Space junk orbiting the Earth is an eyesore and can even endanger missions and astronauts. Innovative technology is taking aim at cleaning up the clutter.
Establishing a presence on the moon and manning a trip to Mars are amazing scientific feats, things every global citizen should be proud of. The tools developed to make these happen will be creative and amazing.
The good news for our robotics and space programs is that human beings can build machines that vastly outperform us in durability. It takes some clever engineering, but humanity regularly builds probes and robots that can survive long journeys through some truly astonishing conditions.
Artists can find themselves working in many different worlds. Over the past 12 months, my world has been that of space. This has in no way been an uneasy mix; more of a fantastical and heady collaboration between cutting edge science and art.I have thus been working at the interface between the realms of factual data and conceptual interpretation.
In Greece, we have been witnessing a violent socio-economic restructuring due to the austerity measures introduced in response to the economic crisis, over the last three years. These measures, dictated by the so called “Memorandums for Economic Stability”, have been applied horizontally and indiscriminately and have led to deep economic recession and high unemployment today reaching 26%. It is therefore inescapable; the scientific community too has been affected.
This week, our writer Alaina Levine reports for EuroScientist from the AAAS conference in Washington DC, USA.
The lonely scientist, covered by his papers alone in his room, talking to no one, is extinct. Science happens world wide in connection with partners around the globe, frequent travels are part of the daily life. Like for anybody else, delays are quite an annoying concomitant, especially if you travel by plane to reach your destination faster. Very often in Europe the cause for a late arrival is Air Traffic Control (ATC) related.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, one of NASA’s Great Observatories in collaboration with the European Space Agency. Launched in April 1990, Hubble has emerged as one of the most celebrated as well as most important scientific tools ever constructed.
There are a surprising number of European countries with space programmes, especially if compared to the days of the cold war when the US and USSR led the race. Germany (DLR), France (CNES), the Netherlands (SRON), Norway (NSC), and Sweden (SNSB) all have current projects underway, as well as the umbrella pan-European organisation, ESA, which has 18 member states and six cooperating states, which includes, interestingly, Canada.
STEM education has always been vital, but perhaps now is the time when it’s more important than ever. Society is advancing toward the age of robotics, artificial intelligence and interconnected machines making daily life easier. For all those advancements, the industry will need a host of eager minds ready to create and utilise them.
Jets from the black holes in the centers of some galaxies are well documented by astronomical observations. The mechanism that forms these jests is not well-understood yet. We extended the mass-energy equivalence principle to the universal space where a given physical object diminishes the energy density of space in its center exactly for the amount of its energy. In today’s physics is understood that universal space is a type of energy often named “superfluid quantum space”.
Authentication is the big problem on the Internet. There is no portable authentication layer in the Internet protocol, like phone number portability between phone providers. This has been a problem since the beginning: how do you prove that a user or other entity is who they say they are? Authentication is also the basis for the term SSI or self sovereign identity, popular in policy documents today. How can you control your own online identity? And at least as important: how can you ensure that others do not abuse it?