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    I really like science and love to read about new discoveries and developing theories. This thread is simply to post any cool, new, or weird science.
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    Deadly New Sea Creature Lures Fish with Red Lights

    A newfound deep-sea relative of the jellyfish flashes glowing red lights on twitching, stinging tentacles to lure fish to their deaths more than a mile below the surface.

    The discovery is odd, because scientists had figured deep-sea animals can't see red light, since they live where sunlight doesn't reach and therefore have no evolutionary reason to detect the color.

    The transluscent, fragile creature is the first marine invertebrates ever found that produce red light.
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    So pretty.... must touch... swimming closer...
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    Scientists try to harness teleportation
    New book looks at the real science behind science-fiction device


    Over the last few years, however, researchers have successfully teleported beams of light across a laboratory bench. Also, the quantum state of a trapped calcium ion to another calcium ion has been teleported in a controlled way.


    Just last month, in fact, scientists at Hewlett Packard announced that they’ve hammered out a new tactic for a creating a quantum computer — using switches of light beams rather than today’s run-of-the-mill, transistor-laden devices. What’s in the offing is hardware capable of making calculations billions of times faster than any silicon-based computer.

    Given quantum computers and the networking of these devices, Darling senses the day may not be far off for routine teleportation of individual atoms and molecules. That would lead to teleportation of macromolecules and microbes — with, perhaps, human teleportation to follow.

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    Scientists propose growing artificial meat
    Cultured tissue could be made to order: more nutrients, less mess

    Laboratories using new tissue engineering technology might be able to produce meat that is healthier for consumers and cut down on pollution produced by factory farming, researchers say.

    scientists could grow cells from the muscle tissue of cattle, pigs, poultry or fish in large flat sheets on thin membranes. These sheets of cells would be grown and stretched, then removed from the membranes and stacked to increase thickness and resemble meat.

    Using another method, scientists could grow muscle cells on small three-dimensional beads that stretch with small changes in temperature. The resulting tissue could be used to make processed meat such as chicken nuggets or hamburgers.

    “There would be a lot of benefits from cultured meat,” Matheny said in a statement. “For one thing, you could control the nutrients.”
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    Cool stuff, Hobbes...keep it coming!
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    Comet's Formation Appears Gradual
    Collision Provides Data on Its Origin

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    Sunday, July 10, 2005; Page A11

    LOS ANGELES -- The plume of debris that spilled from a comet after it collided with a space probe is as fine as talcum powder, suggesting the comet formed gradually, scientists said.

    Scientists continue to study data gathered when a copper probe from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft blasted a crater in comet Tempel 1 on July 4 to expose its primordial core.

    Comets are believed to be the frozen leftover building blocks of the solar system, formed when a huge cloud of gas and dust collapsed about 4.5 billion years ago. Studying them could provide clues to the birth of the solar system.

    Soon after the 820-pound probe hit Tempel 1, scientists detected evidence of water, carbon dioxide and organic substances spewing from the comet. The high-speed collision produced two flashes of light and hurled a plume of fine, powdery dust from the comet thousands of miles into space.
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    How come we can hit a comet 80 million miles from earth and I can land a 3 wood on a 50 yard-wide fairway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRamsauer
    How come we can hit a comet 80 million miles from earth and I can land a 3 wood on a 50 yard-wide fairway?
    Do you have an army of NASA mathematicians working on your swing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRamsauer
    How come we can hit a comet 80 million miles from earth and I can land a 3 wood on a 50 yard-wide fairway?
    Well your first problem is your calculations are a bit off. The comet is actually 83 million miles away. So I think once you can truly gauge the distance then you might be able to get closer to the green.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NRG
    Well your first problem is your calculations are a bit off. The comet is actually 83 million miles away. So I think once you can truly gauge the distance then you might be able to get closer to the green.
    Yeah, guess missing the fairway by 3 million miles might add 2 or 3 strokes to the hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRamsauer
    Yeah, guess missing the fairway by 3 million miles might add 2 or 3 strokes to the hole.
    What kind of 3Wood are you using again? I want one of those too
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    thought this was cool - thought it is technology rather than science
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRamsauer
    Yeah, guess missing the fairway by 3 million miles might add 2 or 3 strokes to the hole.
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    SpongeBob’s cousins are masters of glass
    Sea creatures use structural tools that make engineers envious


    For the strongest glass you can imagine, look for sponges at the bottom of the ocean. If you find cartoon superstar SpongeBob Square Pants, keep looking; he’s a bath sponge with a soft skeleton and no glass in his pants. Some of Bob’s distant sponge relatives, however, build glass cages that have biologists and materials scientists oohing, ahhing and taking notes for future bio-inspired engineering projects and materials.

