Earth with accuracy

The problem with gathering solar energy here on Earth via solar panels is that a lot of the energy that the sun produces doesn't make it through the atmosphere to the solar panels. Scientists have been working to design a method that would allow the solar panels to be in space where they have unfettered access to solar energy and then beam the power back to Earth for use.

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Engineer builds 3D printed Toyota 5-speed transmission engine

Engineer builds 3D printed Toyota 5-speed transmission engine

A mechanical engineer from California named Eric Harrell 3D printed something really cool earlier thus year. That really cool 3D printed object was a working Toyota 22RE engine. Harrell is back now with the next logical step, he has 3D printed a working transmission to go with that 3D printed engine. As with a real engine and transmission, the two components can be connected together.

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Custom watch tells time in binary

Custom watch tells time in binary

For some tech fans, a geeky watch is a smartwatch like the new Apple Watch or even a Pebble smartwatch. For others a geeky time pieces needs to tell time in some difficult to read way that leaves the uninitiated wondering how it works. There are certainly plenty of watches that are made in a factory that fall into that latter category.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active specs leak

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active specs leak

One of the things that some Samsung Galaxy smartphone users want on their device is a waterproof body and ruggedized designed. When the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were unveiled, users who preferred the Active version of the previous generation S5 might have lamented the fact that there wasn't a rugged version of the S6.

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus might have waters warm enough for life

Saturn’s moon Enceladus might have waters warm enough for life

Researchers have been studying Saturn's moon Enceladus after research has shown that the moon might have water under the icy surface that is warm enough to sustain life. Scientist have been looking at data gathered by the Cassini orbiter that hints that the moon might have thermal activity on the ocean floor that could provide the conditions needed for life to develop.

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Super-Earth Gliese 581d might have been dismissed too soon

Super-Earth Gliese 581d might have been dismissed too soon

Scientists around the world are searching the universe for Earth-like planets that orbit parent stars in the so-called Goldilocks zone where the temperatures are just right for liquid water and life as we know it. One such planet that was discovered back in 2009 is known as Gliese 581d. When the exo-planet was first discovered scientists thought it had a rocky surface and the potential for liquid water.

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