"Science, Evolution, and Development Images1. Positive (Inspiring, Insightful, Clarifying, or Cool)Aerogel
Aerogel is a remarkably low-density substance consisting of 99% air, known for being a remarkable insulator. Already it's being used by NASA to collect stardust, and some believe it might one day replace windows or traditional means of insulation.
Force Field for Astronautshttp://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/24jun_electrostatics.htm
A diagram of a possible "force field" that would be needed to protect astronauts from the sun's radiation while working on the moon. The force field would be made from an electrostatic charge. -Chris Shaw
Future Space Exploration
"This artist's rendering represents a concept of possible activities during future space exploration missions. It depicts a crew preparing to leave a work site on the lunar surface. " -W. Alex Plageman
Oceanic Research Facility
This is concept art for buildings that could be built out at sea for about as much as a typical skyscraper today. They could hold around a 1000 people to do anything,though, the idea for them is to have them as research facilities since it can raise and lower itself in and out of the ocean. - Cody ZieglerLarge Hadron Collider and other supercollidersThe Large Hadron Collider, scheduled to begin experimental use within the year, could help to verify advanced theories in physics such as supersymmetry. There is also high hopes that experimental evidence of the Higgs boson will be found. -Bill Nega
Deep Space Slingshot
Source-from an Article on the future of space travel.
Artists renedition of a possible "Deep Space Slingshot" this would be a cheaper, and very effective way of launching ships into deep space from the atmosphere. The part of a shuttles trip that uses the most gas is escaping the pull of our atmosphere, this would be a cheap and effective way of getting around that which would allow us to put ships into space in a much more coss effective manner.
In order to spontaneously assemble and orient the micron-sized porous Si "smart dust," we couple chemical modification with the electrochemical machining process used to prepare the nanostructures. The process involves two steps, see the scheme below. In the first step, a porous photonic structure is produced by etching silicon with an electrochemical machining process. This step imparts a highly reflective and specific color-code to the material, that acts like an address, or identifying bar-code for the particles. The second step involves chemically modifying the porous silicon photonic structure so that it will find and stick to the desired target. In the present case, we use chemistry that will target the interface between a drop of oil in water, but we hope to be able to apply the methodology to pollution particles, pathogenic bacteria, and cancer cells. The two steps (etch and modify) are repeated with a different color and a different chemistry, yielding two-sided films. The films are broken up into particles about the size of a human hair. With the chemistry shown below, the particles seek out and attach themselves to an oil drop, presenting their red surface to the outside world and their green surface towards the inside of the drop.
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Square Kilometre Array (Australia)
Square Kilometer Array
This is an example of how the SKA would look. The Square Kilometer Array is a conceptual astronomical tool that Australia is looking into installing. It will utilize thousands of small dishes all arrayed together and linked to simulate one giant telescope. Australian astronomers hope to use this Array to discover the origins of the first stars, and much more. Perhaps hidden galaxies, or even extraterrestrial signals. The possibilities are close to limitless. Australia is prime for a venture like this (and have been throughout the history of modern astronomy, really) due to their relatively flat topography, low population-density, low pollution, and lack of light pollution. -- Steve Olender
Source - from a website with all kinds of future studies on robotics.
"Nature has come up with many interesting solutions for the problems that future robots will have to deal with like cooperation, specialized
movement and adapting to changing environments. Researchers creating advanced robots are incorporating examples found in nature into their designs."
This could be a very interesting trend that robotics could be making in the future, instead of putting wheels on them we could give them legs or a way to fly
and make them much more maneuverable as well as useful.
- John Cross
Pictured is Microsoft's idea of using multi-touch LCDs in the form of Microsoft Surface. I believe multi-touch LCDs will open up a lot of possibilities in user interface technologies.
-- Brant Hestrup -- (Was going to go in Tech, but that page is having problems)
Scientist have discovered that 20 lightyears away from here, there is another planet with water, gravity and other things, similar to earth.\
"Nano War onCancer?
Fortunately, cancer treatment has undergone considerable progress; and many patients being diagnosed with this disease will survive. Unfortunately, current treatment methods may have many adverse effects on the patient. But in the future, this might be changed by magnetic nanoparticles. The article below was written by Esben Kjær Larsen, PhD student at the iNano Center at the University of Aarhus. The article is about his current research within the Bio-nanotechnological field where he is working with cancer diagnostics and treatment.” Source
- (Katie Lindner)
Exploring Magnetic Fields
NASA is going to start to use a collection of three different micro cake-sized satalites to study the earth's Magnetic fields. They are going to be doing tests that larger and more expensive satalites should be used for, thus saving a lot of money and time. Is this the trend for the future? For everyone to always get smaller and smaller while doing more and more? -Alan Cacciamani
Stages of Terraforming Mars
This is an artist's conception of the stages of terraforming on Mars. While making a planet more Earthlike may seem unnecessary, it might become realistic, if we overpopulate Earth. -R.J. Jundt2. Mixed/Uncertain (Complex, Multifaceted, Positives and Negatives, Meaning Unclear)
3. Negative (Disturbing, Angering, Scary, or Uncool)