    These glass cages have at least seven levels of structural organization, many of which follow basic principles of mechanical engineering,
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    Newly discovered planet has 3 suns
    Scientists puzzled at how such a planet could form

    It is the first extrasolar planet found in a system with three stars. How a planet was born amidst these competing gravitational forces will be a challenge for planet formation theories.

    "The environment in which this planet exists is quite spectacular," said Maciej Konacki from the California Institute of Technology. "With three suns, the sky view must be out of this world -- literally and figuratively."
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    Oh come on, that's not cool science. I know lots of people that have three suns. Heck there was even a television show about it.
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    Hey it's better than only had two suns!

    But then again, haven't you heard....Tatooine has been showing evidence that intelligent alien life really does exist (with an oriental flavor) as new sand circles are showing up on Moisture Farms all over the planet!

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    Speaking of Star Wars.....

    Science facts catch up with movie sci-fi

    "Star Wars" never did let scientific facts get in the way of a good story: Fans just accept that X-wing fighters fly through outer space as if they were jets in an atmosphere, that huge spaceships could float on antigravity drives or zoom faster than light, and that lightsabers cut through virtually everything except another lightsaber (why don't they just make the darn things longer?).

    But in the 28 years since the first "Star Wars" movie came out, science and technology have gone in directions that reflect some aspects of that galaxy long ago and far away: Particularly when it comes to space weaponry, robotics and communications, there are increasing parallels between "Star Wars" science fiction and science fact.
    Click on some of the keyword links actually in the paragraphs of the article for some interesting reading.
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    The applications for a high altitude platform (HAP) that will be able to provide wireless communications, surveillance, and earth science research are, to say the least, global and significant.

    Driving factors are its low cost over existing infrastructure and ease and speed of deployment.

    A HAP will not being affected by terrestrial events, like earthquake, hurricane and tsunamis.

    The services that a HAP or Stratellite ™ can provide are numerous;

    A National Wireless Broadband Network providing Voice, Data, Internet and Video for US and other countries.

    Military and Government Secure Communications, Surveillance for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and US Army, Navy and Air force operations.

    General John Jumper, Air force Chief of Staff has indicated that Near Space Initiatives are a priority for the US Military.

    US National Wireless Broadband Network

    Our goal from the time we made our first wireless connection has been to create a way that our subscribers could move freely around the country while staying connected to the Internet at high-speed. Therefore, we have developed the Stratellite that will provide the high-altitude wireless transmission platform for what we believe is the most exciting telecommunications project of our generation, our National Wireless Broadband Network.

    These installations provided valuable information that is now being used to build the nation's first National Wireless Broadband Network utilizing high-altitude airships called “Stratellites” that will allow subscribers to access the Internet wirelessly from anywhere in the United States and parts of Canada and Mexico. Not only will our subscribers have access, but any person with a wireless device that operates in the 802.11 protocol will be able to access the Internet at high-speed. The Stratellites will be positioned in the stratosphere, 65,000 feet (approx. 13 miles) high and provide a clear line-of-site platform for reaching an entire metropolitan area.

    A recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows the United States falling further behind its competitors in terms of per capita broadband subscribers. Significantly, the United States and Italy remain the only G-7 countries that have not adopted a national broadband policy. A national commitment to accelerated broadband deployment will be critical to maintaining U.S. leadership in high technology.

    U.S. Senator John McCain recently stated, “It is critical that the United States adopt a national broadband policy. In 1996, Congress passed the first major overhaul of telecommunications policy in 62 years. Supporters of the Telecommunications Act argued that it would create increased competition. My principal objection to the Act was that it fundamentally regulated, not deregulated, the telecommunications industry. It has been six years since the passage of the Act, but consumers have yet to benefit. If I had my way, I would throw out the 1996 Act and start from scratch. I am mindful, however, that broadband is an issue that has polarized policymakers to the point of legislative paralysis. Now is the time for a measured approach that focuses on achieving what can be done to improve the deployment of services to all consumers”

    Sanswire has accepted the challenge of what is quite simply the key to the next generation of the Internet, a Global Wireless Broadband Network.


