Monday, February 29, 2016

Clicks Look Like Whaaaaa?!

Well we all know the legal battle that Apple is embroiled in with the government.  I don't do
politics, unless it has a space/science tie-in, on BMU, not to say that I haven't had instances
where the article I might be writing walks a VERY narrow edge. But never big business alone.

That was until, while perusing the Gizmodo site and came across an article concerning Apple but
not the government encryption but everything to do with the web.

A web user happened to notice on an Apple page promoting OS X El Capitan who's tag was "There's
more to love with every click".  If you check the graphic I included, you can see that this is
indeed the case.

The problem arises with the selection of the page's font. Look closely at the catchphrase to see
how the font inadvertently but radically changes the page's meaning. Yep you got it,  the font
makes “click” look like “dick.”

Yep, just couldn't leave this one alone.

Gizmodo article -CLICK HERE

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mars in Three Days? Could Happen!

Carole sent me up the link, which I think you will find equally interesting.

Imagine getting to Mars in just 3 days… or putting points beyond our solar system within our reach.

New propulsion technologies could one day take us to these cosmic destinations making space travel truly interstellar!

NASA 360 joins Professor Philip Lubin, University of California Santa Barbara, as he discusses his NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) for energy propulsion for interstellar exploration.

To view the complete video, please click HERE

Monday, February 22, 2016

NASA Hopes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe With WFIRST 'scope

Contributor Barry sent in this article from NASA.

NASA is formally starting an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets of the
universe with the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

WFIRST has a view 100 times bigger than that of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.  This will aid
researchers unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter, and explore the evolution of the
cosmos. It may also aide in discovering new worlds, suitable for life, outside our solar system.

For a complete look at the full NASA article, click HERE

Sunday, February 21, 2016

NASA Gets More Than a Few Good Men and Women

Far from being DOA, interest in NASA's astronaut program is alive and well and growing!

It seems that more than 18,300 people applied to join NASA’s 2017 astronaut class.  This is almost three times the number of applications
received in 2012 and far surpassing the previous record of 8,000 in 1978.

Former astronaut, now NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said "It’s not at all surprising to me that so many Americans want to contribute to our journey to Mars.  A few exceptionally talented men and women will become the astronauts chosen in this group who will once again launch to space from U.S. soil on American-made spacecraft.”

For complete NASA article you can click HERE

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The ESA's comet lander Philae is probably dead.

Philae arrived at the surface of comet 67P, (also known as Churyumov-Gerasimenko) in 2014 - delivered there by ESA's Rosetta probe.

Philae and Rosetta communicated for 57 hours after-which Philae became sporadic and finally silent.

ESA has sent a "last-ditch" message to the lander in hopes of triggering a response-the bad news is that it seems to have failed.

click here for complete Wired Article


Friday, February 12, 2016

SyFy Renews "The Magicians" For A Second Seasons

Syfy has announced that the popular series The Magicians has been renewed for a 13 episode second season that should air some time in 2017.

Check out the full article by clicking HERE 

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell Dies at 85

For those of you who live under a rock (that includes me...!) We have suffered a tragic loss of a precious and irreplaceable commodity.

Apollo 14 crew member Edgar Mitchell has died at 85, one of only 12 men to walked on the surface of the Moon.

The Apollo 14 Luna mission set records almost from the moment the L.E.M.'s pads touched the powdery surface.

The team of Edgar Mitchell and Alan B. Shepard Jr. set mission records for the time of the longest distance traversed on the lunar surface; the largest payload returned from lunar surface (94 pounds of lunar rock and soil), the longest lunar stay time (33 hours). They were also the first to transmit color TV from the lunar surface.

Beam Me Up episode #462

In episode 462 the main story is Accidental Death, a bit of a “flash from the past” from author Peter Bailey.

News from the blog: first off from Kallamus is comments on the Chronicles of Shinara and Star Trek. Next are my observations on “Space 1999” plus where they can play a behind the scenes short, this concerning the intricate modeling of the ships that was done.  Next, with new detectors, it may be within scientists’ reach to observe gravity Waves.

Has the 9th planet truly been discovered?

Carole sent in photos of folks that will most likely be future inductees into the Darwin Awards list.
That about ties it up for another episode.  I hope you enjoy the podcast.