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Japanese construction giant eyeing up a space elevator.
Obayashi Corporation have announced an intention to have a space elevator operational by the year 2050. While acknowledging that current technology can’t build the 96,000 kilometer long cable, they say it’s only a matter of time before technology makes the idea possible.

Robotic cars powered by magnetic linear motors will carry people and cargo to a newly-built space station, at a fraction of the cost of rockets. It will take seven days to get there.
The company said the fantasy can now become a reality because of the development of carbon nanotechnology.
"The tensile strength is almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it’s possible," Mr Yoji Ishikawa, a research and development manager at Obayashi, said.

"Right now we can’t make the cable long enough. We can only make 3-centimetre-long nanotubes but we need much more… we think by 2030 we’ll be able to do it."

Japanese construction giant eyeing up a space elevator.

Obayashi Corporation have announced an intention to have a space elevator operational by the year 2050. While acknowledging that current technology can’t build the 96,000 kilometer long cable, they say it’s only a matter of time before technology makes the idea possible.

Robotic cars powered by magnetic linear motors will carry people and cargo to a newly-built space station, at a fraction of the cost of rockets. It will take seven days to get there.

The company said the fantasy can now become a reality because of the development of carbon nanotechnology.

"The tensile strength is almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it’s possible," Mr Yoji Ishikawa, a research and development manager at Obayashi, said.

"Right now we can’t make the cable long enough. We can only make 3-centimetre-long nanotubes but we need much more… we think by 2030 we’ll be able to do it."

Here’s a blast from the past: Facebook’s homepage, at launch in 2004.

Here’s a blast from the past: Facebook’s homepage, at launch in 2004.

Photo: Dragon capsule approaching the ISS.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule about to dock with the International Space Station, on September 23. The capsule was filled with cargo, including 20 rodents to be live in a facility on the station to allow a study on the loong-term impact of weightlessness on their bodies.
There’s a bunch of neat photos in the album from Alexander Gerst - check it out here on Flickr.

Photo: Dragon capsule approaching the ISS.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule about to dock with the International Space Station, on September 23. The capsule was filled with cargo, including 20 rodents to be live in a facility on the station to allow a study on the loong-term impact of weightlessness on their bodies.

There’s a bunch of neat photos in the album from Alexander Gerst - check it out here on Flickr.

Image: Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun.
An older image but still interesting - NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, shows the eruption from its base out into space.
Coronal mass ejections are giant, expanding clouds of solar material that take one to three days to reach Earth.
The base of the CME near the sun is seen in extreme ultraviolet light emitted directly from the solar material; the growing loop is seen in visible light.

Image: Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun.

An older image but still interesting - NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, shows the eruption from its base out into space.

Coronal mass ejections are giant, expanding clouds of solar material that take one to three days to reach Earth.

The base of the CME near the sun is seen in extreme ultraviolet light emitted directly from the solar material; the growing loop is seen in visible light.

Video: Nvidia recreates moon landing photographs.

In an effort to debunk conspiracy theories about the Apollo moon landings (and promote their new Maxwell graphics chip), Nvidia have released this video showing how they simulated the conditions on the moon to prove the photos are legitimate.

Moon-hoax believers say Armstrong’s photos are fake—because no stars are visible in the background and the lighting in the photos seems too good to be believable—but by painstakingly modeling the lighting conditions on the moon, NVidia engineers were able to match Armstrong’s photo almost perfectly.

Here’s a new thing that I want: the Pixel waffle maker.
As you can see, you poke whatever pixels you like in or out in this blue silicon tray, before cooking waffles on it (it fits into its own custom waffle maker). Looks tasty.

Here’s a new thing that I want: the Pixel waffle maker.

As you can see, you poke whatever pixels you like in or out in this blue silicon tray, before cooking waffles on it (it fits into its own custom waffle maker). Looks tasty.

Soyuz rocket to launch this week.
The Soyoz TMA-14M spacecraft is pictured here rolling out for launch, which is set for September 26, Kazakh time. It will carry one flight engineer from NASA, along with two from the Russian Federal Space agency, to the International Space Station, for a five and a half month mission.

Soyuz rocket to launch this week.

The Soyoz TMA-14M spacecraft is pictured here rolling out for launch, which is set for September 26, Kazakh time. It will carry one flight engineer from NASA, along with two from the Russian Federal Space agency, to the International Space Station, for a five and a half month mission.

Holuhraun Lava Field.
Taken by a NASA Landsat over Iceland.

Holuhraun Lava Field.

Taken by a NASA Landsat over Iceland.

First iPhone 6 hits the ground in Perth…

An Australian who camped out waiting for the first iPhone 6 tries to show it to a reporter, and drops it on the concrete. Lolololl.