    What is a Stratellite™?

    A Stratellite™ is a high-altitude airship that when in place in the stratosphere will provide a stationary platform for transmitting various types of wireless communications services currently transmitted from cell towers and satellites. It is not a balloon or a blimp. It is a high-altitude airship.

    Made of Space age Materials and powered by solar powered electrical engines, each Stratellite will reach its final altitude by utilizing proprietary lifting gas technology. Once in place at 65,000 feet (approx. 13 miles) and safely above the jet stream, each Stratellite will remain in one GPS coordinate, providing the ideal wireless transmission platform. The Stratellites are unmanned airships and will be monitored from the Company's Operation Centers on the ground.

    A Stratellite will have a payload capacity of several thousand pounds and clear line-of-sight to approximately 300,000 square miles, an area roughly the size of Texas .

    The Stratellite is similar to a satellite in concept, but is stationed in the stratosphere rather than in orbit. Existing satellites provide easy "download" capabilities, but because of their high altitude are not practical for commercially viable "two-way" high-speed data communication. The Stratellite will allow subscribers to easily communicate in "both directions" using readily available wireless devices.

    Once the US National Wireless Broadband Network is completed, Sanswire will be able to provide voice, video, and broadband Internet access to all parts of the country.

    Our subscribers will be able to sit in their home on a laptop computer while connected to the Internet at high-speed. If they need to go to the office or across town, they simply close the laptop and take off. When they get to their destination, they open their laptop and they are still on the Internet. If they need to travel to another city, they simply take their laptop with them and when they get to where they are going, they open their laptop again and they are still connected. No more finding local access numbers. No more tying up phone lines. No more modem hassles. And more importantly, no more slow speeds.

    Once this platform is completed, content providers of all kinds that are interested in reaching our subscribers may do so without the existing concerns of the last mile void.

    In addition to Sanswire's National Wireless Broadband Network, proposed telecommunications uses include cellular, 3G/4G mobile, MMDS, paging, fixed wireless telephony, HDTV and others.

    Many Military and Government uses like secure communications, Border Control, Homeland Security, Remote Sensing, Surveillance, Battlefield control, Climate Research and Earth Sciences will be enhanced using the Stratellite ™

    Each airship is 100% reclaimable.


    Some news:

    Press Release Source: GlobeTel Communications Corp.

    GlobeTel Enters Into Letter of Intent to Acquire Altvater GmbH, a Leader in Wireless Solutions in Europe
    Monday July 25, 9:30 am ET

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 25, 2005--GlobeTel Communications Corp. (AMEX:GTE - News), today announced that it has entered into a Letter Of Intent (LOI) to acquire the assets and operations of Altvater GmbH of Germany (Altvater). Altvater is a wireless communications systems integrator for HotZone systems in Europe, with core operations in Germany. Altvater GmbH has existing sales partner relationships in Europe and North Africa. GlobeTel, through the acquisition of Altvater will form a new division which will be called GlobeTel Wireless.

    Mr. Ulrich Altvater, CEO of Altvater GmbH stated: "I am very pleased to expand our association with GlobeTel. This proposed acquisition will certainly enable a much faster deployment of our networks and activities across Europe and elsewhere, globally. We have experienced significant growth over the past few years and being part of the GlobeTel family of companies will propel our growth faster and more efficiently. The wireless broadband industry is at an exciting stage with interest in advanced wireless communication products and services reaching a high point this year. We are clearly at the forefront of this technology."

    Leigh Coleman of GlobeTel, added: "This is a transaction that is a valuable key to the further development and growth of our already announced transaction of HotZone Wireless. GlobeTel is planning an aggressive development of our radio technology that we use in our Sanswire Networks, LLC Stratellite(TM) technology. We have found an ideal and qualified partner in Altvater and we look forward to the continued development of business, and the fulfillment of the contracts and services that are provided by Altvater in the marketplace."

    Altvater currently supplies wireless hotspots in various areas of Europe with key cities of Kaiserslautern, Erfurt and Ruesselsheim Germany. These cities are the first major locations that are part of a longer-term plan to deploy HZ 4000 series Networks to 140 cities and towns in Germany, where DSL or cable is unavailable.

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