Asteroid Hunters: Ex-NASA brain trust wants to launch private telescope

By Jim Donahue  In a statement earlier today, a team of ex-NASA astronauts and scientists from the non-profit organization the B612 Foundation announced an audacious plan to put a telescope into space that would monitor asteroids and other near-earth objects that have the potential for collision with the Earth. The aptly-named “Sentinel Space Telescope” would […]

Human-powered helicopter beats record

By Amanda Shore The $250,000 Sikorsky prize was created in 1980 to commemorate Igor Sikorsky, a helicopter pioneer. It has been offered to those that can stay aloft for 60 seconds at at least 3 meters of altitude in a human-powered machine. In 1994, a Japanese team was able to build a human-powered machine. They […]

Northern Nevada is next: Smart meters

By James Turnage NV energy is planning to install “smart meters” in every home in the northern part of our state. There have been protests in San Francisco already, demanding the cessation of installation of these instruments. The complaints are twofold. First, the radiofrequency radiation is believed to exceed FCC limits, a level dangerous to […]