Technology and Science

Florida Keys Jurassic Park Outdoor Dinosaur Museum Proposed

Mar 21st, 2011 | By
Florida Keys Jurassic Park Outdoor Dinosaur Museum Proposed

German prehistoric model company Bernd Wolter Design is proposing to create a “Jurassic Park” style outdoor dinosaur museum at the Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, near Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The museum would feature life-sized replicas of dinosaurs, giant Megalodon sharks ancestral to the Great White, and other prehistoric creatures from earlier
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EGO Released as First Personal Compact Semi-Submarine

Mar 20th, 2011 | By
EGO Released as First Personal Compact Semi-Submarine

The South Korean company RAONHAJE announced during last month’s Miami International Boat Show that it is preparing to release the EGO, the first personal, compact semi-submarine. The EGO is like a pontoon boat with a submerged, transparent hull that allows you to see underwater like a diver without actually swimming. The EGO can function both
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MESSENGER Becomes First Spacecraft to Enter Mercury’s Orbit

Mar 18th, 2011 | By
MESSENGER Becomes First Spacecraft to Enter Mercury’s Orbit

NASA’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging) became the first spacecraft to successfully enter Mercury’s orbit Thursday. After a few weeks of testing, the MESSENGER will begin mapping Mercury’s surface. Sending a spacecraft into Mercury’s orbit is technically difficult because of the planet’s close distance to the Sun’s gravitational pull. Significant fuel is
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Body Worlds Returns Friday to Museum of Science and Industry

Mar 17th, 2011 | By
Body Worlds Returns Friday to Museum of Science and Industry

The popular anatomy exhibit Body Worlds returned to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry Friday, March 18. The exhibit features cadavers preserved through a special process that allows an unprecedented transparent look at the inside of the human body. The cadavers are preserved through a process called plastination where decay and smell are avoided by
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Google Preparing to Test Mobile Phone Payment System

Mar 15th, 2011 | By
Google Preparing to Test Mobile Phone Payment System

Google is preparing to test a mobile payment system that lets shoppers make purchases with their phones, two inside sources that were familiar with the situation told Bloomberg Tuesday. Google will reportedly test the system at stores in New York and San Francisco within the next four months before expanding to other geographic markets. According
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Apple iPad 2 Sells Out with Half a Million Bought in Hours

Mar 14th, 2011 | By
Apple iPad 2 Sells Out with Half a Million Bought in Hours

Apple’s new iPad 2 sold out within hours of its release Friday, with an estimated 500,000 units disappearing from the shelves of vendors such as Target and Best Buy. Some estimates place the total closer to a million sales. The original iPad, released in April 2010, sold out within 24 hours and sold about 15
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Japan Launches Its Fastest Bullet Train Yet

Mar 11th, 2011 | By
Japan Launches Its Fastest Bullet Train Yet

Japan launched the nation’s new fastest bullet train Saturday, as the Hayabusa (Falcon) Shinkansen (Bullet Train) began delivering service at over 300 kph. The launching celebrated the December extension of the Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Aomori, the northernmost prefectural capital on Japan’s main island of Honshu. The green 10-car train has a nose of 15
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Automate 2011 to Showcase Latest Robotics Applications

Mar 8th, 2011 | By
Automate 2011 to Showcase Latest Robotics Applications

Robotics experts and enthusiasts will be gathering in Chicago March 21 through 24 for Automate 2011, the largest North American trade show for practical applications of automation technology. Attendees can witness new commercial applications of robotics like Anybots, remote-controlled robots with two-way audio and video that can be deployed as “telepresence” representatives to attend business
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Atomtronics Takes a Step Towards Replacing Electronics

Mar 6th, 2011 | By
Atomtronics Takes a Step Towards Replacing Electronics

Atomtronics, a new discipline which aspires to create a more efficient version of electronics, took a step closer to reality recently, when researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) in Gaithersburg, Maryland reported successfully spinning sodium atoms in a supercooled gas called a Bose-Einstein condensate. Predicted by the same equations that led Einstein to the
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Chula Vista Nature Center Opens Aquatic Art Exhibit Saturday

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By
Chula Vista Nature Center Opens Aquatic Art Exhibit Saturday

San Diego County’s Chula Vista Nature Center opens its new Art Aquatic exhibit this Saturday, following a special Member’s Preview Opening Friday night. The exhibit celebrates ocean color, patterns, and beauty by displaying tropical sea life in aquariums decorated with organic glass created by local artists. The exhibit features colorful tropical sea creatures such as
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